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Camping and Outdoor Education

Camp registration is now open!

Y camp programs blend fun and adventure in an environment of respect, honesty, caring and responsibility. Using the natural surroundings as the basis for our programs, Y camps keep children and youth actively engaged in a variety of outdoor programs from snowshoeing and cross country skiing in the winter to canoeing, swimming and rock climbing in the summer. Our camps offer a place of belonging, a place where lifelong friendships are developed, and where children learn new skills in a safe, fun and supportive environment. 

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Our Y camps are proud and longstanding members of the Ontario Camping Association and are committed to the best practices of YMCA camps in Ontario.

Browse through our Camp Guide (PDF) and click on the links below to learn more about the Y camps being offered this season. 

What's new in 2017? 

• Neighborhood Day Camp:  In partnership with NBA Canada and Capital Courts, we will offer a Jr. NBA Basketball camp for 5-7 year olds. We have also added two levels of Y Leaders Camp for 13-16 year olds. 

• Camp Otonabee:  There is a new Overnight camp option this year! Also added, a general camp level called “Pioneers” specially created for 8-9 year old campers. We are also introducing a leadership out tripping program called Wilderness Leaders for 14-15 year olds.

Contact Us

Call or visit your local Y or get in touch with the Camp Office at 613-832-1234 or 

Outdoor Education Programs

Bonnenfant Y Outdoor Education and Leadership Centre (BYOC)
The Bonnenfant Y Outdoor Leadership and Education Centre (BYOC) is located ten minutes north of Kanata on 30 acres of field, forest and rugged Ottawa River shoreline. Open year-round, the BYOC specializes in education and leadership programs for school groups, community organizations and professionals, and offers a variety of experiential, curriculum-driven outdoor education programs that can be tailored to the individual needs of any group.

Learn more about the Bonnenfant Y Outdoor Education and Leadership Centre


Learn more about Camp Davern (not operating in 2017)