YMCA Camp Pine Crest

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 offer 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
  • Canoe trips as well as specialty hiking, whitewater canoeing, and sea kayaking 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 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
2017 Dates & Fees
Pine Cones 1 July 3-5 $300
Pine Cones 2 July 5-7 $300
Pine Cones 3 August 21-23 $300
Pine Cones 4 August 23-25 $300
  • This 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.
  • Our one week campers sleep in lodge accommodations with indoor bathrooms.
  • All one week campers experience an overnight canoe trip on our property.
  • Week 8 is a specialty week, dedicated to the Pine Crest Games. Campers will participate in a multi day all camp competition, and enjoy a day long out trip rather than an overnight.
2017 Dates & Fees
Week 1 July 2-7 $900
Week 2 July 9-14 $900
Week 3 July 16-21 $900
Week 4 July 23-28 $900
Week 5 August 6-11 $900
Week 6 August 13-18 $900
Week 7 August 20-25 $900
Week 8 (Games Week) August 27-September 1 $900
  • Through a thoughtful balance of individual skill development and the small group experience, campers make lasting friendships while discovering the outdoors.
  • Our two week campers stay in cabins with nearby bathroom facilities.
  • The longer program allows time to develop skills chosen by the camper. Each camper chooses two skill areas to specialize in, from areas such as high ropes, kayaking, or archery.
  • Every camper participates in a 2-5 day canoe trip, depending on their age.
2017 Dates & Fees
Session A July 2-14 $1625
Session B July 16-28 $1625
Session C August 6-18 $1625
Session D August 20-September 1 $1625
  • Designed for 14-year-olds interested in a 4-week session with more responsibility and skill development.
  • Provides an excellent transition from camper to leader.
  • Participants will complete an 6-day canoe trip and 3-day introduction to backpacking.
  • Peer teaching and self-awareness are major components of this curriculum.
2017 Dates & Fees
JLIT July July 2 – 28 $3220
JLIT August August 6 – September 1 $3220
  • 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.
2017 Dates & Fees
LIT July July 2 – 28 $3795
LIT August August 6 – September 1 $3795
  • 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 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.
2017 Dates & Fees
SL July July 2 – 28 $2530
SL August August 6 – September 1 $2530
  • Designed for campers who want to spend most of their session on an extended out trip.
  • An opportunity to learn and practice introductory leadership skills.
  • An introduction to extended out tripping, no previous experience required.
  • Build a solid foundation of tripping skills, including low impact camping, outdoor cooking and living skills, and advanced paddling or hiking skills.
  • Groups travel by van or train to the location of trip. All groups carry full first aid kits and satellite phones.
2017 Jr. Adventure Leadership Programs
1 Spanish River, July 2-14, $1775
  The Spanish River is located in Northern Ontario near Sudbury. Participants will paddle through some of the world’s largest red and white pine old-growth forest while learning about themselves and experiencing the challenges of whitewater paddling.
2 Georgian Bay, July 16-28, $1775
  Participants will explore the incredible beauty of Georgian Bay, which is home to one of the world’s largest freshwater archipelagos. Time will be spent sea kayaking through islands and shorelines, while stopping to explore a number of areas through day hikes.
3 Noire River, August 6-18, $1775
  The Noire River, named for its dark, almost black 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.
4 Killarney Provincial Park, August 20-September 1, $1775
  Killarney Provincial Park is situated on the north shore of Lake Huron, on beautiful Georgian Bay. It is home to the incredible La Cloche mountains as well as several crystal clear deep lakes. Participants will refine their flatwater paddling and portaging skills while travelling through beautiful white quartzite cliffs and wind swept pines.
5 JLIT Adventure, July 2-28 (boys) & August 6-September 1 (girls), $3545
  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.
6 Whitewater Skills Clinic, July 2-7 & July 30-August 4, $895
  This five day program is an introduction to white water paddling skills for 14-16 year olds. Participants will travel directly to the Madawaska River, where our highly trained instructors teach them to read and paddle whitewater.
  • Designed for campers who want to spend most of their session on an extended out trip.
  • An opportunity to develop more advanced leadership skills.
  • No previous experience required, our experienced trainers will prepare participants for the level of skill required.
  • Build a solid foundation of tripping skills, including low impact camping, outdoor cooking and living skills, and advanced paddling or hiking skills.
  • Participants who are entering grade 10 can register to earn a high school credit.
  • Groups travel by van or train to the location of trip. All groups carry full first aid kits and satellite phones.
2017 Adventure Leadership Programs
1 3 Week Missinaibi River (age 14), July 2-21, $2665
  The Missinaibi River flows northeasterly from north of Chapleau to the Moose River in the James Bay lowlands. This mighty river offers one of the longest unimpeded stretches of wilderness rivers in Ontario. Participants will discover this river’s renowned beauty and whitewater when they begin in the town of Missinaibi at the height of land and end their journey in Mattice.
2 Petawawa River (age 14), July 9-28, $2665
  The Petawawa River flows through the northern end of Algonquin Provincial Park, and was named for its many rapids. This route has been travelled on 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.
3 Lake Superior (ages 14-15), August 6-25, $2665
  Generally considered the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area, Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes and absolutely breathtaking in beauty. This adventure begins with seven days of sea kayaking along the north shore of Superior, from the town of Rossport to Thunder Bay. Here they will spend a few days hiking along the cliffs of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. An unforgettable trip with unbelievable views!
4 4 week Missinaibi River (age 15), July 9-August 4, $3545
  The Missinaibi River flows northeasterly from north of Chapleau to the Moose River in the James Bay lowlands. This mighty river offers one of the longest unimpeded stretches of wilderness rivers in Ontario. Participants will discover this river’s renowned beauty and whitewater when they begin in the town of Missinaibi at the height of land and paddle to the river’s end on the Moose River. From here they will paddle down the Moose River to the town of Moosonee, where they will take the Polar Bear Express back to Cochrane.
5 LIT Adventure – Quetico Provincial Park (age 15), July 9-August 11, $4175
  LIT Adventure provides a unique opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the Pine Crest program at camp, while also experiencing beautiful and untouched wilderness on an extended flat water canoe trip. This five week program begins with a week at Pine Crest, preparing for the canoe trip while also practicing technical and leadership skills. Participants then spend three weeks paddling in awe-inspiring Quetico Provincial Park, located in Northwestern Ontario. Finally, participants return to Pine Crest for a week of practicing and applying their newly formed leadership skills.
6 Wabakimi Provincial Park (age 15), July 2-August 4, $4175
  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.
7 Bloodvein River (age 15), July 30-September 1, $4175
  The Bloodvein River offers exciting, high volume whitewater 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.
8 Whitewater Skills Clinic, July 2-7 & July 30-August 4, $895
  This five day program is an introduction to white water paddling skills for 14-16 year olds. Participants will travel directly to the Madawaska River, where our highly trained instructors teach them to read and paddle whitewater.
  • Our most advanced programs, for campers who want to spend most of their session on an extended and challenging out-trip.
  • An opportunity to develop and apply advanced leadership skills through in camp placements and on trip peer leadership.
  • Previous experience paddling whitewater is required for all whitewater trips.
  • Build a solid foundation of advanced tripping skills, including low impact camping, outdoor cooking and living, and navigational skills.
  • Groups travel by van, train or bush plane depending on the location of trip. All groups carry full first aid kits and satellite phones.
  • Participants can register to earn a high school credit.
2017 Sr. Adventure Leadership Programs
1 Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, July 23-August 25, $4175
  Be a part of Pine Crest history, as we explore this renowned wilderness for the first time. This extended flatwater canoe trip will travel through untouched Boreal wilderness, discovering what the park’s 2000km of canoe travel routes have to offer. True to its name, this park hosts one of the largest woodland caribou populations south of Hudson Bay. In addition to encountering rugged beauty and memorable wildlife, paddlers will also interact with the area’s heritage, discovering pictographs throughout the park and learning stories from the park’s first nation people. While previous experience is not required, it is recommended to prepare for the challenges associated with this route.
2 Attawapiskat River, July 16-August 25, $5135
  The Attawapiskat River flows for 750km eastward, where it ends in the community of Attawapiskat on James Bay. The river is well known for its geology, particularly the limestone islands that are often referred to as “birthday cakes”. Rarely travelled, the Attawapiskat is a unique opportunity to experience some of our country’s great northern wilderness without interaction with other people. Paddlers will be challenged by the technical whitewater, refining their skills and pushing their limits. In addition, they will be challenged to consider the environmental and political impact of retrieving our natural resources, particularly in regards to the diamond mining that they will observe on their route.
3 Winisk River, July 16-September 1, $5955
  The Winisk River begins north of Thunder Bay, and flows 730km north and east to Hudson Bay. This remote river cannot be accessed by road, and offers many opportunities to interact with wildlife. Paddlers will experience long stretches of fast moving water and technical paddling. The route begin on the Pipestone River, which flows into the Winisk. Paddlers will end their journey in the small community of Peawanuck.
4 Whitewater Skills Clinic, July 2-7 & July 30-August 4, $895
  This five day program is an introduction to white water paddling skills for 14-16 year olds. Participants will travel directly to the Madawaska River, where our highly trained instructors teach them to read and paddle whitewater.
  • Leader-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.
  • Curriculum expectations are built into the program, which means that participants are not required to complete additional work.
  • Participants must be registered for the credit prior to their leadership program start date.
  • PAI2O (For Leadership-in-Training and Adventure Leadership programs at least 4 weeks in length)
    • This is a grade 10 open-level physical education credit with a special focus on individual and group activity.
    • 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 Interdisciplinary Credit, combining Environment Management and Recreation Leadership courses.
    • 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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2017 Pine Crest Camper Registration Form (PDF)
2017 Pine Crest Leadership Application Form (Fillable PDF)

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