The Leadership Team is made up of experienced camp staff who work directly to prepare and organize the various areas in camp. This team starts working together in May to prepare our site, facilities and program equipment as well as get our programs and training organized for staff arrivals in June. We also have three year-round staff who assist in managing, guiding, and mentoring the team and camp operations as a whole.

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Brendan Turner

Executive Director

As someone who has spent every summer at camp since I was 6, I know that camp can be a wonderful place for kids to grow. For me, that love of camp turned into 25 years working as a staff member at different camps before coming to Sparrow Lake this year.

Having worked my way up from a ropes course staff to Associate Director at Camp White Pine, and then to Program Manager and Executive Director of Camp Quality Canada, a national organisation that runs many camps for kids with cancer; I’ve never stopped appreciating what makes camp great. As a Camp Director, that means that we as staff provide a place where kids can have an amazing time being their best selves. For me as a parent, that means making sure every child feels safe, cared for, and encouraged to grow and make friends.

I want to thank you for trusting us at Sparrow Lake to take care of the most important people in your lives.

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Melanie Osmond

Camp Administrator

With almost a decade of camp experience I am so excited to be returning to Sparrow Lake Camp for another season! While I love being outside and active during the summer, you will most likely find me at my desk throughout the year helping all of our parents register for camp. This is now my third year at Sparrow and I am so thankful to be a part of such a welcoming and positive community.

When I am not at SLC I tend to be working and volunteering in music and events. I am almost always in the middle of a different book, planning my next trip (with 32 countries already visited), or at the rock climbing gym.

Camp has always been a place where having fun, trying new things, and taking risks were all encouraged. I feel extremely lucky to be able to continue to work in an environment where this is cherished.

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Katie Grove

Assistant Director

A lifelong Sparrow Laker through and through! From being a PeeWee to part of the Leadership Team, I am so excited for my 17th summer of SLC magic, and my 5th year on staff. I love spending my summer at our beautiful site as a member of our camp community, moving around camp throughout the day to see everyone in action, and lending a hand wherever needed.

I have been lucky to have had the chance to explore the camping and outdoor industries by taking on leadership roles at summer camps in Ontario and Alberta, and embarking on a mountaineering expedition to Western Mongolia. I am happy to have made my way back to SLC. While not at camp I have been completing Teachers College specializing in Physical and Health Education, and Outdoor Adventure Leadership.

SLC is a place of joy, possibility, and adventure, and we can’t wait for you to join us.

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Emily Gariepy

Resource Director

My name is Emily. I am currently finishing my fourth year at Laurentian University in the Outdoor Adventure Leadership program. I have worked in camping for 5 years, and I am super excited to begin this new chapter of my camping career at Sparrow Lake. I enjoy climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and pretty much any camp activity. I am so excited to experience the Sparrow Lake magic and immerse myself into this wonderful community. I am looking forward to a wonderful summer!

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Austin Insley

Head Counsellor

Hi my name is Austin Insley. I am currently going into my fourth and final year at Queens University in the Physical Health and Education program. I have been going to Sparrow Lake Camp for as long as I can remember. This will be my fifth year on staff at Sparrow Lake and I could not be more excited. This year I will be Sparrow Lakes Head Counsellor and I could not be more excited to work in this new role helping all of our counsellors provide a fun and exciting time for all of the Sparrow Lake campers. I love everything that camp has to offer and can't wait to be coming back for a fun and exciting summer.

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Nicole Schultz

Special Programs Director

This is Nicole! This will be her fourth year working at Sparrow Lake Camp. Nicole is going into her third year of University at the University of Guelph with hopes of becoming a kindergarten teacher. She is also a competitive track and field athlete and is currently training under Guelph coaches in hopes of competing with Team Canada this fall! This summer you can catch Nicole helping out the programmers or with the peewee and multi-venture campers. Her favourite camp activities include swimming, doing crafts at the craft hut and evening programs! She is most excited about getting to be more involved with the day to day of camp and getting to meet all new and returning campers!