Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da is currently directed and owned by Pam Lamont and her husband David Smith. Pam directs the camp on a day to day basis and has been active with Mi-A-Kon-Da for over 30 years as a camper, staff member, Nurse and Director. She is passionate about the outdoor summer camp experience and is excited to provide an opportunity for other girls to share the joy. As Director, Pam is very committed to her staff, as well as ensuring that each camper has a positive camp experience.
Pam has a background in critical care nursing and holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing Education. She has held various teaching positions including on the faculty at the University of Toronto. Pam continues to provide leadership and guidance to the Ontario Camps Association’s Health Care Committee. Her educational background and significant experience in the camping field are great assets to camp life.
Katelyn Steer is entering her 17th year here at Mi-A-Kon-Da and has attended camp since she was 10 years old. Throughout her years on staff, Katelyn has fulfilled a variety of roles including Dishwasher, Driftwood and Centre Counsellor as well as Arts and Crafts Instructor. Katelyn concluded her time on counsellor staff as Program Director; in this role, she planned and organized daily camp programming for the campers and staff at camp.
In her current role as Assistant Director, Katelyn oversees day-to-day camp life by working closely with both Mi-A-Kon-Da campers and counsellors during the summer. In the off season, Katelyn manages communications with campers, parents and staff to ensure that all questions regarding the upcoming season of camp are answered. In addition, she is busy planning programs for the upcoming camp season that directly benefit the development of our campers.
Katelyn is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and holds an undergraduate degree in History. She has a genuine passion for working with children of all ages; Katelyn brings her experience in child development as well as her leadership capabilities to Mi-A-Kon-Da year after year.
Brandon’s Mi-A-Kon-Da experience began as a one-week-old baby attending camp with his mother, Pam Lamont, who was the camp nurse at the time. Since then, Pam has become the Director and Owner and Brandon has grown into one of the longest standing employees at Mi-A-Kon-Da. With over 10 years on staff, he works to ensure that the camp continues to run smoothly.
In his current role as Assistant Director, Brandon oversees the operations of the camp to ensure there is tasty food to eat, the facilities are clean and all of the camp infrastructure is in working order. In the off season, Brandon continues to support the camp in a variety of roles including IT, construction and maintenance, inventory management, and new program development.
With a background in engineering and entrepreneurship, Brandon is passionate about building and designing a unique camp experience while maintaining the core philosophy that defines Mi-A-Kon-Da.
This will be Sarah’s 12th year at camp and she is looking forward to working alongside the staff and campers to make this summer memorable. Sarah is going to bring all of her teamwork skills to this role – most of which she learned at camp! When Sarah isn’t at camp, she is a high school science teacher in Vancouver, B.C. and when she’s not at school,Sarah is probably skiing or tending to her pet chickens. Sarah’s favourite magical Mi-A-Kon-Da moment over the past summers at camp has been cheering so loud for the loons that she lost her voice – She was surrounded by people that she looked up to, no matter their age and it was a very joyful moment. Sarah can’t wait to meet everyone and reconnect with the Mi-A-Kon-Da community.
Officially, this will be Anne’s 19th year at camp, but she has volunteered every summer so technically this will be her 25th summer on the island. Anne looks forward to bringing her tackiest sweaters and her most enthusiastic camp-counsellor energy to this role, especially when it comes to welcoming newcomers to Mi-A-Kon-Da. When Anne isn’t at camp, she is a professional actor and also does bookkeeping in Toronto, but personally she enjoys making crafts and spending time with friends and her dog, Gus. Anne’s favourite magical Mi-A-Kon-Da moment over the past summers at camp was in 1998 when Anne and her 3 sisters did a dance to “We Are Family” at Variety Night, it was pretty special. Camp is Anne’s favourite place on earth. As with any year, she looks forward to welcoming new faces and welcoming back old ones to Mi-a-kon-da.
This will be Sammy’s 14th summer here at Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da. She brings a variety of experience and skills to her role as Program Director and is especially looking forward to contributing her positivity and high work ethic to this new role. When Sammy isn’t at camp, she is studying biomedical science at the University of Guelph and plays on their rugby team. A magical Mi-A-Kon-Da moment that is a favourite memory of Sammy’s is when Centre section had a campfire after Evening Program and sat together and sang quiet songs while watching the sunset. Everyone was living fully in the moment and it was a really lovely evening.
This will be Sarah’s 14th summer at Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da and her 2nd year as CIT Director. She is excited to bring her mentorship skills, work ethic and enthusiasm that she learned in this role last summer to this upcoming summer. When Sarah isn’t at camp, she is studying at Western University as is in her 4th year where she is a dual degree HBA and honours specialization psychology candidate at Ivey. A magical Mi-A-Kon-Da moment that is a favourite memory of Sarah’s is when she was on a 6 day canoe trip as a camper. Sarah says it was definitely challenging (and a little rainy) but she remembers how proud and accomplished she and everyone else on the trip felt after completing their final portage on the last day.
This will be Claire’s 13th year at Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da. She is eager to bring empathy, joy and craftiness to her leadership positions as Head of Driftwood Section and Head of Arts Crafts. When she is not at camp, Claire is studying to become a nurse; she is a competitive swimmer and has a true passion for crafting. A magical Mi-A-Kon-Da moment that has stuck with Claire throughout her years on Birch Island is when she played roots and rocks with her tent as a Driftwood camper.
This will be Beth’s 10th year on Birch Island where she will be fulfilling the role of Centre Section Head as well as Head of Archery. Beth is looking forward to sharing all of her wonderful experiences over the past few years with the other counsellors in the section. Beth believes that Centre section is a really important time for campers and she is excited to be stepping into her SLT role and making sure that every camper in Centre section has the best summer ever! When Beth isn’t at camp, she is a student at Western University studying history and philosophy. A magical Mi-A-Kon-Da moment that is a favourite memory of Beth’s is her summer experiences in Centre 6 when she was 12 years old!
This will be Jaiden’s 12th summer on Birch Island. She is very excited to use her past experience as a counsellor to guide her in her new role as Head of Senior Section, and continue to support the Senior campers and counsellors. When Jaiden isn’t at camp, she is studying Political Science and Education at Barnard College. A magical Mi-A-Kon-Da moment that is a favourite memory of Jaiden’s is seeing all of the campers in Showcase (our end of session event) demonstrate all of their hard work through the skits and performances they do.
This will be Abi’s 11th year on Birch Island where she will be returning as Head of the 1 Week Program and Head of Swimming. Abi is looking forward to bringing new, fun and exciting ideas to her SLT role, along with her positive and easy-going attitude. When Abi isn’t at camp, she is in Con-current Education at Queen’s University, studying English and Social Geography. Abi is also lifeguarding at the Queen’s pool. A magical Mi-A-Kon-Da moment that is a favourite memory of Abi’s is having campfires and singing on Turtle Rock.
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Each additional sibling will receive $50 off of their registration fee.
Campers registered for multiple sessions will be eligible for a discount specific to the sessions they are registered for.
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Summer camp would not be complete without a fun and extensive arts and crafts program! Camp Mi-A-Kon-Da offers a wide variety of arts and crafts, including tie die, macramé, beadwork, hemp, mask making, painting and much more!
Creative expression is a wonderful way for a camper to enhance her sense of self. Our staff work hard to nurture a creative environment where campers can create unique crafts and express their personality. Campers can work on larger projects as well, such as paddle making. Guest Artists also lead Special Arts and Crafts workshops, such as Knitting 101, Cartooning, or Henna.
Archery is a sport everyone can be successful at regardless of age, size or physical ability. It develops hand-eye coordination, dexterity and teaches the importance of focus and concentration.
Mi-A-Kon-Da’s archery program offers campers a chance to learn fundamental skills as well as more advanced techniques, incorporating fun through theme days and archery games. Campers practice under the careful supervision of trained counsellors on our range which is safely tucked away at the far end of the island.