The development of Camp Ten Oaks has been informed and guided by a diverse group of dedicated volunteers who collectively make up a 40-person staff team. Our volunteer staff members are an integral part of the camp community and ensure that our campers have an unforgettable, safe and fun summer. On average, the volunteer staff at Camp Ten Oaks tend to be in their mid-twenties and choose to work at camp during their vacation time.
The Camp Ten Oaks volunteer staff team is selected, trained and supported by a leadership team comprised of four incredible volunteers: our Camp Director, Assistant Director of Operations, Assistant Director of Programming, and Assistant Director of Staffing. Their role is to plan and lead so that things go off without a hitch and, in a more realistic world, to deal with any hitches that do happen.
Olivia first discovered the power and magic of camp as a teenager on a canoe trip in Temagami, Ontario, and has never looked back. Coming from a queer, blended family, she has become a committed advocate for community building, leadership development, and skill sharing. Olivia’s enthusiasm for outdoor instruction and social justice has taken her far and wide for work ranging from social enterprise, leadership training, therapeutic wilderness programming, and crisis intervention. Olivia considers herself a lifelong teacher and learner, and is so excited to be a part of the magic at Ten Oaks. Olivia’s favourite things include snuggling her dogs, sing alongs, growing, canning, and pickling vegetables, and the magic of rivers.
Assistant Director of Operations
Ellen loves camp! She has been involved in the camping world (as a camper and a staff member) since the age of six, and has no plans to ever stop. She completed her B.Ed at Queen’s University in their Outdoor and Experiential Education stream. She currently works in Toronto as a teacher, leading Kindergarten and Elementary Phys-Ed. She believes in using children’s inherent desire for play to teach both physical and life skills. It is the best job in the world! Ellen works to challenge normative thinking and to advocate for marginalized groups, especially while at school. In her spare time, she likes to bake sourdough bread, cook elaborate meals, bike around the city, and sing any of the women and songs discography at karaoke. She cannot wait to share the magic of camp with the Ten Oaks community this summer.
Assistant Director of Staffing
Phoebe lives for the summer! She has been camping since she was eight years old and working in camping for the past 10 years at camps all across Canada. She’s worked for a number of camps; serving youth and adults with disabilities, kids living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS, kids with T2 diabetes, and more. She completed her B.Ed at Queen’s University in the Outdoor and Experiential Education stream. Phoebe currently works in Kingston as a teacher and has developed a passion for her new favourite course, Civics and Careers! You wont see her in the classroom next year, as she is heading on a cross continent adventure in her new RV “Marie”! Outside of work, Phoebe loves board games with friends, cooking with her partner, and checking the garden to see if things have grown (but not weeding). She is already aware of all dogs in the immediate vicinity. Phoebe can’t wait to share her nature facts with you this summer!
Assistant Director of Programming
Riley has been in love with camp since they were little. Riley has a Bachelor of Arts in Child Health, and is currently completing their MSc in Family Relations and Human Development with a focus on 2SLGBTQ+ families. Riley is excited to learn from the amazing Ten Oaks community this summer and share their passion for social justice, camp, and all things 2SLGBTQ+ with the campers. Riley is also an avid board gamer and puzzle builder, and loves the challenge of building Ikea furniture.