Meet Our Directors

Dana Leahey

Camp Director

Dana has been the Director of Camp Scugog for more than 35 years. As a youngster, she spent her summers at Camp Oconto which ignited her lifelong devotion to camping. Camp Scugog has proved to be the perfect career, marrying two of her great passions-social justice and children’s camping. Dana has dedicated much of her life to working with marginalized populations, starting with her work in group homes, and as a member of the board of Maggie’s Resource Center and now at Camp Scugog. As Camp Director, Dana is responsible for overseeing the summer camp programs, and the year round leadership program. Outside of Camping, Dana is passionate about her family, friends, and building and maintaining her small homestead in rural Ontario where she is also a member of the local quilting club.

Carol Rhynas

Assistant Director

Carol 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. At Camp, Carol leads our canoeing program where she passionately shares her love for sport and appreciation of the natural beauty found on the lake. Carol also leads our Chapel service on Sundays, and helps with camper disputes and behavioural issues. 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. Carol recently retired from the Durham School Board where she worked at as Educational Assistant.

Gary Hoey

Assistant Director

Gary brings his unparalleled enthusiasm to everything he does. As a former camper from the Mother’s and Children program, Gary uses his insight into camper dynamics to shape daily programming and develop lasting relationships with both campers and staff. Whether it’s a back pocket game or a song around the campfire, Gary’s skills are invaluable to the success of Camp Scugog. 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. Outside of Camp, Gary owns a small arborist company, Tree M.D.