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Build lifelong friendships, connect with nature, and challenge yourself at YMCA Camp Pine Crest. Nestled on the shores of beautiful Clear Lake, YMCA Camp Pine Crest is situated on 650 acres in Muskoka, Ontario. Since 1910, it has provided exceptional outdoor camping experiences, with traditions that carry through today such as canoe trips, the Pine Crest Games, and much more! Our programs are for youth ages 5 to 16.
YMCA Camp Pine Crest offers a variety of programs to suit all ages!
YMCA Camp Pine Crest is proud to offer an array of leadership development programs for youth ages 13 to 16. Choose from traditional or adventure programs to meet the needs of your child and ensure they are gaining the most from their camp experience. No prior leadership experience is necessary.
Traditional Leadership programs focus on the mastery of peer-teaching, interpersonal relationships, creative program development, and working with children in an in-camp setting. Adventure Leadership programs take participants to wilderness settings for the majority of their session, providing a solid foundation of low-impact camping practices, outdoor living skills and more advanced risk management strategies
For a comprehensive list of which Leadership Programs your child is eligible for, please check our How to Register page and click on the 'Overnight Camps' tab. Click here to download our information guide and learn more about these exciting opportunities!
Our staff provide campers with the support, attention and the care they need while away from home. We have one of the highest staff-t-camper ratios in Ontario. Our caring staff possess:
Our Traditional Camp programs offer a classic camp experience filled with friends, learning, and fun while participating in activities like swimming, archery, canoeing, rock climbing and more!
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!
Participants will explore the incredibly 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 both on the water and by foot with a combination of hiking and kayaking.
The Albany River is tied as Ontario’s longest river! What was once used a fur trading route by the Hudson Bay Company is now an exciting river for participants to hone their skills on. This northern river starts in Pickle Lake and ends in James Bay in Port Albany which was once a heavily used trading post of the Hudson Bay Company. Participants will have the opportunity to re-live the rich history of the river while mastering their whitewater paddling skills.
The Hayes is the longest naturally flowing river in Manitoba (stretching 483km!) and played a very important role in Canada’s early fur-trading route, earning a designation as a Canadian Heritage River. Participants will have the chance to see a huge range of wildlife, including moose, polar bears, sturgeon, brook trout, wolverines, woodland caribou, bald eagles and beluga whales! As they paddle this river steeped in history, they will also have the privilege of engaging with Cree communities who are still settled in the area.
Information guides answer all frequently asked questions about our programs. If a guide is marked (PDF) it is the full colour version including photographs. Plain text versions of forms are marked (Plain Text). Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for customer service accommodations.
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Online registration in four easy steps:
Please download the above form(s), fill them out, and submit them via any following method:
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YMCA Program Registration Office
2200 Yonge St., Suite 300
Toronto, ON M4S 2C6
Pine Crest Dreamers is a group of former Pine Crest campers and staff who enjoyed the magic of camp and want to share that joy with those who can't quite afford it. It's that simple.
How Does it Work?
We are asking a number of former Pine Cresters for a minimum $300 donation for the next 3 years to the Dreamers fund so that a few kids who most likely would not get to camp, will get to experience what we did back then. It's not complicated.
What Do I Get Besides A Warm Feeling?
You know your money is going to help youth feel the sense of belonging, and build a set of values that will carry them through life.
In this day of technology, time in nature and building strong, personal connections have never been more important. We all hold dear memories from our time on the shores of Clear Lake and sharing that with other young people who may not have the privilege of camp is our goal.
Oh yes, and of course a tax receipt is always a good thing!
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