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Polar bear dip, flag raising, Kangaroo Kourt, fried granola, camp cheers, campfires (We LOVE campfires!), tetherball, out-trips, laughter and friends - these are just some of the highlights that give Wanakita Overnight Camp it's beloved reputation.

YMCA Wanakita offers a variety of excellent summer overnight camp programs for ages 7 - 16*. We offer a balance of age-appropriate individual and group camp activities which provide an opportunity for each camper to participate to their full potential. At YMCA Wanakita, both technical and social skills are fostered, providing a safe environment for campers to take risks and grow. This creates a formula for success that will stay with campers well beyond their time at camp.
*Age as of December 31 of the year attending camp
One Week Program

Kita Juniors & Intermediates

Ages: 7 - 12

The Kita program is YMCA Wanakita’s one-week camp program providing a unique and supportive atmosphere with experienced counsellors chosen specifically to create a fun, inclusive and welcoming environment. During their stay campers will participate in personal choice activities (PCAs) each morning, an overnight camp-out and a variety of camp activities. Given the shorter stay at camp it may not be possible to experience all that Wanakita has to offer in one visit. The Kita program is a wonderful introduction to camp.


Two Week Programs

Juniors & Intermediates (JI)

Ages: 7 - 12

Junior and Intermediate sections (JI) are a fantastic way to engage with the best that Wanakita has to offer. JI campers participate in a variety of activities that are fun, engaging, and instructive. Monday through Friday, campers spend the morning attending their preselected Personal Choice Activities (PCAs). Campers can choose from any of the age appropriate PCAs and try to earn Wanakita levels or focus on experiential participation.

Campers also get a chance to challenge themselves on a trip tailored to their level of experience, exploring Koshlong Lake. Intermediates will be out for two nights, learning and developing a number of outdoor skills and Juniors will have a one night introduction to overnight camping. Our JIs also participate in Theme Days, friendly camp-wide games in the middle of each session.

Senior Campers

Ages: 13 - 15

We offer three opportunities for our Senior campers to participate in our Summer Overnight Camp. All Senior programs are two weeks long.

Senior Traditional

Ages: 13 - 14

The Senior Traditional Program has remained one of our most popular programs for over 60 years. With nine days at camp and five days on trip, “Trad” campers get the best of both worlds while enjoying the full extent of YMCA Wanakita’s diverse programming. The five-day canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness provides each cabin group with a meaningful challenge to work toward. The sense of purpose and adventure fostered in this program will help any camper gain self-confidence and build lasting friendships.

Senior Trad. First Year (13 by end of year attending camp) 
The Senior Trad First Year trip offers an exciting trip for first time and experienced campers alike as a grand welcome to the Trad program. Routes are selected to provide time to hone skills while taking in the beauty of rocky shorelines and sharing campfires under the stars.

Senior Trad. Second Year (14 by end of year attending camp)
This five day trip is the flagship experience of our Senior Traditional program. With a little more age and experience, these campers are ready to venture out in smaller cabin groups to meet new challenges and enjoy the beauty of one of Ontario’s iconic wilderness parks.

Senior Specialty

Ages: 13 - 14

Senior Specialty campers spend two weeks at YMCA Wanakita refining skills andstrengthening friendships. These campers also participate in a three-day, two-night overnight on Koshlong Lake where they can learn about camping basics, and bond with their cabin mates around the campfire. Spending the full two weeks at camp allows Senior Specialty campers to pursue more time-intensive skills such as paddle making and advanced wilderness skills. 

Senior Tripper

Ages: 13 - 15

YMCA Wanakita has witnessed many campers grow into strong leaders through their experiences in the wilderness. Completing a canoe trip teaches campers that they are capable of more than they thought possible as they experience the rewards of their own hard work and determination.

This specialized tripping program is a step up from the Senior Traditional trip with more paddling, portaging and back-country exploration. It begins in camp with two days of packing, preparation and fun before heading out for 10 days of trekking and canoeing deep into a provincial park to places other trips don’t go. Supported by staff uniquely suited to this experience, trippers learn and grow throughout the trip. Back at camp for the final two days, trippers debrief and participate in
YMCA Wanakita’s closing traditions.

Leadership Development

Student Counsellor Leadership Program (SCs)

Ages: 15 & 16

YMCA Wanakita is committed to seeing its campers grow into strong and committed leaders. An integral part of this commitment is our four week long Student Counsellor (SC) program, which provides two years of quality leadership development. Potential participants must be motivated, mature, and have a desire to learn. Participation in First Year SCs prior to Second Year SCs is recommended but not required

First Year S.C(Student Counsellor)

Age: 15 (by December 31, 2020)

Participants must have completed Grade 9 before participating in this program. This program focuses on technical skill development, with an introduction to group leadership skills. First year SC’s will face the challenge of a six-day canoe trip, and the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certifications in lifesaving, first aid, and canoeing. Participants also refine their skills in YMCA Wanakita’s other activity areas such as archery, sailing, kayaking, and outdoor living skills. Group cooperation, selfdiscipline and personal initiative are keys to a successful and fulfilling experience.

Included in the price of registration, First Year SCs receive a quality Salus Personal Floatation Device (PFD) with the YMCA Wanakita logo which can be worn for years to come!

Second Year S.C(Student Counsellor)

Age: 16 (by December 31, 2020)

Participants must have completed Grade 10 before participating in this program. Our Second Year program focuses on camp and community leadership skills, group dynamics, understanding the counselling role, teaching skills, camp philosophy and program objectives. All participants will do a cabin placement where they will learn about camper care and get first-hand experience. They will gain some first hand experience and be encouraged to develop skills that they could carry on at camp or in
their community.

Second Year Student Counsellor - Tripper (SC2T) program. Focussing on many of the skills that have brought success to the Second Year SC program, the SC2T program adds an extended wilderness canoe trip as a 10-14 day "floating classroom." (Trip length to be confirmed). The SC2T program aims to help shape the next generation of trip leaders.

Open Registration Begins November 15, 2021.


Rates 2022 



Kita Junior Camper(Kita)


Kita Intermediate Camper(Kita)


Two Week Junior Camper(J)


Two Week Intermediate Camper(I)


Two Week Senior Specialty Camper(SS)


Two Week - First Year Senior Traditional(ST)


Two Week - Second Year Senior Traditional(ST


Two Week - Sr. Tripper (Tripper)


First Year Student Counsellor(S.C)


Second Year Student Counsellor(S.C) $3595

* All rates subject to 13% HST

Dates 2022 


2022 Dates  Programs Available

One Week Sessions

July 3 - 9 
July 10 - 16
July 17 - 23
July 24 - July 30
July 31 - Aug. 6
Aug. 7 - Aug. 13
Aug. 14 - Aug. 20
Aug. 21 - Aug. 27

Kita - J,I
Kita - J,I
Kita - J,I
Kita - J,I
Kita - J,I
Kita - J,I
Kita - J,I
Kita - J,I

Two Week Sessions

July 3 - 16
July 17 - 30
July 31 - Aug. 13
Aug. 14 - 27

J, I, SS, ST, Trippers
J, I, SS, ST, Trippers
J,I,SS, ST, Trippers
J,I,SS, ST, Trippers

Four Week Sessions

July 3 - 30
July 31 -Aug. 27

S.C(1st & 2nd Year)
S.C(1st & 2nd Year)

Cancellation & Refund Policy 

  • The $150, $300 and $500 program deposits are non-refundable, regardless of when you cancel. Cancellations must be done so by April 30th in order to receive a full refund less the non-refundable program deposit. After April 30th, refunds will be given for medical reasons only (with medical certification/doctors note). All withdrawal /cancellation requests must be made in writing. 
  • Refunds will not be granted if the camper leaves camp early, or if a camper is sent home for a breach of conditions of enrolment.
  • Please ensure you review the complete Registration Notes and Conditions of Enrolment online.