Posted 04/06/2019 1:12:11 PM by Oliver Lam

With an emphasis on building independence and personal development, these three offerings at YMCA Camp Elphinstone are shining examples of what makes the overnight camp experience so special.

Two Week Camp (ages 7 to 15)

The only thing better than one week at camp is two weeks! The benefits of attending YMCA Camp Elphinstone's Two Week Camp include:

  1. Having more time at camp allows participants to make stronger bonds with new friends while participating in exciting activities such as sailing, archery, climbing, ropes courses and so much more.
  2. There are a lot more opportunities for out-trips, including overnight hiking, canoe, or kayak trips.
  3. The longer you stay at camp, the more likely you are to spot an orca swimming by. Camp Elphinstone is located on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast along the shores of Howe Sound, and many campers over the years have enjoyed visits from some friendly orcas. 


McNabb Camp (ages 5 to 7)

McNabb sessions are perfect for little ones who are eager to get a taste of the overnight camp experience. Not only is McNabb Camp a shorter, three-night camp experience, it focuses on creating a comfortable environment for many campers’ first time away from home. However, a shorter overnight camp experience doesn't mean participants miss out. They are introduced to activities like rock climbing, canoeing, archery, sailing, arts and crafts and a whole lot more!



Sunshine Coast Trail Hiking Camps (ages 12 to 15)

A new program this year, the Sunshine Coast Trail camp provides two options for those interested in this one-of-a-kind overnight camp experience.

Sunshine Coast Trail I (ages 12 to 14)
This option is perfect for kids who are new to out-tripping. Campers are challenged with a scenic four-day backpacking trip on the Sunshine Coast Trail. Through this memorable experience, kids will have ample opportunity to form friendships and develop leadership skills in a focused, team building environment.

The route will take campers from Saltery Bay to Lois Lake and features the challenging but rewarding hike up Mount Troubridge, which is the highest point along the Sunshine Coast Trail. Right alongside all of the campers are Camp Elphinstone's experienced and well-trained staff, who will be leading the trip and ensuring that all campers have the opportunity to take on responsibilities like packing, cooking, leader of the day and navigating.

Sunshine Coast Trail II (ages 13 to 15)
This two-week camp features a nine-day backpacking trip on the Sunshine Coast Trail. Longer and slightly more challenging than our one-week Sunshine Coast Trail I, this route will take campers from Lois Lake to Powell River and travels through landmarks like Walt Hill, Inland Lake and Tin Hat Mountain. Under the guidance of experienced staff, campers will develop resiliency, cooperation and communication skills by working together in the wilderness for nine days.


About YMCA Camp Elphinstone

All YMCA overnight summer camps take place at YMCA Camp Elphinstone. Through our overnight camps, kids learn new skills and challenge themselves through many traditional camp activities like canoeing, archery, and rock climbing. Surrounded by temperate rainforest and the rocky shoreline of Howe Sound, YMCA Camp Elphinstone’s 144 acres lets campers experience the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Camp Elphinstone is located on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast near Gibsons, and just a 40-minute ferry ride from Vancouver.


Oliver Lam

About Oliver Lam

Oliver is a Marketing and Communications Manager based out of Joyce YMCA. He loves watching sports documentaries, enjoys cooking and will take advantage of any and every opportunity to spend time at Granville Island with his family.

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