Muskoka Woods

Back Better Than Ever

Summer Camp is vitally important to families and you put your trust in us every summer to care for your children. We take this seriously at all times. In response, we have taken special care to ensure that trust is duly earned as we navigate COVID-19 and a post-pandemic Summer Camp.

Health Advisory Committee

Muskoka Woods has enlisted the expert and professional advice of members of the health care community for several decades. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they have provided expert advice, guidance and been instrumental in helping us set direction for our response. 

Dr. Rob Woodall


Dr. Woodall currently practices in the Emergency Department at Windsor Regional Hospital and is also the former Chief of Emergency Medicine for Windsor and its surrounding region. He is the first-ever recipient of Physician Legends Award, Windsor Regional Hospital (2013) and the Above & Beyond Recognition Recipient, Windsor Regional Hospital (2007-2020).

Susan Woollard


Susan has been with North York General Hospital since 1980 and has held several leadership positions including Unit Administrator and Program Director in Emergency Services, Director of Professional Practice, Research and Education and most recently, Program Director of Medicine, Critical Care and Elder Care. She is a member of the NYGH leadership team serving as the Vice President, Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive. 

Lori McAuley

Registered Nurse

Lori is a registered nurse and has been the Muskoka Woods Healthcare Centre Director since 2010. Her nursing career has seen her serve as a nurse at Sick Kids as a public health nurse and with Toronto Public Health where she worked with communities and in schools. She first attended Muskoka Woods as a counsellor in training in 1979 and has been at the camp in some capacity every summer since.

People in red shirts in front of a building

Renovated Healthcare Centre

While we would have loved to have guests at Summer Camp in 2020, we took the opportunity to make several improvements and renovations to our Healthcare Centre (HCC). Muskoka Woods has always put safety at the top of our priorities so updating the HCC was a natural place for us to start.


  • A doctor onsite every week of Summer Camp (most of our doctors lead or run emergency rooms in Ontario’s hospitals)
  • 8 Nurses on staff for the entire summer
  • Relationships with local pharmacies and hospitals

Sunday Arrival – NEW

Starting this summer, Summer Camp will begin on Sunday and run through the week, concluding on Saturday.

Sunday Arrival provides the space needed to clean and ready camp for a new week of guests. It will provide additional rest for Muskoka Woods staff to provide your child the BEST week at camp!

Drop-off happens on Sundays between 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Pick up is on Saturday between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Upgrades We’ve Made

Outdoor Eating Areas

Health Care Centre Renovations

WARR (Wash Arm Rest Report)

HEPA Filters

High-grade air filtration systems to improve ventilation, indoor air quality and reduce the risk of airborne transmission of viruses.

Hand Sanitization

Staff have been trained on where and when to apply hand sanitizer. In addition, medical grade hand sanitizer stations have been installed in abundance around camp. Hand washing stations are installed in key locations. 

illustration of hands being washed.

Other enhancements

Muskoka Woods has always had a focus on detail. It’s no surprise in response to the current climate we have revisited our policies and processes.

Staff Training

Training for both full and part-time staff has been increased and special attention has been given during our onboarding process, including:

  • Proper hand washing frequency and techniques
  • Familiarity with current government and public health guidance, especially as it applies to resort-specific operations (such as housekeeping, food service, and maintenance)
  • Proper techniques for general cleaning and disinfecting
  • Proper use and disposal of personal protective equipment, such as gloves and masks. Instructions for donning and doffing of PPE, physical distancing, and group gathering limits.

Enhanced Cleaning Everywhere

Cabins are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily including prior to group and guest arrival, and subsequent to departure. We take special care to clean and disinfect doorhandles, countertops and other high touch points. 

In addition, Muskoka Woods common areas common areas where physical distancing is not possible – such as our dining rooms and bathrooms – are being cleaned and disinfected at increased frequency including high tough points such as door handles, countertops and others.

Shared equipment is disinfected between uses.

Staff and guests are given guidance on where and when to apply hand sanitizer and scheduled handwashing happens throughout the day.

Rapid Response and Controls

Visitors, staff and guests on property are screened and we make use of detailed logs for contact tracing.

Together with our local public health authority, we have developed comprehensive protocols to assess and isolate any symptomatic guest or staff member.

Where physical distancing poses a challenge, we have installed physical barriers.