Health Care Information

Muskoka Woods values health and safety above all else. We strive towards offering a Summer Camp experience where no one can get hurt so no one does get hurt. Every week of Summer Camp is staffed with a doctor and team of nurses. 

2021 Outbreak and glowing reviews for Muskoka Woods

In August 2021, the Simcoe District Health Unit (SHDU) declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Muskoka Woods after two people at Muskoka Woods tested positive for COVID-19. The result was a three-week closure where total positive test results totaled 12 individuals with the majority being in one cohort.

When the SMDU decalred the outbreak over, they pointed to Muskoka Woods’ safety protocols as the reason for the containment of spread and our handling of the outbreak exemplary.

“This particular camp (Muskoka Woods) did the best they can, but COVID is very stealthy …”

– Dr. Colin Lee, associate medical officer with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. 

Kids need camp!

After all we’ve been through, why are we so excited to re-open? We couldn’t say it any better then these experts and parents:

“Having children safely re-engage in learning, play and social activities with other children is of great benefit to their mental, emotional and behavioural development,” … “Children thrive when they are able to interact with other children. The reopening of child care centres is an important step forward for allowing children to be with their peers and enjoy activities outside of their home environment.”

– Dr. Ronald Cohn, President and CEO of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

“My little guy was in WILD last week… for his first overnight camp experience. He had the most amazing time ever!! Loved everything about it! He really struggled being at home with online learning as he is an active little 6 year old. It really affected him mentally and emotionally. Since being home from camp he’s a changed kid! He’s so much happier and seems more calm and at peace since having this amazing experience. He talks very highly of his wonderful counsellors and enjoyed meeting some new friends and trying out new activities. I can’t say enough good things about the camp. I know you all worked so hard and had very very good protocols in place. I know the people at the health unit are very impressed with everything you have in place for safety protocols.”

– Mother of a 6-year-old camper

“Our daughter suffered from separation anxiety at a different camp 3 years ago. We worked with a counsellor to prepare her for the 2020 summer (at another camp) which was cancelled due to COVID. Long story short, we were all nervous about whether she would be successful and Muskoka Woods absolutely exceeded our expectations. The support beforehand, the care from her counsellor, the focus on values and all the fun activities … resulted in our daughter facing her fear and loving camp. She is already petitioning for 2-3 weeks next summer.”

– Mother of a teen camper

“This was the first time my children attended Muskoka Woods. My son is very shy and anxious around new children and was very nervous about attending camp. His counselor… was absolutely amazing and made this experience a memorable one for my son. After a year of isolation given the pandemic, this was a healing experience for my child and I am grateful he was surrounded by caring people who made him feel accepted and comfortable.”

– Mother of a teen camper

We’re grateful for all our families’ trust and confidence in our ability to provide a safe and fun summer camp experience for their children. We look forward to welcoming kids back to camp, “WHERE YOU BELONG”.

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

MD, BSC, CCFP(EM), DIP SPORT MED(CASEM)

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

RN, BHS, MAEd, CHE

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 Health Care 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.

Muskoka Woods Health Care Centre provides onsite screening, testing and a full complement of medical staff to help care for your child. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are you policies for vaccinations among guests next summer?
A: While summer is just around the corner, we are listening to our health advisory committee, direction from the government and local health units. We will share our vaccination policy with you when it has been finalized.

Q: Last summer you required a negative PCR test before coming to camp, my child had to wear a mask and other requirements. Will you be doing the same in summer 2022?
A: We are continuing to monitor direction from the government and local health units while listening to our own health advisory committee. Recently we added a Registered Nurse to our Senior Leadership Team to ensure we have the best information in order to keep Summer Camp safe and healthy. As soon as we finalize our policies we will share them.

Q: What happened last summer? I heard you had a COVID-19 outbreak.
A: Muskoka Woods was issued a notice of closure by the Simcoe District Health Unit (SDHU) after two people in separate cohorts tested positive for COVID-19. Upon reopening Summer Camp, the SDHU praised Muskoka Woods for its policies that definitely contained and limited the spread of COVID-19. Only 12 cases were reported around the outbreak. You can read more information about this here.

Q: What happens if my child is sick or doesn’t feel well?
A: Muskoka Woods has a Health Care Centre that is staffed with a full complement of health care professionals including a doctor and nurses. Your child has access to the doctor and nurses day and night. The doctor is available to write prescriptions if neccesary and if approved by parents, we can fill prescriptions on your behalf at camp.