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YMCA Camp Pine Crest
YMCA Camp Pine Crest
1090 Gullwing Lake Road
Torrance, Ontario,
P0C 1M0

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YMCA Camp Pine Crest
 

YMCA Camp Pine Crest

1090 Gullwing Lake Road, Torrance, Ontario, P0C 1M0
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Type:
Day camp, Overnight camp, Family programs
Categories:
Traditional (multi activity)
Special Needs:
Yes, Specialized support (Not all campers have special needs)
Cost:
$390 to $900/week
Age:
5 to 16
Gender:
Coed
Capacity:
340

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Contact Name:
Coel Balmer, General Manager

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About this camp

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YMCA Camp Pine Crest has a history of over 107 years of camping excellence and offers traditional overnight camp experiences for children ages 5-16. The YMCA focuses on personal growth, values, small groups, canoe tripping and leadership development.

Leadership Programs provide additional challenge for campers striving to reach their potential in and outside of camp.  These programs help teens 13-16 develop into exemplary leaders in any environment by focusing on transferable skills like confidence, problem solving, communication and self-regulation.

We also offer Family camping programs year-round including our February and May long weekend camps and a 1-week Family Camp mid-summer.


The Our Kids review of YMCA Camp Pine Crest

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It’s been operating continually for more than a century, making Pine Crest one of the oldest continuous youth programs in North America. The YMCA has many camps, of course, and has also played a considerable role in developing what camp is and what it can do. Many of the kinds of programs that we associate with summer camp were developed in Y settings, so Pine Crest has a pedigree that goes well beyond its age. The program remains very traditional, and tripping is an important part of what the camp offers. The activities are based around growing skills as much as they are confidence, esteem, and cooperation. The staff is dedicated, and largely made up of people who themselves have grown up within the Y camping programs, either at Pine Crest or elsewhere. The setting is pretty much as good as it gets, nestled in Muskoka, an area rightly celebrated for its natural beauty. It’s gorgeous. Leadership programs for youth 13 to 16 are a particular draw.

Camp Address
1090 Gullwing Lake Road, Torrance, Ontario, P0C 1M0, Canada

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Archery|Canoeing|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Rock Climbing|Gaga|Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Cooking|Guitar|Wilderness Out-tripping|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 7 - 14
Traditional (multi activity) $1,700
Archery|Canoeing|Fishing|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Rock Climbing|Gaga|Ultimate Frisbee|Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Cooking|Guitar|Wilderness Out-tripping|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 13 - 16
Wilderness Out-tripping $1,925 to $6,450
Torrance,ON
1090 Gullwing Lake Road
Jul 01-Aug 31 $1,925 - $6,450
Credit Courses|Leadership training|Canoeing|Fishing|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Arts & Crafts|Painting|Cooking|Vocal training / singing|Drawing|Guitar|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 13 - 16
Leadership $2,725 to $4,100
Torrance,ON
1090 Gullwing Lake Road
Jul 01-27 $2,725 - $4,100
Torrance,ON
1090 Gullwing Lake Road
Aug 05-31 $2,725 - $4,100
Credit Courses|Leadership training|Archery|Canoeing|Fishing|Hiking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming|Rock Climbing|Gaga|Ultimate Frisbee|Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Painting|Cooking|Vocal training / singing|Drawing|Guitar|Wilderness Out-tripping|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 5 - 7
Traditional (multi activity) $315
Archery|Canoeing|Fishing|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Soccer|Swimming|Rock Climbing|Gaga|Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Cooking|Drawing|Guitar|Fantasy/superhero|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills

Upcoming Events May 26, 2018

upcoming events
  • May 26, 2018Camper Info Session + Meet and Greet
    Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre, 13300 Concession Rd 11, Schomberg, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, May 26 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    This information session is great for new families to get to know the Summer Camp Directors and learn a little bit more about what to expect about your session at Pine Crest. The Directors will start with a short presentation about what your session will look like, how to prepare for camp, and some key things to consider to ensure you have an amazing camp experience. Close to the city of Toronto, Cedar Glen provides a excellent space for this event!

    We hope to see you there!


  • May 27, 2018Leadership Information Session + Meet and Greet
    Metro Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, ON
    Join us Sunday, May 27 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    This information session is an important prelude to all Leadership Programs.  It is a great opportunity to get to know the Summer Camp Directors, summer leadership staff and to learn more about what to expect from your session at Pine Crest. The Directors will start with a short presentation about what our Leadership Programs are all about including program goals, activities and progressions. Participants will also meet with Leadership Staff who will discuss how to prepare for camp, and some important considerations to ensure each camper has an amazing camp experience. Right in the city of Toronto, this session is easily accessible by car or public transit.

    We hope to see you there!


  • June 16, 2018Camp Open House
    Camp Pine Crest, 1090 Gullwing Lake Road, Torrance, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, June 16 from 11:00 am - 02:00 pm

    Join us for our Annual Open House at camp! Families will be able to meet our staff, tour the camp, enjoy a free buffet lunch, participate in waterfront activities, and ask any question they like!  This is a great event for first time campers to come and get to know us and the camp they will be visiting this summer.  

     


  • June 16, 2018Annual Adventure Triathlon Fundraiser
    YMCA Camp Pine Crest, 1090 Gullwing Lake Road, Torrance, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, June 16 from 09:00 am - 11:00 am

    Swim, Run and Canoe your way around the Pine Crest property for a great cause.  This fun event is a great way to have fun and raise money to help send children in need to camp.  Whether you enter as a team or as an individual, the event is a great way to meet people, support a great cause and have a ton of fun!  We will start with a swim across the lake (approx 600m), followed by a trail run on some of our hiking trails (approx 5km), and finish with a canoe around Snake Island (approx 2km) There are separate courses for children and youth to participate as well!  

    Stick around after the race is over to enjoy our Open House and enjoy a buffet lunch on us!



Director's Message

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Jake Geale, Camp Director

Greetings Camp Pine Crest Families (and future campers)!

I cannot wait to be back again for another summer at Pine Crest.  I am so grateful for the work I get to do, but more importantly for the impact it has on our campers and families!  This summer I am excited to watch as our campers make friends, take on responsibility, learn skills, connect with the natural world and develop independence.  While it can be hard for both campers and parents to take the leap of faith, I know that the decision to go to camp will be worthwhile for you and your family!

Just like we have done for more than 100 years, Pine Crest is committed to making sure your camp experience is about more than fun.  In addition to having the time of your life, you will learn to thrive in your life outside of camp.  I love hearing the feedback that after visiting Pine Crest a camper developed the confidence to make new friends at school, or has started volunteering to take responsibility at home by doing the dishes.  To me, having fun and learning is the best combination possible - a combination we strive to perfect every summer at Pine Crest.  

I hope you will join us next summer for fun, learning, lifelong friendships and incredible memories!

In Camp  Friendship,

Jake Geale


Accommodation & Property Details

Property details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins
  • Dorm or Building
  • Platform Tent

Amenities

  • Electricity in Sleeping Area
  • Shower in Sleeping Area
  • Toilet in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Archery Range
  • Climbing Wall
  • Rope Course

Landscape

  • Forested Area
  • Lake/Pond/River
  • Nature Trails


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Stories & Testimonials

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Pine Crest Rocks!

Dear Pine Crest, Last year I was a junior and my experience at Pine Crest was amazing. We went canoeing and swimming and did kayaking and art. I also got to jump off the tower and into the water. My favourite part was the outtrip, the campfire and the activities. My cabin was the wolves and I enjoyed that cabin a lot and made so many new friends. The food was great and I had so much fun at Pine Crest. We even got to make smoreoes that taste great- they are oreos with marshmallows inside. On our outtrip we canoed alot and I got blisters on my hands, but canoeing was the best. The bad thing was that we had to cancel the portage and when we got to camp we were so tired of canoeing. I had the best summer last year and I have hope of coming back next year. Michelle


Leadership is the best!

"I love Camp Pine Crest. The LIT program was the best summer of my life and I can't wait to go back. I made some of the best friends there, have learned that I can push myself to do anything I want and am ready to try new challenges. The highschool credit was great this summer and I'm so glad I took it"!


Best experience for a first timer!

"I was pleasantly surprised to find after a week of worrying about my son going to camp for the first time that he returned from Pine Crest confident, happy and as he said- ready to go back for 2 weeks! Thank you to the staff for being so caring and attentive to him while at camp and so supportive of a new camper parent!! We will definitely be back for 2015!"


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