John Island Camp Outdoor Centre
Where Students grow outside the classroom
2019 Dates & Prices NOW AVAILABLE! 

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About Us!

Our unique 278 acre site boasts numerous trails, tree lines and program areas for exploration and use.  Our half kilometer beach front, along with numerous inlets, waterfronts and the infamous Lost Lake allow for shoreline and waterlogged habitat to be discovered.  With a focus on delivering high quality program within a naturally gorgeous setting, John Island Camp truly is where students grow outside the traditional classroom.

The YMCA John Island Camp Outdoor Centre provides unique opportunities to explore new ideas, new environments, and new people! Schools and groups have been travelling from across Northeastern Ontario for 35 years to participate in experiences at our Outdoor Centre. Our philosophy guides people toward sound environmental ethics and positive personal relationships, all in an atmosphere of fun and fellowship. We will strive to create an experience for your students, teachers, and supervisors that will compliment your work at school. 

Our Programs

Our outdoor centre runs 1-3 day trips with students from grade 5-12 in attendance.  Our variety of program options allows us to create a customized schedule that best meets your groups needs. 

Suggested Program Options Include-

Canoeing, kayaking, low Ropes, archery, high ropes (vertical playpen/climbing wall/bowsum chairs/team traverse), initiatives and team building and ODLS (outdoor living skills) which includes shelter building and fire building.

Additional Program Options-
Field and net games, nature based programs, beach activities, hike, out lunch (packed lunch of hotdogs at a hiked to location recommended as a whole group activity to be done after fire/shelter building) and survival (action based food pyramid/ecosystem dynamic demonstration game recommended as a whole group activity. 

Evening Program Options-
Skit night (students are responsible for creating and presenting their own skits), skit in a bag (a skit outline is picked at random in which they rehearse and present),
 action auction (students bid on items in groups that are then used to complete a task), running pictionary, and incredible machine. 

Our Outdoor Education Slideshow
 provides a visual of our accommodations/ facilities, sample program schedules, sample menu options and program photos. 

What's new? 

  • Various booking options!
  • New program offerings!
  • New booking process!
  • Menu options! 


Forms and Teacher Information

2019 Booking Dates/Prices

Booking Dates:

*Weekend Dates Available Upon Request*

Spring Program Dates:
Monday May 13 - Friday May 17, 2019
Monday May 20 - Friday May 24, 2019
Monday May 27 - Friday May 31, 2019
Monday June 3 - Friday June 7, 2019
Monday June 10 - Friday June 14, 2019
Monday June 17 - Friday June 21, 2019

Fall Program Dates:
Monday Sept 9 - Friday Sept 13, 2019
Monday Sept 16 - Friday Sept 20, 2019
Monday Sept 23 - Friday Sept 27, 2019

French programming requeset: We are unable to offer full French language program. Groups can request French programming
and if requested, we will do our best to provide it, however cannot guarentee it will be available. If you require full French language, please have chaperones that are able to assist. 

3 Day, 2 Night Programs *Mon-Wed, Wed-Fri
Student Fee $199 (plus HST), Chaperone Fee $99 (plus HST)

2 Day, 1 Night Programs 
Student Fee $119 (plus HST), Chaperone Fee $59 (plus HST)

Day Programs
Student Fee $49, Chaperone FREE

Fees include t-shirts! Customized programs and bookings also available! For more information on customized bookings, please contact Jenny Groom, Acting Director This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 705-688-7300 ext. 2121. 

To check current availability, please contact the Camping Services Office at 705-674-6171 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Booking Your School
To book your school, please fill out and return the 2019 Booking Form to:

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Fax: 705-675-8777 Attn: Summer Brooks

Mail: Attn: Summer Brooks 140 Durham Street, Sudbury Ontario P3E 3M7

Please Note: We ask that you select 2 options for dates in case your first choice is unavailable. To check availability on your preferred date, please contact the Camping Services Office at 705-674-6171 or 800-465-9622.

What should I expect after I send in my booking form?
You will receive confirmation via email from our office immediately following the submission of your booking form confirming receipt. In order to be accepted, your booking form MUST be fully completed. If you have not heard from our office confirming your booking/date, please contact us to ensure that we have received your form. If available, your preferred dates will be held until the date your contact and deposit is due. Your signed contract and deposit are required to secure your space and will be due 14 days from receiving your contract from our office. 

What other forms will I need for my trip?
In order for us to provide the best programming, we need to hear from you! Please take a look at the following items, along with when they need to be submitted.

Contract/Deposit: Due 14 days following receipt of your contract.
T-shirt & Health Form Summary Sheet: Due by April 1st, 2019 (the earlier, the better!)
Final Numbers: Due May 1, 2019 

For more planning information please check out our teacher trip planning guide.

Still have questions? We are here to help! Please contact
the Camping Services Office at 705-674-6171 or
800-465-9622 (toll free in Canada)

"I've been to many camps and this one was by far the greatest, for kids and teachers both! Very nice site and well organized." - John Island School

"My students didn't want to leave! Thank you for creating excellent memories for my kids." -John Island School 

     2015 sunset outdoor ed 2015 vertical playpen outdoor ed  2015 kayak outdoor ed  2015 initiatives outdoor ed


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