Q and A With Our Executive Director Lauren Grundland

We are happy to announce another addition to our True North Sports Camp team this year, Lauren Grundland, our Executive Director.  Lauren will be stepping in as we wish Courtney well on her maternity leave.

Lauren has a passion for camping and informal education.  She has seven years of professional experience in the camping field.  Lauren comes to us from The Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp of the JCCs of Greater Toronto.  She held the position of Assistant Camp Director for seven years and was directly responsible for camper recruitment and retention, camper care and inclusion, break camp programming, and Director of the Traditional Camp program.  Lauren is super excited for this new experience at True North Sports Camps and to grow her camp community.

Lauren was born and raised in Milwaukee Wisconsin and remains a Wisconsin sports fan (Yes, she owns a Cheesehead!).  She is an alumni of Indiana University and is a big 10 sports fan – Go Hoosiers! Her 2 and half year-old son, Joshua, can’t wait to come to camp when he’s old enough, and enjoys shouting “Go Leafs Go!” whenever a hockey game is on.

Let’s get to know a bit more about Lauren below…

What is your favourite sport?

Basketball and Soccer. I played Basketball and Soccer growing up in the Midwest.  However, my favourite sport to watch is definitely Basketball.

What is your favourite part of working at camp year round?

  1. The people and campers!
  2. Fun 365!
  3. Camp SWAG!

Top 3 favourite movies?

In no order:

  1. That Thing You Do
  2. Mean Girls
  3. The Ten Commandments

Favourite place to travel?

Thailand and Israel! The weather is beautiful in both places and so is the culture.  Most importantly the food is delicious!

Your go-to snack options at the movies?

Sweet and Salty! Popcorn with M&Ms mixed in evenly throughout the bag.

Favourite Food?

Burritos – could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

What makes True North special?

Since I started almost 3 weeks ago I have been warmly welcomed into the True North family.  To me, camp is about the people and the relationships you form with those people.  I have already started to form relationships with this wonderful team and can see that it will only continue to strengthen as we all work together to build an unforgettable camp experience for our campers and their families. I am looking forward to growing my camp family throughout the year and summer!

Courtney Berger
Courtney has been involved in True North Sports Camps for several years behind the scenes. She is responsible for overseeing the operations of the business, including hiring and training our staff, marketing, communications, finance and strategy. After having worked at a number of summer camps in the past and dedicated her free time to volunteering with children, Courtney knows what it takes to create a memorable experience for each and every camper.