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Overnight Camps at YMCA Camp Elphinstone

With an emphasis on building independence, campers gain confidence in the overnight camp setting. Campers build new skills and challenge themselves with camp-favourite activities like canoeing or ropes courses. From specialized sailing or hiking camps to shorter introductory sessions for little ones, we have something for everyone.

Surrounded by temperate rainforest and the rocky shoreline of Howe Sound, YMCA Camp Elphinstone’s 144 acres offer campers the chance to experience the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Located on BC’s Sunshine Coast near Gibsons, just a 40-minute ferry ride from Vancouver, YMCA Camp Elphinstone offers an ideal setting for a wide variety of traditional and specialized activities.

Register now! Registration is now open for 2015 spring and summer camps. Register online by clicking the 'Register now!' button, by phone by calling 604-939-9622 or in person at your local YMCA. Please see our Registration Information page for more details.

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One & Two Week Camps Specialty Camps Leadership Camps

One & Two Week Camps

Choose from one and two week options of our most popular and traditional camp experience.

One & Two Week Camps (7-16 years)

Working together with cabin-mates, campers choose activities that meet their interests and skill levels. Campers build lifelong friendships as they engage in exciting activities alongside one another—sailing, archery, climbing, ropes courses, and so much more. Campers live in cabins with up to ten children near their own age, along with two experienced group leaders.

Specialty Camps

Looking to try something new? Try one of these speciality overnight camps and challenge yourself with a new adventure.

McNabb Camp (5-8 years)

A perfect introduction to overnight camp for little ones (or their parents!), this camp offers younger campers a shorter three-night camp experience that focuses on creating a comfortable environment for many campers’ first time away from home.

Sailing Camp (11-14 years)

Where better to develop sailing skills than the serene Howe Sound? Campers receive three hours of daily instruction from qualified instructors on topics such as rigging, wind dynamics or boat care. Campers work on Can Sail levels and participate in various camp activities. One and two week options available.

Mountain Bike Camp (11-14 years) NEW FOR 2015!

What better place to enjoy the exhilarating sport of mountain biking than the Sunshine Coast? Campers develop skills and receive three hours of daily mountain bike instruction, covering topics like safety and trail etiquette. Campers ride camp trails and local mountain bikes trails off site.

Black Tusk Camp (12-14 years)

Campers are challenged with a scenic four-day hike surrounding Garibaldi Lake. Perfect for kids who are new to out-tripping, campers form friendships and develop leadership skills in a focused team-building environment.

Desolation Sound Camp (13-15 years)

This two-week camp features an eight-day canoe or kayak trip through one of the most breathtaking coastal settings in Canada. Campers develop confidence and teamwork skills as they are introduced to wilderness living. An excellent pre-leadership development camp experience, campers must be prepared to work together on trip planning and execution.

Family Camp (all ages!)

Family camp is a great way for families to escape the city without the hassle of pitching a tent or driving long distances. Family campers participate in a variety of camp-favourite activities including organized programs for children, adults and the whole family. Families may choose to stay in cozy lodges or private cabins and enjoy delicious, nutritious meals.

Leadership Camps

Many campers grow up to be part of our dedicated YMCA staff team, and our two-year Leadership Development program is designed to help them reach this goal. Teamwork, self-discipline and initiative help campers succeed in this program.

Leadership Development 1 (15-16 years)

This two-week program teaches campers the technical skills associated with delivering camp activities while focusing on team building. Campers participate in an out-trip experience and are offered the opportunity to build strong, lasting friendships in a positive and constructive setting. Youth gain a solid foundation of delivering all types of camp programming while learning how to support others.

Leadership Development 2 (16-17 years)

This four-week program allows campers the chance to apply skills learned in Leadership Development 1 and continue to grow as leaders. With an emphasis on leading and working with others, campers are periodically placed in younger campers cabins throughout the program. Campers learn about communication, group dynamics, child care and risk management, and participate in an extended out-trip. Applicants must successfully complete a telephone interview before final acceptance into the program.

Dates & Fees

Download the Overnight Camps schedule & fees here.

YMCA Overnight Camp Schedule & Fees
All overnight camps take place at YMCA Camp Elphinstone (1760 YMCA Road, Gibsons, BC) 
 Camp Type Fees (Tax included)
Spring Overnight Camp
(5-13 years)
$351/$390 March 16-20
1 Week Camp
(7-16 years)
$592/$658 June 28-July 3, July 5-10, July 12-17
July 19-24, July 26-31, Aug 2-7
Aug 9-14,
Aug 16-21, Aug 23-28
2 Week Camp
(7-16 years)
$1,076/$1,196 June 28-July 10, July 12-24
July 26-Aug 7, Aug 9-21
McNabb Camp
(5-8 years)
$329/$366 July 14-17, July 21-24, Aug 11-14
Aug 18-21, Aug 25-28
Sailing Camp, 1 week
(11-14 years)
$624/$693 June 28-July 3, July 5-10, July 26-31
Aug 2-7,
Aug 23-28
Sailing Camp, 2 week
(11-14 years)
$1,097/$1,219 July 12-24, Aug 9-21
Mountain Bike Camp
(11-14 years)
$624/$693 July 19-24, Aug 2-7, Aug 23-28
Black Tusk Camp
(12-14 years)
$624/$693 July 5-10, July 26-31
Desolation Sound Camp
(13-15 years)
$1,097/$1,219 July 12-24, July 26-Aug 7, Aug 9-21
Leadership Development 1
(15-16 years)
$1,097/$1,219 June 28-July 10, July 12-24
July 26-Aug 7, Aug 9-21
Leadership Development 2
(16-17 years)
$1,879/$2,088 June 28-July 24, July 26-Aug 21
Family Camp $212/$236 per adult
$113/$125 per child
Sept 2-5
Family Camp $110/$122 per adult
$83/$92 per child
October 9-12