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Camps

Summer Camps

Overnight Camps

One & Two Week Camps

Working together with cabin-mates, campers choose activities that meet their interests and skill levels. Campers build friendships as they engage in exciting activities alongside one...

One & Two Week Camps | YMCA Camp Elphinstone

McNabb Camp

A perfect introduction to overnight camp for little ones, this camp offers younger campers a shorter, three-night camp experience that focuses on creating a comfortable environment for many...

McNabb Camp | YMCA Camp Elphinstone

Leadership Development I

This two-week program teaches campers the technical skills associated with delivering camp activities while focusing on team building Campers participate in a canoe or backpacking out-trip experience...

Leadership Development II

This three-week program allows campers the chance to apply skills learned in Leadership Development 1 and continue to grow as leaders, with a focus on increased responsibility and more intentional...

Leadership Development II | YMCA Camp Elphinstone

Leadership Development II Exchange

This three-week program offers similar programming and intentional skill development to the regular Leadership Development 2 program, plus a one-week exchange to Ontario! Camp Elphinstone has...

Leadership Development II Exchange | YMCA Camp Elphinstone

Sailing Camp

Where better to develop sailing skills than the serene Howe Sound? Campers receive daily instruction on topics such as rigging, wind dynamics and boat care from qualified instructors Campers work on...

Desolation Sound Camp

This two-week camp features a nine-day canoe or sea kayak trip through one of the most breathtaking coastal settings in Canada Campers develop confidence and teamwork skills in this introduction to...

Desolation Sound Camp | YMCA Camp Elphinstone

Sunshine Coast Trail I

This two-week camp features a nine-day canoe or sea kayak trip through one of the most breathtaking coastal settings in Canada. Campers develop confidence and teamwork skills in this introduction to...

Sunshine Coast Trail I | YMCA Camp Elphinstone

Sunshine Coast Trail II

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...

Sunshine Coast Trail II | YMCA Camp Elphinstone

Family Camp

YMCA Camp Elphinstone offers an ideal setting for families to focus on what’s most important—spending time together. Family Camp is a great way for families to escape the city without the...

Family Camp | YMCA Camp Elphinstone

Camp Kakhamela

Having diabetes shouldn’t get in the way of going to camp! In partnership with the Canadian Diabetes Association, this unique program offers children with diabetes all aspects of a camp...

Day Camps

Outdoor Adventure Day Camp

Love the outdoors? This action-packed camp provides kids ages 5-12 with a range of outdoor land and water-based programming (activities vary by location) that gets kids moving in the natural world....

Outdoor Adventure Day Camp | YMCA Camp Elphinstone

Youth Digital Media

Are you interested in photography and filmmaking? Do you want an opportunity to express your voice or share a story? Join the Youth Digital Media program and explore the fundamentals of photography...

Leadership Camps

Overnight Camps

Leadership Development I

This two-week program teaches campers the technical skills associated with delivering camp activities while focusing on team building Campers participate in a canoe or backpacking out-trip experience...

Leadership Development II

This three-week program allows campers the chance to apply skills learned in Leadership Development 1 and continue to grow as leaders, with a focus on increased responsibility and more intentional...

Leadership Development II | YMCA Camp Elphinstone

Leadership Development II Exchange

This three-week program offers similar programming and intentional skill development to the regular Leadership Development 2 program, plus a one-week exchange to Ontario! Camp Elphinstone has...

Leadership Development II Exchange | YMCA Camp Elphinstone

Day Camps

Youth Digital Media

Are you interested in photography and filmmaking? Do you want an opportunity to express your voice or share a story? Join the Youth Digital Media program and explore the fundamentals of photography...

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education

There’s nothing quite like the great outdoors. Our Outdoor Education program is designed to get kidsactive and learning outdoors. Through meaningful experiential learning, kids develop strong...

Winter Break Day Camps

Family Camp

YMCA Camp Elphinstone offers an ideal setting for families to focus on what’s most important—spending time together. Family Camp is a great way for families to escape the city without the...

Family Camp | YMCA Camp Elphinstone

Child & Family Development

Play & Learning

Downtown West End Family Connections

Dowtown West End Family Connections is a play-based family centred drop-in program for children ages 0 to 6 years and their families. The program offeres a variety of activities and resources that...

Active & Creative play

Art for Toddlers

Create a new masterpiece each week! Develop your child's creativity and explore various mediums of art with this drop-in program. This drop-in program is included with YMCA Membership

Parent Support

Training and Networking

Interested in learning more about guiding children's behaviour? Want to learn some new circle time ideas? Our Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) program offers child care providers a wide...

Child Care

Parent & Caregiver Resources

Child Care Provider Resources

Training and Networking

Interested in learning more about guiding children's behaviour? Want to learn some new circle time ideas? Our Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) program offers child care providers a wide...

Education & Training

Learning & Academics

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education

There’s nothing quite like the great outdoors. Our Outdoor Education program is designed to get kidsactive and learning outdoors. Through meaningful experiential learning, kids develop strong...

Preschool

Art for Toddlers

Create a new masterpiece each week! Develop your child's creativity and explore various mediums of art with this drop-in program. This drop-in program is included with YMCA Membership

Credits & Certifications

Child Care Training

Training and Networking

Interested in learning more about guiding children's behaviour? Want to learn some new circle time ideas? Our Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) program offers child care providers a wide...

Employment Services

Self Employment

Self-Employment for Newcomers

Are you a newcomer to Canada with a business idea? Have you wondered how you could start a business in Canada? Then this program might be exactly what you need to launch your business. TheYMCA of...

Global Initiatives

Exchanges

Youth Peace Network

Imagine what a group of young, motivated peacemakers from all around the world could accomplish in three months? The Youth Peace Network program brings youth together from all corners of the globe to...

Health & Fitness

Group Fitness

Yoga & Pilates

Harmony Yoga

These classes have many benefits for your children including: reducing anxiety, improving concentration, developing active lifestyle and creating positive emotions. Not only will they learn movements...

Sports & Recreation

Sports Leagues

YMCA Basketball

Come shoot hoops with us! The YMCA Basketball league teaches kids the game of basketball with an emphasis on fun and teamwork for boys and girls in Grades 2 – 7. We are a non-competitive,...

Child & Family Drop-In Activities

Family Badminton

A chance for players of all ages to drop-in and play some recreational badminton together. Nets will be set up, and birdies and racquets are available for sign out. Bring the whole family, or just...

Adult Drop-In Activities

Advanced Volleyball

Bump, set, spike! This is a fun drop-in program for experienced volleyball participants. You don't need to join a team to play. You will meet other members looking to play colleyball and enjoy...

Health Management

Mental Health

Y Mind

We're here to help young people thrive! Even though anxiety is the most common illness affecting youth in British Columbia,*40% of youth do not access much-needed mental health services because...

Youth Engagement

Y NEXUS

After recognizing a need for more inclusion based programming within our community,the YMCA of Greater Vancouver isbringing together Indigenous, settler and newcomers between 18 - 29 years old. The...

Leadership

Summer Programs

Leadership Development I

This two-week program teaches campers the technical skills associated with delivering camp activities while focusing on team building Campers participate in a canoe or backpacking out-trip experience...

Leadership Development II

This three-week program allows campers the chance to apply skills learned in Leadership Development 1 and continue to grow as leaders, with a focus on increased responsibility and more intentional...

Leadership Development II | YMCA Camp Elphinstone

Leadership Development II Exchange

This three-week program offers similar programming and intentional skill development to the regular Leadership Development 2 program, plus a one-week exchange to Ontario! Camp Elphinstone has...

Leadership Development II Exchange | YMCA Camp Elphinstone

School Year Programs

Youth Leadership Development Conference

It’s the weekend you look forward to all year—the Youth Leadership Development Conference. Get away to YMCA Camp Elphinstone with other Youth Leadership Development (YLD) teens to get to...

Travel & Cultural Exchanges

Youth Peace Network

Imagine what a group of young, motivated peacemakers from all around the world could accomplish in three months? The Youth Peace Network program brings youth together from all corners of the globe to...