YMCA Day Camp News

Richmond Hill Swan Lake Y Day Camp

Hello! We are looking forward to welcoming your camper to YMCA Day Camp this coming week! This page contains lots of exciting information to help you prepare for your campers first day of Camp. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any additional questions or concerns. Our Lake St. George Campers will also be swimming at Oak Ridges Community Centre once a week! Looking forward to meeting you soon, and having a fun-filled week (or more!) at YMCA Day Camp – where summer happens!

Due to the rise in awareness of Ticks and Lyme disease we are receiving more questions about preventative measures before sending your child to our outdoor camps. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care recommend the following preventative measures when travelling in rural areas, bush or tall grass:

  • Wear light-coloured clothing. It makes ticks easier to see and remove before they can attach to feed.
  • Wear long pants and a long sleeved shirt.Wear closed footwear and socks. Tuck your pants into your socks.
  • Use a tick repellent that has "DEET" (following the manufacturer's directions for use). Apply it to your skin and outer clothing. Avoid your eyes and mouth, as well as cuts and scrapes.
  • It is important to do this each day. Pay special attention to areas such as groin, scalp and armpits. Use a mirror to check the back of your body or have someone else check it.

For more information on symptoms and treatments please visit: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/publications/disease/lyme.aspx If you suspect your child has a tick bite, please consult your family doctor immediately and please notify the Day Camp Director and/or your Childcare supervisor.

Camp Director: Jasintha Ravieshanker

Camp Email: swanlakedaycamp@ymcagta.org

Phone Number: 416-509-1153

Camp Address: 1229 Bethesda Side Road, Richmond Hill

Directions for Drop-off and Pick-up: Please drop your child off at 9am and pick them up at 4pm at the Office Trailer to the left of the main entrance. Ensure you sign your child in and out with a member of YMCA Day Camp Staff.

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We are so excited for your Camper to join us Monday! In addition to lots of ENERGY & EXCITEMENT here are some hints and tips for what your Camper should wear/bring for an awesome week at Camp!

At camp we are active and have lots of fun. Please ensure your camper is dressed appropriately for being outside and being active. Campers will require clothing that they can run around in, including sturdy shoes, or sandals with a back strap. Please do not send your camper with any electronics or valuables! The YMCA cannot be held responsible for any lost or damaged items.

What to Bring:

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Nut-free lunch
  • Two or more snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat with brim
  • Towel
  • Bathing suit
  • Backpack to carry it all in


Camper Certificates: The last Friday of your campers session they will come home with a camper Certificate. The certificate will share some fun information about what your camper has been up to at camp as well as some friends they have made and their favorite activities.

Camper Calls: The Thursday before your camper attends camp you will receive a pre-recorded phone call from your Camp Director at 7PM welcoming your child to camp.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about our amazing camps!

At YMCA Day Camps, we celebrate campers demonstrating YMCA values of responsibility, respect, inclusiveness, caring, health and honesty, and achieving success in specific program areas. Campers can earn beads daily! Ask your camper how they achieved their beads! Find out more about the impact of YMCA Camp Beads.

Please ensure the person picking up your child brings ID and is an authorized pick up! Unsure? Please call the Camp Registration Office.

YMCA Camp Registration Office
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am – 6:00pm
Phone: 647-439-6611 or Toll Free: 1- 877-303-2267
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Our Mission: The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership.
Our Vision: Our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults.
Our Values: The YMCA of Greater Toronto is guided by values that influence our actions and the decisions we make: Caring, Health, Honesty, Inclusiveness, Respect and Responsibility.