Youth Camps | Outdoor and Environmental Education| Adventure Travel
Keith’s nonprofit career spans over 35 years, including over 20 dedicated years in the youth camping, adventure tourism and outdoor and environmental education sectors as a field instructor, business operator, consultant, industry association volunteer and trainer. For other nonprofit consulting services click here.
Experienced in the full start-up, capital development of two year-round camp and outdoor centres and various other major installations from conceptual design thru construction and operational launch, Keith has a wealth of knowledge and experience.
He has lead the transformation of overnight camps and adventure travel businesses integrating innovative programs, new business models and fresh perspectives for standard operating procedures and industry best practice.
Below are highlights of Keith’s professional and volunteer contributions to the Outdoor Sector. For other nonprofit consulting services click here.
YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador (NF) – Developed a comprehensive conceptual framework for a year-round, camp and outdoor and environmental education centre, including facility space elements, relationship models, comparable industry design references, and with concepts support learning and client development outcomes. Concept framework recommendations focused on unique, fully-integrated installations for a lodge/dining hall, learning commons, camper/employee residences, health/wellness centre, administrative space, adventure course, out-trip centre, physical plant building and waterfront facilities. (see more)
Conducted comprehensive market research to assess the potential development of a YMCA overnight youth camp and outdoor and environmental education centre.
YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region (ON) – Conducted research assessing competitive market of overnight and day camps in Ontario, comparative market review of service offering of YMCA-YWCA, on-site facility and program review, provided recommendations to management
YMCA of Greater Saint John (NB) – Conducted a facility and program audit of camp operations, assessed potential risks of relocation of camp to new site, presented findings to the Board and alumni group
Brigadoon Village (NS) Former Board Member and Interim Executive Director – Served on the board during the first year of operation of the newly constructed camp, served as Interim Executive Director to transition new leadership, implemented new business model and orientation new executive director
Former Executive Director of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation (CAN/USA) – lead operations of six camps (camps in AB, PQ, ON, NS and KY), including lead on construction of camps in Ontario and Kentucky, developed youth leadership and community sponsorship programs. Marketing strategy and fundraising campaign of Tim Hortons Camp Day.
Former General Manger of Camping, YMCA of Greater Toronto (YMCA Camp Pine Crest, YMCA Adventure Trips, YMCA Adventure Centre) – directed the camp through a period of cultural change, program transformation and infrastructure revitalization
YMCA of Greater Toronto, directed research team for day camp and child care curriculum/program development
Former General Manager of Camping, YMCA of Greater Saint John (YMCA Camp Glenburn, OEE, Community Day Camps)
Former Director, Community Youth Programs and Teen Leadership Programs, YMCA of Greater Saint John
Former Summer Camp Director, Halifax YMCA (Big Cove YMCA Camp)
YMCA Ontario, Overnight Camp Operations Peer Auditor, e.g. Camp Wanakita, Camp Queen Elizabeth, RKY Camp
Former Member, YMCA Canada Resident Camping Advisory Committee and the YMCA Ontario Resident Camp Advisory Committee
YMCA International Outdoor Education and Experiential Conference – planning committee, speaker
Ontario Camps Association, Board of Directors, Standards and Marketing Committees, Camp Operations Peer Auditor, e.g. Kilcoo, Walden, Maple Leaf; annual conference speaker
Oncology Camping Association, conference speaker
International Camping Association, conference planner and speaker
Former Contributing Writer, Camps Canada Magazine
Former Advisory Board Member, Our Kids (Camps) Magazine
Acadia University, School of Recreation Management – guest lecturer
Lakehead University, Schools of Recreation Management – guest lecturer
New Brunswick Camping Association, Board of Directors, former member
Nova Scotia Outdoor Leadership Development Program (NSOLD), Trainee, Outdoor Emergency Response Training | Search and Rescue Training
Bachelor Arts of Recreation Management, Outdoor Education Specialty, Acadia University