Jonathan Nyquist is the Company Founder and current Operations Director of NYQUEST Training and Placement. Jonathan grew up attending camps in Canada and the U.S.
He worked as a head staff for several years at Camp White Pine in Haliburton, Ontario and he was the Assistant Director of Trails Youth Initiatives, a Canadian year-round outdoor education school for young potential leaders from the inner city of Toronto.

Jonathan worked as the Boys Head Counsellor at Skylake Yosemite Camp in California and received the Male Staff Member of the Year Award during this work experience.

He spent two years traveling throughout the United States, Canada and Australia working as an outdoor educator, camp counsellor, wilderness trips leader, nature based educator and summer camp administrator.
Jonathan graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of Michigan and he completed a Master’s Degree in Recreation Administration and Outdoor Education from California State University, Chico. Jonathan also received the 2006 Toronto Entrepreneur Award for his business start-up with NYQUEST.
In 2012, Jonathan was voted on to the Ontario Camps Association Board of Directors, Canada's largest and longest running camp association. In 2013, Jonathan was appointed as the Ontario Representative to the Canadian Camping Association Board of Directors.

Camilla Chaplin has a keen interest in camping, travelling and outdoor education. Originally from the UK (therefore denied the experience of being a camper!), Camilla has spent four years working at various summer camps with Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania in the USA, working her way up to the position of Program Director.

Camilla has travelled extensively in the USA and Europe, and spent a year working and travelling in Australia and New Zealand, as well as backpacking in Thailand. She studied Politics and International Relations at the University of Manchester, UK, with a focus on global justice and climate change. Camilla has both participated in and worked for international work and cultural exchange programs, one of which landed her in Toronto, where she currently lives.


Jonathan "JC" Conway joined the NYQUEST team after spending five summers at Canadian Adventure Camp (CAC) in Temagami, Ontario. At CAC, JC worked as a boy’s counsellor for three summers and then progressed to Program Staff. Also from the UK, JC initially came to Canada as part of a work abroad program during his second year of University but has returned year after year.

JC graduated from the University of Dundee, Scotland with a degree in Scots Law but after falling in love with the Canadian summers (and even winters) he has happily made Canada his permanent home. JC leads our placement team and he his enthusiastic camping spirit comes alive as our Master of Ceremonies at all our Family and Grandparent Camp fire circles.


Maike Kats grew up in Germany and has always had a keen interest in travelling and getting to know different cultures. In 2008, Maike worked at an amazing summer camp in the USA and she had the best summer of her life! She met people from all over the world – some of which have become lifelong friends. She ended up spending four summers at camp, first as a tennis specialist and eventually as a lead counsellor on a four week adventure trip in Western USA.

After graduating with a BA in Culture and Economy from the University of Mannheim, Germany, Maike moved to Canada and fell in love with the country. Maike's extensive camp and travelling experience has inspired her to join the NYQUEST team and help participants experience how incredible camp is. Maike also plays an integral role in planning and running our Family Camp and Grandparent Camp programs.

  • We believe that strong family connections is a key ingredient to the overall health and happiness of an individual
  • We believe that as a society, people are finding it harder and harder to connect with nature, develop positive relationships with other family members and with those individuals in their communities.
  • We believe that a safe, community-based family camp program will have the following positive impacts on campers:
    • Strengthen their connection with nature
    • Develop self confidence from trying new activities
    • Further strengthen their relationships with other family members by engaging in activities away from their stress zones and develop meaningful memories
    • Develop relationships with new friends and give a new dimension to important relationships with old friends
    • Help relax and de-stress form life at home
  • Provide a fun, community-based family vacation that significantly improves the quality of people’s lives:
    • Strengthen bonds with family
    • Strengthen bonds with people in the community
    • Connect people with nature
  • Prepare parents for sending their child to residential summer camp
  • Prepare children for the experience of attending residential summer camp

International Camp Training and Staffing
Phone: (416)932-1370 Fax: (416)932-2758 E-mail: [email protected]
3 Hill Place, Toronto, Ontario M6C 3E4


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