Surrounded by temperate rainforest and the rocky shoreline of Howe Sound, Camp Elphinstone’s 144 acres allows campers ages 5–17 to experience the beauty of our natural environment. Located on BC’s Sunshine Coast near Gibsons, just a 40-minute ferry ride from Vancouver, Camp Elphinstone offers both day camp and overnight camp in one-, two- and four-week options. Camp Elphinstone offers many activities, including sailing, canoeing, swimming, kayaking, arts and crafts, archery, high and low ropes, and so much more.
Campers have the opportunity to build new skills and participate in a variety of camp activities with campers their own age. Programs are developed with skill progression and age appropriateness in mind. Two-week camps also include an overnight trip away from camp.
The perfect introduction to residential camp, McNabb Camp offers younger camper a chance to experience all of our traditional camp activities during a four-day/three-night experience. As this may be a camper’s first time away from home, we ensure the focus is on creating a comfortable environment for children to make friends and learn new skills.
Campers receive three hours of daily instruction from qualified instructors on our fleet of Hobie Cats and Lasers. Campers work on White Sail levels and learn practical theory on topics such as rigging, repair and care of boats, dealing with emergencies and wind dynamics. Campers also participate in a variety of traditional camp activities.
Campers experience an eight-day canoe trip through one of the most beautiful wilderness settings in Canada. Canoeing builds confidence and introduces young people to a variety of skills including teamwork and wilderness living. Campers work with the group and contribute to the planning and execution of the trip. This is a perfect pre-leadership experience for any camper.
The YMCA in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Regional District is pleased to offer three weeks of Hockey Camp. Campers participate in one hour of hockey, taught by certified coaches, and spend the balance of their day enjoying various other camp activities. Hockey equipment is supplied. Campers can participate in Tyke Hockey (5-6 years), One Goal (5-12 years) or Hockey Heroes (9-12 years).
Family Camp gives families the chance to spend time together, reconnect and relax. During your stay, you’ll participate in a variety of camp activities including organized programs for children, adults and the whole family. Whether you’re coming to our summer session to enjoy the sunshine or to deepen your relationships with one another over a holiday weekend, Family Camp is a great opportunity for families to escape the city without the hassle of pitching a tent.
Campers spend their days participating in sports, games, waterfront activities, archery, high/low ropes, arts and crafts, theme days and other special events. Campers also enjoy a nutritious and well-balanced lunch.
Hidden in the Interlakes district of the famous Cariboo Plateau, YMCA Camp Deka’s 95 acres provide campers with hundreds of lakes to paddle and trails to explore. Since 1990, campers have enjoyed Deka’s vast wilderness of breathtaking vistas, beaver dams, eagle nests, fish runs and deer paths. Activities include swimming, archery, canoeing, kayaking, arts and crafts, and rock climbing. Through a partnership between the YMCA of Greater Vancouver and the YMCA/YWCA of Kamloops, we offer young people from both communities a rewarding one, two or four-week camp experience.
Our emphasis in this one-week program is on providing each of our campers with the individual attention they need. Many activities are enjoyed in cabin groups, while camp-wide evening programs and freebie periods allow campers to get a mix of different programs and make new friends. Everyone also takes part in the famous Deka Regatta!
This two-week program is intended to provide campers with more time for camp favourite activities such as canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, archery, fishing, and arts and crafts. Campers also take part in camp-wide evening activities, freebies and interest groups. Senior campers at Deka experience a two-night out-trip and take part in the Deka Regatta.
Transportation is only available one-way for campers travelling from Vancouver. Please contact us for details.
Many of our campers grow up to be part of our amazing YMCA staff team and our two-year Leadership Development program is designed to help them achieve this goal. Once completed, participants have the skills needed to lead and support others at camp and at home. Programs are offered at both YMCA Camp Elphinstone and YMCA Camp Deka.
LD1 campers focus on learning technical skills associated with camp, including kayaking, canoeing, ropes courses, sailing (Camp Elphinstone only) and team building, while also participating in an out-trip experience. This two-week program offers youth a chance to build strong and lasting friendships in a positive and constructive setting. Group cooperation, self-discipline and personal initiative will help campers succeed in this program.
LD2 campers use the skills gained in LD1 and apply them to leading others. Campers learn about communication skills, teaching, group dynamics, child care, team building and risk management. Campers experience an extended out-trip during their stay and grow as leaders through new camp challenges. Emphasis is placed on learning about working with campers, with periodic placement in the camper cabin over the month-long session.
*Each applicant undergoes a telephone interview before final acceptance into the program.