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YMCA Camp Pine Crest

1090 Gullwing Lake Road
Torrance, Ontario, P0C 1M0
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YMCA Camp Pine Crest  

1090 Gullwing Lake Road, Torrance, Ontario, P0C 1M0

  • Type:
    Day camp, Overnight camp, Family programs
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $375 to $1,500/week
  • Ages:
    5 to 16
  • Gender:
  • Main language:
  • Capacity:
  • Programs:
    0 available; 5 TBD
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  • Summary

    YMCA Camp Pine Crest answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    YMCA Camp Pine Crest provides programming for those who want to gain independence, interact with nature, make life long friends, and develop leadership skills. Overnight camp trips are a staple of Pine Crest's programs. Pine Crest has a history of over 110 years of excellence in camping and offers leadership, traditional overnight, day and family camp experiences.

    • Special needs: Yes, specialized support.
      A few of our campers have special needs.

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    This information is not available.

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    This information is not available.

    What do families need to know about registration?

    This information is not available.

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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

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

    The Our Kids review of YMCA Camp Pine Crest

    our take

    It’s been operating continually for more than a century, making Pine Crest one of the oldest continuous youth programs in North America. The YMCA has many camps, of course, and has also played a considerable role in developing what camp is and what it can do. Many of the kinds of programs that we associate with summer camp were developed in Y settings, so Pine Crest has a pedigree that goes well beyond its age. The program remains very traditional, and tripping is an important part of what the camp offers. The activities are based around growing skills as much as they are confidence, esteem, and cooperation. The staff is dedicated, and largely made up of people who themselves have grown up within the Y camping programs, either at Pine Crest or elsewhere. The setting is pretty much as good as it gets, nestled in Muskoka, an area rightly celebrated for its natural beauty. It’s gorgeous. Leadership programs for youth 13 to 16 are a particular draw.

    Video interviews with parents, campers, and alum

    Steve Lang, Parent

    • 00:42 - What’s unique about this camp?
    • 02:02 - What would you highlight about the camp?
    • 03:06 - How did you know that this camp was the right fit?
    • 04:17 - Was there any noticeable personal growth in your child after time at camp?
    • 06:13 - How can parents overcome hesitancy to send their children away overnight?
    • 08:46 - What would you tell other parents about the overall value of sending kids to this camp?
    • 10:34 - What does your child say about this camp?
    • 11:13 - Final thoughts?

    More reviews of YMCA Camp Pine Crest

    Rebecca Handler, Alum


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    Sylvia Hunter, Parent

    Great Experience

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    Alexander Liszka, Parent

    Excellent Role Models

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    Emma Warillow, Parent

    Amazing All Around

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    More reviews of YMCA Camp Pine Crest

    Rebecca Handler, Alum


    I was a camper 20 years ago.. Absolutely loved the camp & now my son goes every year like I did & he feels just as excited as I used to get going.. So much fun excitement & adventure with good friends!

    Sylvia Hunter, Parent

    Great Experience

    Six years of incredibly positive experience for my daughter, who started with 2 weeks at age 10 and just got back from a 6wk Leadership Adventure session. In her words, this year’s 33-day whitewater trip up to James Bay was “the best trip EVER.” Builds confidence and competence—and compassion. She wants to send her own kids to Pine Crest someday ... Show More

    Alexander Liszka, Parent

    Excellent Role Models

    What a wonderful place. The young people that work here are a credit to humanity.

    Emma Warillow, Parent

    Amazing All Around

    Both my daughter's have had exceptional experiences at Camp Pine Crest. Their well-trained staff, well organized programming and true camp environment make me unreservedly give them 5 stars!!!

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  • Location & Site Details


    1090 Gullwing Lake Road, Torrance, Ontario, P0C 1M0, Canada



    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins
    • Dorm or Building
    • Platform Tent


    • Electricity in Sleeping Area

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Showers (indoor)

    More details about accommodations: We have a few different options for accommodations. 1 and 2 week campers and traditional leadership participants stay in recently renovated cabins with full electricity. Our younger campers have washrooms within the building, while older campers have washroom facilities within 100m of their cabin. Some of our leadership participants stay in teepees during the short time they are at camp.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is YMCA Camp Pine Crest technology free? Yes Pine Crest provides incredible opportunities for genuine connections between campers and nature. To facilitate those connections we ask that all phones and tablets are left at home.

    Property Details

    Sports facilities

    • Archery Range
    • Climbing Wall
    • Rope Course


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

    More details about property: One of Pine Crest's greatest assets is it's property. We have 650 acres of beautiful forested land in Muskoka, and over 10km of shoreline split between three lakes. We have a variety of trails for campers to hike on, campsites to paddle to for an overnight or just for lunch and even a beaver pond where groups can study ecology. Our main site is 60 acres full of open spaces for activities like land sports, archery, and four ropes courses. Of course we also have a great waterfront on Clear Lake with ample space for water sports like canoeing, kayaking, sailing and swimming including four separate swimming areas from sandy bottoms, to docks and rocky outcrops.

    Rentals & Services

    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    Our Outdoor Education creates meaningful group experiences fostering personal growth, skill development and teamwork. We welcome elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, retreats and other community and youth organizations year round.

    Available for private rentals: Yes


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  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Leigh King, General Manager

    Greetings Camp Pine Crest Families (and future campers)!

    I cannot wait to be back again for another summer at Pine Crest.  I am so grateful for the work I get to do, but more importantly for the impact it has on our campers and families!  This summer I am excited to watch as our campers make friends, take on responsibility, learn skills, connect with the natural world and develop independence.  While it can be hard for both campers and parents to take the leap of faith, I know that the decision to go to camp will be worthwhile for you and your family!

    Just like we have done for more than 100 years, Pine Crest is committed to making sure your camp experience is about more than fun.  In addition to having the time of your life, you will learn to thrive in your life outside of camp.  I love hearing the feedback that after visiting Pine Crest a camper developed the confidence to make new friends at school, or has started volunteering to take responsibility at home by doing the dishes.  To me, having fun and learning is the best combination possible - a combination we strive to perfect every summer at Pine Crest.  

    I hope you will join us next summer for fun, learning, lifelong friendships and incredible memories!

    In Camp  Friendship,

    Leigh King


    • Pine Crest Rocks!

      Dear Pine Crest, Last year I was a junior and my experience at Pine Crest was amazing. We went canoeing and swimming and did kayaking and art. I also got to jump off the tower and into the water. My favourite part was the outtrip, the campfire and the activities. My cabin was the wolves and I enjoyed that cabin a lot and made so many new friends. The food was great and I had so much fun at Pine Crest. We even got to make smoreoes that taste great- they are oreos with marshmallows inside. On our outtrip we canoed alot and I got blisters on my hands, but canoeing was the best. The bad thing was that we had to cancel the portage and when we got to camp we were so tired of canoeing. I had the best summer last year and I have hope of coming back next year. Michelle

    • Leadership is the best!
      "I love Camp Pine Crest. The LIT program was the best summer of my life and I can't wait to go back. I made some of the best friends there, have learned that I can push myself to do anything I want and am ready to try new challenges. The highschool credit was great this summer and I'm so glad I took it"!
    • Best experience for a first timer!

      "I was pleasantly surprised to find after a week of worrying about my son going to camp for the first time that he returned from Pine Crest confident, happy and as he said- ready to go back for 2 weeks! Thank you to the staff for being so caring and attentive to him while at camp and so supportive of a new camper parent!! We will definitely be back for 2015!"

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