YMCA Camp Kitchikewana –Camp Life | YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
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Camp Staff
Our Camp Staff are a dedicated group of young adults who are dedicated to providing campers with a safe and fun experience at camp. Our counsellors range between the ages of 17 and 19 and our senior support staff are university or college students, many of who grew up as campers at Kitchi. Our staff team participates in a week long training prior to the camp season that includes but is not limited to: camper care, safety, bullying, emergency procedures, first aid, cabin dynamics, skill instruction, and quality program delivery. All staff provide a vulnerable sector police check and have their standard first aid and CPR qualifications.

The majority of our staff hold their National Lifeguard Qualification (NLS) as well. In addition to the these standard certifications our senior support staff hold the following certifications:
Kitchen Staff: Safe Food Handlers Certification
Maintenance Staff: Transport Canada Boat Driver’s Licence, Small Drinking Water System Operators
Canoe Trip Staff: Wilderness First Aid Training, ORCKA Tripping Level 3, ORCKA Tripping 1 instructors
Counsellors and program staff: YMCA Healthy Childhood Development Training
Camp Van Drivers: G Drivers Licence and MTO Driver’s Record Check
Sailing Area Head: CAN Sail Instructors
Boating Area Head: ORCKA Canoe and Kayak Instructors
Swimming Area Staff: Life Saving Society Swim Instructors and Examiners

Camper Care
At YMCA Camp Kitchikewana camper care is our number one priority. Staff are trained to ensure that campers needs, safety and personal care are of upmost importance. The following are a number of ways we strive to ensure campers have a safe and enjoyable camp experience:

• Staff will ensure that campers are looking after themselves; eating properly, staying hydrated, protecting themselves from the sun and bugs, dressing appropriately for the weather and staying active.

• We have a Wellness Centre on site that is staffed by a certified nurse or doctor 24 hours a day. Campers can visit the Wellness Centre if they take medication or are unwell.

• Camp Kitchikewana follows all overnight camping standards and recommended practices set by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, the Ministry of Health and the Environment, the Ontario Camping Association and YMCA Camping in the areas of food and drinking water service, safe program delivery and camper care.

• All of our programs are built on the foundation of the YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka’s values; caring, honesty, respect, responsibly and inclusiveness. Staff, campers and volunteers are expected to behave in line with our values and Code of Behaviour.

• Bullying in not tolerated at YMCA Camp Kitchikewana. In our pre camp training week and throughout the summer, staff are trained in anti-bullying strategies to ensure campers are provided with a safe environment where they can be themselves and enjoy camp

Our Camp Day

Typical Day Schedule
7:30am……………………………………..Morning dip
8:00am…………………………………….Breakfast hopper bell
8:15am……………………………………..Flag raising, breakfast, cabin cleanup
9:00am…………………………………….Cabin clean up
9:45am……………………………………. Power Play! (interest groups)
10:45am……………………………………Cabin choice
9:45am-12:00pm……………………….Waterbug program, leadership skills
12:00pm……………………………………Lunch hopper bell
12:15pm…………………………………….Lunch
1:15pm………………………………………Rest Hour
2:15pm………………………………………First skill (traditional campers)
3:15pm………………………………………Skill transitions/snack
3:25pm………………………………………Second skill (traditional campers)
4:25pm………………………………………End of skill
2:15-4:30pm……………………………….Waterbug and leadership program
4:30pm………………………………………Awesome time (free boating and swimming)
5:30pm………………………………………Dinner hopper bell
5:45pm………………………………………Dinner
7:15pm……………………………………….Evening section program
8:30pm………………………………………All camp snack, campfire
8:45pm………………………………………Waterbug and Juniors to cabins
9:00pm………………………………………Intermediate to cabins
9:15pm……………………………………….Seniors to cabins
10:15pm……………………………………..All lights out, cabin lines quiet

Food Service
Campers receive three delicious meals a day with a mid afternoon and evening snack before bed. All of our meals are healthy, nutritious and camper friendly. Where possible we strive to make food from scratch and to use as little pre-packaged food items. Campers meals are done “family style” with campers eat with their cabins for the whole meal and help with setting and clearing the table and serving the food as a team. Our kitchen staff are able to accommodate dietary needs and food allergies. Please be sure to indicate any restrictions on your camp application form.

Here are some examples of our camp food service menu:

Breakfast
Cold cereal, Juice, Milk and Fruit (at every Breakfast), Yogurt, Muffins, Bagels, Breakfast Sandwiches, Breakfast burritos, Coffee Cake, Banana Bread, Pancakes and Sausage/Bacon, French Toast, Oatmeal

Lunch
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, Buffalo Chicken Wraps, Chicken Caesar Wraps, Make-your own sandwiches, Perogies, Hot Dogs, Chicken Burgers, Pasta Salad, Cold fruit (at every lunch)

Dinner
Salad or veggie sticks (at every dinner), Lasagna, Chicken Parmesan, Burgers, Stir-fry, Spaghetti, Pizza, Tacos, Pork Chops, Fajitas, Sheppard’s Pie Dessert and Snack Oatmeal Bars, Cookies , Pretzels, Fruit, Jello, Pudding, Brownies, Popcorn

Camp Site and Facilities
Camp Kitchikewana prides itself in being rustic site nuzzled within the beautiful environment of the Georgian Bay Islands National Park. The camp is situated in a protected bay with three private beaches perfect for waterfront programs. Campers will have access to the many kilometers of back country hiking trails that the National Park has to offer.

Over the past 15 years the camp has seen a major overhaul of its buildings and facilities:
• Newer camper cabins with electricity, tight fitting doors and windows, camper storage space and lots of ventilation
• New bunk bed mattresses
• Updated washrooms and shower houses
• New wellness center with first aid and exam rooms
• New waterfront docks, canoes, kayaks and sailboats
• New kitchen facility, equipment, maintenance area and dining hall washrooms

  •  New waterfront docks, canoes, kayaks and sailboats

  • Updated washrooms and shower houses

  • Updated Kitchen and Dining Hall

  • Updated Kitchen and Dining Hall

  • Updated Kitchen and Dining Hall

  • New bunk bed mattresses

  • Dining hall

  • Swim Docks

  • Wellness Centre

  • Wellness Centre


YMCA Camp Kitchikewana
May – September
PO Box 71
Honey Harbour ON
P0E 1E0
Phone: 705 756 4002
Fax: 705 325 9633
Email: camp_kitchikewana@ymca.ca

October – April
22 Grove St. W.
Barrie, ON L4N 1M7
Phone: 705-726-6421 x435
Fax: 705-792-7874
Email: camp_kitchikewana@ymca.ca