YMCA Camp Elphinstone is located on BC’s Sunshine Coast near Gibsons, a 40-minute ferry ride from Vancouver. It offers wonderful one-week, two-week and four-week camping adventures for campers 5 to 17 years old. YMCA Camp Elphinstone offers land-based activities and a kilometer of oceanfront with extensive water based activities. We are committed to the growth of individual campers through community and friendship building. The camp is home to campers from the Lower Mainland and as far away as Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Mexico.
Camp activities will include canoeing, archery, arts and crafts, ropes course, hiking, drama, campfires and much more. Residential campers will stay in comfortable heated cabins and enjoy nutritious meals and snacks. Transportation as far as Sechelt and a daily lunch are available for day campers.
The perfect introduction to residential camp, McNabb Camp offers the younger camper a chance to experience all of our traditional camp activities during a 3-night stay at camp. As this may be a McNabb camper’s first time away from home we ensure the focus is on creating a comfortable and exciting environment for children to make friends and learn new skills.
Our emphasis is on building independence as campers gain comfort and confidence in the camp setting. Each cabin group works together to choose activities that meet their interests and skill levels while each camper also will choose their own interest group activities. Campers will live in cabins with up to nine children their age and two group leaders.
Campers will have the opportunity to build new skills and meet challenges in a variety of camp activities. Each cabin group works together to choose activities that meet their interests while each camper will also choose their own interest group activities. Young campers will spend one night away from camp and older campers will do a multi-night overnight trip. Programs are developed with progression and age appropriateness in mind.
What better place to focus on sailing skills than beautiful Howe Sound? Campers in Sailing Camp will receive three hours of instruction daily on our fleet of Hobie Cats and Lasers from qualified instructors. Practical theory topics such as rigging, repair and care of boats, dealing with emergencies and wind dynamics will be covered. YMCA Camp Elphinstone's sailing camp is the perfect opportunity for young people to get a thorough introduction to sailing while also enjoying a summer camp experience. Campers will work on White Sail levels during their stay.
Our program is designed to provide safe and creative activities for young people to take part in while surrounded by the incredible natural beauty of our rain forest and ocean shoreline. Day campers spend their days participating in sports, games, boating and water front activities, archery, ropes courses, arts and crafts, theme days and other special events (some activities are weather dependant). Day campers will enjoy a daily nutritious and well-balanced lunch.
YMCA Camp Elphinstone’s Family Camp is a fully catered experience that allows parents to spend time with their family and relax. A perfect opportunity for parents to introduce their young kids to summer camp, Family Camp provides organized programs for children and families. Family Camp is a safe, comfortable getaway from city life with none of the hassles of tent camping.