Meet Our Directors
The Naismith Camp is owned and operated by the Dahl family, Roy, Marti and their daughters Amy and Kirsty.
Roy has been involved in coaching and organizing basketball events since he began his teaching career in the early seventies in Kitchener-Waterloo. His coaching career includes championship teams at Cameron Heights, Waterloo Collegiate and Bluevale Collegiate. He also was Assistant Coach at Laurier University with Gary Jeffries. Before retiring, Roy was the Head of Guidance at Bluevale Collegiate in Waterloo, ON.
Roy has also been recognized by the basketball community by being awarded:
The Leadership in Sport Award in 2003 by OFSSA, the Skip Johns Award for contributions to KW Basketball in 2011, the Basketball Ontario Lifetime Achievement in Coaching Award, and from Athletics Ontario, the Syl Apps Volunteerism Award
Marti has had considerable experience working with young people as a teacher and coach at the elementary level in the Waterloo Region. She played basketball at Laurier University in her younger years. She coached school teams for several years before choosing to redirect her energies to being Mom at home and “Camp Mom” at Naismith!
Amy and Kirsty grew up playing basketball for their school teams and club ball in the early years of the KW Lightning. Amy is currently a teacher of social sciences and coached Junior Basketball at Bluevale Collegiate, having won WCSSAA championships in 2008 and 2010. Kirsty, who has travelled extensively for the past several years, has recently returned from London, England where she worked for “Missing People”, a charitable organization. She has continued working for NGO organizations and is employed by Ontario Nature. Both girls, like many campers and staff, will readily tell you....
“NAISMITH IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR!!!”
About Our Program
Meet Our Coaches / Counsellors
Initially, campers are placed on teams based on their age. On the first day, they take part in a jamboree where coaches then place campers on teams according to age and ability. A typical day is as follows:
8:00 am - Breakfast
8:50 am - Warm-Ups
9:00 am - Teaching Station - Shooting
9:45 am - Team Practice
10:30 am - Fitness Station
11:15 am - Teaching Station - Ball Handling
12:15 pm - LUNCH
1:15 pm - 3 on 3 Game
2:15 pm - League Game
3:15 pm - NBA Two Ball
4:15 pm - Regatta
5:15 pm - DINNER
6:30 pm - League Game
7:30 pm - Free Time
8:30 pm - Evening Program
10:00 pm - Evening Snack
10:30 pm - LIGHTS OUT!
The Campers are divided into groups by age. Our youngest campers are in the CNBA, followed by the NBA, NCAA, and the oldest campers are in the CIS division. The teaching sessions are tailored to the age and ability level to ensure that camera are challenged to improve their fundamental basketball skills. During their time at Naismith, campers are coached and supervised by outstanding coaches and counsellors, who choose to come back to Naismith year after year and share their expertise with our campers.
About Our Coaches
The Naismith coaching staff have been selected from Ontario's leading school and club coaches, to facilitate our main goal of providing the best individual basketball skills instruction possible. Not only are they outstanding coaches, they are excellent teachers and leaders, who instill qualities of discipline, co-operation, team play, motivation and sportsmanship.
Our teaching stations are organized and led by “master” coaches, who have had successful coaching and teaching experiences at various university and secondary school basketball programs. All of our coaches are certified through the National Coaching Certification program and those that are not teachers all have had police checks.
The Directors know each coach intimately and many return year after year – as they share a common passion – basketball and kids. Throw in a Muskoka waterfront setting and it is magic!
About Our Counsellors
All cabins are supervised by a qualified counsellor, a graduate of Naismith, over the age of 18. Most are superb basketball players, and all have had leadership roles in their schools and community. The skills they have developed enable them to organize and lead and evening recreation program, “Colour Wars”, designed to create a fun atmosphere where it is easy for campers to get to know each other.
Our Counsellors sleep in the cabins and eat all meals with their campers, ensuring that they are safe, clean, rested and well fed. Counsellors also act a assistant coaches and demonstrate at the teaching stations.
About Our Facilities
Located in the heart of Muskoka, Camp New Moon, on the beautiful Lake of Bays, near Baysville, Ontario ranks second to none in summer camp facilities. Is it fully equipped with 9 outdoor courts, 28 camper cabins each equipped with washrooms and electricity, and separate male and female showers. There is also a rec hall with a stage to accommodate 300 people, a fully equipped medical and training centre, and a fabulous dining hall that overlooks the lake to serve our great food (vegetarian meals on request).
During free time, campers are encouraged to use the waterfront to swim, canoe, kayak or waterski. Qualified lifeguards are on duty and Camp New Moon provides certified waterski and wakeboard instructors.