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YMCA Wanakita
YMCA Wanakita
1883 Koshlong Lake Road, Haliburton
Ontario, K0M 1S0
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YMCA Wanakita

1883 Koshlong Lake Road, Haliburton, Ontario, K0M 1S0



Type: Overnight Camp

Family Camp • March Break • PA Day & Holiday • Programs for school groups • Summer Camp • Transportation Available

Categories: Traditional

Cost: $675 to $825/week

Age: 7 to 16

Gender: Coed

Capacity: 260 to 385




Since 1953, 1,000 acres on beautiful Koshlong Lake in the Haliburton Highlands. Co-ed, 1, 2 and 4-week overnight sessions and weekly day camp sessions. We focus on leadership development, team building, personal challenge, adventure, friendship and fun! We offer programming for Fall, Winter and Spring. Family Camp is also offered all summer and through the year.





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Camp Session Calendar (2015/2016)

Available sessions:
Session Name Type Specialty Gender Date Ages Cost per session Email Description
Session A Overnight Camp Coed 2016-07-03Jul 03-16 077 - 17 $1420 - $1520

Two Week Juniors and Intermediates

Junior and Intermediate sections (JI) are a fantastic way to engage with the best that Wanakita has to offer. JI campers participate in a variety of activities that are fun, engaging, and instructive. Monday through Friday, campers spend the morning attending their preselected Personal Choice Activities (PCAs). Campers can choose from any of the age appropriate PCAs and try to earn Wanakita levels or focus on experiential participation. Campers also get a chance to challenge themselves on a trip tailored to their level of experience, exploring Koshlong Lake. Intermediates will be out for two nights, learning and developing a number of outdoor skills and Juniors will have a one night introduction to overnight camping. Our JIs also participate in Theme Days, friendly camp-wide games in the middle of each session.

Senior Traditional 

Senior Traditional With nine days at camp and five days on trip, “Trad” campers get the best of both worlds while enjoying the full extent of YMCA Wanakita’s diverse programming. The five-day canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness provides each cabin group with a meaningful challenge to work toward. We believe that the sense of purpose and adventure fostered in this program will help any camper gain self-confidence and build lasting friendships. The Senior Traditional Program has remained one of our most successful programs for over 60 years.

Senior Specialty

Senior Specialty campers spend two weeks at YMCA Wanakita refining skills and strengthening friendships. These campers also participate in a three-day overnight on Koshlong Lake where they can learn about camping basics, and bond with their cabin mates around the campfire. Spending the full two weeks at camp allows Senior Specialty campers to pursue more time-intensive skills such as paddle making and advanced wilderness skills. 

Session B Overnight Camp Coed 2016-07-17Jul 17-30 077 - 17 $1420 - $1520

Two Week Juniors and Intermediates

Junior and Intermediate sections (JI) are a fantastic way to engage with the best that Wanakita has to offer. JI campers participate in a variety of activities that are fun, engaging, and instructive. Monday through Friday, campers spend the morning attending their preselected Personal Choice Activities (PCAs). Campers can choose from any of the age appropriate PCAs and try to earn Wanakita levels or focus on experiential participation. Campers also get a chance to challenge themselves on a trip tailored to their level of experience, exploring Koshlong Lake. Intermediates will be out for two nights, learning and developing a number of outdoor skills and Juniors will have a one night introduction to overnight camping. Our JIs also participate in Theme Days, friendly camp-wide games in the middle of each session.

Senior Traditional 

Senior Traditional With nine days at camp and five days on trip, “Trad” campers get the best of both worlds while enjoying the full extent of YMCA Wanakita’s diverse programming. The five-day canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness provides each cabin group with a meaningful challenge to work toward. We believe that the sense of purpose and adventure fostered in this program will help any camper gain self-confidence and build lasting friendships. The Senior Traditional Program has remained one of our most successful programs for over 60 years.

Senior Specialty

Senior Specialty campers spend two weeks at YMCA Wanakita refining skills and strengthening friendships. These campers also participate in a three-day overnight on Koshlong Lake where they can learn about camping basics, and bond with their cabin mates around the campfire. Spending the full two weeks at camp allows Senior Specialty campers to pursue more time-intensive skills such as paddle making and advanced wilderness skills. 

Session C Overnight Camp Coed 2016-07-31TBC 077 - 17 $1420 - $1520

Two Week Juniors and Intermediates

Junior and Intermediate sections (JI) are a fantastic way to engage with the best that Wanakita has to offer. JI campers participate in a variety of activities that are fun, engaging, and instructive. Monday through Friday, campers spend the morning attending their preselected Personal Choice Activities (PCAs). Campers can choose from any of the age appropriate PCAs and try to earn Wanakita levels or focus on experiential participation. Campers also get a chance to challenge themselves on a trip tailored to their level of experience, exploring Koshlong Lake. Intermediates will be out for two nights, learning and developing a number of outdoor skills and Juniors will have a one night introduction to overnight camping. Our JIs also participate in Theme Days, friendly camp-wide games in the middle of each session.

Senior Traditional 

Senior Traditional With nine days at camp and five days on trip, “Trad” campers get the best of both worlds while enjoying the full extent of YMCA Wanakita’s diverse programming. The five-day canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness provides each cabin group with a meaningful challenge to work toward. We believe that the sense of purpose and adventure fostered in this program will help any camper gain self-confidence and build lasting friendships. The Senior Traditional Program has remained one of our most successful programs for over 60 years.

Senior Specialty

Senior Specialty campers spend two weeks at YMCA Wanakita refining skills and strengthening friendships. These campers also participate in a three-day overnight on Koshlong Lake where they can learn about camping basics, and bond with their cabin mates around the campfire. Spending the full two weeks at camp allows Senior Specialty campers to pursue more time-intensive skills such as paddle making and advanced wilderness skills. 

Session D Overnight Camp Coed 2016-08-14Aug 14-27 077 - 17 $1420 - $1520

Two Week Juniors and Intermediates

Junior and Intermediate sections (JI) are a fantastic way to engage with the best that Wanakita has to offer. JI campers participate in a variety of activities that are fun, engaging, and instructive. Monday through Friday, campers spend the morning attending their preselected Personal Choice Activities (PCAs). Campers can choose from any of the age appropriate PCAs and try to earn Wanakita levels or focus on experiential participation. Campers also get a chance to challenge themselves on a trip tailored to their level of experience, exploring Koshlong Lake. Intermediates will be out for two nights, learning and developing a number of outdoor skills and Juniors will have a one night introduction to overnight camping. Our JIs also participate in Theme Days, friendly camp-wide games in the middle of each session.

Senior Traditional 

Senior Traditional With nine days at camp and five days on trip, “Trad” campers get the best of both worlds while enjoying the full extent of YMCA Wanakita’s diverse programming. The five-day canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness provides each cabin group with a meaningful challenge to work toward. We believe that the sense of purpose and adventure fostered in this program will help any camper gain self-confidence and build lasting friendships. The Senior Traditional Program has remained one of our most successful programs for over 60 years.

Senior Specialty

Senior Specialty campers spend two weeks at YMCA Wanakita refining skills and strengthening friendships. These campers also participate in a three-day overnight on Koshlong Lake where they can learn about camping basics, and bond with their cabin mates around the campfire. Spending the full two weeks at camp allows Senior Specialty campers to pursue more time-intensive skills such as paddle making and advanced wilderness skills. 

Session A2 Overnight Camp Coed 2016-07-10Jul 10-16 077 - 12 $820

Kita Program


The Kita program is YMCA Wanakita’s one-week camp program providing a unique and supportive atmosphere with experienced counsellors chosen specifically to create a fun, inclusive and welcoming
environment. During their stay campers will participate in personal choice activities (PCAs) each morning. They will go on a single night overnight. As a result of the introductory nature of the Kita program and the limited time that Kita campers are at camp some cabin activities will not be available. These activities include theatre arts, sailing and windsurfing/paddle boarding. These activities are still offered at Personal Choice Activities.

Session B1 Overnight Camp Coed 2016-07-17Jul 17-23 077 - 12 $820

Kita Program


The Kita program is YMCA Wanakita’s one-week camp program providing a unique and supportive atmosphere with experienced counsellors chosen specifically to create a fun, inclusive and welcoming
environment. During their stay campers will participate in personal choice activities (PCAs) each morning. They will go on a single night overnight. As a result of the introductory nature of the Kita program and the limited time that Kita campers are at camp some cabin activities will not be available. These activities include theatre arts, sailing and windsurfing/paddle boarding. These activities are still offered at Personal Choice Activities.

Session B2 Overnight Camp Coed 2016-07-24Jul 24-30 077 - 12 $820

Kita Program


The Kita program is YMCA Wanakita’s one-week camp program providing a unique and supportive atmosphere with experienced counsellors chosen specifically to create a fun, inclusive and welcoming
environment. During their stay campers will participate in personal choice activities (PCAs) each morning. They will go on a single night overnight. As a result of the introductory nature of the Kita program and the limited time that Kita campers are at camp some cabin activities will not be available. These activities include theatre arts, sailing and windsurfing/paddle boarding. These activities are still offered at Personal Choice Activities.

Session A1 Overnight Camp Coed 2016-07-03Jul 03-09 077 - 12 $820

Kita Program


The Kita program is YMCA Wanakita’s one-week camp program providing a unique and supportive atmosphere with experienced counsellors chosen specifically to create a fun, inclusive and welcoming
environment. During their stay campers will participate in personal choice activities (PCAs) each morning. They will go on a single night overnight. As a result of the introductory nature of the Kita program and the limited time that Kita campers are at camp some cabin activities will not be available. These activities include theatre arts, sailing and windsurfing/paddle boarding. These activities are still offered at Personal Choice Activities.

Session C1 Overnight Camp Coed 2016-07-31TBC 077 - 12 $820

Kita Program


The Kita program is YMCA Wanakita’s one-week camp program providing a unique and supportive atmosphere with experienced counsellors chosen specifically to create a fun, inclusive and welcoming
environment. During their stay campers will participate in personal choice activities (PCAs) each morning. They will go on a single night overnight. As a result of the introductory nature of the Kita program and the limited time that Kita campers are at camp some cabin activities will not be available. These activities include theatre arts, sailing and windsurfing/paddle boarding. These activities are still offered at Personal Choice Activities.

Session C2 Overnight Camp Coed 2016-08-07Aug 07-13 077 - 12 $820

Kita Program


The Kita program is YMCA Wanakita’s one-week camp program providing a unique and supportive atmosphere with experienced counsellors chosen specifically to create a fun, inclusive and welcoming
environment. During their stay campers will participate in personal choice activities (PCAs) each morning. They will go on a single night overnight. As a result of the introductory nature of the Kita program and the limited time that Kita campers are at camp some cabin activities will not be available. These activities include theatre arts, sailing and windsurfing/paddle boarding. These activities are still offered at Personal Choice Activities.

Session D2 Overnight Camp Coed 2016-08-21Aug 21-27 077 - 12 $820

Kita Program


The Kita program is YMCA Wanakita’s one-week camp program providing a unique and supportive atmosphere with experienced counsellors chosen specifically to create a fun, inclusive and welcoming
environment. During their stay campers will participate in personal choice activities (PCAs) each morning. They will go on a single night overnight. As a result of the introductory nature of the Kita program and the limited time that Kita campers are at camp some cabin activities will not be available. These activities include theatre arts, sailing and windsurfing/paddle boarding. These activities are still offered at Personal Choice Activities.

Day Camp Week 1 Day Camp Coed 2016-07-04Jul 04-08 066 - 12 $820

Day Campers

YMCA Wanakita Day Camp is available for those who reside or are visiting/cottaging in the Haliburton/
Minden area. Day campers participate in both land and water based programs and have the
opportunity to participate in a one night overnight experience each week. During each one-week
session campers take part in group activities, as well as special theme programs. All activities emphasize fun, challenge, adventure, creativity, imagination, and cooperation. We deliver age appropriate programs to ensure that activities provided suit the needs and abilities of our youngest and oldest campers.Day campers are placed in groups based upon their age. Each group is made up of 6 to 12 campers and is cared for by one to two counsellors.

Day Camp Week 2 Day Camp Coed 2016-07-11Jul 11-15 066 - 12 $205

Day Campers

YMCA Wanakita Day Camp is available for those who reside or are visiting/cottaging in the Haliburton/
Minden area. Day campers participate in both land and water based programs and have the
opportunity to participate in a one night overnight experience each week. During each one-week
session campers take part in group activities, as well as special theme programs. All activities emphasize fun, challenge, adventure, creativity, imagination, and cooperation. We deliver age appropriate programs to ensure that activities provided suit the needs and abilities of our youngest and oldest campers.Day campers are placed in groups based upon their age. Each group is made up of 6 to 12 campers and is cared for by one to two counsellors.

Day Camp Week 3 Day Camp Coed 2016-07-18Jul 18-22 066 - 12 $205

Day Campers

YMCA Wanakita Day Camp is available for those who reside or are visiting/cottaging in the Haliburton/
Minden area. Day campers participate in both land and water based programs and have the
opportunity to participate in a one night overnight experience each week. During each one-week
session campers take part in group activities, as well as special theme programs. All activities emphasize fun, challenge, adventure, creativity, imagination, and cooperation. We deliver age appropriate programs to ensure that activities provided suit the needs and abilities of our youngest and oldest campers.Day campers are placed in groups based upon their age. Each group is made up of 6 to 12 campers and is cared for by one to two counsellors.

Day Camp Week 4 Day Camp Coed 2016-07-25Jul 25-29 066 - 12 $205

Day Campers

YMCA Wanakita Day Camp is available for those who reside or are visiting/cottaging in the Haliburton/
Minden area. Day campers participate in both land and water based programs and have the
opportunity to participate in a one night overnight experience each week. During each one-week
session campers take part in group activities, as well as special theme programs. All activities emphasize fun, challenge, adventure, creativity, imagination, and cooperation. We deliver age appropriate programs to ensure that activities provided suit the needs and abilities of our youngest and oldest campers.Day campers are placed in groups based upon their age. Each group is made up of 6 to 12 campers and is cared for by one to two counsellors.

Day Camp Week 5 Day Camp Coed 2016-08-01Aug 01-05 066 - 12 $205

Day Campers

YMCA Wanakita Day Camp is available for those who reside or are visiting/cottaging in the Haliburton/
Minden area. Day campers participate in both land and water based programs and have the
opportunity to participate in a one night overnight experience each week. During each one-week
session campers take part in group activities, as well as special theme programs. All activities emphasize fun, challenge, adventure, creativity, imagination, and cooperation. We deliver age appropriate programs to ensure that activities provided suit the needs and abilities of our youngest and oldest campers.Day campers are placed in groups based upon their age. Each group is made up of 6 to 12 campers and is cared for by one to two counsellors.

Day Camp Week 6 Day Camp Coed 2016-08-08Aug 08-12 066 - 12 $205

Day Campers

YMCA Wanakita Day Camp is available for those who reside or are visiting/cottaging in the Haliburton/
Minden area. Day campers participate in both land and water based programs and have the
opportunity to participate in a one night overnight experience each week. During each one-week
session campers take part in group activities, as well as special theme programs. All activities emphasize fun, challenge, adventure, creativity, imagination, and cooperation. We deliver age appropriate programs to ensure that activities provided suit the needs and abilities of our youngest and oldest campers.Day campers are placed in groups based upon their age. Each group is made up of 6 to 12 campers and is cared for by one to two counsellors.

Day Camp Week 7 Day Camp Coed 2016-08-15Aug 15-19 066 - 12 $205

Day Campers

YMCA Wanakita Day Camp is available for those who reside or are visiting/cottaging in the Haliburton/
Minden area. Day campers participate in both land and water based programs and have the
opportunity to participate in a one night overnight experience each week. During each one-week
session campers take part in group activities, as well as special theme programs. All activities emphasize fun, challenge, adventure, creativity, imagination, and cooperation. We deliver age appropriate programs to ensure that activities provided suit the needs and abilities of our youngest and oldest campers.Day campers are placed in groups based upon their age. Each group is made up of 6 to 12 campers and is cared for by one to two counsellors.

Day Camp Week 8 Day Camp Coed 2016-08-22Aug 22-26 066 - 12 $205

Day Campers

YMCA Wanakita Day Camp is available for those who reside or are visiting/cottaging in the Haliburton/
Minden area. Day campers participate in both land and water based programs and have the
opportunity to participate in a one night overnight experience each week. During each one-week
session campers take part in group activities, as well as special theme programs. All activities emphasize fun, challenge, adventure, creativity, imagination, and cooperation. We deliver age appropriate programs to ensure that activities provided suit the needs and abilities of our youngest and oldest campers.Day campers are placed in groups based upon their age. Each group is made up of 6 to 12 campers and is cared for by one to two counsellors.


Upcoming Events

upcoming events
  • June 26, 2016Strawberry Social
    YMCA WANAKITA, 1883 Koshlong Lake Road, Haliburton, Ontario
    Join us Sunday, June 26 from 12:00 pm - 04:00 pm

    All are Welcome!
    Please join us for the Annual Strawberry Social Open house. This is an excellent opportunity for first time campers to tour the site, meet the summer staff and get the lay of the land. A Buffet featuring STRAWBERRY DELIGHTS will be served in the Wanakita “Core” Dining Hall.

    We will offer activities such as Archery, Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking, and guided site tours

    Come one, come all, to YMCA Wanakita Buffet
    Family Meal - $24/family 
    Adult individual = $7/person
    Child under 16 = $5/person



Director's Message

director

Rankin Middlebrook, Summer Camp Director

To all our Friends and Families; (Past, Present, and Future)


YMCA Wanakita is something special. When I say special, I am not just talking about our great location, unique programs, or standing within the camping community. When I say Wanakita is special I mean that from the first moment you set foot on our site you know there is something extraordinary. I have spent my time here trying to figure out what it is that makes Wanakita stand out from all the camps I have ever been to, and the answer was staring me in the face. It’s the people. YMCA Wanakita has many strong traditions originally started by the best minds in camping, these minds created the YMCA Wanakita Charter to instill within the campers and staff a sense of purpose and fun. A part of the Charter goes like this: “You are challenged to learn that YMCA Wanakita is not just the buildings, the land, and the lake, but the people.  It is the people that become so much a part of us while we are here.” There are many camps out there, but I think that anyone looking for a place for their child to learn, grow, and have fun, YMCA Wanakita is the place.


Rankin Middlebrook
Summer Camp Director

 


Cost & Financial Aid

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Cost: $675 to $825 /week


Stories & Testimonials

News

The benefits of Family Campexpand

In addition to our long tradition of residential camping, we are also proud of over thirty years of Summer Family Camp at YMCA Wanakita. This past summer, one of our Family Campers shared a thoughtful and touching letter with our Director. "Thank you for a most wonderful week at Family Camp- truly the best one we have had in 4 years. Before camp, we were talking about directing our resources elsewhere for family vacations and making this our last year. By the second day of camp, Ken and I had both (independently) decided to review this choice! We will definitely be back - hopefully for many more years. We had forgotten the magic of camp. We particularly enjoyed watching our girls try out new skills - archery, kayaking, and swims to the island! We saw them grow in confidence and become more of their true selves. The week gave us, as adults, a break from the mundane things that so often consume our thoughts (what's for dinner, do we need to pack lunches for tomorrow, when was the last time the laundry got done...) and reminded us of who we were and what was important to us before life became more complicated! It was so reassuring to discover this part of us still exists and we are thinking of ways to bring our true selves back into our lives now even though we have lots of responsibilities. With gratitude for the week and the life lessons beyond..." Thanks to all who made Summer 2011 such a wonderful success, and we look forward to making more memories in 2012!

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Facing your fears at campexpand

Wanakita is open year round and we want to share one of our stories from our Outdoor Center. Over the years the YMCA Wanakita Outdoor Centre has welcomed a number of schools, teams, and special interest groups. We love being able to share our winter wonderland with children, youth,and adults from across the province. One memorable even occurred a few weeks ago, when we welcomed a group of grade 11 students from an inner city Toronto school. This group spent one afternoon tobogganing, and the majority of the students had never experienced sliding down a hill before. Our staff were amazed to see that the seemingly toughest student in the group was noticeably afraid to go sliding. He hesitated at the top of the hill, and then screamed the whole way down. Despite his initial fear, he loved the ride and immediately ran up to the top of the hill to go sliding again! This young man learned to face his fears, overcome an unfamiliar situation, and experienced success because of it. We at Wanakita are fortunate to be a part of these incredible outcomes of play every day.

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Activities & Programs

Activities and Programs

    Program Types & Services

  • Family Camp
  • March Break
  • PA Day & Holiday
  • Programs for school groups
  • Summer Camp
  • Transportation Available

    Education

  • Environment
  • Leadership

    Sports & Activities

  • Archery
  • Board Sailing
  • Canoeing
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking/Sea Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Multi-Sport
  • Sailing/Marine Skills
  • Sports-Instructional and Training
  • Swimming
  • Trampoline

    Arts/Dance/Music

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Dance Class
  • Music
  • Performing/Theatre Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Woodworking

    Adventure

  • Outdoor Living/Survival
  • Rockwall/Rock Climbing
  • Rope courses
  • Wilderness Out Tripping

    Facilities

  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Nature Trails

    Additional Services

  • Financial Aid Available
  • Siblings Discounts


Camp Address
1883 Koshlong Lake Road, Haliburton, Ontario, K0M 1S0
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Contact Name
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