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Annual Open House

Join us every year for our annual open house. Whether you are a new or returning summer camp family, an outdoor education participant or a teacher or group leader; you are welcome to come visit! The day includes a camp tour, activities and a lunch. Please bring your towel and bathing suit if you wish to go for a swim and your running shoes if you would like to go for a hike.

2018 Open House Details:

• June 17 and 18, 2018
• Please call 705-330-0378 651 or email to sign up for a boat time.
• Boat pick up is at the Honey Harbour Boat Club (2709 Honey Harbour Rd). There is a $10 parking fee.

YMCA Camp Kitchikewana

For over 95 years YMCA Camp Kitchikewana has been offering a values based camp experience on its camp site on Beausoleil Island in the beautiful Georgian Bay Islands National Park, out of Honey Harbour Ontario. “Kitchi” provides traditional summer camp programs for youth in July and August and programs for all ages in the Spring and Fall seasons.

YMCA Camp Kitchikewana’s mission is to provide each member of the camp community with the opportunity to be active, to learn and to grow in a safe, healthy and natural environment. Through a range of skills, outdoor activities and interactions with others, campers are encouraged to challenge themselves while building self-confidence, having fun, and creating lasting friendships. In the spirit of Kitchi’s strong tradition, we are committed to challenging individuals to be the best that they can ever be.

YMCA Camp Kitchikewna owned and operated by the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka. Our YMCA serves the Simcoe County, District of Muskoka and Parry Sound communities.

The Quality Eight

The Quality Eight were developed by YMCA camping professionals to guide YMCA camps in their programs. YMCA Camp Kitchikewana strives to make the Quality Eight an integral part of every camper’s experience.

YMCA Camp Kitchikewana Code of Behaviour

Everyone has the right to feel safe at YMCA Camp Kitchikewana. With this right comes the responsibility to respect all community members and to take pride in making camp an awesome place.

Positive Space

Throughout camp we have signs reading “Positive Space” These signs serve as a reminder to all camp participants that all members of the camp community are welcome on Kitchi sands regardless of: race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, social status, physical, emotional & mental ability, and age.

YMCA Camp Kitchikewana is a accredited member of the Ontario Camps Association

Strengthsquest - self assessment

• Identify your top 5 talents
• Learn the power behind your talents and how to intentionally apply them daily
• The benefits and power of a strengths based approach
• The tools to begin your StrengthsQuest journey and establish a strengths based culture

Leadership Communication

• Identify your communication style
• Gain awareness about the impact you have on others based on how you communicate
• Learn techniques and the awareness needed to be a truly great communicator

Transformational Leadership

• Defining leadership throughout the ages
• Learn to differentiate between trending concepts on leadership to those that are proven, relevant and applicable today
• Learn to identify what leadership styles have influenced you and what leadership style and the characteristics you would most like to exemplify. What form of leadership is your team or organization led by? Which style would have the most impact?

Strategic Planning

• Why is it important?
• How does one get started?
• What makes a good strategic plan? – learn the essentials

Team Effectiveness - Stages of Development

• Be provided with the tools needed to assess at what level of performance your team is working at
• Learn to kick start and transition your team to one that is highly performing

Mindfulness - Group Approach

• Strategies, techniques & its importance towards attaining a work/life balance

Strengthsquest - Motivation and Engagement

• Learn to manage your talents and those of your team as an interactive process
• You will be able to assess if you are in the right role and determine if managing people is the right fit for you? Are you developing or damaging your teams?

Managing Performance

• Tried and true tools perfect for staff evaluations
• You will be able to differentiate between critical behaviour needing intervention versus behaviour that can be coached
• You will be provided with the tools on how to address staff behaviour & coach your teams


• Learn the science, physiological & psychological responses that impact decision making and personal interaction
• You will be able to look at the work environment through a different lens noting its impact on potential employee performance and learning the means to intervene and influence for better results

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Resiliency

• Provides additional insights on how you are perceived and how that awareness can lead to greater impact as a leader

Change Management

• Examines the impact change has throughout an organization and provides you with the tools and understanding of how to navigate through change with the least collateral & cultural damage

Conflict Resolution

• Learn the tools needed to be able to find the common ground needed to move beyond an impasse

The Art of Persuasion

• Realize the weight of your words and actions and how to put that knowledge to the best use
• Where do you fit within the political milieu?

Strengthsquest - followership and leadership

• Move beyond what your individual talents contribute to a team and start to learn to intentionally aim & maximize the talents of others
• With this understanding you will be able to address and provide what your team members need from you as their leader

Principled-Centre Leadership

• You will learn to appreciate and consider the weight of responsibility that comes as you evolve as a leader
• You will examine ethical dilemmas and the means to address them, as well as the consequences those decisions may have

Philanthropic Leadership

• Learn a strategic approach to philanthropic visioning for your organization. As the funding landscape changes so too must our approach to philanthropy
• You will examine your readiness to adapt to these changes and how to instill a framework and culture of philanthropy that can be sustained for the long term

Board Governance

• Learn the importance of Governance and the essential role it plays as part of any organization
• Learn to assess at what stage of Governance your board operates at and how to move their level of engagement should your organization be ready for the shift
• You will be given the tools to fully understand & implement best practices of governance into your organization

Collaboration and Strategic Partnerships

• You will be provided with the tools in order to assess the readiness of your organization and your board to collaborate or partner with another organization
• We will discuss and examine what governing practices need to be in place in order for collaboration to not only occur but also succeed

Unconscious Bias

• Everyone is biased. With that understanding and acceptance you will learn how to make decisions that acknowledges the role bias can often play within that process
• You will discuss best practices and be provided with the tools needed to implement them

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