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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

Program Dates and Rates:

Program 2020 Dates 2020 Fee (not incl. HST) Age in December 31, 2020
Traditional Camp 1* June 28 – July 11 $1,770 7-14
Traditional Camp 2* July 12 – July 25 $1,770 7-14
Traditional Camp 3* Aug 2 – Aug 15 $1,770 7-14
Traditional Camp 4* Aug 16 – Aug 29 $1,770 7-14
Waterbug Camp A June 28 – July 4 $1,010 6-9
Waterbug Camp B July 5 – July 11 $1,010 6-9
Waterbug Camp C Aug 16 – Aug 22 $1,010 6-9
Waterbug Camp D Aug 23 – Aug 29 $1,010 6-9
Sailing Camp – Session 2 July 12 – July 25 $1,850 7-14
Sailing Camp – Session 3 Aug 2 – Aug 15 $1,850 7-14
July Leadership 1* June 28 – July 25 $2,980 15
July Leadership 2* June 28 – July 25 $2,980 16
August Leadership 1* Aug 2 – Aug 29 $2,980 15
August Leadership 2* Aug 2 – Aug 29 $2,980 16

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

One Week and Two Week Program Registration Information

Registration for the following programs will open at 9:00am am on Saturday November 23, 2019:

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

All registrations are completed using our online system, CampBrain:

If you have never used CampBrain before, you can log on to create your Household (tip: you can do this prior to the registration date! It will speed things up for you when you go to register your camper). Click here to sign up and create your household (i.e. create a profile for your camper). If you have any questions about the process feel free to contact the camping office at (705) 330-0378 x 641 or email camp.kitchikewana@sm.ymca.ca

Beginning on November 23rd at 9:00 a.m., you can register your camper for the following programs: Traditional Camp, Waterbug Club, and Sailing Camp. To learn more about these programs, please click here.

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 email to julia.fulton@sm.ymca.ca. The application deadline is  November 17, 2019. Application forms can be found here.

To learn more about our Leadership Programs, click here.

CAMPER TRANSPORTATION

Travelling by Bus

We are happy to provide free bussing to any camper who is interested in taking the bus to camp. The campers on busses are supervised by camp staff, and campers can expect to sit with other campers around the same age. Please ensure your camper has eaten a good lunch prior to getting on the bus, as the next full meal they will eat is dinner at 6:00 p.m. We will have an afternoon snack available for campers upon arrival at camp.

To Camp (Sunday):

City Bus pickup Location Time
Toronto (Vaughan) Colossus Carpool Lot (at Hwy 400 and Hwy 7) 12:00 p.m.
Barrie Barrie YMCA 12:00 p.m.
Orillia Orillia YMCA 1:00 p.m.
Collingwood* Collingwood YMCA 10:45 a.m.
Midland Midland YMCA 12:00 p.m.

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.

From Camp (Saturday):

City Bus Dropoff Location Approximate time (traffic dependent)
Toronto (Vaughan) Colossus Carpool Lot (at Hwy 400 and Hwy 7) 1:15 p.m.
Barrie Barrie YMCA 1:45 p.m.
Orillia Orillia YMCA 12:45 p.m.
Collingwood Collingwood YMCA 2:15 p.m.
Midland Midland YMCA 1:00 p.m.

We encourage everyone living near our bus locations to utilize our bussing. If you are dropping your camper off in Honey Harbour, you may do so beginning no earlier than 1:00 p.m. on the Sunday. If you are picking your camper up on the last day, please arrive at approximately 10:00 a.m.

Please note: If you are dropping off your camper in Honey Harbour, please be prepared for a longer wait time for a boat; we will do our best to get every camper on the boat within an hour of them being dropped off, however we prioritize the campers who arrive via bus.

CABIN MATE REQUESTS

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.

REFUNDS AND CANCELLATIONS

  • A $400 deposit is required with each registration.
  • All deposits are non-refundable after May 1, 2020
  • Written cancellations prior to May 1, 2020 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, 2020
  • 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.

PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL

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.

PROPERTY DAMAGE, LOSS AND THEFT

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.

PROGRAM EXPULSION

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.

SPONSORSHIP APPLICATIONS

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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