We believe there are several pillars that make the Wenonah experience stand out:
Wenonah is family-owned, and our committed and caring leaders take pride in the accomplishments of each participant.
Over 80% of our groups return to Wenonah each year, and they are dedicated to exposing their group members to a setting where community living is emphasized and individual accomplishments are celebrated.
OUR “FULL PROGRAM / FULL SERVICE” APPROACH
By providing a “full program / full service” experience, we will look after all aspects of your group’s stay. This means that our staff will facilitate all programming and instruction from morning wake-up to the final activity before bedtime.
Additionally, your group will have full access to use our equipment and facilities. And, of course, we will provide accommodations and meals to your group members.
Our outdoor education program provides the distinct opportunity to tailor your visit specifically to meet the needs of your group members. In advance of your visit to Wenonah, our staff will work with you to develop a program schedule based on your requests and objectives.
Our customized programs are tied to the Ontario Ministry of Education program. We offer hands-on, experiential activities in a safe and supportive environment. Our programs focus on team building and group processing activities that enhance both the group and individual’s growth. A core element of our program is fostering an appreciation for the natural environment in group members.
Jeff Bradshaw (Founder / Executive Director) began his career as a staff member at Summer Camp in 1978 and hasn’t looked back since! Jeff served as President of the Canadian Camping Association from 2007 – 2011. Jeff was honoured by the Ontario Camps Association with the prestigious Dorothy Walter Award of Excellence and the Canadian Camping Association with the Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement Award for his exceptional contributions to the world of camping. Jeff has represented Canada on the Board of Directors of the International Camping Fellowship since 1997. He is often consulted, and frequently offers his leadership, to national and international camping initiatives. Jeff has led camp workshops and presentations in Russia, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Cyprus, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico and across the United States and Canada.
Renata Bradshaw (Program Consultant) is a former teacher with the Halton District School Board. She served as an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Education at York University, and as an Instructor of Outdoor Recreation with Mohawk College. Renata is an active member with the Society of Camp Directors. She has offered her leadership as a workshop facilitator with the Ontario Camps Association, Ontario Day Camp Summit, and International Camping Fellowship.
Rianne Barette (Outdoor Centre Director) is an experienced and accomplished camp and outdoor education professional. She is a veteran of many years as a staff member at Wenonah, including time spent as Assistant Director, Tripping Director, and Group Coordinator. Rianne previously assumed the role of Associate Director at Camp Summit in Squamish, British Columbia, coordinating all Summer Camp registration and business activity for their office. While out west, Rianne served as Secretary of the Board for the British Columbia Camps Association and remains an active leader within the industry.
AN AWARD WINNING EXECUTIVE CHEF
Brad Laidlaw is Wenonah’s long-time Executive Chef. He and his food service team are committed to providing wholesome, tasty, nutritious, family-style meals for campers. For many years, Brad was Executive Chef at Georgian Peaks Ski Club in Collingwood. Brad was awarded Ski Canada’s award for the country’s best fine dining.
A VETERAN STAFF TEAM
Wenonah staff are outdoor education professionals, teachers, university and college graduates and students. Our staff are hired for their ability to provide strong leadership and to be positive role models for the students in their care.
Many staff are graduates of our Summer Camp leadership training programs and were themselves campers at Wenonah. All staff members have current certification in lifeguarding and first aid, and also bring certification and experience in any number of camp program areas. In addition to ongoing training throughout the year, each Wenonah staff member participates in a week-long staff training program prior to the start of the Outdoor Centre season.
THE CAMP FACILITY
Wenonah’s main Camp area is comprised of 300 acres of spectacular wilderness set in the heart of the rugged Muskoka woods. The area surrounding the Camp includes two lakes adjacent to Wenonah (Clear Lake and Saw Lake). Beyond the Camp lies thousands of acres of Crown Land, providing students and visitors with tremendous opportunities for hiking and canoe tripping experiences.
While staying at Camp, students are accommodated in clean, well-ventilated cabins with easy access to private showers and flush toilets
Teachers and chaperones are housed in newly renovated accommodations with private bedrooms and washrooms.
Wenonah is located in the beautiful Muskoka region of Ontario, east of the town of Bracebridge. Camp is a short distance away from many Ontario cities, including Toronto (2 hours), Barrie (90 minutes), London (4.5 hours), and Ottawa (4.5 hours).
OUR NUT-AWARE SETTING
Many students come to Wenonah with severe or life-threatening allergies. To ensure that Camp is a safe environment for all, our site is designated as “nut aware”. We create our menus with this in mind. All food served through the kitchen and on outtrips is carefully screened to be peanut and nut free, and at no time are peanut and nut products provided by Wenonah. No nuts or nut products may be brought into Camp. Our staff are trained to be vigilant in screening food items that may be brought by students. In such case that a product does contain nuts or traces of nuts, it will be removed immediately from the Camp property.