Camp Awakening

Our staff team is small, but mighty!

Year-round

Portrait of Executive Director Tracy Morley canoeing

Tracy Morley, Executive Director
Tracy considers her role at Camp Awakening a dream job allowing her to combine 20 years of not-for-profit experience with a lifetime of summer camp knowledge. She is passionate about outdoor recreation and firmly believes in the life-changing magic of camp. She wishes she could start every day jumping in a lake and end each day around a campfire.

Tracy is the current Co-Chair of the Special Needs Resource Committee of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA) and previously served as Director, Special Needs Subclass for the OCA’s Board of Directors.  She was a Board Member and Fellow of the now dissolved Society of Camp Directors. Tracy is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and volunteers her time with several organizations devoted to positive youth development.

Portrait taken at sunset of Program Director Emily

Emily Langer, Program Director
Emily is an administrator and educator who is passionate about outdoor recreation and the magic of summer camp. She grew up attending summer camp not far from Eagle Lake and has a deep appreciation for all the time she spent growing up surrounded by nature.

Emily has a degree in Arts Administration and Cultural Management from Humber College, as well as her Bachelors’ of Education and BAH in Drama from Queen’s University. 

Summer Camp Program Staff

Staff members are at least 17 years of age, but typically older university students.  They hold a current Bronze Cross or National Lifeguard in lifesaving (or equivalent) and a Standard First Aid/CPR certification. Staff are also encouraged to complete the Wilderness First Aid (Basic) course. Our staff are trained to offer support with personal care routines as ‘caregivers’, but are not medical or health professionals.  Camp Awakening staff are also expected to have relevant experience camping, canoe-tripping, and working with youth with physical disabilities.

Leaders-in-Training & Adult camp (Volunteer) Staff

Staff for the Leaders-in-Training (LIT) and Adult Camp programs are typically volunteers 21 years of age or older, most of whom have previous experience working at, or attending, Camp Awakening summer camp programs. Staff are responsible for the safe, day-to-day delivery of the adapted, accessible and inclusive LIT and Adult Camp programs, including supervision, activity instruction, and personal care support of participants.