And Why We Love Camp
Founded in 1939, Forest Cliff Camp has been providing unforgettable and life-impacting camp experiences for over 80 years.
Forest Cliff Camps Inc. is a registered non-profit Charitable organization governed by a Board of Directors.
Forest Cliff Camp's vision is to be a pioneering ministry and indispensable partner in changing young lives.
More Than Just Camp!
Forest Cliff draws kids away from the routine of daily life and puts them in a new environment with unique experiences that offer growth, independence and discovery.
We focus on building intentional, caring relationships between our counsellors and your kids.
It’s through these encouraging and motivating relationships that kids develop a sense of belonging, learn more about themselves and God and grow into their true potential!
Jon Burkholder BRE | Day Camp Director
Jon has been involved in camp culture since childhood and is excited about serving with the Forest Cliff team! Jon's own history in day camps, serving from Counsellor to Director, has him truly excited to bring the Forest Cliff journey to life in the communities of Southwestern Ontario. Jon holds a Bachelor Degree in Religious Education from Heritage College, and served for 10 years as a Christian school teacher and Vice Principal. He has run children's outreach programs, led short term missions trips, been a sports coach, guidance counsellor and youth mentor. He has a strong desire to invest in the hearts and lives of kids and to joyfully present them mature in Christ. Jon and his wife Aislinn, their 2 boys Lewis and Isaac, and their orange cat Murdoch, have a fun-filled home in St. Thomas.
Lon Chann RSE | Director of Food Services & Head Chef
Lon came to Forest Cliff Camp in 2018 as Head Chef and in 2019 became Director of Food Services. She has been working in the food service industry for 20 years. After earning her Red Seal Chef designation, she recently worked as Coordinator of Food Services in several Senior Residences. Her love for children and healthy food has prepared her well for her position at Forest Cliff Camp. Lon manages all aspects of food preparation, personnel within the food services department, and also oversees the management of special dietary needs. Lon lives in London with her husband Peter, their two sons, Michael and David, and their new canine addition, Smokey. She is happy to be part of the Forest Cliff Camp team.
Natalie Chittick B.A. ECE | Administrator
Natalie joined the direction team in the fall of 2019 and in addition has been a dedicated 'camp mom' since 2011! She has loved serving as a volunteer in the camp kitchen for 6 amazing summers! Along with her husband Dave and their daughters they are proud to have a long family history with Forest Cliff and to be an active part of its mission & ministry. Natalie brings knowledge as a camper mom and her administration talents to the London office.
John Cook B.Sc. | Site Director
John has been working at Forest Cliff as the Site Director since April of 2010. He manages construction projects, maintains our facilities, and, in general, keeps all of camp running smoothly. John has his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Direction Team. He lives across the road from the camp where his wife, Cynthia, runs Forest Glen Herb Farm. They have two sons and a daughter and four granddaughters who live all around the world.
Sarah Hotke BAIS | Leadership & Retreats Director
Sarah has been involved in camp since she was old enough to be a camper. She loved attending camp, volunteering, working as a counselor, and serving as Forest Cliff Summer Camp Director in 2017. She is excited to join the Forest Cliff Direction team! Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia. She is keen to learn and be a part of what God is doing around the world and here at home.
Keith Lockhart B.SC. | Summer Camp & SummerFund Director
Keith joined the direction team in May 2019, but has been involved with Forest Cliff for 5 years. Keith grew up attending Forest Cliff as a camper, but never pursued volunteering or staff opportunities. After 8 years away from camp, he got reconnected in his last year of university. Since then he has been passionate about growing young leaders through camp ministry and the life of Jesus.
Reagan Martinez-Ramos CYW | Summer Camp & SummerFund Director
Reagan has been involved in many staff positions at Forest Cliff Camp since she was a camper herself and is currently serving as SummerFund & Summer Camp Director. Reagan received her Child & Youth Worker Advanced Diploma from Lambton College. She is passionate about making Forest Cliff Camp a safe place for all children and staff where they can share their life stories, discover purpose, build encouraging relationships and experience the love of God. She is thrilled to be a part of FCC as we grow to impact more and more lives. Reagan and her husband Milton live in Strathroy.
Dawson Metcalfe BRE | Leadership & Retreats Director
Dawson has been involved with Forest Cliff since 2013 and has loved every minute of it. He has had a very eventful 2019 and is looking forward to joining the Direction Team for the 2020 camp season. Dawson has recently graduated with a Bachelors of Religious Education in Youth and Family Ministry and Leadership in Christian Ministry. He has been involved in various youth group settings in Kitchener, London and Sarnia. Dawson has a strong passion for camp and for kids to experience the love that Christ has for them. He just recently got married to his Wife Karlee and they now live in London with their cat Dandelion.
Tyler Shaule B.Sc. B.Ed | Executive Director
Tyler has enjoyed over 20 years of involvement at Forest Cliff Camp. As a camper Tyler developed a love and passion for Forest Cliff and went on to experience camp as a volunteer, Counsellor, and Assistant Director. Tyler completed certificates in Outdoor Recreation and Biblical Studies from Summit College and went on to study at the University of Western Ontario, earning Bachelor degrees in Medical Biophysics and Education. Tyler returned to Forest Cliff in 2013 after 8 years as a secondary teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board. Tyler is committed to encouraging children and youth to discover more of themselves and God, to experience life changing moments and build lasting friendships through the Forest Cliff Experience. Tyler met his wife Janet at Forest Cliff Camp in 2000. "Rover" and "Kiwi" currently reside in London with their 3 children Owen, Theodore, and Elliott.
Karen Wiseman BRE | Registrar & Office Manager
Karen grew up loving camp, and in fact, that's where she earned her one and only trophy. She served in the kitchen and in counselling capacities as well. In 2015 Karen joined the Forest Cliff team, bringing her Bachelor of Religious Education and administrative experience along. When she's not behind her desk in the London office, you'll find Karen at home with her family or snuggling her grand babies.
The Board of Directors provides guidance and expertise to the ministry of Forest Cliff Camp by: