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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.

YMCA Camp Kitchikewana

One Week and Two Week Program Registration Information

Registration for the following programs will open at 9:00am am on Saturday November 17, 2018:

  • 1 week Waterbug Club (6-9 yrs)
  • 2 week Traditional Camp (7-14 yrs)
  • 2 week Sailing Camp (12-14 yrs)


Payment, session selection, and camper information and transportation will all now be done in our new online system.  If you have already created an online account you are able to log into your account to update household information.  If you are new to the system please click the link to create a household to include any campers for the 2019 season.  This can be done prior to registration going live on November 17th.  If you have any questions regarding this new process please contact the camping office at 705-330-0378 ext. 641 or email

Waterbug Club (6-9 yrs) 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 Kitchi for the Traditional two-week camp experience. The Waterbug Club is an exciting way to start your child’s summer camp experience.

Traditional Camp (7-14 yrs) Our Traditional two-week co-ed camps are divided according to age and gender identity. Each section offers a blend of skill instruction, small group programming, all-camp activities and outtripping. Special programs such as the Lumbermen and Voyageur Games, Kitchi Olympics, our 4th session Annual Musical and Sailing Regattas assist in creating a well-rounded camp experience.

Sailing Camp (12-14 yrs) Participants will receive extensive sailing lessons with a focus on racing 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.

Four Week Leadership Programs Registration Information

Registration for leadership programs are by application only. Leadership applications should be submitted by mail, fax or email to our camping office by  November 17, 2018. Application forms can be found here.

Leadership One (15 yrs) Leadership One is the first stage in the YMCA’s overnight camp 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 (Lakewater 1), or Lifesaving (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 (16 yrs) 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. 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

Program Dates and Rates:

Program 2019 Dates 2019 Fee Age in 2019
Traditional Camp 1* June 30 – July 13 $1,715 7-14
Traditional Camp 2* July 14 – July 27 $1,715 7-14
Traditional Camp 3* July 28 – Aug 10 $1,715 7-14
Traditional Camp 4* Aug 11 – Aug 24 $1,715 7-14
Waterbug Camp A June 30 – July 6 $980 6-9
Waterbug Camp B July 7 – July 13 $980 6-9
Waterbug Camp C Aug 11 – Aug 17 $980 6-9
Waterbug Camp D Aug 18 – Aug 24 $980 6-9
Sailing Camp – Session 2 July 14 – July 27 $1,790 7-14
Sailing Camp – Session 3 July 28 – Aug 10 $1,790 7-14
July Leadership 1* June 30 – July 27 $2,890 15
July Leadership 2* June 30 – July 27 $2,890 16
August Leadership 1* July 28 – Aug 24 $2,890 15
August Leadership 2* July 28 – Aug 24 $2,890 16

*Please note, weather permitting all Leadership and Traditional campers participate in an offsite hiking and/or canoe trip.


Supervised bus service is available with pick-up and drop-off points at the following locations:

  • Barrie YMCA (22 Grove Street West)
  • Collingwood YMCA (200 Hume Street)
  • Midland YMCA (560 Little Lake Park Road)
  • Orillia YMCA (300 Peter Street North)
  • LEON’s Vaughan at Hwy 400 and Bass Pro Mills Drive

While our bus options are preferred, private car and boat drop off options are also available in Honey Harbour.

Airport pick-up and drop-off service is available at a cost of $150.00 (round trip). Please contact the YMCA for additional information or to arrange this service. A complete transportation guide will be mailed mid winter. Please note that the buses will only wait for 15 minutes for late arrivals. Beyond this time, the bus will leave and it is the responsibility of the parent to provide transportation to camp. For parents of campers in the Waterbug program, please be advised that due to the small numbers in the program, some buses may be cancelled. Should this occur the camp will contact you with alternate arrangements.


YMCA Camp Kitchikewana will make every effort to accommodate one mutual cabin request per participant.  Cabin requests should also not be greater than a one year age gap i.e. a 9 year old can only request an 8 or 10 year old.  In order to promote positive cabin cohesion, YMCA Camp Kitchikewana is unable to honour multiple cabin requests.


  • A $400 deposit is required with each registration.
  • All deposits are non-refundable after May 1, 2019
  • Written cancellations prior to May 1, 2019 will be granted for medical reasons only. To qualify for a full refund (less an administrative fee) a Medical Certificate must accompany written notice of cancellation.  No refund of any amount will be granted for non-medical cancellations received on or after May 1, 2019
  • Refunds will not be issued in an instance where the participant is removed from the camp program at the choice or request of the participant or participant’s parent/guardian or due to behavioural issues.


YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka reserves the right to use photographs, or video of the persons named on the application form for its promotional program and social media.


YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is not responsible for any loss or theft of participant’s belongings or money.  Parents/guardians will be responsible for reimbursement of any willful destruction to site and/or equipment, including graffiti, incurred as a result of their child’s actions.


Intentional participant behavior that puts the participant or others at physical or emotional risk may result in immediate dismissal from the program.  In addition, consumption or possession of alcohol, tobacco products and illegal or harmful substances will result in immediate dismissal from the program.  Any expenses incurred because of program dismissal will be the responsibility of the participant/parent/guardian.  Parents/guardians or a suitable designate must be available to pick up participants should the participant be dismissed from his/her program.  No refund will be given to campers leaving camp prior to the end of the session due to disciplinary action.


Through gifts made to our Annual Giving Campaign, we are able to provide sponsorship for Day Camp, YMCA Camp Kitchikewana and YMCA Geneva Park to campers whose families cannot afford the full cost of camp.  Sponsorship application forms are available by contacting the Camp Office.  Completed applications should be returned to the YMCA Camp Office and will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.

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