Camp Kitchikewana’s Overnight Camp
Update: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, camps at YMCA Camp Kitchikewana have been suspended for summer 2020. Families of campers have been contacted about their registration. We hope to resume operations in the fall and look forward to seeing summer campers again in summer 2021!
A perfect introduction to camp life for first time campers! The Waterbug Club program places special emphasis on creativity, developing friendships and having fun. During the week-long program, staff introduce campers to traditional programs, land and water activities, games and sing-songs. Waterbug Club campers participate in a different skill area each day – preparing them for choosing skill area specialties when they return to Kitchikewana for the Traditional two-week camp experience. The Waterbug Club is an exciting way to start your child’s summer camp experience.
Our Traditional two-week co-ed camps are divided according to age and gender. Each section offers a blend of skill instruction, interest groups, cabin choice, evening programs, all-camp activities. Campers have the opportunity to select two skill areas they would like to focus on (sailing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, arts and crafts, drama, environmental explorers or guitar). Depending on age, campers will either participate in a one-night overnight hike or canoe trip or a two-night overnight canoe trip within the National Park or local lakes and rivers. All trips depart from and return to camp. Special programs such as the Lumberman and Voyageur Games, Kitchikewana Olympics, our 4th session Annual Musical and Sailing Regattas assist in creating a well-rounded camp experience.
Participants will take part in extensive sailing lessons receiving 3 hours of sailing instruction each day. Campers will focus on achieving CANSail levels and will have exposure to different types of sailboats and teaching practices. Campers will participate in most aspects of traditional camp programming. The highlight of this program is a sail around the south end of Beausoleil Island.
Leadership One is the first stage in our two year leadership program. This program provides opportunities for participants to build self-esteem and experience personal growth. This four-week experience focuses on skill development, personal leadership and communication. Participants will learn the fundamentals of trip leadership planning through participation in a five-day canoe trip. Program participants will also focus on advanced skill development in one of Sailing (CANSail 3 or 4), Canoeing (ORCKA Lakewater 1), or Lifesaving (LSS Bronze Medallion or Bronze Cross). Leadership One participants will also have the opportunity to obtain a secondary school credit from certified teachers onsite (Outdoor Education, PAD30) in partnership with the Simcoe/ Muskoka Catholic District School Board.
Leadership Two program has an overall focus on positive community involvement. Some of the topics covered in the program include group dynamics, instructional techniques, counseling skills, camper characteristics and local heritage. A series of placements will allow participants to practice their skills and leadership styles under the supervision of experienced camp staff. Participants will participate in a four-day canoe trip, obtaining their ORCKA Tripping Level 1. Leadership Two participants will also have the opportunity to obtain a secondary school credit from certified teachers onsite (Leadership and Peer Support, GPP30) in partnership with the Simcoe/Muskoka Catholic District School Board.