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Camp Presqu'ile

339639 Presqu'ile Rd, Owen Sound, Ontario, N0H 1S0

  • Type:
    Overnight camp
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $900 to $2,250/session
  • Ages:
    6 to 15
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  • Main language:
  • Capacity:
  • Programs:
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  • Summary

    Camp Presqu'ile answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    Rotary YMCA Camp Presqu'ile is a small community based camp focused on meeting campers individual needs while growing their confidence and helping them to build lifelong friendships. Located on the shores of Georgian Bay north west of the city or Owen Sound, Camp Presqu’ile has provided overnight summer camp to youth aged 6-15 for the past 90+ years.

    • Special needs: Yes, mild support.
      A few of our campers have special needs.
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    "Camp Presqu'ile is the ideal location for children and youth who are looking to actively engage in a small community focused on the well being of all it's members. Campers are encourage to interact with everyone at camp regardless of age and spend time with members in our community that they get along best with. Campers are also encouraged to help one another reach their goals while at camp whether that's to learn to stern a canoe, become more comfortable in social settings or step out of their normal role in their school lives. Presqu'ile is a supportive and encouraging environment for children to grow. "

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    "Our staff come primarily from our camper base. Who better to facilitate the Camp Presqu'ile experience then past campers? As campers age through our program we have build in leadership opportunities for them to engage with to help them build leadership skills they can use where ever they want and that includes working at camp if they wish! Having our staff team move from campers to staff ensures that Presqu'ile has long standing traditions that our whole community knows and understands. "

    What do families need to know about registration?

    "Our registration opens in November with an early bird registration window. We have a mix of one and two week programs that campers aged 6-14 years old can register for and we have a two week leadership program for youth aged 15. We also have a 10% sibling discount to help offset the cost of sending more then one child to camp with us. At the time of registration you can pay the full fee or set up a payment plan. There is a non-refundable $200 deposit that is made at the time of registration. We also have Financial Assistance available to families who may need it."

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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Camp Presqu'ile currently has 3 programs available.

    Filter Activities

    Type (Gender)
    Ages: 6 - 12
    Overnight Camp
    Traditional (multi activity)
    Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Dodgeball|Flag Football|Gaga|Soccer|Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
    Ages: 6 - 14
    Overnight Camp
    Traditional (multi activity)
    Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Dodgeball|Flag Football|Gaga|Soccer|Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
    Ages: 15
    Overnight Camp
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $2,100 to $2,205
    Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Dodgeball|Flag Football|Gaga|Soccer|Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming

    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
    Credit card payment Yes
    Maximum installments available 15


    Discount if paid early 5%
    Discount for 2nd child 10%
    Discount for 3rd child 10%
    Discount for 4th child 10%
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Camp Presqu'ile

    our take

    Camp Presqu'ile was founded in 1929 to reflect the YMCA ideals, and it’s done that ever since. Spirit, mind and body remain the focus, as well as an overt attention to not only having fun, but also developing stewardship, community, and ethical leadership. The staff are drawn to the camp because of the values that they share, which in turn contributes to a strong, inspiring camp culture. The programming beautifully reflects the core traditions of camping in Canada, from active living to personal and interpersonal development. The facilities have been sympathetically updated, including a new dining hall in 1999, and an update to the mod cons in 2005. It nevertheless retains the feel of what camp is about: singing songs, getting out on the lake, and making lasting friendships.

    Interview with the Director of Camp Presqu'ile

    Scotia Hutton, Camp Director

    • 00:38 - What makes your camp or program unique compared to others?
    • 02:19 - What type of child is successful at your organization?
    • 03:48 - Is the schedule structured or is it more open?
    • 07:20 - How does your staff deal with behavioural issues?
    • 11:36 - What do campers value the most about an experience at your organization?
    • 13:19 - What message would you give to a camper who is entering your camp or program?

    Video interviews with parents, campers, and alum

    Michelle Findlay, Parent

    • 00:41 - What’s unique about this camp?
    • 01:26 - What would you highlight about the camp?
    • 02:03 - How did you know that this camp was the right fit?
    • 03:54 - Was there any noticeable personal growth in your child after time at camp?
    • 05:16 - How can parents overcome hesitancy to send their children away overnight?
    • 06:51 - What would you tell other parents about the overall value of sending kids to this camp?
    • 07:32 - What do your children say about this camp?
    • 08:06 - Final thoughts?

    More reviews of Camp Presqu'ile

    Parent, Parent

    Managing unique needs

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    Parent, Parent

    Thrilled to be at Camp

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    Parent, Parent

    Professionalism at Camp

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    More reviews of Camp Presqu'ile

    Parent, Parent

    Managing unique needs

    My son is autistic and has many quirks and fixations, I don't think he could have had a better counselor, who was also Autistic and made me super comfortable leaving him there. This is the longest my son has EVER been away from me and his puppy. Meals will always be an issue, when Ainsley is not at home. They tried to offer him alternatives. My son loved the camp and will 100% go back next year. He was exhausted when he got home ; ... Show More

    Parent, Parent

    Thrilled to be at Camp

    She had the best time and she loved the food, staff and complete experience. I am so thrilled with the camp.

    Parent, Parent

    Professionalism at Camp

    My camper had a medical emergency, the professionalism and care from the Presqu'ile Team was by far amazing!

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  • Location & Site Details


    339639 Presqu'ile Rd, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada


    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins


    • Electricity in Sleeping Area

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Showers (indoor)

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Camp Presqu'ile technology free? Yes


    Ontario Camps Association Associations

  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Megan 'Scotia' Hutton, Director
    18 years in the camping industry, Certified Child and Youth Worker

    Greeting Future Camp Presqu'ile Families!

    I cannot wait to be back again for another summer at Camp Presqu'ile. I am so grateful for the work I get to do, and more importantly for the impact it has on our campers and families! Camp provides children and youth with the unique opportunity to step away from their family units to build confidence and resiliency all while having the time of their lives. 

    Camp Presqu'ile is committed to creating an environment where campers can be themselves, try new things and get excited about spending time in the outdoors. I always love hearing feedback from parents that their campers have come back as 'a new kid'. Whether they have started helping to clear the table at the end of a meal, are more confident in school or have a new hobby the effect camp can have on a child's life is like nothing else.

    I hope that you and your family choose to become a part of the Presqu'ile community this summer!

    In Camping Friendship,

    Megan 'Scotia' Hutton


    • Camp Amazing

      The group of counsellors at Camp Presquile were very amazing at helping my son meet other kids. It was his first time every away and I really appreciated the attention that they gave him on his first day. Even when I called the camp after the first night camp was great at checking in with the cabin counsellors and making sure that he was adjusting to camp. I am very impressed by the staff with their energy and dedication that they have in making his experience great. Our son is very excited to return back next summer. He even said it would be great to go for two weeks next time.

      It was a long week for us (parents), not having him around, but knew that it was an experience that would help him grow and expose him to different things. I feel great that I had chosen the right camp for our son. Camp Presquile will be forever a positive experience for our son. 

      Thank you,

      Jonathan Hanian

    • Personal Growth

      Scott really enjoyed his week and when I asked him why, his comments always go back to the energetic and happy atmosphere and all of the counselors are friendly and supportive."    He particularly enjoyed the team building sessions. We noticed a maturing in Scott over the summer and feel his time with Presqu'ile helped to contribute to his development.

    • I love Camp

      This is my sons second year attending and had the time of his life once again. This year he invited a friend that has never been away from home before and loved it. Now my daughter wants to go seeing how much fun and new friends you can make. I love the idea of being able to send emails to him. It is a sense of keeping them updated of what is happening at home that is important to them (how dad was doing in the fishing derby, our dog was having pups etc). I loved how my request for CJ to be placed in the same cabin with 2 other friends was accommodated and meds were given to him during the week. He said the food was amazing and that is something to say for a somewhat 'picky' eater. When I asked CJ what the best part about camp this year was he said,' playing the games, talking before going to bed, and jumping on the water trampoline.' I have to admit I did miss him a lot, but knew that he would be very busy with all the activities that were planned each day and that he would be safe there with all the experienced staff. So...... thanks again for making many more happy camp memories for CJ

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does Camp Presqu'ile have good reviews?
    We interviewed families about their experience with Camp Presqu'ile. Watch the video here. You can also read 3 reviews of Camp Presqu'ile from past attendees.

    What types of programs does Camp Presqu'ile offer?
    Camp Presqu'ile runs: Traditional (multi activity) overnight camps. Browse the program calendar for rates and dates.

    What age does Camp Presqu'ile start?
    Camp Presqu'ile has programs for children aged 6 to 15.

    How much does is cost to attend Camp Presqu'ile?
    Fees to attend Camp Presqu'ile range from $900 to $2,250/session.

    Does Camp Presqu'ile offer support for children with special needs?
    Camp Presqu'ile offers some mild support for children with special needs. Please contact the director to discuss your needs.

    Does Camp Presqu'ile offer busing?
    No, Camp Presqu'ile does not offer transportation.

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