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John Island Camp

Everyone should have the opportunity
to make endless summer camp memories.

John Island Camp

Everyone should have the opportunity to make those endless summer camp memories.

YMCA John Island Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Before Camp

Yes! We run an Open House on June 29th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. We encourage all families new and old to attend. We welcome families that are registered for the Summer 2019 season as well as families that are not. Come and visit us on the island and see for yourself just how great it is to be at camp! No registration required.

Our full packing list can be found on our website at We suggest that you pack your belongings in a duffel bag or plastic storage containers that can be sealed with a lid. Rolling suitcases are not easily carried over the island grounds. There will be help for those who need a hand carrying their bags to and from their cabins.


Please see the bus and car options below. Campers can also be picked up from Sudbury’s Ontario Northland/Greyhound Station or from the Sudbury Airport for an additional fee. Please note: The parking lot of the Trading Post beside Tim Hortons/Wendys.

Bus Stop: Sudbury Lily Creek*

12:00pm – 5:00pm

Bus Stop: Espagnola (HWY 17/HWY 6 Tim Hortons & Wendy’s)

12:45pm – 3:45pm

By Car: AT Camp Docks

1:00pm – 2:00pm

If you need to change your transportation selection after registering, Please Contact The Camping Office at 705-674-6171 or Toll Free at 1-800-465-9622.


All of our staff go through an week long on-site training that prepares them to respond to emergencies and successfully support campers through a variety of issues. There is a certified National Lifeguard in every cabin and all of our counsellors are Standard First Aid and CPR C certified. Staff is trained to lead all of our camp activities, and most staff is graduates of John Islands 2 year leadership development program.

John Island Camp hires a Wellness Manager who is in their 3rd year of a university nursing program and has practical health care experience. For medical emergencies, the Elliot Lake Hospital is less than one hour away. In addition, we have a Sudbury doctor on call to answer specific questions and work with our staff.


You can send emails to your child while they are at John Island Camp through the Bunk 1 service (see Bunk1 section of the parent package). You can also keep in touch through the mail. We suggest sending your child with pre-addressed and stamped envelopes. See address below:

Camper Name and Session
c/o YMCA John Island Camp
Spanish, ON
P0P 2A0

Please note that for shorter sessions you may need to send mail before your child leaves home in order for it to arrive while they are at camp. When signing in your child at drop off you may also leave a letter/package with the camp stamp to deliver at your desired time.

The best way to keep up with what is happening at camp is to follow us on Facebook or on bunk1! Please note that we do not post on social media any photos of children that are at camp until after the session is over.

There are very few circumstances that will require a call from camp. If your child is unable to participate in programming, if their time at camp is being negatively affected, if they are negatively affecting another campers time or before a medication is being administered that is not approved on the health form, a call home will be made.

Yes! Please contact the Camping Services Office at 705-674-6171 or toll free at 1-800-465-9622 to set up a Camp Director Consult. At your convenience the Camp Director will contact you to answer all of your questions.


What about dietary restrictions? Our kitchen is able to accommodate most dietary needs. Vegetarian and Vegan options as well as gluten intolerances and allergies to specific foods are no problem for our kitchen staff. We are very conscious about continuing to provide a balanced menu for individuals with alternative diets. For those with more severe allergies or dietary needs, we encourage you to contact us to discuss how we can best accommodate your needs.

John Island is a Nut Aware Facility. We have so many people visiting our site that we cannot guarantee that it is always 100% nut free. However, we do ensure that no nut products enter our kitchen and our site is cleaned and sanitized between each group. Epi Pens are located throughout camp and our staff are trained on how to react to an allergic reaction.

At John Island Camp we encourage campers to try new things, but we also plan our menu to be child friendly. Each meal offers one main dish and a few side options. We always have our toast station set up and fresh fruit is always available between meals.

Please see an example of a 2 day menu below. We plan our menu’s on a 2 week rotation in order to add variety to the meals.






1. Oatmeal
Juice, Water, Milk
Grilled Cheese
Tomato Soup
Veggie Sticks & Dip
Juice, Water
Garlic Bread
Caesar Salad
Milk, Water
2. Oatmeal
Fruit Salad
Scrambled Eggs
English Muffins
Juice, Water, Milk
Veggie Sticks & Dip
Juice, Water
Chicken Stir Fry
Garden Salad
Milk, Water


8 to 10 campers are placed in a cabin with two staff members. We place our campers in cabins with children of the same gender that are within 1-2 years of each other. You can request one cabin mate on your registration form. For those requesting a cabin mate that is older/younger than each other we typically put the two in the younger cabin.

Please note that cabin mate requests must be mutual to ensure that they are placed together. The Camping Services Office cannot tell you who is attending what session due to our Child Protection Policy.

Campers will have the option of trying a variety of activities while they are at camp. We try to add at least one new program each year so that everyone can try something new! All 2 week campers participate in an Outtrip. Our 1 week campers have the choice to select Outtripping as an option.

See the list of activities below for an idea of some of the programming offered at John Island. For more information please see our website.

Water: Canoe, Kayak, Sailing, Windsurng, Boogie Boarding

Land: High Ropes, Climbing Wall, Archery, Outdoor Living Skills

Creative: Arts, and Crafts, Guitar, Drama

The Tuck Shop is our camp store. Every 2nd day children have the option of purchasing John Island items such as flashlights, hats, postcards etc., or treats. We suggest sending $25 per week spent at camp. All campers receive a free camp t-shirt!

Issues at Camp

Bullying is something that is not acceptable at John Island Camp. No one should negatively affect another camper’s experience. Those who are negatively affecting others’ experience will have varying degrees of consequences including the possibility of being removed from camp.

To find out how staff are trained and how we deal with bullying, please refer to our Parent Handbook.

We realize that for many campers John Island Camp may be the 1st time away from home. Counsellors are trained on how to identify early signs of homesickness.

For more information please consult our Parent Handbook.

All of our staff are trained in First Aid and have specific training in how to respond to a medical emergency at the camp. The Elliot Lake Hospital is a 45 minute drive away and local EMS are notified at the opening of our camp season in case of needed support.

After Camp

Lost and found will be available at the Sudbury YMCA on Tuesday, August 6th from 4:00pm-6:00pm for July campers and on Tuesday, September 10th for August campers. Parents are encouraged to email or call the Camping Office if they are missing a particular item. We find it very helpful to label everything you send to camp with your child. Items will remain in the Camping Services offce at the Sudbury YMCA on Durham Street for pick up until September 14th 2018. After this date they will be donated to local charities. For those who live out of town we can mail your items to you at your expense.

We take feedback very seriously at John Island Camp. It helps us to grow and to continue to provide the best service possible. Please fill out our online survey (link to be emailed) to share your child’s experience. We encourage you to fill out the survey with your child at the computer with you.

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