The Vision of Hidden Bay Leadership Camp
All individuals learn to recognize and develop their full potential to become people of good character who make a difference.
In an environment that fosters courtesy, respect and responsible behaviour, campers learn to confidently apply what they have learned from the experiences of today to the opportunities of tomorrow.
We understand that families want their children to become responsible, confident and capable individuals who develop a positive sense of self worth and a desire to reach their potential.
Hidden Bay promotes an environment and program that provides a unique experience for your child. Our staff are chosen and carefully trained to role model positive values and to mentor your child in goal setting, problem solving and taking responsibility for their actions.
We build a safe environment for your child to think for themselves, and we challenge them to make good decisions and to practice being the best person they can be.
We have developed a series of age appropriate and fun filled camps sessions that promote the development of character and leadership skills. In an environment that promotes courtesy, respect, responsibility, caring and confidence, we challenge campers to think for themselves, make good choices, set goals, make plans, problem solve and take responsibility for their actions.
The property on which HBLC is situated was at one time a family owned resort that was well known for its fishing and community like atmosphere. The resort, appropriately named Hidden Bay Resort, was established in the 1940’s and remained open well into the mid 1980’s, when the resort and its gates were closed for the last time.
Many years later, Darren Henry, one of the co-founders of HBLC, developed a model of a leadership camp for a university project and was more than interested in seeing his project come to life. Darren shared a common vision with Pat Henry, with whom he partnered in 1999, to open a leadership camp for children of all backgrounds and social status, ensuring that ALL children would have the opportunity to attend a summer camp. Very soon, the wheels were set in motion and HBLC was officially established in 2000. To prep for the first summer on a very tight budget, the existing buildings on site were repainted and shingled just in time for the gates to reopen for an entire month, allowing children to come to camp for little or no fee – HBLC’s first summer.
As the years progressed, many new additions have been added, including program areas, buildings and facilities. These have included the construction of eight platform tents, three very sophisticated washroom buildings, an amazing low ropes course and two dining halls. We unfortunately experienced a devastating fire in November of 2006 that completely consumed our hardly used, three year old dining hall. It was a huge loss however we fortunately were able to rebuild a new and improved dining hall just in time to reopen for Summer 2007.
Currently, our program has expanded to include year-round programs in environmental education and leadership development, in addition to our 8-week summer program.
Current Director: Christina Bossart
Christina comes to Hidden Bay Leadership Camp with a love of the outdoors, wilderness leadership skills with a wide range of paddling and customer service experience. With several years as a professional wilderness guide with Black Feather, she is an enthusiastic & experienced wilderness traveler. She is excited to be back working outdoors and helping to nurture the wonderful traditions, campers and staff that HBLC are known for.
Tamara Van Dyk – 2013-2014
Kailee Smoskowitz – 2012
Carinna “Neno” Pellett – 2009-2011
Steve “Pops” Salt – 2007-2008
Shannon “Aloe” Henry – 2001-2007
Keith Higgins – 2000 (Founding Director)