A YMCA camp counsellor walks with campers enrolled in the YMCA's Day Camp and Overnight camp programs.

YMCA Overnight Camps and YMCA Day Camps aren't just something to do when school's out — they’re life-changing experiences.

In between the arts and crafts, games and activities, something special happens. Friendships blossom, self-confidence emerges, independence grows, and through it all, children and teens build resilience to help them face new challenges as they grow up.

As Canada’s largest camp provider, we are empowering the next generation to lead healthier, happier lives by helping them learn how to handle life’s curve balls. When kids and teens believe in themselves, the whole community wins.

Explore your local YMCA’s camp programs to discover why parents consistently say that our camps are safe, supportive, active and fun experiences where their children gain greater appreciation for the natural world, their community and themselves. 

YMCA Overnight Camps

The ultimate camp experience! With 21 locations across Canada, operated locally by YMCA Member Associations, YMCA Overnight Camps are a home away from home. The beauty of nature creates the perfect backdrop for your child to find new friends, discover new experiences, and create new memories that last a lifetime. Programs vary by location.

YMCA Day Camps

A new adventure, every day of the week! During summer and school breaks, YMCA Day Camps offer children a variety of age-appropriate experiences to play and learn together. Local YMCA Member Associations offer themed camps like sports, aquatics, arts, leadership, science and more to nurture your child’s interests or help them discover new ones. Programs vary by location and may not be available in all areas.

Camp is good for you!

Canadian camp research shows that a quality overnight camp experience, like the YMCA, results in lasting positive outcomes for campers:

  • Increased independence and self-confidence
  • Making new friends and being part of a positive group
  • Increased environmental awareness
  • Improved attitudes toward physical activity

Source: The Canadian Summer Camp Research Project, University of Waterloo, 2011