Barb reading to the campers during rest hour!
Barb Weeden has been an outdoor educator and summer camp professional for over 30 years. After her first summer learning the ropes of Sparrow Barb is excited to start building her staff team with many returning staff and CIT graduates and is busy planning for another great summer. Before coming to SLC, Barb’s major accomplishment was founding the King Day Camp (KDC) an outdoor adventure camp for children aged 4 to 16 at Seneca College. Over a 20-year time span, grew the camp to over 350 children per week with a staff team of 90. After 23 wonderful years of camp directing and managing the Outdoor Centre at Seneca, Barb moved on to be the General Manager of Tim Horton Onondaga Farms, one of 7 Tim Horton Children’s Foundation summer camps before coming to SLC. Barb is passionate about providing experiential, unplugged opportunities for children and building a community for children to grow and develop their skills at camp. Barb has received many accolades for her work in camping and outdoor education. Barb has received the Seneca College Alumni Award of Distinction, The Dorothy Walter Leadership award from the Ontario Camps Association (OCA) and from the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario (COEO). She was awarded with the Cambridge Woman of Distinction and her greatest honor is receiving the Queens Diamond Jubilee Award for her work with the Duke of Edinburgh Program. Some of Barb’s fondest group building memories are from her volunteer work experience with Youth Challenge International while living in Costa Rica. Barb continues to volunteer with the OCA and has recently joined the Outdoor Education Committee. She also volunteers for the local Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Georgian Triangle. As an avid downhill skier, Barb is looking forward to enjoying winter in the Blue Mountains where she works from her home outside of the summer season.
Melanie Osmond was Sparrow's Office Manager last summer and is looking forward to spending another summer at Sparrow Lake Camp as "Mama Mel". After 7 years in various roles in both day and traditional over night camps Melanie is putting her experience both on the field and behind the scenes to work as the Camp Administrator. With a Bachelors of Knowledge Integration and a Graduate Certificate of Event Management Melanie will be using her organizational and design skills to assist with year round marketing, registration, and social media. When Melanie isn't busy with Sparrow magic she works in the event sphere, volunteering for various live events including one of Canada's largest vocal talent searches.