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Big Cove YMCA Camp

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

Big Cove YMCA Camp

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

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

Big Cove Programs

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.

Big Cove YMCA Camp Life

At Big Cove, we know the importance of providing youth with a small group experience to ensure that every camper receives individual time and attention while at camp. To facilitate this, all campers are divided into four main groups: Little Big Cove, Juniors, Seniors, and Leadership. These four sections ensure that our programs are designed specifically for their appropriate age group.

Once campers are divided into their sections, they will be placed in a cabin with eight children, and are supervised by two counsellors who live and work with the group. All counsellors are supported by a number of program area specialists who will help lead and supervise camp activities.

Family Camps

Big Cove offers a variety of family camp weekends in both the spring and fall seasons. Book one of our cabins for you and your family and enjoy all that Big Cove has to offer. Meals, program and accommodations are all included! You can choose to take part in specific programs for both children and adults or you can take the family for a hike, have a family campfire, or take a field trip to Melmerby Beach.

For more information on Family Camp programs, please contact the camp office. To register for Family Camp Programs visit our Registration Page.

Rentals & Retreats

Big Cove YMCA Camp is not only open during our Summer Camp Season, we also offer programs in our shoulder seasons of May, June, September and October. We offer a variety of programs that are customizable for your group’s needs. Whether you are looking for an Outdoor Education experience for your class, a year-end field trip, a place to host your next family event or reunion, or other rentals, we have a variety of options to meet your needs.

Our 120 acres of ocean shoreline, forests, fields and salt marshes provide a unique setting for your group to come together and explore new ideas. Whether you are looking for a curriculum based program, team building, or simply celebrating the end of the year or event with your family, we have programs to meet your needs.

Outdoor Education experiences, private functions, corporate retreats and event rentals offer comfortable accommodation, meals and an environment that encourages reflection and active team building. Ditch the traffic and noise of the city and dive into the lush nature of Big Cove YMCA Camp for your next function or event.

To learn more, check availability, or to book, please contact Ben Chisholm, Camp Director, at [email protected].

Empower Young Dreams at Big Cove Camp!

Your donation sparks joy and adventure for kids at Big Cove YMCA Camp! Help us create unforgettable memories and learning experiences in a safe and fun-filled environment. Every dollar brings a child closer to nature, friendship, and self-discovery.