Welcome Back, Matt Smith!

Camp Hurontario is thrilled to announce that Hurontario alumnus Matt Smith has signed on as Hurontario’s new Camp Director! We are excited to have his dedication, creativity, and care leading the Hurontario community into the future. Matt brings extensive experience in education and a commitment to the development of young people with him as he returns to Camp Hurontario, where he spent many years as a camper and later as part of our amazing group of staff members.

Most recently, Matt served as Principal of Maria Montessori School in Toronto, guiding that community with a steady hand through the challenges of teaching and learning in the COVID-19 pandemic. Previous leadership positions in education include his work as Principal at Taddle Creek Montessori, and as part of the leadership team at Clanmore Montessori, where he demonstrated his ongoing commitment to student growth and development and a passion for authentic, experiential learning opportunities.

Matt also brings a lifelong connection to Camp Hurontario, a passion for the outdoors, and a belief in the profound potential that camping has to make an impact on a child’s life. For many years before making a move into education leadership, Matt played an integral role on Camp Hurontario’s leadership team as a Section Director, Tripping Director, and later as the camp’s first Program Director. We are thrilled to welcome Matt back to camp along with his family and look forward to seeing him connect with families, campers, staff members, and alumni as he settles into this new position. Polly and Don look forward to supporting Matt as he transitions into his Camp Director role and to helping guide Hurontario into the post-pandemic era in their ongoing roles as owners and members of the Hurontario Board of Directors. We are confident that Matt’s passion for camping and collaborative leadership style will take Hurontario to new heights as we celebrate our 75th season on Georgian Bay. We look forward to again welcoming our campers, families, staff, and alumni back to camp this coming summer!

Great news from Camp Hurontario!

Canada is open - calling all campers!

Building on our amazing success this past summer, we are really excited that our 2022 registrations are now underway. 

Looking back on our 2021 season, it was obviously a very different camping season for Hurontario, as we dealt with the realities of the pandemic’s social distancing requirements, masks, vaccination limitations and testing challenges. We also faced unanticipated late transportation and staging area issues, but thanks to our incredibly flexible and versatile staff we were able to rise to the occasion and creatively meet those challenges. 

Our major “pivot” to one week family camps was met with tremendous support from many Hurontario alumni families, as well as a host of new families to whom the news of our new family camps quickly spread. In addition to our amazing family camp weeks we also enjoyed a two week special session for vaccinated 12 to 14 year old campers. That option also filled overnight

In addition, we were able to maintain our long established whitewater tradition by sending off two groups of senior campers in each of July and August on special trips on the Dumoine and Coulonge Rivers.

Given vaccination limitations then in place, we were unable to offer spots to all our previous year’s campers in 2021, but we are really excited at the prospects of doing so in 2022! 

Looking back, it is obvious that much of our success last year was due to the adaptability and commitment of our great Hurontario staff. We never ceased to be impressed by how they all stepped up to the challenge and morphed into excellent family camp counsellors, much to the delight of our family camp parents and campers.

Hurontario 2021 provided a wide range of our traditional activities to our full contingent of amazing new camper families and alumni families who brought their energy and enthusiasm to everything they did. Musical performances and skit-making brought out everyone’s creative side, delighting and entertaining the entire camp. It really was a blast!

And now we are looking forward to a full return to camp as Hurontario plans for its 75th year! We are so pleased to have had so much support from so many this past summer. We thank you all enormously, and we look forward enthusiastically to 2022!

2022 Hurontario Wilderness Trips

The Hood River in the Arctic & the Moisie River in Labrador

Again, this summer, Hurontario will be offering two amazing wilderness trips for campers who are 15, 16 and 17 years old! Take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore Canada’s true north.

We will be holding an information meeting on Monday, November 29, at 7 p.m. on Zoom

Please call (416) 488-2077 or email us to confirm that your tripper and at least one parent will be attending.

At this meeting, we will go over dates, cost, travel, and any questions you may have. Photos and videos from past trips will also be on display! Come and discover what these amazing trips have to offer.

Please let us know if you are interested!