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 of Assistant Director Andy Halse outside with sunglasses on her head and water behind her

Andy Halse, Assistant Director
Never having attended camp as a camper, her first camp experience was at the age of 16, working as a camp counsellor for a day camp in Toronto. After that first summer, Andy was hooked on camp life and has since worked in the outdoor education industry for the past 18 years holding positions including Canoe-Tripper, Head of High Ropes, Section Director, Camp Director and Program Manager.

Andy holds two diplomas in both Culinary Management and Recreation and Leisure. She has a firm belief in the power of camp and is excited to facilitate positive camp experiences for all of Camp Awakening’s families.

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.

Youth Leadership Retreat (Volunteer) Staff

Youth Leadership Development Retreat (aka’YLD’) Staff are typically volunteers 25 years of age or older, most of whom have previous experience working at, or attending, Camp Awakening summer camp programs. YLD Staff are responsible for the safe, day-to-day delivery of the adapted, accessible and inclusive Retreat, including supervision, activity instruction, and personal care support of participants.