Meet Our Directors

Dana Leahey: Director

Dana Leahey

Dana is the spirit and visionary behind Camp Scugog. Having been involved in camping since the 1970’s, and directing Camp Scugog for the past 30 years, it is clear that Dana’s devotion to the importance of camp has helped shape thousands of lives, including her children. Dana raised her two children at camp, both of whom were campers and staff, emphasizing the sense of community and family that she brings to her work. A well-respected member of the camping community, Dana is committed to passing on her knowledge, and continuously adapting her programming to meet the demands of her clientele. Having led numerous workshops for the Ontario Camping Association including their Directors Conference and Skills Weekend, Dana passionately passes on her belief in the importance of camping, community and young people.

Gary Hoey: Assistant Director

Gary Hoey

Gary brings his unparalleled enthusiasm to everything he does. As a former camper from the Mother’s and Children program, Gary utilizes his insight into camper dynamics to shape daily programming and develop lasting relationships with both campers and staff. An important member of the Lake Scugog community, Gary’s creative mentality truly makes magic. Whether it is a back pocket game or a song around the campfire, Gary’s skills are invaluable to the success of Camp Scugog. Truly one in a million, Gary has a unique ability to understand group dynamics. Whether leading a group of 6 or 60, a fast song or a cabin discussion, Gary engages, captivates and encourages all of our Scugog Community.

Carol Rhynas: Assistant Director

Carol Rhynas

Carol is truly passionate about camping, and has worn almost every "hat" at Scugog. Since becoming a staff member at 17, Carol's love for camp has blossomed into an unwavering commitment to provide campers with memories that last a lifetime. Having raised three children at camp, Carol is proud to instil her remarkable talents in her children, knowing that she is passing on her legacy. Her attention to detail and connections with parents and campers alike has made her invaluable to the Scugog community. She is an active volunteer with the Ontario Camps Association, and was the proud recipient of the 2011 United Church of Canada's Camping Award.