John Island Camp Outdoor
Education Programs
Where Students grow outside the classroom

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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 traditional school trips run 3 days/2nights with students from grade 5-12 in attendance.  We have a variety of program options that allow us to create a customized schedule that best meets your needs. 

Suggested Program Options Include-

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

Additional Program Options-
Orienteering, field and net games, environmental education, 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. 

Forms and Teacher Information

2018 Booking Dates/Prices

English Program Dates:

Monday June 4 - Wednesday June 6
Wednesday June 6- Friday June 8
Monday June 11 - Wednesday June 13
Wednesday June 13 - Friday June 15
Monday June 25 - Wednesday June 27

French Program Dates: 

Monday June 18 - Wednesday June 20
Wednesday June 20 - Friday June 22

Student Fee:
$185.00+13% HST = $209.05 
Teacher/Chaperone Fee:
$105.00+13% HST = $118.65

Fees include t-shirts!

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 2018 Booking Form to:

Email: summer.brooks(at) 
 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. If you have not heard from our office confirming your booking/date, please contact us to ensure that we have received your form.

Within 48-72 hours after your booking, you will receive your contract electronically. Please be sure to include your email address on the booking form. Your contract will need to be signed off and returned to our office along with your deposit to secure your booking within 14 days of receiving your contract.

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.

Program Options Sheet Please send in your program options sheet to summer.brooks(at) at least 3 weeks before your arrival date.
Dietary Forms Please send in your dietary forms to summer.brooks(at) at least 3 weeks before your arrival date.

Arrival/Departure Times-
Groups should plan to arrive between 9:30am-11:00am and depart between 11:30am-1:00pm. 

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 

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