Welcome to the wonderful world of
Harry Bronfman Y Country Camp
YCC is a truly authentic camp experience in an unrivaled setting where campers of all ages and their counsellors join together to create a special family, build friendships, and make memories that last a lifetime.
Aldous Huxley once observed that, “Experience is not what happens to you, experience is what you do with what happens to you.” At YCC, we want to help each camper get the most from their camping experience and use it fully in their personal growth and development. We strive to make each camper’s summer a positive and memorable experience while laying the foundation for them to build on.
Complemented by our informal Jewish environment, campers and staff develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for their Jewish heritage and traditions, while also developing a true sense of community.
YCC provides a friendly, supportive and cooperative atmosphere that fosters self-esteem and independence at each child’s own pace.
YCC – Our special home away from home, where the emphasis is on fun and personal growth in a safe, nurturing, supervised environment, and where every child can have the time of their life! Campers are encouraged to learn new skills, master old ones, make decisions, take responsibility, live with others, and of course, have a ton of fun.
YCC staff are dynamic, talented, and experienced individuals who are committed to working with children and adolescents. Camp Coordinators have training in fields such as social work, education, and management. Trained specialists provide safe and professional instruction for all creative, recreational, and athletic activities.
Y Country Camp's mission is to provide each camper with a structured, supportive and fun environment in which they will develop meaningful and lasting friendships, learn the importance of mutual respect, challenge themselves to grow as they are exposed to new skills and experiences, gain self-confidence through successes, and become more connected to their Jewish identity.
The Y Country Camp (YCC) will provide a unique, life-changing experience for every camper and staff that will strengthen our Jewish community and impact our future generation of leaders.
We fulfill our mission and vision through the commitment to the following core values:
• Respect for each other:
• Building self-esteem:
• Fostering independence:
• Skill Development:
• Jewish identity – sense of community, Tikkun Olam:
In 1962, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bronfman undertook the act as honorary patrons for the YM-YWHA’s new summer camp project. The goal was to establish a residential sleeping camp to create an unforgettable experience for generations of Jewish youth. hence was born the Y Country Camp, 650 acres of land and three lakes, located 10 miles southwest of St. Jovite. The camp opened in the summer of 1963 and by the summer of 1967, the camp was full with a total of 800 campers plus a waiting list for all sessions.
The popularity of the Y Country Camp remained steady over the next few decades, with thousands of campers enjoying Oneg Shabbat, hiking and tripping, arts & Crafts, boating, canoeing, and lifelong friendships.
Between 1986 and 1990, upgrading of the facilities including the addition of outdoor tennis courts, waterskiing, and a floor hockey rink. By the summer of 190, camp registration was up to 900 campers, just in time for the opening of the Huberdome, a new 13 320 square foot indoor facility housing a gym, pool, and stage, donated by the Steinberg family.
Presently the camp enjoys a steady registration and continues to run a truly authentic summer camp experience.