Friends, Fun and Adventure
Camping, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. Camping teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership.
Camp Algonquin offers values-oriented, camper-centered programs that help children discover their talents and feel a sense of belonging. Our activities combine friendships, adventure, and personal growth, creating days as unique as each camper and memories that last a lifetime, all amidst the fun of campfires, high ropes challenge course, canoeing, archery, talent shows and meaningful relationships. Y counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every camper.
Campers will be introduced to our adventure courses – climbing on the rock wall: YMCA Spirit Mountain, flying down the zip line, swinging high on our Giant Swing and manipulating the twelve obstacles on our high ropes course – all designed to have fun while challenging each person to achieve their personal goals. When accomplished, these activities help build self confidence.
Horses and ponies are brought to Camp Algonquin each Resident and Day Camp session giving each of those Campers the opportunity to experience riding.
The instructors first teach each child how to behave around horses safely, as well as give instruction as to the horses’ habits. Campers are also taught the basics of grooming and they experience brushing down the horses and cleaning their hoofs. This “chore” allows campers who have not been around horses to learn the animals’ behaviors and how to be calm around them.
Day Campers’ horse experiences will be similar to that of the Resident Campers. However, Day Campers will use ponies and will be led on rides around campus rather than riding independently on trails.
All riders are required to wear safety helmets. Horseback riding is offered to our Day Campers, Resident Campers and Trekkers. (Does not include Tiny Tots or Jr. Overnight Camp.)