Activities

YMCA Wanakita provides a wide range of activities where campers are able to develop their technical skills under the instruction of our trained and experienced staff. Campers will have the opportunity to experience many of these areas with their cabin groups, and are asked to choose their preferred areas of interest for their Personal Choice Activities (PCAs).

PCAs should be chosen when registering in order of preference and are filled on a first come first served basis.

  • One Week and Senior Traditional campers should choose up to 2 PCAs and 1 alternate
  • Two Week and Senior Specialty campers should choose 4 PCAs and 1 alternate
  • Trippers, Day Campers and SCs DO NOT choose any PCAs

Acoustic Guitar

Air Adventure

Archery

Arts & Crafts

Canoeing

Court/Field Sports

Dance

Kayaking

Mountain Biking

Paddle Making

Sailing

Theatre Arts

Wilderness & Environmental Pursuits (WEP)

Advanced WEP

Windsurfing

Swimming


 

Acoustic Guitar (For Intermediates and up)

Learn how to play basic chords or move to the next level.  Campers will have the opportunity to perform at Corey’s Place or around the campfire. 

Air Adventure & Initiatives

Based on the “challenge by choice” model, campers can participate in challenging and cooperative activities.  Activities include team building, high ropes, low ropes, the climbing wall, and much more.

Archery

Learn to shoot to varying distances and find out who the real Robin Hoods are!  Participants are rewarded with YMCA Wanakita levels as they learn beginner and more advanced techniques.

Arts & Crafts

From nature crafts to screen printing, typical activities include sketching, beading, candle making, mural painting, papermaking, and much more! 

Canoeing

Campers learn about boating safety, tandem and solo paddling skills, and play a number of canoeing games. 

Court/Field Sports

Ultimate frisbee, basketball, volleyball and soccer are some examples of the programs available.  Campers will learn the rules of play and basic skills, while developing positive attitudes towards competition, health, and personal challenge.

Dance

An experienced dance instructor will teach campers new steps and styles, working with them towards our weekly Corey’s Place Arts Presentation.  The dance styles vary depending on the age, interests, and abilities of each PCA group. 

Kayaking

Earn YMCA Wanakita’s own awards, from levels I to III.  Flatwater skills are emphasized, while advanced paddles can progress to learning whitewater techniques. 

Mountain Biking (Seniors only)

Safety and proper riding technique will be taught and then practiced on YMCA Wanakita’s 25km trail system.  A great way to explore and discover the great outdoors.

Paddle Making (Seniors Only)

Selecting from a variety of pre-shaped templates of Tulipwood, campers will learn to shape, sand, and finish a paddle that is truly unique to them.  Please note that there is an additional cost of $30 for the paddle blanks.

Sailing (Counts as 2 PCA choices)

Instruction is given towards YMCA Wanakita levels, based on the CanSail program.  Our fleet is made up of Hobie Wave catamarans and PICOs. 

Theatre Arts

Campers come away from this program with a sense of accomplishment and increased self-confidence while developing and performing plays, singing, and learning a number of drama games. 

Wilderness & Environmental Pursuits (WEP)

Campers will gain an appreciation and knowledge of our natural world and their place in it.  The focus will be on YMCA Wanakita’s amazing wetland area and 1000 acres of flora and fauna.  This program also includes an extensive outdoor living program including outdoor cooking and firebuilding, minimum impact camping, navigation skills, weather forecasting, knots and other camping skills.

Advanced Wilderness Skills (Seniors Only)

In addition to the WEP program, Senior Campers further refine their outdoor living skills in areas such as advanced fire-lighting techniques and the identification and use of beneficial and edible flora. 

Windsurfing (Counts as 2 PCA choices)

Campers earn YMCA Wanakita levels as they learn to handle a windsurf board in a variety of conditions.

Swimming

Our qualified staff instruct campers in YMCA Canada Swim Program levels from Learn-to-swim to Star 6.  Campers may also work towards Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross, although they cannot be tested if at camp for two weeks or less.

A note about Swimming: All campers and SCs are tested on their swimming ability on the first day of camp, and receive a coloured dogtag based on their demonstrated comfort and skill level in the water. Our base swimming level is a non-stop 125 meter swim in our swimming area. Swim lessons are not compulsory for those who do not attain at least the base level, although they are recommended.

Learn to Swim Equivalency Chart

YMCA

Red Cross

Lifesaving Society

Splashers Starfish AquaTots 1
Bubblers Duck AquaTots 2, 3
Bobbers Sea Turtle Preschool A
Floaters Salamander Preschool B
Gliders Sunfish Preschool C
Divers Crocodile Preschool D
Surfers Whale Preschool E
Dippers Whale Preschool E
Otter Level 1 Swimmer 1
Seal Level 2 Swimmer 1
Dolphin Level 3 Swimmer 2
Swimmer Level 4 Swimmer 3
Star 1 Level 5 Swimmer 3
Star 2 Level 6 Swimmer 3
Star 3 Level 7 Swimmer 4
Star 4 Level 8 Swimmer 5
Star 5 Level 9 Swimmer 6
Star 6 Level 10 Swimmer 6