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Leadership Camps

(Wilderness Adventure Programs)

Our Leadership Programs offer incredible experiences for teens to help them improve their confidence, communication skills and independence. Participants will leave these programs inspired to better themselves and the world around them!

 
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Born July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2009

Junior Leadership



Georgian Bay Sea Kayak - 2 Weeks (Co-ed) - July 17 - 29, 2022

Participants will explore the incredible beauty of Georgian Bay, which is home to one of the world’s largest fresh water archipelagos. Georgian Bay offers spectacular views and clear crisp waters to play in. Participants will get the chance to explore on the water and by foot with a combination of hiking and kayaking.

Fee $2,770.00

Spanish River - 2 Weeks (Co-ed) - August 14 - 26, 2022

The Spanish River is located in Northern Ontario near Sudbury. Participants will paddle through some of the world’s largest red pine and white pine old-growth forest while learning about themselves and experiencing the challenges of whitewater paddling.

Fee $2,800.00

Noire River - 2 Week (Co-ed) - August 7 - 19, 2022

The Noire River, named for its dark couloured water, is located in western Quebec. Originating south of the La Verendrye wilderness preserve, the Noire flows through rocky sections of the Canadian shield and meanders through sand valleys as it makes its way to the Ottawa River. Participants will gain confidence in their ability to paddle whitewater while learning what it means to lead.

Fee $2,800.00

Algonquin Provincial Park - 2 Weeks (Co-ed) - August 21 - September 2, 2022

Algonquin Provincial Park is located between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River. Although there are numerous drive-in campgrounds in Algonquin, the park is better known for its interior camping (campsites which are only accessible by canoe or hiking). Algonquin Park provides some of Canada's best canoeing, with hundreds of navigable lakes and rivers forming a 2,000-kilometre-long interconnected system of canoe routes. If campers are quiet enough, there are plenty of opportunities to see all kinds of wildlife throughout the park such as loons, moose, deer and beavers.

Fee $2,770.00

Petawawa River - 3 Weeks (Co-ed) - July 10 - 29, 2022

Named for it's many rapids, the Petawawa River flows through the northern end of Algonquin Provincial Park. This route has been travelled for generations where evidence of early travelers can still be found through stunning petroglyphs on breathtaking cliff faces. Participants will learn why this river is popular for its scenic and challenging travel while practicing their whitewater paddling skills.

Fee $4,115.00

Coulonge River - 4 Weeks - Girls July 3 - 29, 2022 - Boys August 7 - September 2, 2022

A unique opportunity for participants to develop skills and enjoy the beauty of Pine Crest while also being introduced to extended out tripping. This program begins with one week at camp, engaging in skill and program development. From here, the group travels to western Quebec and spends 14 days on the Coulonge River, where they are introduced to whitewater paddling skills. Finally, they return to Pine Crest for a final week of development and consolidation.

Fee $5,470.00

Algonquin Provincial Park - 4 Weeks - Girls July 3 - 29, 2022 - Boys August 7 - September 2, 2022

A unique opportunity for participants to develop skills and enjoy the beauty of Pine Crest while also being introduced to extended out tripping. This program begins with one week at camp, engaging in skill and program development. From here, the group travels to Algonquin Provincial Park, where they will spend 9 days developing their flat-water canoeing and portaging skills. Finally, they return to Pine Crest for a final week and a half of development and consolidation.

Fee $5,040.00

Noire River - 4 Weeks - Girls August 7 - September 2, 2022 - Boys July 3 - 29, 2022

A unique opportunity for participants to develop skills and enjoy the beauty of Pine Crest while also being introduced to extended out tripping. This program begins with one week at camp, engaging in skill and program development. From here, the group travels to western Quebec and spends 10 days on the Noire River, where they are introduced to whitewater paddling skills. Finally, they return to Pine Crest for a final week and a half of development and consolidation.

Fee $5,470.00



Born July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2007

Leadership-In-Training

Lake Superior Sea Kayak - 3 Week (Co-ed) - August 7 - 26, 2022

Generally considered the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area, Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes and is absolutely breathtaking in beauty. Participants will paddle from Sleeping Giant Provincial Park to Rossport over the course of 16 days. As they travel they will weave their way through islands covered in wildlife, lighthouses and areas to explore.

Fee $4,115.00

Wabakimi Provincial Park - 4 Week (Co-ed) - July 3 - 29, 2022

In the heart of Northwestern Ontario, Wabakimi Provincial Park is a world class canoeing destination and home to countless exciting whitewater rivers. Participants will paddle stunning and challenging whitewater while navigating historic canoe routes through the Kopka and Allanwater rivers. Campsites offer incredible views of the night sky and the northern lights.

Fee $5,200.00

Temagami - 4 Week - Girls August 7 - September 2, 2022 - Boys July 3 - 29, 2022

The perfect balance of time spent paddling through the rugged Canadian wilderness of Temagami and enjoying the beauty of Pine Crest. The 4-week Temagami program offers the best of both worlds for participants looking to develop their leadership and flat-water tripping skills. The program begins with one week at camp, engaging in skill and program development. From here the group will spend 14 days paddling and portaging through the epicenter of Canadian canoe culture, before returning to Pine Crest for a final week of development and reflection.

Fee $5,645.00

Dumoine River - 4 Week - Girls July 3 - 29, 2022 - Boys August 7 - September 2, 2022

This program is ideal for participants looking to split their time evenly between an extended whitewater trip and in-camp programming. The program begins with one week in camp, before participants travel to the Dumoine River in western Quebec for two weeks of iconic whitewater paddling. The group will return to Pine Crest for a final week of leadership development and reflection.

Fee $5,790.00

Bloodvein River - 5 Week (Co-ed) - July 10 - August 12, 2022

The Bloodvein River offers exciting, high volume whitewater experience through untouched Boreal wilderness. This stunning river is home to several rare and endangered species, such as the wolverine, osprey, bald eagle and woodland caribou. It is also known for the ancient pictographs that can be found on the river’s rocky cliffs. Paddlers will begin their travels in Red Lake, Ontario, where they will paddle through a series of lakes, creeks, and portages to reach the river and then journey through memorable whitewater to Lake Winnipeg.

Fee $6,635.00



Born July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2006

Senior Leadership

French River - 4 Week (Co-ed) - July 3 - 29, 2022 & August 7 - September 2, 2022

The 4-week French River program is ideal for senior leadership participants who wish to divide their time equally between a wilderness expedition and in-camp programming. Participants will spend a week and a half at Pine Crest participating in leadership development and skill building, before embarking on an 8-day flat-water canoe trip through the iconic French River Provincial Park. During this trip, they will learn the important skills it takes to guide a successful canoe trip. Upon their return to camp, participants will collaborate on programming and leadership initiatives, and reflect on their experiences at Pine Crest.

Fee $3,950.00

Harricana River - 5 week (Co-ed) - July 24 - August 26, 2022

This trip is for Senior Leadership participants who want to mazimize their time on river. With only a few days in camp at either end of the trip, participants get to experience the wilderness of the Harricana River. Flowing from western Quebec through to northeastern Ontario before emptying into James Bay, participants get to practice their white water skills and learn important skills to lead future canoe trips.

Fee $6,775.00

Winisk River - 8 week (Co-ed) - July 10 - September 2, 2022

This program is ideal for Senior Leadership participants who want to experience a summer in remote Northern Ontario. Campers will hone their white water paddling skills on the Winisk's 475 kilometers and learn the important skills needed to lead a sucessful canoe trip. Following their return from Hudson's Bay, participants will have a week in camp to relax and reflect on their experiences.

Fee $10,080.00

Additional Courses and Add-ons

Compass on a map

High School Credits

Fee $250.00

Girl demonstrating white water skills

White Water Skills Clinic

Fee $1,365.00

Did you know?
50% of YMCA Day Campers receive financial assistance or government subsidies.

Without support from donors like you, too many children and youth wouldn’t be able to access the fun, friendship, and learning opportunities of camp — and their parents wouldn't be able to afford this crucial form of care that enables them to work through the summer months.

19%

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