Ravens families are invited to a community skating event, in support of Waterloo Region Food Bank, marking the launch of Borealis Adventure Camp.
Jory Elliott has been coaching with the Ravens since 2015 and currently serves as the organization's Goalie Development Coordinator. In 2020, he decided to pursue ownership and direction of an overnight summer camp, tapping into an ambition to create meaningful experiences for kids in nature, providing the opportunity for them to form more amazing friendships and make memories that will bring smiles to their faces for the rest of their lives.
On March 3rd, he’s hosting a community skating event at the Puslinch Optimist Recreation Centre, as part of a province-wide tour supporting local food banks and introducing Borealis Adventure Camp to people in the communities that have played an integral role in his camp dream coming to fruition.
The event runs 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and is free to everyone, with those under 16 required to wear a helmet. Donations for the Waterloo Region Food Bank, monetary or non-perishable, will be collected at the event, and all those who attend will have the opportunity to enter to win a week of camp for the summer of 2024.
More about Jory’s journey to summer camp...
In December of 2021, Jory temporarily left his full-time coaching endeavors, including the Ravens and the University of Waterloo, to take a full-time role as a director in the camp industry. He spent a year and a half updating his industry knowledge from the inside, attending conferences, touring camps and making invaluable industry connections.
Late in 2022, Jory began meeting with a potential land partner in the form of conservation and low-impact recreation organization Land’escapes, and in the spring of 2023 signed a long-term license agreement for a private, lakeside location just south of Bancroft, Ontario. That spring also marked the camp's introduction to the general public via the launch of campborealis.com, where the program offerings, sessions, and philosophy that guides camp for its 8-17 year old campers are detailed.
The summer of 2023 was spent connecting with community partners in the Bancroft region, such as skilled trades people, local government officials, and food producers. It also marked a modest return to coaching for Jory, leading into his return to the Ravens Goalie Development Coordinator role this fall.
Enrollment for the summer of 2024 is underway now at Borealis Adventure Camp, with plans for Jory to nurture both his thriving hockey coaching business in the fall/winter and burgeoning camp during the spring and summer months, for the foreseeable future.
To learn more about Jory's province-wide neighbourhoods tour, click on the image below:
To see what is most needed by the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, click on the image below: