Meet Our Leadership Team

Vicky Spence

Office Manager

Vicky Spence has been part of the Camp Scugog team for 7 summers where she is responsible for managing the office, including camper registration and charitable donations. When she’s not busy keeping everyone on track, Vicky loves to sew with campers, helping bring their imaginations to life with new PJ’s, shirts, stuffed animals and bags. She also brings her creative flair to Scugog’s special days ensuring we have the best costumes around! Outside of camp, Vicky loves sewing, reading and leading her Beaver Scout troupe.

Cole Thibault

Property Manager

Cole has spent most of his life at camp, first arriving as a camper during our Mom’s and Kids camp. In total, he spent 15 years as a camper, and is now on his 13th year as staff. Aside from keeping our facilities in fantastic shape, Cole loves playing capture the flag, singing at campfires and seeing big smiles on campers faces. Outside of camp, Cole works as a courier, using all of his vacations and weekends to be at camp in the summer. For Cole, camp is a place where lifelong memories and friendships are made.

Emily Clark

Development Officer

Emily first arrived at camp when she was just one month old and has been hooked ever since! She spent her summers between Camp Scugog and Camp Oconto where she fostered her passion for leadership and the outdoors. Emily completed the Leadership Program at Camp Scugog then worked on staff as a counsellor, Kayak Director, and finally Leadership Director for a total of 8 summers. She now manages the fundraising program at Camp Scugog while working full time at Klick Inc. managing their Learning and Development programs. Emily holds her BA from the University of Guelph, and a certificate in Fundraising and Volunteer Management from Humber College.

Sierra Spence

Programmer

Sierra has been at Scugog for 11 years, but has been involved in camping for most of her life, having spent her summers at other camps. She loves giving back to kids in the summer as it meant so much to her growing up. Her favourite camp activity is campfire and she also loves to change things up with themed Special Days. Sierra is a graduate of Redeemer University, and during the year, she lives and works in Hamilton for a local company RELAY Coffee Roasters.

Vicky Calvin

Leadership Director

Vicky has been a part of the Camp Scugog Community for the past 24 years, and is incredibly excited to be spending another glorious summer in nature with all of our campers! Vicky is a graduate of Nipissing University, where she completed a B.A and B.Ed. When she’s not at camp, Vicky is teaching future generations as a member of the York Region District School Board, and managing Camp Scugog’s Year Round Leadership Program. Vicky’s favourite thing to do at camp is spending time with her campers and helping them develop their skills. She can’t wait to spend another wonderful summer in the sun with her camp family, and is already counting down the days!

Jesse Murphy

Leadership Director

2020 marks Jesse’s 10th summer at Camp Scugog which he proudly calls his second home. His passion for camping however extends beyond the shores of Lake Scugog. He has worked overseas at an Australian camp, and at YLCC, in Orillia for their spring and fall programming. Jesse firmly believes in the importance of camp, and its ability to give children and teens the opportunity to have great role models that teach them skills to help them in their future. Outside of camp, Jesse completed his diploma in Film and Television from Humber College, and helps with our Year Round Leadership Program.

Gavin Keachie

Waterfront Director

Gavin grew up going to Cub and Scout camps but didn’t find his way to Scugog until 2013 where he was immediately hooked, and has been coming back ever since. It has been a great privilege for him to befriend campers and watch them mature into caring counsellors. He loves getting to know the kids, the sense of community and purpose among the staff, and – of course – the awesome fun of daily life at camp. Swimming, special days, and all types of boating are particular favourites of Gavin’s. Outside of camp, Gavin is working on a PhD studying the 8th century theologian John of Damascus.

Elizbar Khajishvili

Waterfront Director

Elizbar has been at camp for the past eleven years, and on the staff team for the past two. He’s done a lot of growing up at camp, gaining many skills and abilities he wouldn’t have obtained anywhere else. Elizbar enjoys helping campers have the same fun and fulfilling experience, while having a ton of fun of his own. His favourite activity is campfire, where you can really see the community Camp Scugog fosters, and sing your heart out. Outside of camp, he works as a swim instructor, and loves making music in his spare time.

Katie Pita

Head Cook

Katie has been at Camp Scugog for the last 11 years – first attending as an L.I.T in 2009! Since that first summer, she has spent time in a number of different roles at camp – counselling, arts and crafts, waterfront, and out-tripping. There was something unique, exciting, and worthwhile about every position. For summer 2020, Katie is preparing for another new adventure, this time as the camp cook.  Having worked as a support staff in the kitchen for years, she can’t wait to see what the big job has in store. Outside of camp, Katie works as a swim supervisor at Shendy’s Swim Centre in North York, and holds a Master’s degree in Forest Conservation from the University of Toronto.

Emily Hoey

Assistant Cook

Emily has been attending camp for the past 15 years, four of which have been as a member of the staff team. Camp is a second home to Emily and it’s where she developed core values, like positivity, love and kindness. Outside of camp, Emily attends school and works as a lifeguard and swimming instructor at a pool in Thunder Bay. It’s her camp family, the campers and staff that keep Emily coming back year after year.