Experience the best of traditional YMCA Wanakita camping and head home at the end of the day.

Day campers participate in both land and water-based programs and have the opportunity to participate in a traditional one-night overnight experience each week.

During each one-week session, campers take part in group activities as well as special theme programs. All activities emphasize fun, challenge, adventure, creativity, imagination, and cooperation. Campers enjoy age-appropriate activities that suit the needs of our youngest and oldest campers.

Day Campers’ activities include kayaking, canoeing, fun sumba, crafts, slip and slide, campfire, swamping, sports and games, swimming, water trampoline, low ropes, archery and more. 

A Day at Day Camp

We pack a lot of fun in between 9am and 4pm. Here just a glimpse of a typical day.

  • 9:00am - Drop off by bus / car / boat
  • 9:10am - Roll call and Flag Raising
  • 9:15am - Group planned activities
  • 11:30am - Lunch at Dining Hall
  • 12:15pm - Group planned activities
  • 3:30pm - Buddy Swim
  • 4:15pm - Pack up for departure
  • 4:25pm - Pick up by bus / car / boat

Lunch at Camp

YMCA Wanakita provides a nutritious lunch service for all day campers. 

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. Our Food Service department can accommodate most special diets. Portions are hearty in size. Make sure to indicate any dietary restrictions or information on your registration. 

Campers are welcome to bring a snack but please do not send any nut or nut products with your camper.

For answers to some of your most frequently asked questions, please refer to our Preparing for Camp page.

Preparing for Camp

Dates, Rates & Availability

At this time, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel all  Wanakita Day Camp programs for Summer 2023. 

YMCA Wanakita continues to face a shortfall in qualified staffing and as a result we do not expect that we will be able to operate the Day Camp program to the standards that our clients have come to expect.  

We hope that the we will be able to operate Day Camp in Summer 2024.

Session Dates Availability
Week 1 CANCELLED 2023  
Week 2 CANCELLED 2023  
Week 3 CANCELLED 2023  
Week 4 CANCELLED 2023  
Week 5 CANCELLED 2023  
Week 6 CANCELLED 2023  
Week 7 CANCELLED 2023  
Week 8 CANCELLED 2023  


Day Camp Fee $TBA
Transportation (1 - Way) $TBA
Transportation (round trip) $TBA

*Note: all transportation fees are subject to 13% HST


For campers taking the bus, pick up / drop off locations will take place as it travels a loop down County Road 21 from Haliburton to Minden; returning via South Lake Road and County Road 1. Exact stops will be confirmed in your confirmation letter upon registration.