Jacob has been in the outdoor activities industry for the past four years, having worked in the UK as an outdoor educator/instructor.
With a passion for the great outdoors and driven to inspire others to experience it, Jacob will be spending his third summer at Onondaga as part of the tripping team and second summer as the Trip Director. Jacob and the tripping team are responsible for all the amazing and memorable canoe trips campers experience throughout the summer. Jacob is looking forward to many themed trips, epic campfire kazoo battles and making the biggest s`more possible this summer.
Zach is very excited to be coming back this summer as the Bantam Boys Section Head! This will be his 7th summer at camp, and after some reflection, he has determined that it is the connections that are made at camp that bring him back every year. Outside of camp, his passions range from playing hockey to jamming out on his ukulele. Zach believes that the Bantam Boys are a very energetic and tight-knit community, where fun is the thing they do best. He is extremely excited to do everything from screaming dining hall cheers to sharing his enthusiasm for being at camp with some new (and returning) faces this summer!
This is Gen's 9th summer at Onondaga and she is returning as the LIT 1 director. She will deeply miss the Inter Girls section but is very excited to be running a program that she feels is integral to Onondaga Camp. Gen majors in Biology at Queen's University but minors in having fun. Her favourite camp dessert are the butter tarts and appreciates that they are raisin-free. She is honoured to be working with her tallest and kindest friend, Gavin, and hopes all the LIT 1s are preparing themselves for one of the best summer's of their life!
Joc is super stoked to be returning to the shores of Onondaga Camp for her fourth year as one of this season’s Program Directors. Jocelyn has been at camps most of her life and working in camps and outdoor adventure for 7 years. She is currently studying Forestry in the hills of Scotland. Outside of the camp world, Joc loves to crochet and take care of her collection of baby trees. Joc and the program team are responsible for the everyday organization of activities, wrangling of the specialists and development of new programs! She’s most excited for roaring campfires and flying down the fox!
Great staff are the core of Onondaga. Our staff training is built on the insight that a kind and helpful staff member is often what a camper will remember most from his or her summer camp experience. We stress the importance of listening, watching, and encouraging so that counsellors can create an environment where campers feel good about trying new things and are supported for their efforts. This philosophy is a fundamental principle for our staff.
We hire new staff on the basis of the soundness and maturity of their judgment, their commitment to being strong role models, and most importantly their ability to establish positive and caring relationships with their campers. Onondagaʼs rigorous two-year Leadership-In-Training program, for our 16- and 17-year-old former campers, provides the theoretical and practical experience to become outstanding leaders and counsellors.