Overnight Camp Registration
How do I register for summer programs at Camp Pine Crest?
How is the registration process new this year?
You will notice you no longer will have the options to choose "traditional - male" and "traditional - female" overnight programs. Cabin options for overnight camp will ask you to choose a boy, girl, or all-gender cabin.
What is your definition of boy and girl?
The Y understands that the term "boy" includes cisgender and transgender boys, and "girl" includes cisgender and transgender girls. Please choose the cabin that reflects your child's identity or our all-gender cabin, new this year.
Does Camp Pine Crest offer all-gender cabins?
Yes we do! Summer 2023 will be the first summer that we offer all-gender cabins so the viability of us operating all-gender cabins will be based on registration.
Who can register for all-gender cabins?
Anyone! We understand that gender is a spectrum. The purpose of creating all-gender cabins is to ensure all campers regardless of gender identity, including but not limited to 2-spirit, gender-queer, cisgender, transgender and non-binary youth, can be in a space that they feel comfortable as themselves in, and can connect with others. The bathrooms in the cabins will be available as a binary boy's/girl's, and campers can choose whichever aligns best with their gender or expression. In the bathrooms, there are also door covered toilet and shower stalls for privacy.
Are Pine Cone cabins all-gender?
For Summer 2023 we decided to have parents register their Pine Cone choosing boy or girl, however the lodges that the Pine Cones stay in will have a mix of both boy and girl rooms. The bathrooms in the lodges will be set up to have one for boys, one for girls, and campers can use the one that aligns with their gender.
Is Financial Assistance available?
Yes. Financial Assistance is available for Summer Camp programs. We are thrilled to increase the maximum family income that is eligible for our financial assistance for this coming summer, AND to increase the amount that we will be awarding to our communities overall. Please do not hesitate to apply, even if you are unsure if you will be eligible. We will be accepting Financial Assistance applications starting December 5, 2022. Financial Assistance will be awarded based on needs, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please ensure you apply as soon as possible, to ensure our team is able to assess all applications before registration begins for all summer programs on January 10, 2023. Apply for Financial Assistance here.
My Child Is Turning 17 this Year.
If your child will be 17 by December 31, 2022 they will be eligible to apply to be a first-year staff at YMCA Camp Pine Crest! Please have them email PineCrestHiring@ymcagta.org to communicate their interest and we will support them in providing the job postings, when available. Or check out our Employment Opportunities for regularly for job postings. .
Do you offer 1:1 Support?
Yes. At the YMCA, we believe that the camp experience can benefit all children. That is why we work to the best of our capabilities, to provide an engaging, comfortable and inclusive camp experience for campers of all abilities in our camp programs. Additional staff support is given to camper groups, along with 1:1 staff support to individuals who require additional support in order to fully participate, including campers with disabilities. Your camper will be integrated into the cabin group entirely and will attend all programs with their cabin group. If you have a camper requiring 1:1 support, please contact the Camp Office directly at 1-877-878-9622 prior to registering for more information. Fee: $450/week
How do I register for the bus to and from camp this summer?
You can pre-register online, or by calling 647-439-6611 or 1-877-303-2267.
All overnight program fees include bus transportation to and from camp.
Depending on the session you are registered for, there are four pick-up locations in the Greater Toronto Area.
The bus is convenient, avoids extra driving for parents, and helps to reduce carbon emissions. If you are not interested in the bus to camp, please consider the ride home as Friday traffic to Muskoka can be quite congested.
Summer Camp Experience
Where do campers change?
Campers can change in their cabins in designated spaces made private with curtains, or in gender specific washrooms located near by. In the washrooms there are door covered toilet and shower stalls.
Where do campers use the washroom?
Each cabin section has a washroom with boys on one side, girls on the other. Campers use the side they identify with, or can use the washroom in our Wellness area in the main dining hall where we have an all-gender washroom. In each dining hall, there are boys and girls washrooms. In Winter Lodge, we have an all-gender accessible washroom as well.
What does supervision look like in all-gender cabins?
In our boys, girls and all-gender cabins, there is a smaller section with a bunk bed, where at least one camp counsellor aged 17+ will provide overnight supervision. At Pine Crest, all overnight camp programs are supervised 24/7. Senior Leadership participants 16+ are the only age that does not have supervision at all times over night.
What should my camper pack for camp?
How can I contact my child/camper?
You may send them an email through Bunk1.com.
To set up a new account and visit our Online Community:
- Go to our website at Bunk1.com
- Click the red “Stay in touch, email your camper” button on the left side of the page
- Click “Register Here”
- Your invitation code will be sent to you closer to summer
- Fill out all the required information
- Purchase Additional Bunk Note credits (you will need a credit card)
- Send an email to your camper!
For more information on 1Bunk, please see page 22 of our Camper Information Guide.
Or send mail to your camper at:
“Camper Name” — “Camper Cabin/Trip Route”
YMCA Camp Pine Crest
1090 Gullwing Lake Road
What does a typical day at camp look like?
|7:15 to 7:55 am||Wake up and Radical Risers|
|8:05 am||Morning Thought/Flag Raising|
Breakfast and Daily Skits (Announcements)
|9:00 am||Cabin Clean Up|
|10:00 am||Skill Block 1|
|11:15 am||Skill Block 2|
|1:30 pm||Rest Hour|
|2:30 pm||Cabin Activities|
|3:30 pm||Cabin Activities|
|4:30 pm||General Swim and Clubs|
|6:30 pm||General Boating and Clubs|
|7:30 pm||Evening Program and Special Events|
|8:30 pm to 10:00 pm||Snack and Bedtime (depending on age)|
I'm nervous about tripping, what safety precautions are in place to protect campers?
Most leadership trips travel outside of cell phone service so they carry a satellite (SAT) phone for emergency contact and to stay in touch with Pine Crest. All of our trip staff are trained and highly certified to be able to handle basic emergencies and communicate directly with the camp. Detailed route plans are also completed prior to departure and left on camp property.
These plans include possible resources in the travel area and details of emergency response locations as well as times when evacuation or assistance may be required. In cases where they need assistance, the camp staff on property assist with evacuations and communicate all plans to parents.
Is Out-Tripping optional?
This is not an optional part of our programming at Pine Crest. If a child is unable to participate in the canoe trip portion of their program due to medical reasons, parents will be asked to pick up their child while the group is away on trip as we do not have additional supervision for campers without groups.
I have concerns about hygiene on out-trip.
First-time campers will have a lot to get used to when adjusting to camp life - and then we go on a canoe trip! It is important to discuss with your camper that they will be using the washroom in the woods and bathing with lake water while on canoe trips. Our staff are great resources to ensure campers feel comfortable, however, a discussion and a little practice before coming to camp doesn’t hurt - prior to camp! To reduce the waste on trips, groups ration their toilet paper for the group rather than for the individual. Women and girls will be advised of safe and environmentally sensitive ways to dispose of their feminine waste on trip. Please ensure that if your child wears contact lenses that they bring their glasses for trip, with a neck strap if possible. It is much safer and easier to manage than trying to manage an eye infection later. If your child wears glasses please pack 2 sets in case of an emergency while at camp.
Are there information nights?
Yes. We find that even after reading all the information the camp provides, campers and parents often have very specific questions that can be answered during our Camper Information Day/Nights. Once you have registered, you will receive more information about our Information Day/Nights closer to the date in June, and we will inform you whether it will be held in person or virtually.
As a parent, can I visit camp?
Family Open House is a great way to help your child feel comfortable for their upcoming camp experience. Families are welcome to come to camp for the day to take a site tour, enjoy a buffet lunch, and explore our program areas including the waterfront. Family Open House will be held in mid-June. Keep your eyes out for our emails for more details. The first day of each session parents are able to move their campers into their cabins before saying their goodbyes while passing the care to our welcoming counsellors. Parents and visitors are reminded that YMCA Camp Pine Crest is smoke-free. This policy affects all buildings, grounds, and programs conducted off-site. We also ask that families who bring their dogs to camp on Family Day keep them on a leash and out of our camp buildings. We strongly discourage visits to camp during your child’s session. From experience, we find it is harder for children to adjust to camp when they see their parents and also have a much harder time adjusting after they have left. We also find that other children in the cabin have a hard time understanding why all parents are not allowed to attend once there has been a visitor. For the safety of all children, we do not allow parents to integrate into the camp session. Only under special circumstances will parents be allowed to visit during the session and only with prior consent from the Camp Director. Please come to camp on Family Day or join us for Family Camp if you’d like to participate with your child. Family Camp: In addition to our camper programs, we also offer a week of Family Camp every summer. This program is exclusively for families and includes camp activities for all ages. Please refer to our Family Camp page for more information regarding these programs. .
How can I contact my camper while at camp?
We are excited to tell you about our partnership with Bunk1.com! Bunk1 is a secure, easy to use, summer website services that let you stay in touch with your camper all summer. It offers the ability to send your camper one-way emails as well as a photo gallery. To set up a new account and visit our Online Community: 1. Go to our website at Bunk1.com 2. Click the red “Stay in touch, email your camper” button on the left side of the page 3. Click “Register Here” 4. Your invitation code will be sent to you closer to summer 5. Fill out all the required information 6. Purchase Additional Bunk Note credits (you will need a credit card) 7. Send an email to your camper! Or send mail to your camper at: “Camper Name” — “Camper Cabin/Trip Route” YMCA Camp Pine Crest 1090 Gullwing Lake Road Torrance, ON, P0C 1M0
Why is there no Leadership Lottery this year?
We looked at our leadership numbers from last year, and created our programs with enough space for everyone! We may have to implement a leadership lottery for future summers, but for Summer 2023 we're opening leadership for everyone at the same time as overnight camp.
What does supervision look like for leadership-aged participants?
For our Junior Leadership and Intermediate Leadership participants (ages 13-15) our leadership trainers sleep in the cabins with them. Senior Leadership (16 years old) is the only year we do not provide overnight supervision. However, Senior Leadership still has cabin checks, curfew and is gender-specific overnight accomodations unless otherwise stated.
Are there staff available onsite in the event of an emergency?
Throughout your visit, there will be staff available to assist should you have any issues, questions or if there is an emergency. If you are staying overnight, there will also be a staff member onsite to assist you, if necessary. Upon arrival, you will be provided with our on-call phone number, as well details on how to reach our staff should you need anything. You can find this number posted in plenty of places across site, so it will be easily accessible to you. The nearest hospital to Pine Crest is located in Bracebridge at 75 Ann St, it is approximately a 40-minute drive by car. Alternatively, Orillia's Soldiers Memorial Hospital at 170 Coleborn St W, is roughly 45 to 55 minutes by car.
Can you accommodate visitors with accessibility needs?
Please contact us to discuss any specific needs that your participants or family members may have.
Can you smoke tobacco onsite? What about cannabis?
Tobacco smoking is permitted in designated areas onsite. On arrival, a Camp Pine Crest staff member will let you know where the designated smoking areas are. Cannabis smoking is not permitted, unless proof of prescription is provided.
Can I bring my pet with me?
Unfortunately, at this time, pets are not permitted at Camp Pine Crest, unless they are an identified service animal.
What COVID related safety precautions are you taking?
The health and safety of all our guests and visitors is our top priority. We are closely following and abiding by all Government and Public Health restrictions and guidelines. Currently we are not requiring masks at camp, but we support those that choose to wear them. Our team has also increased the frequency in which we clean and sanitize our indoor spaces we well as high-touch surfaces. If you have any questions, concerns, or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us or view up to date details here: https://ymcagta.org/vaccination