John Island Camp
Everyone should have the opportunity
to make endless summer camp memories.
Youth 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. These programs are discussed and selected on the first day when campers arrive and can by any of the programming that John Island has to offer. Campers will also get to participate in camp traditions, including Evening Programs, Theme Days and Colour Wars!
Out-trips are an important part of YMCA John Island Camp. During each youth camp session, every camper will have an out-trip adventure. The Out-tripping program at John Island follows a progression based on campers ages to help introduce the youngest camps to out-tripping or to hone senior campers skills before moving on to Leadership Programs.
- Junior Campers (7-10 Years Old) Out-lunch or 1 night hiking or canoeing trip near Camp
- Intermediate Campers (10-12 Years Old) 2 night hiking or canoeing trip around John Island
- Senior Campers (12-14 Years Old) 3 night trip off site on a local lake system
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 the cabin activities for the camp session, eat together at meals, and embark on their cabin out-trip adventure.
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.