Wilderness Camp Essential Eligibility Criteria
The YMCA of the North’s Wilderness Camps – Camp Widjiwagan and Camp Menogyn - offer summer programs that focus on wilderness trips for teenagers. Depending on age and experience, camp sessions range from 5-50 days, and trips travel across North America. YMCA Wilderness Camp trips operate in remote wilderness areas, and our groups travel by foot or canoe. On backpacking trips, groups hike each day and camp in a new location each night. On our canoe trips, groups paddle across lakes and portage (the process of carrying all your gear on paths connecting lakes) multiple times each day and camp in a new location each night. All the areas we travel to require primitive camping, which means there are no established shelters or bathrooms.
Our priority is the health and well-being of all our campers, along with providing a positive and enriching experience. To help you identify the skills you will need to successfully participate in a YMCA Wilderness Camp summer program, YMCA of the North has created the following Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC). The General Criteria are applicable to all wilderness programs. We have also created additional criteria for each type of trip: canoeing, backpacking, or climbing (Menogyn only). If you are unable to meet certain criteria, please contact us. We may be able to make a reasonable accommodation unless it would change the fundamental nature of the trip, would compromise your camper’s safety or the safety of other campers or counselors, or would place an undue financial or administrative burden on the YMCA Wilderness Camps. Please reach out with questions regarding your camper’s health, medical, and/or accessibility needs prior to registration. If we are unable to accommodate your camper at one of our Wilderness Camps, we may be able to accommodate them at another YMCA camp.
After instruction, each camper must …