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Summer 2022 Operations Update

We are excited to share that we are opening registration for our Traditional Overnight Camp Programs for the summer 2022 Season! Registration will be opening on Saturday, November 27th, 2021 at 9:00am. We are very hopeful that we will be able to return to Beausoleil Island, like we have so many summers before Covid-19, and deliver a safe and quality camp experience to all our returning campers.

Director Team Update

As we look ahead to summer 2022, I am excited to share an update with you on our camp director team. After joining Camp Kitchikewana this past spring and serving as Acting Camp Director throughout the summer, I’m thrilled that Hilary Neeb will be continuing in the role of Camp Director moving forward. Hilary came to us with many years of YMCA camp experience, starting as a 6-year-old camper and as a staff member at YMCA Camp Ki-Wa-Y and Camp Wabanaki. Hilary and her dog Bruce quickly settled into life at camp this summer and learnt a great deal about Kitchikewana’s treasured traditions and got to meet many campers, staff and alumni through our modified programs this summer.

I’m also excited to share that Ally Eastmure, who joined us this summer as a seasonal Assistant Director, will continue as Assistant Director year-round and we are delighted to have her! Ally will be known to many of you, as she started at Kitchikewana when she was 6 years old and in recent years has worked in a variety of senior staff roles at camp. Kitchikewana has helped Ally grow into the confident, calm and thoughtful leader that she is today.

Congratulations Hilary and Ally!

Gord Dunlop

General Manager, Camping & Outdoor Education

YMCA Camp Kitchikewana

For the last 100 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. Camp Kitchikewana 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 the camp’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.

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