John Island Camp
Everyone should have the opportunity
to make endless summer camp memories.
Adventure Camp Sessions – Ages 7 to 14
Personal Choice Activities (PCAs)
Before arriving to camp, campers will have the opportunity to choose four PCAs from the 12 activity areas listed below. PCAs are programs within an activity area that aim to help participants build skills, knowledge and relationships with their peers. Campers will spend time learning in groups of campers with similar interests. At the end of the session, campers receive a written report from their instructors showing their progress in each PCA.
12 great activity areas!
Sailing, Windsurfing, Canoeing, Kayaking, High Ropes, Low Ropes and Initiatives, Archery, Drama, Guitar, Arts and Crafts, Outdoor Living Skills, Nature, and Landsports!
For cabin time, campers and counsellors select programs specific to the cabin groups interests along with partaking in some of the classic camp activities as a cabin. These programs are discussed and selected on the first day when campers arrive so that they can have a say in their own experience at camp!
Out-trips are an important part of YMCA John Island Camp. During each adventure camp session, campers participating in the Outdoor Living Skills PCA will have the option to partake in an out-trip.
Campers will participate in a trip preparation session to learn what they need to pack and how to set up their tents before heading out on trip. If the group will be canoeing, they will take an additional mandatory canoe session prior to heading out. While on trip, campers will learn care for the natural environment and up to date methods of wilderness travel and camping.
Each camper becomes a part of a close-knit cabin group of campers of similar gender, age, and school grade. The number of campers in each cabin ranges from 6 to 12 depending on the age of the campers. Two counsellors live in the cabin throughout the session and provide 24 hour supervision. As a group, campers and staff plan and participate in the cabin activities for the camp session, eat together at meals and hang out with their cabins in the evening during Evening Program and bedtime activities.
Age Specific Programs
We recognize that each age group has its own special needs. Skill sessions and cabin activities are tailored to the needs of each age group.
…more than just a collection of activities
Camp is more than just a collection of activities-it is a special community of people. At camp we celebrate and enjoy the diversity of our camp community with all-camp games, campfires, mealtime programs, theme days, performance nights, and reflection times. Our staff works hard to make campers be a part of a special group…a group that cares about them.