Overnight Camps

Fun, friendship, and adventure while learning new skills

Build lifelong friendships, connect with nature and challenge yourself at YMCA Overnight Camps. Our programs take children and youth out of their normal routine and offering a safe environment where they can be themselves.  Our programs are designed to teach life lessons, like persistence to complete a task, creativity in solving challenges and working together to achieve a goal.

With the great outdoors as a background, first-time 5-year-old campers to 16-year-old leadership participants learn that they are capable of far more than they'd imagined in a safe and supportive environment.

Exciting activities that create lasting friendships.

  • Climb the multiple rope courses
  • Get in the water - canoeing, kayaking, swimming, snorkelling
  • Learn archery and build an outdoor shelter and fire
  • Practice photography, make music, perform a skit
  • Hike excursions and canoe trips
  • Travel across Canada with leadership programs

Our staff provide campers with the support, attention and the care they need while away from home. We have one of the highest camper-to-staff ratios in Ontario. Our caring staff possess:

  • Certification CPR and Standard First Aid
  • National Lifesaving Society qualifications
  • Police background check
  • A minimum of one week extensive training with ongoing training and coaching
  • Many of our staff were campers themselves and have experience working with children

Choose from YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre overnight programs

Children ages 10 to 12 come together and explore natural areas around YMCA Cedar Glen while learning camping skills such as fire building, outdoor cooking and orienteering. Participants sleep in tents and backpack to a different camp site each night. This 3 day, 2 night trip gives participants a taste of a true hiking trip within close proximity of all Cedar Glen amenities. Dinner on the Friday and lunch on the Sunday will be served in Cedar Glen’s dining hall. Families are welcome to join hikers for lunch on Sunday. Busing is available from three stops in the GTA.

Session 1 Friday, July 22 - Sunday, July 24, 2016 $250
Session 2 Friday, August 19 - Sunday, August 21, 2016 $250
Busing for Introduction To Hiking
Stop Name Stop Address Pick Up (Friday) Drop Off (Sunday)
Scarborough Town Centre Ct. YMCA Centre 230 Town Centre Ct. Scarborough, ON M1P 4Y7 1:15 PM 3:45 PM
Toronto Sheppard Ave. YMCA Centre 567 Sheppard Ave. E, Toronto, ON M2K 1G8 1:45 PM 3:15 PM
Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd. YMCA Centre 325 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga, ON L5B 3R2 2:30 PM 2:30 PM
Direct Drive to Cedar Glen YMCA Cedar Glen (13300 11th Concession, Schomberg) Drop Off: 3:30-4:30 PM Pick Up: 1:30-2:30 PM

Youth ages 12 to 14 lace up their hiking boots and come together to learn about the great outdoors and experience some breathtaking sights in the backwoods of Ontario. Participants first spend 2 nights at YMCA Cedar Glen practicing wilderness skills such as fire building and orienteering before venturing out on a fun-filled 4 day, 3 night hiking trip. Participants hike in and hike out from a drop-off point and experience the natural world as it was intended to be travelled. Busing is available from three stops in the GTA.

Session 1 Sunday, July 10 - Saturday, July 16, 2016 $850
Session 2 Sunday, August 7 - Saturday, August 13, 2016 $850
Busing for Jr. Hiking
Stop Name Stop Address Pick Up (Sunday) Drop Off (Saturday)
Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd. YMCA Centre 325 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga, ON L5B 3R2 2:30 PM 10:30 AM
Toronto Sheppard Ave. YMCA Centre 567 Sheppard Ave. E, Toronto, ON M2K 1G8 3:15 PM 11:15 AM
Scarborough Town Centre Ct. YMCA Centre 230 Town Centre Ct. Scarborough, ON M1P 4Y7 3:45 PM 11:45 AM
Direct Drive to Cedar Glen YMCA Cedar Glen (13300 11th Concession, Schomberg) Drop Off: 4:30-5:30 PM Pick Up: 9:30-10:30 AM

Youth ages 14 to 16 lace up their hiking boots and come together to learn about the great outdoors and experience some breathtaking sights in the backwoods of Ontario. Participants first spend 2 nights at YMCA Cedar Glen practicing wilderness skills such as fire building and orienteering before venturing out on a fun-filled 4 day, 3 three night hiking trip. Participants hike in and hike out from a drop-off point and experience the natural world as it was intended to be travelled. Busing is available from three stops in the GTA.

Session 1 Sunday, July 24 - Saturday, July 30, 2016 $850
Session 2 Sunday, August 21 - Saturday, August 27, 2016 $850
Busing for Sr. Hiking
Stop Name Stop Address Pick Up (Sunday) Drop Off (Saturday)
Mississauga Burnhamthorpe Rd. YMCA Centre 325 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga, ON L5B 3R2 2:30 PM 10:30 AM
Toronto Sheppard Ave. YMCA Centre 567 Sheppard Ave. E, Toronto, ON M2K 1G8 3:15 PM 11:15 PM
Scarborough Town Centre Ct. YMCA Centre 230 Town Centre Ct. Scarborough, ON M1P 4Y7 3:45 PM 11:45 PM
Direct Drive to Cedar Glen YMCA Cedar Glen (13300 11th Concession, Schomberg) Drop Off: 4:30-5:30 PM Pick Up: 9:30-10:30 AM

Choose from YMCA Camp Pine Crest overnight programs

  • Three days, two nights of traditional camp experience
  • A special program for those ready to be away from home
  • Explore camp activities and discover what it means to be independent
  • Campers live in lodge cabins with indoor washrooms
  • All meals are provided
  • Introduction to out tripping with an out lunch on our property

  • Through a thoughtful balance of individual skill development and the small group experience, campers make lasting friendships whlie discovering the outdoors.
  • Our one week campers (ages 7-11) sleep in lodge accommodations with indoor bathrooms.  The program is designed with opportunities to experience as many of our activities as possible, while interacting with two week campers to gain an understanding of our longer programs.  All one week campers experience an overnight canoe trip on our property.
  • Our two week campers (ages 7-14) stay in cabins with nearby bathroom facilities.  The longer program allows time to develop skills chosen by the camper.  Every camper participates in a 2-5 day canoe trip, depending on their age.

  • Geared towards 14-year-olds interested in a 4-week session with more responsibility and skill development and bridges between camper and leader.
  • Participants will complete an overnight hike and an 8-day canoe trip. Peer teaching and self-awareness are major components of this curriculum.

  • A 4-week session designed as a transition from camper to leader.  This program has a focus on increased responsibility and more intentional skill development.
  • Central to developing these skills is a challenging 14 day out trip that requires commitment from each participant to achieve the overall goals of the group.  This trip consists of 7 days of backpacking and 7 days of canoeing.
  • Time spent in camp focuses on fun and challenging team activities such as group initiatives, special events, and placements in our camper program.
  • Participants in this program are expected to meet the high expectations of being a camp role model for younger campers and peers at YMCA Camp Pine Crest.

  • This program is designed for our most mature participants with the aim of preparing them to be dynamic leaders in their community.
  • Guided by their Trainers, participants develop skills through a series of workshops geared towards:
    • Teaching how to work with young children
    • Learning skills to work with others in various settings
    • Program planning and delivery
    • Trip leadership
  • Senior Leaders will complete a 5-day canoe trip to practice their trip leadership skills.
  • Placements throughout the session provide opportunity for practical learning with regular feedback from our counsellors, maintenance and kitchen teams.
  • This program provides leaders with the foundation to become strong individuals and potential staff members in our community. Senior Leaders have a major responsibility at YMCA Camp Pine Crest to be a strong role model, take an interest in their own development and give back to the camp community.

  • Designed for campers who want to spend most of their session on an extended out-trip.
  • Build a solid foundation of tripping skills which include:
    • Low impact camping
    • Outdoor cooking and living skills
    • Advanced paddling/hiking skills
  • Offer 1-7 week options throughout the summer.
  • Groups travel by van, train or bush plane depending on the location of trip. All groups carry full first aid kits and satellite phones.
  • The Adventure Leadership Stream includes:
    • White-water skills clinics for ages 13-16 years
    • Junior Adventure Leadership for ages 13-14 years
    • Adventure Leadership for ages 14-15 years
    • Senior Adventure Leadership for 16 year olds with previous white-water and intensive tripping experience
    • Senior Adventure Leadership Exchange for 16 year olds
  • 2016 Leadership/Adventure Leadership Camps Information Guides (PDF)
  • Due to the nature of these programs and limited availability, all leadership participants are required to complete an application form to be entered in our Leadership Lottery.
  • Lottery spots are announced each fall prior to completing registration.
  • We offer opportunities to earn Ontario High School Credits for 5-7 week adventure programs, LIT, and Senior Leadership.
  • All registered leadership participants are required to join us for our Leadership Information Day to learn more about the specific program expectations, skill development areas, trip routes and instructor qualifications.
  • Leadership-in-Training,Senior Leadership, and 5-7 week adventure participants will have the opportunity to complete Ontario High School credits during their leadership program at camp.
  • PAI2O (For Leadership-in-Training and Adventure Leadership programs at least 4 weeks in length)
    • This is a grade 10 open-level credit that is titled Individual and Small Group.
    • This course emphasizes regular participation in a variety of enjoyable individual and small group activities that promote life-long healthy active living.
    • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • IDC3O (For Senior Leadership and Senior Adventure Leadership Programs)
    • This is a grade 11 open-level credit IDC or Interdisciplinary Credit.
    • We use curriculum expectations from at least two different subjects. CGR4E Canadian and World Studies: The Environment and Resource Management and PLF4C Health and Physical Education: Recreation and Fitness Leadership.
    • There are no prerequisites for this course.

  • Little Critters Day Camp is an outdoor, action packed, weekday program where our youngest campers will experience everything we can pack into the week!
  • Activities include:
    • Climbing
    • Daily swimming
    • Hikes
    • Crafts
    • Canoeing and kayaking
    • Boogie boarding and themed activities
  • Learn more about YMCA Day Camps in the Greater Toronto Area.

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