The Hollows Family

Foundations  & pillars of camp

Stephen Fine, Hollows Director
Ph.D., Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of The University of Toronto, Curriculum, Teaching & Learning

Stephen has dedicated his life to camping and the importance of education in nature. An active researcher for the Ontario Camps Association, Canadian Camping Association, American Camp Association and International Camping Fellowship. When not engaged in research Stephen prefers to spend his time outdoors on the property, maintaining the grounds, enjoying a canoe across Hollows Lake and a regular outdoor yoga practice.

Janet Fine, Hollows Co-Director
A.R.C.T., The Royal Conservatory of Music University of Toronto
London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA)

Janet runs the dramatic arts program at The Hollows and leaves no detail uncovered! Spending the winter months hand sewing each costume, polling campers on requested plays from Grease to Shakespeare, and even making regular trips to Italy to collect Venezia Masks for her most popular improv program.

Veronica Fine, Hollows Events & Programming
BA Law & Ethics The University of Toronto, 200HR RYT Hatha & Vinyasa Yogacara Global

Veronica grew up at The Hollows and holds this experience close to her heart. Over the years she has taken her love of the outdoors and connected to to her second passion event planning. A former logistics manager for The Ultimate Fighting Championship and current ticketing logistics manager for live music festivals such as Boots & Hearts, Comic Con and Crossfit she brings a wealth of knowledge back to The Hollows in programing. In her free time she can be found practicing yoga with her partner Logan.

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The Hollows history

Back in the early 1980’s directors Stephen and Janet Fine were living in downtown Toronto and traveling the world; Janet as a stage actor and Stephen a professional photographer. Both great lovers of the outdoors in their youth, the call to nature ran deep. When the opportunity for big change presented itself in moving to the country, the decision was an easy one.

In 1981 The Hollows Camp officially opened its doors as a full service children’s day, overnight and tripping summer camp. Over the past 38 years The Hollows has welcomed hundreds of youth and adults with one important goal; to share the natural environment with others. Today The Hollows hosts retreats, events, weddings and of course summer camp.

Camp continues under the management of the The Fine family along with the second generation of the Hollows community with daughter Veronica Fine, Events & Programing and her partner, Logan Pinney.

The Hollows Directors Note

A Letter from Dr. Stephen Fine & Janet Fine

Back in 1981, our initiative to start a camp was based on our personal experiences as campers of many years combined with our love for the natural world. What better place for children to express their innate desire for curiosity and exploration than in the outdoors? Twenty years later, it was now our campers and staff at The Hollows that motivated Stephen to pursue a PhD in education focused on the learning that takes place here at camp.

Today, my involvement in the most recent Canadian research (2018) on the benefits of camp experience has further validated what we at The Hollows Camp have provided for young people since our inception. Camp delivers positive growth in socialization, builds self-confidence & resilience, improves executive function, introduces a healthy lifestyle, and encourages environmental awareness. At camp, young people are motivated by fun, comradeship, interesting situations and dynamic activities.

Our camper parents agree. Camp provides real life situations that teach co-operation and the sharing of responsibility where children can express themselves in a safe setting. Summer camp has much to offer in the successful development of well-rounded, productive, thoughtful, and compassionate adults. We hope to see your camper at The Hollows this summer.

Janet Fine and Dr.Stephen Fine recevie life time honorary membership awards at the 2019 Ontario Camping Association

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