A co-ed camp offering Overnight Kids Camp, Day Camp and year-round Family Camps. We offer leadership development, a wide range of activities, tripping, a sense of belonging and fun. Come have the time of your life! Read more...
The YMCA of Southwestern Ontario offers two amazing overnight camps for campers aged 5-16 - YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth (CQE) in Georgian Bay Islands National Park and YMCA Camp Henry in Point Pelee National Park. Read more...
We offer a full range of youth rec programs such as basketball, cycling, karate, swimming & school-break & summer day camps. These are offered in safe environments to help children develop self-esteem & confidence. Read more...
With 100+ years of overnight camping excellence, we provide programming for campers who want to gain independence, interact with nature, make friends , and develop leadership skills.
Overnight canoe trips are a staple! Read more...
Your Camp Adventure Awaits! Experience camp as it's meant to be with the YMCA of Three Rivers. Be part of a 100 year camp legacy. Canoeing, kayaking, sailing, ropes and rock-climbing, biking, drama, archery, and more. Read more...
Empowering environments. YMCA camps are known to cultivate mature, responsible individuals. This arises from the supportive environments they create, where kids can participate in numerous activities under the supervision of caring, respectful counselors. The YMCA camp setting provides kids with the freedom to express themselves and challenge themselves to step outside of their comfort zone.
Special needs support. YMCA camps offer support for children with special needs. This includes children with learning, developmental, and motor disabilities. High-functioning and low-functioning children are accommodated at YMCA kids camp, and counselors are trained in assisting boys and girls who require extra support.
Physical fitness and overall health. Sports, hiking, and other activities keep kids active at these camps. Regularly participating in activities improves kids’ fitness while at camp, but the real benefit is that they remember all the fun of camp activities. They’ll lead more physically active lives after camp, as they carry this healthy mindset forward.
Fosters a love of nature. YMCA camps are situated in beautiful locations surrounded by local wildlife and woods, fresh air, and maybe even some wildlife like deer, moose, etc. Closeness to nature is well-known to help improve mental health. Of course, it’s also a great opportunity for kids to remove themselves from their screens and maybe even find spiritual solitude in the great outdoors.
Keeps kids’ minds sharp away from school. Camp activities keep kids and teens’ skills in problem solving and critical thinking sharp. Leadership skills developed at camp open up future scholarly and career opportunities.
Learn about equity and inclusion. YMCA camps are a diverse group of campers and staff. Camps are coeducational, welcoming children of various ages, abilities, sexualities, genders, and cultural backgrounds. It’s a great forum for kids to develop sensitivity about equity and inclusion. YMCA camps, in particular, have a reputation for developing caring and mature kids and teens.
Leadership growth. Several YMCA camps offer Leader in Training opportunities for older kids and teens. In this, kids shadow camp counselors to learn what it takes to lead others and what it means to be a supportive, approachable leader.
Choosing a camp
YMCA camps offer various formats. Day and overnight camps are available. Overnight camp offers the greatest opportunity for personal growth, as kids tend to flourish away from parents and their familiar surroundings. It’s a total immersion in the fun and exciting experience that YMCA camps have to offer.
YMCA day camp is another great option, allowing them to balance personal and social lives. You’ll just want to make sure that your camp of choice has the right activities that excite your child. For example, some YMCA day camps are more sports-focused, while others include lots of artistic activities like dance or theatre.
As you sort through YMCA camps with your ideal location, price, and age range, here are some questions to keep in mind:
Do camps have structured itineraries per day or week? Do campers or families receive a copy of this itinerary in advance?
Are families required to purchase specific tools, attire, or otherwise?
At overnight camps, how are cabins/lodgings grouped? What age ranges are there? Are these groupings final or can kids change cabins?
What are the ratios between counselors and students?
How do counselors manage conflict between campers?
How does the camp deal with special dietary restrictions?
Does the camp accommodate my child’s specific learning or motor needs?
How many YMCA Camps are there? There are 6 YMCA Camps that are Our Kids trusted members. Use the filters to narrow options by age or type, then click on each organization to read reviews, browse program schedules, and access registration details.
What are the fees to attend YMCA Camps? Fees for YMCA Camps range from FREE to $4,000 per program (program types and lengths vary). Use the filters here to narrow programs by age and type.
What age do YMCA Camps start at? There are programs available for children aged 1 through 18.