Don Bocking, Anne Morawetz, Laura Bocking, Owners/Directors
Don MSW, Anne BNSc., Laura BNSc. RN
For over 35 years, we have directed Ponacka, taking over from Anne's parents, Bruno and Gwen Morawetz. Bruno purchased the land that is now Ponacka in 1946 and over many years, he and Gwen created this wonderful place, which Bruno described as a "happiness factory".
In 2015, our daughter Laura and her husband Nick, joined the Ponacka team. Laura, having grown up at Ponacka and trained as a public health nurse is a huge support to us and our staff and campers. We look forward to transitioning Ponacka to the third generation.
Ponacka strives to give every boy a happy camp experience while providing opportunities to learn to live independently, to learn to live with others and make his own decisions. During the four week stay each summer, boys develop authentic and lifelong friendships.
Through the attainment of skills, boys develop self confidence and a willingness to take risks and try new things. Skills learned in childhood provide opportunities for lifelong enjoyment, whether in a sport, music, drama or art. With over 20 activities, each boy can find his niche, often surprising himself with a newfound passion. Camp is an ideal place to try on the "world at large" independent of family and the comforts of home. Trying new foods, new physical challenges and exposure to a few discomforts (rain on a canoe trip or sore muscles from the ropes course) all help to develop personal growth.
From the initial contact with the parents, to the home visit prior to arrival, we try to make each boy feel included and a part of the Ponacka family.