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Meet Our Staff for 2018!

Most of the Staff at Camp Opemikon used to be campers themselves, and they are dedicated to passing on the skills, knowledge, and excitement they experienced when they were young. Most have graduated from our Counsellor in Training program, and have demonstrated their leadership skills, program knowledge, and experience with children.

All of the Staff at Camp Opemikon do their absolute best to give each and every camper the best experience that they can have by making sure they are learning, safe, and having FUN! At Opemikon, our motto is "The Camper Comes First!"

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Food Services Coordinator

Camp Director

Theresa is our year-round live-in Camp Director. She is in charge of the on-site day-to-day tasks related to the Camp and ensuring it is a safe place for you to be. The Camp Ranger assists her with keeping the camp facility in tip-top-shape,  and during the summer, the Maintenance Staff assist her with everything that needs to get done to keep the camp facility in tip-top shape.

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Camp Ranger

Aaron is our year-round-full-time Camp Ranger.  He is in charge of the on-site day-to-day tasks related to Camp Maintenance.  During the summer, the Maintenance Staff assist him with everything that needs to get done to keep the camp facility in tip-top shape.

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Each week a Professional Paramedic volunteers a week of their time to come up and be the medical personnel at Opemikon. They are in charge of delivering all the medication to the campers at their allotted times in the day, and they deal with any of the major medical issues. They also stock the first aid kits for all the Program staff to use on their sites and on their out-trips.

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Junior and Intermediate/Senior Program Director

The Junior Program Director and the Intermediate/Senior Program Director work under the Camp Director as the Senior Staff members to over-see the programs in their respective areas. The Junior Program Director over-sees the Cub Field Programs, while the Intermediate/Senior Program Director Over-sees the Scout Field and Extreme Adventure Programs. They all have had a few years of hands-on experience in their respective programs, and are responsible for the staff and program delivery in those areas. They will usually deal with all major camper discipline issues in their field personally, and help out the Counsellors wherever needed.


(top to bottom -- Melanie Robinson, Katie Kerrivan & Owen Quinn)

Hi, my name is Melanie Robinson.  I will be the Senior Program Coordinator this year as well as the Head Counsellor for CIT and Seneca.  Next year I will be starting my first year of college studying photography at Durham College in Oshawa.  This will be my 9th year as part of the OPE family, 4th as a staff.  I joined OPE as a non Scouting member and was welcomed with open arms.  Every summer I have returned to camp I have grown immensely as a person.  Being a staff member at OPE to me means giving campers and counsellors alike the knowledge and skills they need to push their limits and grow.


Hello, my name is Katie Kerrivan and this year I will be the Senior Program Coordinator for Troop Outdoor Skills, Vertical Skills, Survival and OSL.  I am currently in my first year studying Psychology at the University of Ottawa.  This summer marks my 6th year coming to summer camp and my 4th year as a staff member, although I have been coming to camp year-round as a member of Scouting since I was in my first year of Beavers.  I have considered Opemikon my second home for as long as I can remember and I am very happy to be able to welcome new campers and staff into our community!  I am excited for the summer and cannot wait to see you all there!


Hey, my name is Owen Quinn and I am absolutely amped to be Camp Opemikon's Junior and Intermediate Program Coordinator for the summer of 2018.  I am originally from Ottawa, but I am currently studying mechanical engineering at McGill University in Montreal and it has been a great time.  This will be my 9th year coming to camp since I first came here as a Brownsea camper in 2010.  Camp has been such a formative part of my life these past few years and getting to take up the position of Camp Akela is really exciting for me.  I have worked for the past two summers almost entirely in the Junior and Intermediate Program areas and they have really captured my heart.  I am always excited to spread the excitement and adventures these program areas have to offer to new and returning campers.  My favorite memories from camp have always been the group campfires we have at the beginning and end of each week at camp.  Getting to get up in front of everyone to lead songs or following along from the audience as loud as possible will never stop making me smile.  No matter what, I am looking forward to seeing tons of new and returning faces at camp this summer and having another fantastic year!


The Counsellors are what make Camp Opemikon the amazing place that it is! They are fun, energetic, CRAZY people that have lots of experience with children and the outdoors. They have usually been campers themselves, and most of them have come up through our Counsellor in Training (CIT) Program. They all have First Aid qualifications. They love doing what they do, and can find impossible amounts of energy to make sure the campers are safe, happy, some-what clean, and having fun.

Each counsellor team is headed up by a Head Counsellor. The Head Counsellor is someone who is 18 or older and has led their program before. They have lots of experience with children and just want to teach others how to run their program. They are in charge to make sure everything gets done so their program can be run the best way possible. Every program also has another Senior Counsellor, who helps the Head Counsellor lead the program. Next is the Junior Counsellor. The Junior Counsellors are somewhere between 16 and 18, and are learning how to deliver the program from the Head and Senior Counsellors. They have experience with the program elements, and all of them have worked with kids before. Some programs also have the privilege of having an Adult Scouter. An Adult Scouter is an adult member of Scouts Canada who comes up to volunteer a week of their time in a program of their choice. Usually, they are coming up with their son or daughter to assist the Counsellor team.

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Kitchen Staff

The Kitchen Staff work tirelessly to cook the meals for all the people at camp. They work in our Industrial Kitchen for long hours, and when they still have some energy, they come out for our camp-wide activities. They work very hard, and it shows, as the camp food at Opemikon is delicious! We are very grateful for them and all they do!   

For more information on the meals your camper will eat, or how we handle dietary needs, visit the Meal and Dietary Information Page.

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The Head Lifeguard is in charge of the beach. He or She runs the Aquatics Sessions with the other NLS qualified Lifeguards and is always there whenever anyone is in the water. He or She also instructs the other Lifeguards with any additional camp tasks required of them.


The Head Boatie is in charge of the boat docks. He or She, along with the Assistant Boatie, runs the Boating Sessions and is always there whenever anyone is using boats on the water. He or She also does any maintenance tasks around the docks, or around camp as required.

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Rocks & Ropes

Our High Ropes, Low Ropes, and Natural Rock Face are all run by our two Rocks and Ropes Staff. At least one of them has their certification and they both have lots of experience with climbing. They instruct the campers how to use the courses safely and keep all the equipment safe and inspected.


Maintenance and Equipment

The Maintenance & Equipment staff work under the Camp Director & Camp Ranger to do the day-to-day tasks to keep the camp in working order. They are often seen mowing the grass, cleaning something, fixing something, repairing tents, packing outtrip gear or driving around on the tractor!

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If you would like to join our Summer Staff Team, visit our Staff Information Page!

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04/27/2018 - 4:00pm - 04/29/2018 - 1:00pm
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