YMCA Camps aren’t just something to do when school’s out – they provide an experience that lasts a lifetime

Here at Big Cove YMCA Camp, we believe that the overnight camping experience is an important part of each child’s development. With our rich history as Canada’s oldest overnight camp and more than 130 years of tradition and growth, Big Cove YMCA Camp has a proud commitment of serving camper-families in Nova Scotia. Our exciting programs truly are the pinnacle of the Big Cove YMCA Camp experience.

At Camp, we ensure each camper receives the supervision, support and attention they need. In addition to offering low camper to counsellor ratios, we also ensure all staff are:

  • Strong in leadership skills
  • Ready to be friends, teachers, and role-models for all
  • Trained and certified in First Aid,  CPR, and Lifesaving practices

Our Big Cove YMCA Camp programs are designed to help youth grow as individuals while promoting cooperation and teamwork with others in a safe, supportive community. The YMCA’s philosophy of spirit, mind and body helps to guide our programs in enhancing self-awareness, confidence, trust and responsibility.

We provide a wide variety of exciting, interactive programs and ensure that there is a little something for everyone. Campers and senior staff work together with our counsellors to design weekly schedules with a balance of cabin group activities and all camp programs.

Little Big Cove 4 days 6 to 12 3:1
Junior Program 6 days 7 to 11 4:1
Senior Program 6 days 12 to 15 4:1
Leadership I 27 days 15+ 4:1
Leadership II 27 days 16+ 4:1

*ratios subject to change based on Public Health Guidelines

Thank you campers and families for a terrific 2021 camp season! 

Please review our 2021 payment and cancellation policy by clicking HERE

The YMCA is committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all. The safety of our members, participants, staff and volunteers is of the utmost importance, and therefore we will take the appropriate measures to ensure that we are abiding by Public Health regulations.  As new information becomes available for the possible operation of overnight camp programs this summer we will be updating our COVID-19 Operational Plan for Big Cove 2021 Overnight Camp Programs.

For additional information/considerations, please read our COVID-19 Policy and Practices that were in place for our 2020 Campground operations.

Please reach out to our Camp Director, Scott Thomas at [email protected] if you have any questions about Big Cove.