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Summer 2021 Operations Update

We are saddened to share our difficult decision to suspend our Traditional Overnight Camp programs for the 2021 Summer season. We were very hopeful that we would be able to all be up on Beausoleil Island together this summer, but our beloved overnight camp programs will have to be put on hold once again.

We know this news will be disappointing to all of our families, campers, staff, and volunteers who look forward to coming to camp each year. We are thinking of all of you and your families as you learn of this disappointing news.

The safety of our campers, staff, and volunteers is always our top priority, and although many safety measures have been considered, there are still many unknowns that make the delivery of our traditional camp programs a great challenge to offer.

There were three main elements guiding our decision:

  1. Approval to operate.
    At the time of writing this, overnight camps are not permitted to operate under any part of the Reopening Framework in Ontario. There is no indication of when this will change.
  2. Health and Safety.
    Overnight camps have not received public health guidance to inform how exactly we would be required to operate, if permitted. These details are crucial to our planning. Planning for camp is a year-round process that begins in the early fall. We are unable to continue to plan around the continued uncertainty as our runway to camp has become too short. The safety and well-being of our campers and staff is always our top priority.
  3. Timing.
    We recognize how much families and staff rely on and look forward to their time at YMCA Camp Kitchikewana. With summer right around the corner, we needed to make a decision now so that our camper families and staff as much time as possible to make alternative plans. Making a decision at this time also gives us the ability to plan for an alternative Cabin Rental model, so that we can welcome families and members of the community to camp in a way that is safer.

Join us this summer!

2021 Cabin Rentals program!

This summer, we plan to offer an alternative option for families. Public health permitting, families have the opportunity to experience Camp Kitchikewana together and participate in an outdoor experience that families and campers are surely missing.

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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