The Muskoka Woods story began with loving parents, John and Marie Boddy. They had a vision of a special place where their children, and the kids of other parents, could experience creation, have lots of program choices, meet new friends and explore beliefs.
Since 1979, Muskoka Woods has been renowned for adventure and excellence. Today, our unforgettable summer camp experience for kids ages 7 to 17 has expanded into a non-profit youth organization operating year-round. Our commitment to the Boddy family's vision continues. Like them, Christian values are our foundation, and FUN is our trademark.
Our world-class buildings and sports complexes occupy more than 1,100 acres of spectacular woodlands. A rare 2,800 feet of shoreline on sparkling Lake Rosseau makes our camp even more special.
Muskoka Woods is a Christian youth resort that welcomes all young people to life-changing experiences. Muskoka Woods operates all year round on Lake Rosseau as a non-profit youth organization. Our skilled staff are selected for their trustworthy character, ability with children and love for their Creator. Muskoka Woods is a safe place where kids grow mentally, physically, spiritually and socially. A place where creativity reigns, friendships flourish and confidence grows.
John McAuley’s creativity and ingenuity propels the Muskoka Woods vision forward. He has an extensive background in the camping industry and experience in organizational leadership. He serves as a lead facilitator of The Leadership Studio at Muskoka Woods. An adult learner, John recently augmented his credentials in organizational leadership by completing his certification as an Adler Trained Coach. Together, John and his wife Lori have more than 36 years of senior leadership experience at Muskoka Woods.
Chris Tompkins leads the senior leadership team in bringing the Muskoka Woods vision to life. He holds a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Guelph, a teacher’s college degree from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Youth Development from Clemson University. His experience leading in local community, school, church and camp settings has spanned almost 20 years. His current role and expertise generates a demand for him to speak with teens and consult with youth leaders. He is an avid sports fan who enjoys an afternoon with a big cup of coffee and a good book. Chris resides in Stouffville, Ontario with his wife and daughter.
Ron Peneycad’s journey at Muskoka Woods began in 1986 as a Senior High Counsellor. He transitioned into leadership as a Section Head and then as the Business Administrator. Reflecting the financial stability of Muskoka Woods, Ron has performed his current role for over 25 years. He holds a degree in Commerce and Finance from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Tyndale Seminary. Married with three teenaged children, Ron is passionate about the positive impact camp can have on children and teenagers, including his own. He is an avid Raptors fan, loves playing tennis and squash, and enjoys reading about economics and financial markets.
Jackie Carmichael’s years as a Muskoka Woods guest, seasonal staff member and full-time staff member, give her the experience needed to thrive in her role at Muskoka Woods. Jackie first attended Muskoka Woods at the age of 9 and returned year after year. Jackie graduated from Queen’s University in 2010 with her Bachelor of Arts degree, and from York University in 2011 with her Bachelor of Education. One of her biggest passions is developing young leaders, which is why she has excelled in her role. Jackie enjoys travelling, serving in her community, and spending time with her friends and family. Jackie believes in the power of a transformative camp experience, as she has been impacted by it herself.
Cindy is an energetic and enthusiastic executive with 18 years of leadership, management, youth mentoring, counselling, philanthropy, training and marketing experience. Her career spans into the corporate and nonprofit sectors with roles such as Director of Marketing at West 49 and Billabong Inc., manager of a startup youth division at World Vision Canada and church leadership roles. Cindy is passionate about any and all outdoor activities, fashion, travel and social justice. More than anything, her and her husband's hearts lie with mentoring young people and enabling them to live a purposeful life.
Iain Lovatt first attended Muskoka Woods in 1983 as a camper and attended for five summers before joining the summer staff as a Kitchen Supervisor and Waterski staff. Since leaving ski staff, Iain has accumulated over 24 years of experience in youth work and business management. His career began with Young Life in Western Canada, where he transitioned into full-time church ministry at The Well, an innovative Youth Church. Along the way, Iain has co-founded a number of technology companies that focused on youth marketing, internet radio and entertainment. Iain returned to his Muskoka Woods roots in 2002 when he joined the management team serving as the Director of Marketing and now Business Development. Iain was also recently elected to Town Council in Stouffville where he lives with his wife and three children.
Scott Brushett comes to Muskoka Woods with over 15 years of leadership experience within the travel and tourism sector. He is a creative problem solver that loves both people and process. Scott met his wife at Muskoka Woods and now they live at the resort with their three kids. He loves to mentor young adults working year-round at the resort and is humbled to watch camp continually transform their lives. Scott is passionate about his family, travel and the world’s greatest football team, the Buffalo Bills.
Leslie Brushett has been part of the Muskoka Woods community since she was 12 years old. Leslie attended Muskoka Woods as a guest, joined the summer staff when she was 17 and has worked full-time since 1995. Leslie has a passion for leadership development, teamwork and creating space for younger staff to discover their unique skills and abilities. Leslie has a degree in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, a certificate in Human Resources from Seneca College and is a graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program. Leslie and her husband, Scott, have three children, which keeps her busy from morning ‘til night!