On June 11th, an incredible collaboration took place within our YMCA. Four departments, seven staff, and one community partner came together to deliver a day camp for newcomer children, teaching them about camping and one of Nova Scotia’s greatest assets: the outdoors.

On that beautiful Saturday morning, 30 children between the ages of 8 and 15 and newcomers to Nova Scotia, met at the John W. Lindsay YMCA to take part in Parks Canada’s “Learn to Camp” activities on Citadel Hill, and in the Public Gardens. Supported by the YMCA Access to Opportunity Fund, the experience was provided at no cost to participants. They enjoyed an authentic camping meal of Halal Hot Dogs roasted over an open fire, learned how to pitch a tent, participated in a scavenger hunt in the park, and played camping inspired games. The children were supported to have fun and learn all about exploring, appreciating, and enjoying nature.

Big Cove YMCA Camp is the oldest residential camp in Canada. Located in Sutherlands River Nova Scotia, Big Cove provides a developmental wilderness camping experience for hundreds of children every summer. Hosting the first YMCA Learn to Camp Day, allowed the YMCA and park Canada to introduce newcomer children to the wonders of outdoor camping with the hopes that they may someday choose to attend Big Cove YMCA Camp!

To learn more about supporting children in our community to access opportunities like these, please visit: https://ymcahfx.ca/opportunities-to-give/