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YMCA Summer Programs


This summer, shine a light on fun, friendship, and adventure! The Y offers a variety of programs to keeps kids busy all summer long.

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Keeping You Safe

Children's Programs

Family Programs

 

School Groups

Virtual Programs

Retreats

Keeping You Safe


Keeping you safe is our first priority.  Here’s how we’ve enhanced your Y experience to help keep everyone as safe as possible at camp.

  • We’ve introduced daily screening protocols for all staff, parents/guardians, and campers
  • For our week-long programs, camper groups will remain together with the same counsellor the entire week
  • Extra cleaning and disinfecting measures will take place throughout the day

Face Mask and Coverings

All of our in-person camp programs will require participants to wear face masks or coverings when indoors. If your camper does not have a face mask, one will be provided for them. Staff will also adhere to these guidelines when indoors.

Get more information about our updated policies and procedures by downloading our safety guidelines and the Ministry of Health's guidelines for summer day camps.

COVID-19 FAQs

We are still awaiting direction from government and public health on the safe operations of Day Camps and the safe resumption of Overnight Camp. Our program registration is open and once regulations released we will review in its entirety and communicate and changes or updates to our programs at that time.

Safety measures will be set by Public Health. In the case of Day Camp the latest version is expected to be updated prior to summer but for an in-depth look at the current safety measures click here. In terms of Overnight Camp the government has yet to release regulations and we are closely monitoring their pending release to ensure we resume operations safely. .

Before participating in a Camps & Outdoor Education program, all participants and staff are screened with questions provided from Public Health that are designed to screen for illness.

All YMCA Camps & Outdoor Education staff are required to wear a mask. Masks are not required when eating or drinking. Staff that are facilitating the screening for staff and campers will wear a face shield and gloves.

All campers and participants will be required to wear masks and/or face coverings while at camp and in program. The only time masks are NOT required is when campers and partcipants are eating and drinking. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing their child(ren) with masks. If children are given disposable masks, we advise providing extra daily in case of contamination. As regulations continue to evolve, YMCA Camps & Outdoor education will follow the guidance of local public health units and provincial regulations.

At all times while campers, participants and staff are in program, physical distancing will be encouraged. All program offerings will be done in a safe manner with respect to physical distancing.

All locations will have thorough cleaning and disinfecting measures in place. There will be staff to dedicated to cleaning and disinfecting to ensure that this is being done. There will be limited shared spaces and equipment, and in the case that supplies are shared, there will be thorough cleaning between use.


Childrens Programs

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    Toronto Island Outdoor Adventures (ages 6-12)

    Enjoy the fun and friendship that traditional summer camp programs have to offer, on Saturdays throughout the year! Our Saturday YMCA Outdoor Adventure program is a 6-week program delivered from our Day Camp location on Toronto Island with our highly trained YMCA Day staff. Participants will work on their outdoor skills in shelter building, knot tying, archery, fire building and orienteering. Mountain biking and traditional camp games will round out this fun filled program.

YMCA Camp Programs 2021 need-to-knows

We’ll be in touch before your program starts so you and your camper(s) know exactly what to bring and can familiarize yourselves with our new COVID-19 safety protocols

Municipal Childcare Fee Assistance is not applicable to our fall camp programs, however YMCA Financial Assistance is available! For more information email camps@ymcagta.org.

Individual and Family Programs

YMCA Camp Pine Crest

There’s nothing like a few nights camping under the stars. Relax at our beautiful, private back lake camp sites! YMCA Camp Pine Crest is a 650-acre oasis nestled on the shores of beautiful Clear Lake in Muskoka, Ontario. Paddle or hike to a campsite and explore the natural beauty of our grounds.

Girl Looking Up Big Smile

Day & Overnight Trip Options

Family in woods

Alumni & Family Weekends
Bring the whole family to Camp Pine Crest throughout the year to enjoy Muskoka and get out of the city. Pine Crest offers family and alumni weekends through the year including:

  • March 15th - 19th: March Break Family Camp
  • May 21st - 24th: May Long Weekend
  • August 1st - 6th: 1 Week Summer Family Camp
  • October 29th - 31st: Spooktacular Weekend in October

The whole family can take part in activities around site for each season! Come enjoy the winter snow, take a dip in the lake or see the colours of fall. There is always a ton of fun in store no matter the season!

Day Pass

Trail Passes
Spending time up north at the cottage this winter? Why not stop by and take advantage of our trail system and head out on a snowshoe or cross country ski? Trail passes and gear rental are available beginning in December. 

  • Trail Pass: $10/day 
  • Trail Pass & Ski Lesson: $25/45 min lesson and trail access included
  • Snowshoe Rental: $15/day 
  • Check out our website for more details!
Day Pass

Lodge and Cottage Rental 
We have two great options for families to experience. Our one cottage, Willisons, is a simple 4 bedroom with everything you and your family would need for your own adventure here at camp. Including your own kitchen, washroom, living room and the best view on our site. Our lodges are much larger but are missing a kitchen. You can either make or bring your own food or sign up for our meal service program for an additional fee. 

  • Willisons Cottage: $400/night - can sleep 8 people
  • Lodge Rental: $325/night - can sleep up to 10 people 
  • Included is a 90 minute program block (options weather dependent) with one of our staff. A wide range of activities to choose from such as snowshoeing, cross country skiing, axe throwing, archery or canoeing!

For more information, or to register, contact us today.

Email pinecrestbookings@ymcagta.org To Book Your Trip Call 1-877-878-9622

Individual & Family Programs

YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre


YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre is located in Schomberg near Bolton and Nobleton, only 45 minutes from downtown Toronto. Situated on 263 acres of the Oak Ridges Moraine, it’s the perfect place for children, youth, and adults to come together and experience the outdoors until October 12th, 2020.  Some of our programs may be impacted as we help contain the spread of COVID-19. Please contact us to find out about availability. 

Fall Cedar Glen

Day & Overnight Trip Options

People walking trails

Trail Pass
For the first time, YMCA Cedar Glen is open to individuals and families on weekends so they can get outside and enjoy nature. The perfect location for hiking or a picnic, YMCA Cedar Glen offers trail passes with free parking, a free activity kit and access to trails situated on 263 acres of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Enjoy scavenger hunts, nature hikes, activities and more – it’s the perfect adventure this Fall and Winter! Campfire reservations and S’mores kits are available at an extra cost.

Group Building a Fire

Cottage Rental
We have our cozy cabin available for rental for individuals and families up to 8 people! With 4 bedrooms (each with their own bathroom), a cozy living room, kitchenette, heating and electricity - a great option for you to get out of the city.

  • Available: Monday - Sunday all year round
  • Check-in: 4-6pm
  • Check-out: 11am
  • Monday - Thursday: $250/night
  • Friday - Sunday: $300/night
  • Free parking, outdoor campfire pit, firewood and site maps included!

For more information, or to register, contact us today.

Email cedarglen@ymcagta.org Call (647) 294-8288

 

School Groups

Virtual Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Workshops

On-site Workshops

YMCA Cedar Glen offers a well-established SHSM certification program taught by experienced Outdoor Educators. Our certification workshops are tailored towards the SHSM sector that your students are completing. Each 3-hour on-site workshop includes indoor and outdoor interactive experiential learning components such as group initiatives, the low ropes course and team maze.

Virtual SHSM Workshops

If a trip to our site is not possible, we can offer our SHSM workshops online! Our experienced Outdoor Education staff will facilitate virtual sessions by utilizing Microsoft Teams or Google Meet along with other online tools to ensure our activities, puzzles, discussions and more are interactive and engaging for your students. A certificate of completion for each workshop will be provided after completion.

Virtual Workshops currently offered:

  1. Leadership
  2. Group Dynamics
  3. Communication
  4. Customer Services
  5. Conflict Resolution

* Please contact us about pricing and available dates.

To Register email cedarglen@ymcagta.org
or call (647)294-8288

Retreats, Conferences & Special Events

Pine Crest

Nestled between two beautiful lakes, YMCA Camp Pine Crest is a hidden gem located in the heart of Muskoka. Whether you’re coming for a week or just a day, you’ll discover an environment that strengthens the relationships within your group and deepens your connection with the natural world. No matter your group size, Pine Crest provides the ideal outdoor classroom and event space for your next getaway..

Day Trips- Maximum 75 visitors

Day Rate:

  • 9am- 4pm $36/youth
  • 9am-4pm $47/adult

Overnight Trips-40- 80 visitors

Single accommodations or shared accommodations for same family or social circles

  • $244/2 night 3 days

For more information or to reserve please email Pine Crest.

Cedar Glen

YMCA Cedar Glen is just 45 minutes from downtown Toronto so is ideally suited to welcome groups for a variety of programs. The perfect place for children, youth and adults to learn new skills and build confidence. Cedar Glen welcomes outdoor education, retreat and conference groups, offering meals served in our dining hall, overnight accommodations, meeting facilities and a variety of outdoor experiential education programs.

Day Trips – maximum 25 visitors

  • Youth Groups (17 years old and under)
  • Adult Groups (18 years and older)

Overnight Trips: 25 visitors

  • Adult Groups: Single or Double Lodge Accommodation

For more information and check availability please email Cedar Glen or call (905)859-9622

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