About Us

Experience FOR a Lifetime

Since 1979, Muskoka Woods has welcomed everyone to an experience for a lifetime. At Muskoka Woods, we believe that fun plus reflection equals confidence. Unlimited fun is delivered through our dedicated staff, top-notch facilities and 60+ activities. By encouraging youth to reflect and draw deeper meaning from fun experiences, we give them the confidence to shape their world.

INSPIRING YOUTH TO SHAPE THEIR WORLD

Muskoka Woods is a Christian youth development organization that welcomes everyone to an experience for a lifetime. Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Rosseau, we specialize in summer camp, school trips, group retreats and leadership development for all ages. We exist to inspire youth to shape their world.

Muskoka Woods offers a fun, safe and welcoming environment for all youth. At the heart of this offering are staff that share a common desire to help young people realize their full potential. We are committed to making fun experiences the foundation for building new friendships and self-confidence. Our staff make this possible by fostering a sense of community and encouraging youth to reflect on their experiences in order to draw life lessons from them.

SUMMER CAMP STAFF

PAUL CADE, SUMMER CAMP DIRECTOR

Paul Cade has been a part of Muskoka Woods since his first summer as guest in 1996. He spent time working in the kitchen, on Water Ski Staff, as the General Athletics Area Head, as a Staff Coach and an Athletic Director for three years. Paul graduated with a Recreation and Leisure Studies diploma at Humber College. He spent the last 6 years working as a full-time youth pastor in Oakville and Ajax focusing on weekly events, programs and retreats with the hope of leading and mentoring junior and senior high school students during pivotal times in their lives. Paul has a passion for developing young leaders for today and the future. Paul met the love of his life Victoria at Muskoka Woods in 2006. They are married with two young children.

Great counsellors and staff make Muskoka Woods a safe, fun summer camp experience your child will want to return to year after year. Our on-site staff to guest ratio is 2:4, one of the highest supervision rates in North America. Each year, we hire some of the best and brightest young adults from around the world, many of whom attended Muskoka Wood as guests themselves.

Our summer staff receive seven days of training before camp begins. Staff training includes: certification in Occupational Health & Safety, emergency preparedness & procedure, customer service standards, youth culture & development, insights from child protection experts and specific, hands-on training for each section at camp. The Muskoka Woods hiring team has received Praesidium training, the global leader in Child Risk Management. We have also partnered with Plan to Protect, the Canadian experts in child abuse prevention and child protection.

THERE IS ONLY ONE MUSKOKA WOODS™

Muskoka Woods offers a perfect mix of untouched nature, modern buildings, and state-of-the-art athletic facilities. In addition to cabins, dining halls and meeting rooms, guests enjoy a finely crafted, purpose-built Leadership Studio, concert hall, and boathouse. With more than 60 exceptional activities to choose from, summer guests get to customize a summer camp experience that will take them to new levels of creativity, friendship and confidence.

All I can say is that my daughter LOVED her week at camp. The grounds, the food, the accommodations, the activities are absolutely first rate! I would like to especially mention how wonderful your staff is. I was absolutely blown away by the friendly, helpful and organized team that met me when I picked up my daughter on Saturday.

Helen

Parent

Muskoka Woods™

SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

JOHN MCAULEY, PRESIDENT & CEO

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, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/COO

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, CFO

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, MANAGING DIRECTOR: PROGRAMS

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.

SCOTT BRUSHETT, DIRECTOR OF RESORT OPERATIONS

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, DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

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!

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