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The Camp Ekon staff community is comprised of approximately forty members. Our staff is extremely qualified in enthusiasm and fun. Many of our staff members were once campers who were inspired by past staff members and who are now trying to recreate some of that magical experience for their campers. Camp Ekon is a unique community where all staff members give 110% in order to "carry the heavy load" and "look out for the little guy." There are two types of staff: counseling staff and senior staff.


Counseling staff work directly with the campers. The counseling staff is generally seventeen to nineteen years old. They are responsible for supervising campers during free time, teaching instructions, leading 'club' activities and creating the afternoon and evening programs. The counseling staff is always on the go with the kids, creating magical experiences for every camper.

Senior Staff

The senior staff work behind the scenes to ensure that camp runs smoothly. Each senior staff member (typically a university student) is responsible for a different area of camp. The senior staff are also role models for the younger staff members.

Mara Thompson: LIT Directors

Hello! My name is Mara Thompson and I'm super excited to be working along side my good pal Michael Hand as the LIT Directors for the summer. We will be canoeing all the way from Newfoundland to the beautiful Camp Ekon for some sun and a couple laughs. On my off season I attend Memorial University where I am in my second year of business school. I don't know about you but I've been dreaming of the Ski Dock for months and can't wait to get back!

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Chanel Kennedy: Programming Directors

Hi friends, My name is Chanel Kennedy and this year I will be one of the Programming Directors alongside my great friend Patrick Hubbard! We are going to spend our days at camp making sure Ekon is in shipshape for everyone to enjoy. When I’m not at camp you can find me studying history at the University of Guelph; and counting down the days until I can be back swimming in the beautiful Lake Joe. This will be my 9th year at Camp Ekon and I could not be more excited for what summer 2017 has in store for us!

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Duncan Gilfillan: Maintenance Manager

Hello der All you Ekon People! My name is Duncan Gilfillan and I will be taking care of the maintenance at camp this summer, with my brother from another mother Thomas. This will be my 5th year on staff and my 14th year at Ekon. While Camp Ekon is my life, I do have to do other things with my spare time (sigh). I am currently at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia Studying Recreation. During my free time I love to watch sports, explore the city and listen to music and think about jumping into lake Joe. Cant wait to see what this year has in store - Hope to see new and returning faces! See you soon!

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Brigid Trott: Assistant Director

Hello there, my name's Brigid, how are ya! I recently graduated from McGill University with a degree in Art History BUT more excitingly, this summer I am returning once more to Camp Ekon to be the Assistant Director!!!!! I cannot wait!! I'm most looking forward to swimming, canoeing, sailing, tetherballing, swimming, campfiring, arts n crafting, climbing, swimming, dramaing, tripping, singing, dancing, swimming, laughing, playing, swimming, sleeping, breathing, eating, swimming, etc.. If you see me doing any of these activities this summer please stop and say hi! Catch ya on the shores of Lake Joe! :)

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Kyle England: Tripping Director

HELLO ALL!! My name is Kyle England, I am the 2016 Tripping Director I am very excited to plan all the fun and exciting canoe trips to Killarney and Algonquin Park. When I am not at the best place in the world (camp of course) I am at Brock University studying Outdoor Recreation and Leisure. When I am not in tripping shed getting things ready for the trips you can for sure find me at MPC and challenge me to a game of basketball, ball hockey, or any other fun games. I cannot wait for summer and to see everyone, have a good rest of the school year and mark your calendars camp is around the corner!!!

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Michael Hand: LIT Director

Hello all you Ekon enthusiasts!! My name is Michael and I am so excited to be coming back to camp this summer as your 2017 LIT Director, along side my dear friend and fellow Newfoundlander Mara Thompson! We are experts on all things LIT and excited to teach you everything we know! *dabs* At camp you'll usually find me creating magnificent art work in AC or perfecting my penguin dive down at the Ski Dock. When I'm not at camp, sadly, I reside back on The Rock and study Biochemistry at Memorial University! Can't wait to see all of your smiling faces at camp this summer! It's gonna be LIT!!

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Patrick Hubbard: Programming Directors

WELCOME TO CAMP EKON 2017!!!! For those of you who are new to Camp Ekon my name is Patrick Hubbard and once again I'm excited to be one of the two Programming Directors alongside Chanel! Throughout the school year I'm just a regular mild mannered third year student at Dalhousie University studying International Development and Sociology. I spend most months(4)/weeks(17)/days(117)/minutes(168,480)/seconds(10,108,800) till I'm back up on the beautiful Ekon peninsula. I'm super excited for the long summer on Lake Joe and for all the crazy adventures that come along with it!

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Kate Tracy: Healthcare and Waterfront Director

Hey! I'm Kate Tracy and I'm super excited to be spending my second summer as senior staff as the Healthcare and Waterfront Director at Ekon. When I'm not handing out bandaids and forcing everyone to wear sunscreen, i'm studying English at the University of King's College in Halifax. Can't wait to see everyone for another awesome summer!

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Aine Workentin: Healthcare and Waterfront Director

Hey friends! My name is Aine (pronounced ONYA) and this upcoming summer will be my 11th summer spent by the beautiful shores of lake Joe. I’m returning this year as Ekon’s Tripping Coordinator and I can’t wait to get you all prepared for your adventures in Algonquin and Kilarney!
In the off season you can find me in Halifax, hardly workin at Dalhousie and daydreaming about heading back up to Ekon and seeing all of you! When I’m not cooped up in the tripping shed you will probably find me wandering around the flagpole looking for a familiar face to chat with or a game to join in on! Can’t wait to get back to that beautiful peninsula! Let the countdown begin!!!! 

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Good Day Campers! It’s Peter checking in from my home in Toronto. I am back again this summer to help out with programming, maintenance and the L.I.T’s! This will be my 10th summer at my favourite place on earth—Camp Ekon. At camp you will find me in the program office working along side my buddies Patrick and Chanel, helping the LIT’s stay steady on the ropes course or keeping camp neat and tidy for all of you! During the off-season I am member of the Toronto Marlies equipment staff and a retail assistant at Real Sports Apparel in the ACC. Counting the days until camp begins!

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Thomas Hickey

Hey everyone! My name is Thomas Hickey and when I’m not enjoying a piece of good literature by the fire you can find me and my fellow superstar maintenance director Duncan around camp! Throughout the year, when I’m sadly not at Ekon, I spend my time hitting the books at Queen’s University (Cha Gheill!!!) in Kingston studying economics and statistics. I’m super pumped to be welcomed onto the stellar senior staff team this year, and always feel free to challenge my tetherball court title or just drop by to say hi at the maintenance shed! Hope to see you all back around good ole Lake Joe this summer!

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Simon Gillies: Kitchen Manager

“Simon Gillies taught me what it truly means to live in the spirit of Ekon” – Patrick Hubbard, 2016. 

Hello everyone!! I'm Simon, and this summer I'll be reprising my role as Captain of the Culinary, Foreman of the Food, Guardian of the Grub, or "Kitchen Manager" (as my tax return says) at everyone's favorite peninsular playground, Camp Ekon!! You'll be able to find me this summer in and around the kitchen making sure everybody has enough delicious food! When I'm not busy keeping things in tip top shape on the culinary end of things, you can find me out and about at camp playing frisbee, trying to convince people three-way capture the flag is far superior, or desperately calling for help on top of an overturned sailboat in the middle of Lake Joe. Regardless of where you happen to find me, don't hesitate to say hi (or 你好, as I recently started learning Mandarin). In the offseason, I spend my days studying away at the University of King's College in Halifax where I major in underwater basket-weaving and astrophysics. I'm already counting down the days to when I finally wash up on the sandy shores of Camp Ekon! See you in the summer.

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How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in joining Camp Ekon's Staff.

Please complete the forms below and send them to the Camp's Winter Office (the address is on the right) as soon as possible. Please include a current resume and allow extra time for your references to arrive at the office.

The deadline for Staff applications is January 4th of the year for which you are applying.

You will be required to come to the Camp's Winter Office for an interview in January of the year for which you are applying.

You can expect to receive a decision from the Camp sometime in late February or early March. Please do not make nonrefundable travel arrangements until you have received a final acceptance decision.

Thank you again for your interest in Camp Ekon.

Please feel free to call (416) 778-1505 or email if you have any questions.

Click here to download the new staff application. NOTE: this is a Microsoft Word document. It will open in a new window.


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Winter Office

Jesuit Offices, 3rd Floor
43 Queen's Park Cres. East
Toronto, ON
M5S 2C3
Phone: (416) 778-1505
Fax: (416) 962-4501

Summer Office

Summer Office
Camp Ekon, RR #1
324 B/C Stanley House Road
Rosseau, ON
P0C 1J0
Phone: (705) 732-2222

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