The History of Camp & Club Kodiak
In 1990, David Stoch decided to build a summer camp. 25 years later his vision and dedication became a 'Home away from Home' for thousands of young people.
“Many years ago when I was doing my Master’s degree at McGill University in Montreal, I was required to do a practicum. I decided to do my practicum at the Learning Centre – a joint project of Montreal Children’s Hospital and McGill, working with children and adolescents with learning disabilities.
We had an amazing person in charge of the program – Dr. Renee Stevens. One of the things they had us do was take the kids on a 4-day camping trip. At the time I didn’t understand why we were wasting these four teaching days, not teaching math and reading, and all the other things that these kids needed to get caught up on. Once we were out there, I understood what Renee was trying to show us. These kids that are so hopeless and helpless within the four walls of the classroom can have so many talents and abilities when you take them out into another environment that allows them to show their skills and their strengths.
That lesson stuck with me. And that was really what inspired me to get Camp Kodiak started.”
- David Stoch - Owner, Director and Founder
Camp Kodiak was established in 1991. It started off on a leased site in Kingston, Ontario, and moved to our present site in Parry Sound in 1998. In 2015 we celebrated our 25th summer.
Club Kodiak began in 2007, first as an extension of our camp program at our Parry Sound site. The program was designed to continue to promote the values and fundamental principles of Camp Kodiak, but was designed to include life skills for young adults. Club Kodiak made the move to its present location in Burk's Falls in 2009, and we will celebrate our 10-year anniversary this summer.