Meet Mapes and Minky

Meet Mapes and Minky

Camp Director

Robynne “Mapes” Howard

Robynne, at camp known as Mapes, has been part of the Cairn community since her first year as the assistant administrator in 2012. Since then she has been a counsellor, an Adventure Programmer, Glen Mhor’s Program Coordinator, and the Outdoor Centre Director. Robynne has also spent two fall seasons and one winter season working at YMCA Camp Wanakita’s outdoor centre.

Robynne is a graduate of McGill University with a double major in Psychology and International Development Studies. An extensive history in summer camping and love of working in child development led her to pursue her passion for outdoor education and camping after graduation.

When she's not at camp, Robynne enjoys playing board games, going for walks with her family dog, cooking and baking, singing, and playing the guitar. She loves learning about the way human minds work.

Camp has the ability to provide a transformative experience to each individual camper that comes to our site. Mapes’ wish for the campers of 2017 is to see the potential of camp’s impact realized by each person that comes through our program. Her hope is that they can leave camp at the end of the week knowing more about themselves, the world, God, and living in community with others.


Director of Operations

Bridget Tilly

Bridget “Minky” Tilly has worked at Cairn behind the scenes since 2007. She is often the first person you’ll talk to when you call. Bridget handles all registrations, can answer any questions or concerns you might have, and also deals with the finance for camp. She’s the “local” person with the contacts, having lived in Baysville for over 17 years. Camp staff see her as the camp mother and she adores them.

Bridget’s family has also been directly involved with Cairn from the beginning.  Her son Sam (now 14) , has been the “Camp Kid” since the age of 5. Bridget’s husband Dave, keeps a watchful eye on Camp over the winter months with Lucy the wonder-dog. Dave and Lucy sometimes make a special day to showshoe into Iona to shovel snow off the yurts.  Come join them sometime. Dave is also a member of Station 40, the local fire and first response team for Baysville. He brings the fire engines and firemen to the Pee Wees every July and they have a blast making the best noise possible.

Although primarily office based, Bridget is proud to say she has done Cairn’s high ropes, climbed the ‘wall” and “zipped” down the line. She also loves taking part in the ad-hoc kickball championships with the staff and LITs.  She gets a wee bit too excited and has often lost a shoe while running wildly from base-to-base.

Bridget has lived in Scotland, England, the US and here in Canada. Her professional background is project management, continuing education and training and human resources. She is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and has post grad diplomas from the Institute of Personnel Management.  She has been a member of her local church, Bethune, since 1999.

Meet Mapes and Minky