Wanakita Summer 2021 Announcement
Issued: April 15, 2021

This past year has felt like a game of tetherball at camp with the many changes and challenges that the pandemic has brought, but we have some news to share with you.

We were very hopeful that we would be able to offer Summer Overnight Camp and Day Camp to our campers this year, but unfortunately these valuable programs will have to be put on hold once again this summer.

The safety of our campers is always our top priority and although cohorting of campers among many other safety measures have been considered, there are still many unknowns that make the delivery of our traditional programs a great challenge to offer. That experience will be greatly missed this year by our entire team and hundreds of children but with the rollout of vaccines, we are confident that all programs will resume again in 2022.

We also have good news to share - you do not have to miss out on Wanakita entirely. We are excited to share that we will be reopening Wanakita for a different-type of camping experience for your family this summer.

After much deliberation and planning, we feel the safest way to give children and families a Wanakita experience this summer is to offer a modified family program - YMCA Wanakita Family Lodge.

Our approach has been driven by the regulations set forth and in discussion with public health authorities to protect the health of campers and staff and reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

What is Wanakita Family Lodge?
For one summer only, our entire site, both Wanakita West (typically reserved for Kids Camp programs) and Wanakita East (Family Camp), will be open for an all-inclusive, family-style retreat for one week sessions throughout the entire summer. You and your family will be invited to book a one week session, in your own cabin to enjoy a family vacation with many of the activities and amenities that Wanakita has to offer.
What does a week at Wanakita Family Lodge include?
  • Private family cabin with bunk beds, shelving units and electricity
  • 3 meals daily, plus snacks
  • Archery
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Boardsailing
  • Canoeing
  • Environmental and Wilderness Activities
  • Kayaking
  • Performing Arts
  • Sailing
  • Sports
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Access to fire pits
  • Loads of family fun!
Complete details including session dates, fees, health and safety protocols and answers to many questions, can be found in the Family Lodge Field Guide.

When does registration open for Family Lodge?
On May 2nd, General Registraiton will open for Family Lodge online.

We anticipate Family Lodge weeks will fill up quickly and we want you to be part of this one-summer only Wanakita program. We hope to see you this summer on the shores of Koshlong.