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YMCA of Southwestern Ontario Overnight Camps  


  • type:
    Day camp, Overnight camp, Family programs
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $600 to $4,000/session
  • Ages:
    5 to 16
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    Varies
  • Programs:
    0 available; 12 TBD
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  • Summary Profile

    About YMCA of Southwestern Ontario Overnight Camps

    The YMCA of Southwestern Ontario offers two amazing overnight camps to choose from - YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth, located on the rocky shores of Beausoleil Island in Georgian Bay Islands National Park, offers programs for campers 6-16 years of age and YMCA Camp Henry, located in the heart of Point Pelee National Park on Lake Erie, offers programs for campers 5-16 years of age.
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    • Special needs: Yes, mild support. A few of our campers have special needs.
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community


    COVID-19 Response 

    COVID Updates for the 2022 Camp Season

    At the YMCA we remain committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all our campers, their families, and our staff team. We are optimistic that we will be able to return to camp in 2022 and are continuing to work with our provincial and local health authorities as we plan for the upcoming camp season to ensure the safest possible camp experience for your campers.

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve we will be developing our policies for the 2022 season. While we do not know exactly what the coming months will bring, we do know that this camp season will look different than prior seasons. Additional health and safety measures will be put in place and we will be providing regular updates to our camper families though our website and emails regarding any changes to our day-to-day camp practices and what COVID-19 safety measure will be required.

    Please see visit our website to download our 2022 Family Information Guides for more detail about what to expect and please stay tuned for more details as we receive more information from our health authorities. We thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work through this continuously changing situation.

    View recent COVID-19 updates from YMCA of Southwestern Ontario Overnight Camps


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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; YMCA of Southwestern Ontario Overnight Camps currently has 0 program available; 12 TBD.

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    Name
    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
    Bus
     Cost
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    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 1 - 18+
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $160 to $200
    Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Nature/Environment|Archery|Gaga|Hiking|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 15
    Leadership (multi)
    $3,290
    Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Credit Courses|CIT/LIT Program|Empowerment|Leadership Training|Social Justice|Nature/Environment|Archery|Golf|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 16
    Leadership (multi)
    $3,290
    Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Credit Courses|CIT/LIT Program|Empowerment|Leadership Training|Social Justice|Nature/Environment|Archery|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 16 - 17
    Leadership (multi)
    $4,050
    Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Credit Courses|CIT/LIT Program|Empowerment|Leadership Training|Social Justice|Nature/Environment|Canoeing|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 17
    Leadership (multi)
    $3,290
    Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Credit Courses|CIT/LIT Program|Empowerment|Leadership Training|Social Justice|Nature/Environment|Archery|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 6 - 14
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $1,870
    Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Guitar|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Nature/Environment|Archery|Gaga|Hiking|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 12
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $600
    Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Nature/Environment|Animals|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Volleyball|Cycling|Hiking|Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 6 - 13
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $140
    Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Leadership Training|Nature/Environment|Animals|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Volleyball|Cycling|Hiking|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 6 - 16
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $750
    Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Leadership Training|Nature/Environment|Animals|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Volleyball|Cycling|Hiking|Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 6 - 13
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $750
    Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Nature/Environment|Animals|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Volleyball|Cycling|Hiking|Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 6 - 8
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $750
    Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Nature/Environment|Archery|Gaga|Hiking|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 1 - 18+
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $280 to $360
    Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Nature/Environment|Archery|Basketball|Gaga|Volleyball|Cycling|Hiking|Canoeing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
    Credit card payment Yes
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of YMCA of Southwestern Ontario Overnight Camps

    our take

    The YMCA camps have long set a standard, ever since Taylor Statten joined the Y in 1906 and really inaugurated a new era in camping programs. While Camp Queen Elizabeth and Camp Henry may not share the vintage, they nevertheless express the ideal, namely providing opportunities for young people to work and grow together through the lens of some core values: mutual respect, responsibility, honesty, and empathy. Camps Henry and Queen Elizabeth add location to the mix—Henry is within Point Pelee National Park on Lake Erie, and Queen Elizabeth is on Beausoleil Island in Georgian Bay Islands National Park. As such, both offer unique opportunities to experience aspects of Canada’s natural heritage. The sites are pristine, in keeping with the context. Some shorter sessions offer younger campers to get their sleepaway feet wet, adding a nice dimension to the programming.



    Editor's Review

    Editor’s Top 3: YMCA of Southwestern Ontario Overnight Camps

    Hear the three things that Our Kids’ editors see when they look at YMCA of Southwestern Ontario Overnight Camps



    User reviews of YMCA of Southwestern Ontario Overnight Camps  — Read all 5 reviews


    CQE was great!
    Facebook review (Parent)

    My son thought CQE was great! He says the food was good (and he is a picky eater), and he loved all of the activities. He went to camp with a couple of friends from school, and he made many new friends too. He went for 1 week this year and wants to go for 2 weeks next summer. He rates it as a 10/10 or maybe even an 11 ... Read More

    Camp Henry Review
    Anonymous (Parent)

    Amazing experience for my camper and our family. Supportive administrative staff when we registered, great counsellor and overall wonderful experience.

    Camp Henry review
    Anonymous (Parent)

    My daughter just LOVED it so very much, made lots of friend, she says food was fantastic!

    CQE Review
    Anonymous (Parent)

    My daughter had an amazing time , this was her second summer and she wants to go even longer next year- she had such a positive experience- her self esteem has grown with confidence! Thank you!

    CQE Review
    Anonymous (Parent)

    My daughter LOVED CQE!! She has attended 2 other summer camps and has never had such a strong positive reaction about her camp experiences. I wish we would have started her at CQE sooner!

  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    London, ON
    165 Elmwood Ave E, London, Ontario, N6C 0A8
    Leamington, ON
    Point Pelee Drive, Leamington, Ontario, N0P
    Port Severn, ON
    Beausoleil Island, Georgian Bay, Honey Harbour, Ontario, P0E 1E0



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    Accommodations

    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins
    • Tents

    Amenities

    • Electricity in Sleeping Area

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Composting Toilets
    • Flush Toilets

    More details about accommodations: At YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth all campers live in cabins, which sleep 10 people (8 campers and 2 counsellors). Our cabins are basic living spaces, designed to be comfortable and welcoming during rest hours and at night-time. All of our cabins have electricity, porches, and storage space for personal items. YMCA Camp Henry, being a new camp in 2017 has state-of-the-art facilities that are fully accessible to ensure your kids will always be comfortable. Every camper at Camp Henry sleep in an Otentik, which is a cross between a cabin and a large tent. Each Otentik sleeps 6 campers and 1 counsellor,. At both CQE and Camp Henry we have single gender girls and boys cabins as well as all gender cabins. All gender cabins are open to everyone – it is a welcoming space for campers who want to share a space with campers of different genders, who have friends or siblings who are different genders, and for campers who identify as non-binary or genderqueer.

    Are meals provided? Yes



    Property Details

    Landscape

    • Beach
    • Forested Area
    • Lake/Pond/River
    • Nature Trails

    More details about property: YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth is located on the beautiful rocky shores of Beausoleil Island in Georgian Bay, which is part of Georgian Bay Islands National Park. Perched on top of the Canadian Shield and surrounded by windswept pines, CQE sits on the north side of the island allowing excellent access waterfront areas for a plethora of waterfront activities and we also have use of the rest of the island for all of our other camp activities. YMCA Camp Henry is located in the heart of Point Pelee National Park along the shore of Lake Erie - at the southernmost point of the Canadian mainland. Point Pelee is a beautiful area full of wooded areas, beaches, amazing wildlife and because we are right in the middle of the park we have access to everything the park has to offer!



    Rentals & Services

    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    During the months of May, June, and September Camp Queen Elizabeth and Camp Henry operate as outdoor centres, offering programs and rental facilities to a diverse range of groups including public schools, private schools, corporate groups and private bookings. Need a place to host a yoga or spiritual retreat? Our beautiful, main halls are perfect for finding inspiration in the solitude of the natural world. Looking for a high-impact team building experience? Let our staff challenge your group to learn more about each other as they play and laugh their way to a deeper understanding of their unique strengths and abilities as a team. Whether you are looking for an end of the year trip, a teambuilding experience, a wilderness canoe trip, or a location for a family reunion or private retreat, Camp Queen Elizabeth and Camp Henry are the perfect places for your group. Our dedicated and skilled staff are available to deliver custom designed programs that are just right for your group’s needs. Coupled with our superb new facilities and unique location in Georgian Bay Islands National Park or Point Pelee National Park, your group is guaranteed to have a meaningful and memorable outdoor experience.


    Available for private rentals: Yes


    Associations

    Ontario Camps Association Associations


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Nancy Knyf, General Manager of Overnight Camp

    Hello!

    Thank you for your interest in YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth and YMCA Camp Henry.  We're so excited that you're thinking of joining us next summer.  At our YMCA camps we believe in creating a welcoming environment where every camper feels at home.  Central to our program philosophy is the belief that living in a group in an outdoor community creates an environment that allows our campers to develop the four core values: Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Honesty, and Inclusiveness. Through a wide range of activities, we encourage our campers to challenge themselves and develop friendships. skills and memories that will last a lifetime.

     



    In the News

    February 12, 2018
    Spots at YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth and Camp Henry Filling Up Quickly!

    Register today for YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth and YMCA Camp Henry and secure your spot for the 2018 summer season! ... Read More

    December 14, 2017
    YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth and YMCA Camp Henry Registration is open!

    Although summer may seem far away, register today to ensure your camper gets the camp they want!... Read More



    Stories

    • Camp Henry Story "An amazing week at Family Camp!"

      A big thank you to the awesome YMCA Camp Henry staff for an amazing week at Family Camp! Whether it was learning to properly cut wood and make a fire, to the essential joy of being outdoors at camp and biking the trails and kayaking, we all had a blast. 

    • CQE Story "Dignity and respect"

      We are grateful to the staff at CQE for welcoming my daughter into the camp community and treating her with dignity and respect.

    • Camp Henry Story "Looking forward to a new annual tradition with you"

      I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you! I have 2 of the happiest kids ever. A little background for you. My oldest daughter is 11 and had a previous bad camp experience. She was so scared to head to your camp this year. Lots of tears leading up to camp day. My 5 year old had never been to camp. She's more outgoing but was obviously a little nervous. I picked them up last night. They have had both had nothing but good things to say about camp. We've already discussed them coming back next year. Again thank you so much. Looking forward to this new annual tradition with you.

    • Camp Henry Story "More than 10/10"

      Thank you everyone for such a great week! Our daughter cried for about 30 minutes in the car ride home, already missing her new friends. I asked her what she would give Camp Henry out of 10 and she said "more than 10". Our son stayed awake the night he got home, trying to figure out his counsellor's magic tricks. He also can't stop talking about riding a bike without training wheels - I don't know how you guys did it, but you helped him overcome his fear. Thanks again everyone. What an amazing experience. They will both will be back again next year!

    • CQE Story "Make new friends"

      I like that my children were able to make new friends.  One of my daughters has a hard time at school and the smile on her face when she came off the boat and all of her friends gave her a hug was amazing.

    • CQE Story "CQE had shaped my life"

      Camp Queen Elizabeth has shaped my life in so many incredible ways.  I would not be the person I am today without the people I've met, activities I've participated in, and skills I've learned.  Every year I come to camp it only gets better and better, and I hope it continues to do so forever.

    • Camp Henry Story "Staff were excellent"

      Very happy with YMCA, the staff were excellent. The program was well organized and I had no issues with dropping my daughter off for the week. I was confident that she would have a great experience and that she would want to go every year. Overall, very pleased and I really hope we can get in again next year.

    • Camp Henry Story "Can't stop talking about next year"

      My daughter absolutely loved going, this was her first experience at an overnight camp and can't stop talking about next year. She would like to stay longer if possible at Camp Henry!

    • Camp Henry Story "Thrilled"

      The staff at Camp Henry were amazing, the location is in a perfect spot. I was thrilled about the Camp Henry experience. Thank you so much.

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