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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 16 and 17 2018
• Please call 705-325-2253 x641 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

One Week and Two Week Program Registration Information

Registration for the following programs will open at 9:00am am on Monday November 27, 2017:

  • 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 2018 season.  This can be done prior to registration going live on November 27th.  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 5:00pm on Monday November 20th. 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 2017 Dates 2018 Fee Age in 2018
Traditional Camp 1* July 1 – July 14 $1,632 7-14
Traditional Camp 2* July 15 – July 28 $1,632 7-14
Traditional Camp 3* July 29 – Aug 11 $1,632 7-14
Traditional Camp 4* Aug 12 – Aug 25 $1,632 7-14
Waterbug Camp A July 1 – July 7 $934 6-9
Waterbug Camp B July 8 – July 14 $934 6-9
Waterbug Camp C Aug 12 – Aug 18 $934 6-9
Waterbug Camp D Aug 19 – Aug 25 $934 6-9
Sailing Camp – Session 2 July 15 – July 28 $1,706 7-14
Sailing Camp – Session 3 July 29 – July 11 $1,706 7-14
July Leadership 1* July 1 – July 28 $2,740 15
July Leadership 2* July 1 – July 28 $2,740 16
August Leadership 1* July 29 – Aug 25 $2,740 15
August Leadership 2* July 29 – Aug 25 $2,740 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, 2018
  • Written cancellations prior to May 1, 2018 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, 2018
  • 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.

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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