Hi, I'm Dorii! But you can also call me by my "presidential name", Sydney Spidell. I am so thrilled to be Camp Kummoniwannago's new Camp Director and cannot wait to go on this journey with all of you. 2018 marks my sixth summer at Camp K, more if you count years as a camper, though I've also spent some years employed at other camps. Nothing comes close to the difference we make here at Camp K. I studied Drama at the University of Waterloo and spend my spare time singing to myself, writing down beautiful ideas, and hanging out with my cat, Berlioz.
This year with my trusty partner-in-shenanigans, Kumo, Camp K is going to keep soaring to new heights by getting lost in the world of imagination, weirdness, and play, all while experiencing and learning about the nature that surrounds us at Laurel Creek. I'm looking forward to hearing from you very soon and another summer will be upon us before we know it. Bye for now!
Breaking news - dorii's last summer
How bittersweet it is to announce that this will be my last summer at Camp Kummoniwannago. For ten years, I have spent my summers learning from children, nature, and inspired youth. I have been made ever more emboldened with each scrape, bruise, and tumble (and migraine). I have observed coworkers struggle with newfound responsibility and find their footing in the daily challenges that caring for 20 young people will inevitably bring up. I have been able to watch so many children grow and have been fortunate in that I now get to work with some of them. I have learned more about parenting than any book could ever teach me, more about management than any conference would ever show me, and more about compassion than I have seen in the wide world around me. I am beyond grateful for the gifts I have received from the world of camp, and am honoured to forever be a part of the family that is made at Camp Kummoniwannago.
Armed with all these lessons and drained of much of my youthful energy, I feel it's time to pass the baton. I love this camp and the people that come with it. I am grateful for the support and friendship of previous directors, Panda and Popeye, and hope I have lived up to the legacy they have left. I've done what I can for Camp K - may it be enough for the next director to find their own challenges and not have to deal with mine!
I am constantly and continuously blown away by the compassion, weirdness, boldness, acceptance, positivity, integrity, and love that is widely and obviously shown by the Camp K community. The support of the Camp Committee, St Andrew's Church, the Camp Kummoniwannago Alumni, and the campers and their families is what makes this job so wonderful. I've never doubted that the visions we have for keeping Camp K the best day camp in the area would be realised. I look forward to becoming a part of that community of support and cannot wait to see what lies ahead for this wonderful place so close to home, that it is home. ><>o0O