Experience some of the most beautiful areas of Ontario by joining us for one of our Outtrip programs. Our 1 and 2-week camping trips are a great opportunity for youth to experience the great outdoors as they develop camping skills, environmental stewardship, and leadership skills.
All our trips are all gender, and routes are designed to meet the specific needs of each group. Participants will spend the first and last night at camp, and the rest of their session camping in tents.
2022 trip locations will be announced with registration information and dates soon. Past trip locations include Massasauga, Killarney, Temagami, and Algonquin Provincial Parks.
Our 5-Night Outtrips are the perfect experience for beginner trippers learn basic canoe tripping skills. While travelling through some of Ontario’s beautiful provincial parks, campers will have the opportunity to learn basic paddling, packing, cooking, and navigation skills with the support of our camp staff.
Our 12-Night Outtrips take our campers further into some of Ontario’s amazing wilderness spaces and allow campers to expand their canoe tripping skills. Campers will be challenged to learn more about outdoor skills, portaging, teamwork and leadership skills in a supportive and fun environment.
Our 12-night Leadership Outtrip programs are aimed at young leaders looking to build close friendships, develop outdoor skills, and further their leadership abilities. Participants have the opportunity to be “Leader of the Day” while on trip to practice their skills with the support of their trainers and peers. Each trip groups consist of 7 participants and 2 leadership trainers.
Providing a safe experience on our trips is our number one priority at YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth. We take a pro-active approach to managing risks on trip through several avenues:
We hire experienced and qualified leaders for our trips through a competitive hiring process. In addition to the CPR C, Standard First Aid, and Lifeguard qualifications, trip leaders have additional Wilderness First Aid training and extensive experience as leaders on a wide variety of camping trips. Leaders also obtain training in ORCKA (Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association) from expert canoeists. Trip leaders are carefully selected for their experience working with youth. Each year, trip leaders undergo an intensive risk-management training session on how to manage risks properly while on trip.
Our routes are custom designed for each group. This enables us to take into account the age and experience of the participants for a challenging, yet accessible wilderness experience.
Every group takes some form of communication device with them: a satellite phone, a satellite messenger, or a cellular phone. These devices allow the trip leaders to communicate with the Camp or emergency services if needed.
Outtrip campers arrive at YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth with all other campers. They spend their first day packing, planning, and practicing in boats. The first night is spent on Beausoleil Island before the group is driven to its drop-off point.
The majority of time is spent on the water, paddling to campsites. The distance paddled each day depends on the trip and the experience of the group. On 12 night trips the group will have at least one rest day. The group is picked up on the last Thursday of the session, arriving back at CQE in time for our banquet and closing campfire.