2021 CAMP TAPAWINGO: Closure Update

YWCA Toronto’s Camp Tapawingo will remain closed to youth campers in 2021. We are in the process of re-designing camp to ensure greater alignment with YWCA Toronto’s new Strategic Plan that underscores the importance of poverty reduction and racial inclusion. We remain committed to empowering youth with a positive and inclusive camp experience for all.
Our aim is to launch an updated camp program when it is fully safe to do so, hopefully in 2022.

Summer Camp

With space for up to 120 campers, Camp Tapawingo offers an exciting program of arts, crafts, land and water activities in a relaxed, girls-only environment where each camper builds confidence and a sense of achievement. We have experienced, well-trained counsellors to lend a hand and an understanding ear to campers joining us for 1, 2 or 3-week camp sessions for girls 6-15 years of age.

We have a 4-week Leadership Training Program for 16 year old campers (CIT), as well as leadership development for 15 year old campers. We also offer subsidies for eligible campers and counsellors-in-training, and day camp for Parry Sound residents and cottagers.

Click on the videos below to hear our Intermediate and Senior Camper songs:


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Camp Activities

What a great way to enjoy Georgian Bay! Whether it is instructional or just for fun camp offers lots of opportunities to learn new skills.

The girls all take a swimming lessons supervised by qualified swim instructors and lifequards. We offer Red Cross water safety levels as well as Lifesaving Society Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross. Swimming is an important part of summer and the girls spend as much time as they choose having fun in the water on Saturn, playing games, synchronized swimming or recreational time.

We offer girls a variety of ways to experience and develop skills in canoeing. There is an opportunity for instructional activities as well as also playing games, day trips, paddling up the river and learning to enjoy being on the water

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)
Campers are having a great time with this relatively new paddle sport at camp! Whether they are learning to paddle, racing, going up the river, or doing yoga the girls can always be heard laughing.

Gliding across the water of Georgian Bay on a hot summer day is a wonderfull experience. Campers learn to sail in a variety of boats including Zuma’s, Quba’s, and Skunks. They can choose to sail for the pure enjoyment of it or take Camp Tapawingo levels.

Our kayaking program stresses having fun and developing kayaking skills in a safe environment. Campers receive skill instruction and also participate in activities that include relays, games, and day excursions.

Tripping We offer a wide variety of trips including day trips to 5 day canoe trips for girls who are 11 years of age or older. A number of mountain biking and hiking trips are also offered. Special Events Camp would not be the same if there were not lots of different programs happening all the time. The girls will have a chance to experience campfires, singsongs, cookouts, regattas, capture the flag and lots more.

Land-based Activities
Archery is a real favorite and allows campers of all ages to meet the challenge. Whether it is shooting at a target shooting for prizes, or playing games like bingo, it is always fun!

Low Ropes Course 
A series of individual and group activities from Whale Watch, Foot Loops and some long time favorites like Tension Traverse or Spiders web. The course is used for activities as well as counsellors building a cabin group.

Climbing Our 40 foot climbing wall is there to challenge campers to reach for the top! Our specialty trained staff are there to guide girls encourage them to to enhance group cooperation, self-esteem, and confidence, and to have FUN! Specially trained program facilitators lead campers in activities that serve as stepping stones to improving communication, problem solving skills and community development.

Fitness The fitness activities are designed to encourage girls to have fun while developing the habit of being active .Activities vary from day to day and include yoga, Zumba, stability ball classes and a range of other activities such as jog and swim

Mountain Biking Top of the line Trek mountain bikes are available for those who want to develop their skills, have a good work out or participate in trips along the Seguin Recreational trail

Outdoor Pursuits Outdoor pursuits allow our girls to feel comfortable in an outdoor setting by learning to build a fire or a shelter or being involved in a variety of nature related activities such as the turtle pond. Our participation in the Bondar Challenge helps girls develop a respect for the wilderness while developing skills in photography. Girls can submit their pictures to the Bondar Foundation for judging in this annual challenge.

The Arts 

A full range of dance styles is represented (Jazz, hip hop, and lyrical) and girls may choose to take classes just for fun or to take permanent classes that lead to a performance in the dance and drama show at the end of each 3-week session.

Drama Activities are also offered and many campers decide to perform in the show.

Guitar Offered as an activity. Guitars are also available for campers to borrow and take back to their cabins for practice.

Arts and Crafts An important part of our program and offers a variety of projects based on the interests of the girls. Crafts range from old favorites such as tie dye, bracelet making, paper mache, painting, sketching and for girls 12 and older paddle making.

YWCA’s Camp Tapawingo is a traditional overnight summer camp for girls aged 7–15 years located in Parry Sound, Ontario

Session A   //  2 weeks (girls 7 -15) — Saturday, July 3 – Friday, July 16, 2021  |  $1700
Session B  //  2 weeks (girls 7-15) — Sunday, July 18 – Saturday July 31, 2021  |  $1700 
Session C  //  2 weeks (girls 7 -15) — Monday, August 2  – Sunday August 15, 2021  |  $1700
Session D //  2 weeks (girls 7 – 15) — Tuesday, August 17 – Monday, August 30, 2021  |  Reserved

CIT July //  Saturday, July 3 – Saturday, July 31, 2021 |  $2548
CIT August  //  Monday, August 2 – Monday August 30, 2021 |  $2548

All prices are subject to 13% HST  
For more information contact: Camping Department 416-652-9374 

There are 2 ways to register your daughter for summer camp:
Click on the link to proceed to the online registration or download the registration form here.

7:30am  //  Wake-up bell/polar dip (optional)
8:15am  //  Flag-raising
8:30am  //  Breakfast
9–9:45am  //  Cabin clean-up/cabin time
9:45–10:30am  //  Activity #1
10:30–11:15am  //  Activity #2
11:15am–noon  //  Activity #3
12:30–2:30pm  //  Lunch/rest hour
2:30–4:30pm  //  Afternoon program with your cabin or section
4:30–5pm  //  General swim
5–5:30pm  //  Free time
5:30-6:30pm  //  Dinner
6:30-7pm  //  Tuck time
7–9:30pm  //  Evening program  
8:30-9:30pm  //  Bedtime (depending on age)
10pm  //  Lights out

Click to download a typical Summer Camp day.

Yes! We offer several events through out the year, please see below.

Slide Shows — Meet the Camp Director, see what camp is all about and ask questions. Zoom meetings arranged by request. Give us a call at (416) 652-9374 to set up a presentation.

New Campers’ Night — New Camper night will be held on Monday, June 7th, 2021 at 7pm at YWCA Toronto head office, 87 Elm St. Toronto  

Open House at YWCA’s Camp Tapawingo — come to Camp for our Open House. We find that the needs of both campers and parents are best met through this event, which is offered in lieu of a visitors’ day during the camp session. Saturday, June 5, 2021

Be a leader! Our 15 year old campers are involved in a special program that allows them the opportunity to design and implement some of their own programming.

We also offer an exceptional 4-week Counsellor-In-Training Program for 16 year old girls that develops strong leadership skills, while learning the essential skills to work with youth. There is an application process for this program.

Please contact our Camping Department for more information: 416.652.9374  |  camping@ywcatoronto.org

For more information please contact our Camping Department: 416.652.9374  |  camping@ywcatoronto.org

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Typical Day

A typical day at Camp Tapawingo

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Rates & Dates

Camp Tapawingo sessions and rates

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Camp Staff

Become a Camp Tapawingo counsellor

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Getting to Know Camp

General information about camp