A Camper's Perspective:
Hi, my name is Lily and I have been coming to summer camp at YoWoChAs since I was six years old. My brother had already been going to YoWoChAs for three summers so I was really excited to go!
It is totally awesome; there are so many things to do. I made it to the very top of the super high climbing wall and rang the victory bell! My team helped me reach the top by pulling on a rope. I've gone up on the watchtower to learn about the wetlands and once saw an owl sleeping in a tree. My favourite activities are stand-up paddling and the high ropes course where you climb up and do a balance, then go down and swing like a monkey! I went as high as I could go.
I'm too afraid to go for the morning polar dip...it's freezing! Instead, I chose morning madness, where we played a bunch of our favourite games like 'camouflage'. One summer, we went on a two-hour long adventure hike to the lookout point at the edge of YoWoChAs. We could see the whole place, it's huge!
I loved my new friends in my cabin group. Our group name was 'The Red Bob's of Fury' and we chose that name over 'The Rainbow Monkey Dishwashers.' In the evening after supper we would go to the campfire together and sing songs while eating snacks like rice-crispy squares, fruit, cookies or s'mores.
I can't wait until next summer, when I'll be a Prospector. That means I get to sleep in the tipi and try the natural sauna. Also, my little brother will finally be old enough to go to YoWoChAs, he's so excited!
-Lily B, Age 8
Future Leader at Play
To help kids just like Lily experience YoWoChAs summer camp, regardless of their family's financial situation, YWCA Edmonton collects camper subsidy donations. In 2013, we were able to offer subsidies to 30 kids. If you would like to help send a kid to camp please Donate and specify your donation to the "YoWoChAs Camper Subsidy" fund