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It's exciting getting ready to go to camp but the experience can also raise a lot of questions. Let us help you.

Food Service

We're committed to healthy living and an integral part of that is serving campers delicious and nutritious meals that sustain them throughout all the fun. Meals and snacks are planned by our full-time Food Services team. We give attention to dietary requirements, age of participants, program content and length of stay. We can accommodate allergies, vegetarian, vegan, halal and kosher needs. Portions are hearty in size and are served family and buffet style, or on out-trips beneath the open skies. Make sure to indicate any dietary restrictions or information on your registration.

Allergies - Nut & Other Food

Some of our summer campers have severe, sometimes life-threatening allergies to nuts and other food. Our Food Services team chooses ingredients and designs menus to minimize the risk to these children and our Tuck Shop does not sell any items containing nuts. When packing, please do not send any product that may contain nut ingredients. If campers have nut products, their counsellor and our Health Services Staff will dispose of them. Please screen all items for any traces of nuts before sending. We want everyone to have a happy and healthy camp experience.

Health & Wellness

We take our campers' health and safety very seriously. YMCA Wanakita has an experienced registered nurse or doctor on site 24 hours a day, and can treat minor injuries, illnesses and dispense daily medications. If your camper is taking medication, please be sure to indicate all medications on your child's registration form. Medications must be packed at the top of their luggage. Ensure that medications are clearly labeled with the camper's name and accurate directions for their use are included. Upon arrival at camp, all medications will be entrusted to the Health Services Staff, who will be responsible for dispensing them. Please do not give medication to bus staff. If any additional medication is purchased at camp, it will be added to your account and an invoice will be mailed.

Day to Day Packing List

Campers should come to camp wearing washable, inexpensive, rugged clothing. Sturdy running shoes are a must for active games, the overnight and hikes. Each camper should bring a labeled knapsack, or bag each day containing:

  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Plastic bag to store wet clothes
  • Sweater
  • Raincoat
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30+)
  • Bug repellent
  • Water bottle

Personalized Clothing Labels

There is a lost and found box at the front of Day Camp Central. If your camper has lost something, please encourage them to check in the Lost and Found box. You can help minimize lost items by labeling your children's clothing. It also means that your child can have fun while at camp instead of worrying about losing their clothing and shoes. There are a variety of companies that create personalized labels.

Transportation

For a detailed schedule and description of transportation options available for your camper, please refer to our Transportation page. Please indicate all transportation plans or requirements on your Registration Form.

Staff Qualifications

The counsellors working with your children are trained, energetic, and motivated individuals. Counsellors have First Aid, Life Guarding, and CPR certifications and most are graduates of our two-year student counsellor program or possess an equivalent skill set. All counsellors provide YMCA Wanakita with a Criminal Reference Check (Vulnerable Sector Screening) before commencing employment.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We recognize that sometimes plans change and you must withdraw your child from camp. In order to receive a full refund (less the 15% deposit), participants must cancel a minimum of 2 weeks prior to your session's start. After this time, refunds will be given for medical reasons only (with medical certification).

  • Refunds are not granted if parent/guardian withdraws their camper from the session early, or if the camper is sent home for misconduct.
  • A $35 NSF will be levied on all declined payments.
  • We reserve all rights to charge any outstanding balance to your credit card on file unless other methods of payments are provided.
  • View the complete Registration Notes and Conditions of Enrolment.
  • YMCA Wanakita reserves the right to cancel any program if a minimum number of participants have not registered one week before the program.

Financial Assistance

At YMCA Wanakita, we believe that everyone deserves to experience camp, regardless of their financial status. If your financial circumstances make it difficult for you to register for a YMCA Wanakita program, you may be eligible for support through our YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. Contact us for more information at 1-800-387-5081.