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YMCA Wanakita Family Camps
YMCA Wanakita Family Camps
1883 Koshlong Lake Road
Haliburton, Ontario,
K0M 1S0

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YMCA Wanakita Family Camps

1883 Koshlong Lake Road, Haliburton, Ontario, K0M 1S0
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Type:
Overnight camp, Family programs
Categories:
Traditional (multi activity)
Special Needs:
Yes, Mild support (Not all campers have special needs)
Cost:
$430 to $630/week
Age:
1 to 99
Gender:
Coed
Capacity:
100 to 175
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Jennifer Woodward

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About this camp

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Looking for a Family-get-away? YMCA Wanakita Family Camp is the place to be. Running 9 weeks of the summer, YMCA Wanakita attracts families from around the world. Relax at the beach or participate in one of YMCA Wanakita’s many activities. Your week-stay includes a cabin for your family, programming and delicious meals cooked for you. Come experience the magic of Family Camp!


The Our Kids review of YMCA Wanakita Family Camps

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Wanakita is one of the camps in Canada that others look to when growing or innovating their programs. It has a very traditional feel, with all the traditional activities on offer. The addition of a summer long family camp was conspicuous when it was begun over a decade ago, though has become the model for many others throughout North America. Wanakita has grown over the years, with the last significant acquisition perhaps being that of the Haliburton Hockey Haven, which doubled the program areas at a stroke. The family camp and resident camp programs are separated, and, for the most part, never the twain shall meet, and there are benefits to that, not the least being separate dining halls. Wanakita has an impressive tradition of leadership as well, with many of its alumni having moved on to prominent roles, nationally, both in the Y and in camping.

Camp Address
1883 Koshlong Lake Road, Haliburton, Ontario, K0M 1S0, Canada

Session Calendar

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Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity) $243 to $356
Haliburton Highlands,ON
1883 Koshlong Lake Road
Dec 31, 2018-Jan 03, 2019$243 - $356
Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|Ice Skating|Skiing/Snowboarding
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 19
Traditional (multi activity) $266
Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|Ice Skating|Skiing/Snowboarding
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity) $243 to $356
Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|Ice Skating|Skiing/Snowboarding
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity) $325 to $475
Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|Ice Skating|Skiing/Snowboarding
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 1 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity) $163 to $238
Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Gaga|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity) $163 to $238
Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Gaga|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Volleyball
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity) $430 to $630
Rope courses|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Guitar|Musical Theatre|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Woodworking|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Gaga|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Yoga
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity) $430 to $630
Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Yoga|Gaga|Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Painting|Woodworking|Jazz|Drawing|Guitar|Musical Theatre|Wilderness Out-tripping|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity) $430 to $630
Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Yoga|Gaga|Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Painting|Woodworking|Jazz|Drawing|Guitar|Musical Theatre|Wilderness Out-tripping|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity) $430 to $630
Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Yoga|Gaga|Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Painting|Woodworking|Jazz|Drawing|Guitar|Musical Theatre|Wilderness Out-tripping|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity) $430 to $630
Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Yoga|Gaga|Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Painting|Woodworking|Jazz|Drawing|Guitar|Musical Theatre|Wilderness Out-tripping|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity) $430 to $630
Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Yoga|Gaga|Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Painting|Woodworking|Jazz|Drawing|Guitar|Musical Theatre|Wilderness Out-tripping|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity) $430 to $630
Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Yoga|Gaga|Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Painting|Woodworking|Jazz|Drawing|Guitar|Musical Theatre|Wilderness Out-tripping|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity) $430 to $630
Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Yoga|Gaga|Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Painting|Woodworking|Jazz|Drawing|Guitar|Musical Theatre|Wilderness Out-tripping|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills
Overnight Camp
Coed
Ages: 1 - 18+
Traditional (multi activity) $430 to $630
Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Mountain Biking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Soccer|Swimming|Volleyball|Yoga|Gaga|Arts & Crafts|Theatre Arts|Painting|Woodworking|Jazz|Drawing|Guitar|Musical Theatre|Wilderness Out-tripping|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 19
Traditional (multi activity) $266
Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Arts & Crafts|Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Gaga|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Volleyball

Upcoming Events November 15, 2018

upcoming events
  • November 15, 2018Registration Opens!
    YMCA Wanakita Family Camp, 1883 Koshlong Lake Road, Haliburton, Ontario
    Join us Thursday, November 15 from 09:00 am

    Registration for all of our 2019 programs opens November 15th at 9:00am! 
    This includes our summer Kids Overnight Camp, Day Camp, Family Camp, as well as our year-round Family Camps (Family Day Weekend, New Years, March Break, Mother-Daughter Weekend and Spring Family Weekend), and other getaway weekends like our Women's Wellness Weekends and Camp Work Weekends. 

    Registration and more information on our programs can be found on our website. 


  • December 08, 2018Breakfast with Santa
    YMCA Wanakita, 1883 Koshlong Lake Road, Haliburton, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, December 08 from 09:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Breakfast with Santa gives us an opportunity to share the holiday spirit with families in Haliburton County.  This free event includes an all you can eat breakfast, pictures with Santa, face painting, carnival games, crafts, and lots of family fun!  
    The event runs from 9am to 12pm. While there is no cost associated with attending, we do accept donations to our Strong Kids charity.


  • April 26, 2019Spring Work Weekend
    YMCA Wanakita Family Camps, 1883 Koshlong Lake Road, Haliburton, Ontario
    Join us Friday, April 26 from 05:00 pm

    YMCA Wanakita has positively impacted you or your family, consider giving back to your camp community by volunteering for one of our work weekends. We improve the site, clean up camp, and get ready for the next season. Work details may include painting, wood gathering and equipment storage. All must be ready and able to work, eat lots of food, and have a wheelbarrow full of fun. Help keep your camp the best it can be. It's a great way to join our camp community and get some volunteer hours! 


  • June 23, 2019Strawberry Social Open House
    YMCA Wanakita Family Camps, 1883 Koshlong Lake Road, Haliburton, Ontario
    Join us Sunday, June 23 from 12:00 pm - 04:00 pm

    Come see what camp Wanakita is all about! Tour our extensive site, hike the trails, meet the staff or try out some of our classic camp activities. For a moderate fee you can also enjoy a delicious all you can eat buffet, with seasonal strawberry desserts! 


  • October 25, 2019Fall Work Weekend
    YMCA Wanakita Family Camps, 1883 Koshlong Lake Road, Haliburton, Ontario
    Join us Friday, October 25 from 05:00 pm

    If YMCA Wanakita has positively impacted you or your family, consider giving back to your camp community by volunteering for one of our work weekends. We improve the site, clean up camp, and get ready for the next season. Work details may include painting, wood gathering and equipment storage. All must be ready and able to work, eat lots of food, and have a wheelbarrow full of fun. Help keep your camp the best it can be. A great way to get to know the camp community as well as some volunteer hours!



Director's Message

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Jen Woodward, Family Camp Director

Family Camp: Multi-generational groups of people coming together to play, learn and explore outdoors! That's what YMCA Wanakita's Family Camping is all about! We define a family as "two generations." That's it! We see families at camp that consist of single-parent makeups, grandparents & grandkids, same-gender parents, aunts & uncles, cousins, neighbours and friends. 

In the summer the programs we offer are your typical summer camp activities, including canoeing, swimming, hiking, high ropes, arts & crafts, dance, theatre, music, yoga, out tripping etc., but the way in which we design and deliver the programs is unique! At Family Camp you will have the opportunity to meet new people in your own age group (be it 3 years old to adults!), or in our family-friendly programs designed for all ages. Programs are intended to  strengthen family relationships, cooperation, leadership, outdoor and arts skills, challenge you, as well as foster an appreciation and connection to the natural world! There's so much to do here, with a schedule full of fun instructor-led activities day and night, a well as the freedom to just lounge on the beach or go for a hike in the woods as a family. 

Families come back year after year for so many reasons: outdoor fun, great food, amazing people, beautiful location; but most of all, it's a place to create "memories that last a lifetime", as our traditional Charter states!

We also offer incredible opportunities year-round to bond as a family:

New Year's Family Camp
Family Day Weekend
March Break Family Camp
Mother-Daughter Weekend
Spring Family Weekend


I hope to see you at one of our Family Camp programs soon! 
From our family to yours, 

Jen Woodward at YMCA Wanakita Family Camp


Accommodation & Property Details

Property details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins

Amenities

  • Electricity in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Archery Range
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Basketball Court
  • Rope Course
  • Soccer Field

Landscape

  • Beach
  • Forested Area
  • Lake/Pond/River
  • Nature Trails
  • Open Field


Cost & Financial Aid

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Cost: $430 to $630 /week

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Credit card payment Yes

Stories & Testimonials

News

Another Great Year at Wanakita!

A message from a returning camper after arriving home from Family Camp: 

"Thanks again for:
- Your work in setting up, staffing, planning, and leading a program that my kids plan to come back to before they leave each year.
- A wet week filled with sunny people.
- Super-awesome staff of all ages & backgrounds who manage to make each of us feel special in our own ways.
- A menu that I can't stop talking about whenever I describe my camp experience
- A place to watch my kids & other campers' kids grow, challenge themselves, and build friendships. 
- The amazing Student Counsellors who worked so hard to put on another great Carnival in spite of the thermostat."
 


Love the Staff!

"The staff are outstanding!  They were such lovely role models for our boys and girls.  The whole staff should be proud of their work and efforts!  I love bringing the kids to Family Camp because of the kind, hard-working, fun and enthusiastic crew."


Great time at March Break Family Camp

I would like to thank you for the wonderful March Break week we had. It was very stress free, the meals were excellent and the staff was wonderful. I could not believe all the activities you had planned and the organization that goes into an event like this.  The other families were great and the kids a blast.  You are lucky to have such great staff, their attentiveness to the needs of the campers was excellent. Our kids had a blast and they are asking if we can go back next year, maybe with the grandkids! 

A BIG THANKS to you and your staff for a week of great memories!
 


Community and Environment

When I think about what Family Camp has meant to me, I consider the larger context of the space and the surroundings.  When I go to family camp with my children, it allows me to connect with both of my sisters and their children in a way that is removed from the interruptions of a common life.  By choice, I can focus on the simple enjoyment of the moments without great consideration of time (oh, except for the setter's bell!).  My children and my niece and nephews get to simply engage in the natural world around them.  It gives me great joy to watch this happen, and to partake in it myself.

But for more than my own family, Family Camp extends the presence of community.  There is a sense at Family Camp that all of the kids are "our kids".  They sit with other families at dinner, approach a new adult at the campfire, learn a new song with Matt & Diane, hold the belay rope for a new friend and celebrate their ascent.  There is no greater gift we can give the planet than a sense of responsibility and kindness to our human and natural community.  At Family Camp, that is what we are there to do and we revel in the opportunity.  We are present.  We are giving.  We are enriched. 


A Great Family Reunion!

"We use Wanakita Family Camp as a great family reunion and a chance to reconnect with old friends. We've used it to replace our old cottage time. No dramatic stories [to tell], but lots of family fun-- and the kids keep making sure we come back!" 

 


In the News

News

November 2, 2018 - YMCA Wanakita is now accepting applications!

Join our team in summer 2019! Gain work experience while enjoying summer along the shores of beautiful Koshlong lake. ...


November 2, 2018 - Registration Opens November 15th 2018!

Registration for Family Camp 2019, including summer and year round programs, opens November 15th. Register early to secure your spot! ...



Associations

  • Canadian Camping Association/ Association des camps du Canada Associations
  • The Ontario Camps Association Associations

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