Finding Home

by Bill Stevens – Director since 1998

We, Jennifer and I, first drove the camp road on January 3rd, 1998.  I was at camp for my second interview.  The road was passable with just tire tracks in the snow leading us to the lodge.  I met the interview committee and Garry Van Capelle in the “under construction” kitchen, two feet of snow and no roof.  After a short, cold winter tour of camp that included the lodge, a great view of the frozen lake, the Director’s cabin (which would very soon become my place), and a walk to the beach we went to the Meyers cottage for the interview.

What I remember most was the feeling of coming home even though it was my first visit.  And 20 years later it is still home.  Campfires, vigil, special days, Cheeze House, Lake Swim are just many of the memories.  What makes these memories “live on”, are the campers, staff & volunteers who were there to make the magic.  Thanks to the more than 6000 campers, 750 staff and 1,000’s of volunteers that make my memories…and more to come.

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The staff of 1998 – the first photo we have of Bill!! He’s there bottom left, with those excellent yellow kicks!

Author Bio

Camp Big Canoe is a not-for-profit overnight recreational camp for kids ages 6-16 in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada

2 Comments

  1. Natasha Hansford - May 19, 2017

    Beautiful Bill! You have done amazing things with the camp and help so many individuals grow in to amazing adults. I glad that I was given the opportunity to be part of it!

  2. Gillian Ward - May 21, 2017

    Camp has been your passion as long as I have known you. What a delight that you have spent your life doing what you love best.

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