Announcing our New Executive Camp Director

Welcome Steve Salt.

November 1, 2017

The Board of Directors of Camp Big Canoe, a United Church of Canada Camp, is excited and honoured to be able to announce the appointment of Steve Salt as our next Executive Director, effectively immediately. This appointment is the result of our long time Executive Director Bill Stevens retirement, and we feel blessed to have the opportunity to have Steve come in to build upon the incredibly legacy of Bill’s, and all of the Directors, staff members and campers over the entire 86 year history of our camp.

Steve brings a wealth of camping, teaching, and leadership experience to the role, and is someone who has lived the Spirit of Camp Big Canoe since his days as a camper and staff member through the early 1990’s and into the 2000’s. A dedicated outdoor educator with an Honours BA in Kinesiology and Physical Education from Wilfred Laurier University and a Bachelor of Education in Outdoor and Experiential Education from Queens University, Steve has brought his love of the outdoors and the endless possibilities that exist in learning from our environment, quite literally around the world. From the shores of Hart Lake, he has most recently brought this love to the students at the School of Nations in Macau after years of teaching in Peterborough and Lakefield, here in Ontario, as well as Antigua and Thailand. Steve has also plied his trade as a camp executive, being part of the Camp Big Canoe leadership team for over six years, as well as leading the Hidden Bay Leadership Camp as their Camp and Outdoor Education Director and the Kettleby Valley Camp and Outdoor Education Centre as the Assistant Camp Director and Outdoor Education Director.

“I’m thrilled he will be leading camp into the future. Not only does he bring the experience of having worked Big Canoe in my early years, he brings other camp experience, enthusiasm, and a belief in the magic of camp. Welcome back to Camp Big Canoe Steve.” – Bill Stevens, retiring Executive Director of Camp Big Canoe (1998-2018)

Above all else, we are pleased to bring on as our camp leader, a person of the highest character and someone we believe will guide a future generation of campers and camp leaders towards fulfilling their incredible potential. Steve Salt is a camper at heart, a believer in the power of outdoor education and the possibilities of Camp Big Canoe, and a trusted mentor. The Board of Directors of Camp Big Canoe is thrilled to announce his appointment as our next Executive Director.

I’m so incredibly fortunate to get to be a part of making so many new memories, in a place where every step I take conjures up so many fond old ones. Camp Big Canoe has played such a huge role in me becoming who I am. I am coming home. I’m simultaneously excited for Bill Stevens and how much he will enjoy his retirement, but trying to come to terms being at Big Canoe without him; or at least without his physical presence… He’s taught me so much and his legacy is immeasurable, so he’ll be “around” for a long time to come. Can’t wait for the first campfire.” – Steve Salt, Executive Director of Camp Big Canoe