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Programs & Bookings

Welcome to the great outdoors!

Our team is looking forward to welcoming you and providing a variety of activities and challenges geared to help your group learn and grow.


Our staff are experts in leading activities that build trust, communication, and set the tone for strong team-building. We offer a variety of team-building elements that are designed to:


  • Promote group interaction, cooperation, and creative problem solving

  • Draw upon each individual's strengths and assets

  • Create an atmosphere of mutual support

  • Increase personal levels of agility and physical coordination

Our Philosophy: Challenge by Choice

During all of the activities, individual participants are in complete control of their own level of involvement. Although participants might be gently encouraged to challenge themselves, we do not believe in forcing participants. There are many roles to play. Regardless of your level of physical involvement, you will be included and engaged.


YMCA outdoor centre is the perfect location for your group connection, regardless of what’s on the agenda.


We offer a variety of meeting venues — all set within our picturesque, natural backdrop — that are ideal for inspired thinking and creativity. Your group will enjoy and appreciate the comfort and convenience of our unique, environmentally friendly buildings, and spectacular site that’s only a short distance from Waterloo.


Our staff will work closely with your group through all stages of your pre-planning, visit, and follow up to ensure that your objectives are met.


Our spaces fill quickly, so be sure to book in advance. We are sometimes able to accommodate last minute requests. We are happy to arrange a tour so you may see the facilities in advance and discuss your needs with YMCA outdoor centre staff.


If you prefer to speak to someone directly or have specific questions, please call us at 519-699-5100 or send us an email.


To book, please complete this form and we will get back to you with more information.

School Programs


Memorable and impactful day and overnight experiences for elementary and high school student groups


Cost: Please contact us for packages and pricing  


For more than 30 years, the YMCA Camp Ki-Wa-Y outdoor centre has worked with schools to provide custom programs to help teachers achieve their classroom goals. Programs can be hand-picked by teachers and leaders to accommodate the needs of their students. Most programs can be linked to Ontario curriculum as well as focused learning in environmental studies or wilderness adventure. Students will practice taking healthy risks to test, confront, and surpass perceived limitations. Choose from our catalogue of activities to build the perfect experience for your class.  


We typically divide students into groups of 15 for optimized program delivery. We strongly encourage you to bring one adult teacher or chaperone for each group. Their participation will be free of charge. Each smaller group, led by a YMCA program facilitator, will rotate through the activities that are on the group’s schedule. We often come back together for large group activities such as a field games or a campfire. 


Call or email to book your adventure today. 

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Group Bookings


Ideal for: Corporate groups, conferences, retreats, post-secondary groups, sport teams, and community organizations.


Cost: please contact us for packages and pricing 


Our exciting and challenging activities are designed to promote cooperation, communication, adaptation, and trust. Groups meet both physical and intellectual challenges that are designed to value the abilities of each individual, but rely upon the group for successful completion.  


Choose from a program that is completely facilitated by our camp staff, a shared program to supplement your agenda, or an independent program. If you are looking for simply a meeting location, we can provide you with the room(s), food service, and equipment. 


Looking for professional facilitation services? YMCA WorkWell is a trusted workplace well-being expert for businesses, governments, and non-profits across Canada. Learn more about YMCA WorkWell


Call or email to book your adventure today. 


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Women’s Weekend Getaway (Ages 19+)


Fall 2023

Dates: September 29 – October 1, 2023

Location: YMCA Camp Ki-Wa-Y Outdoor Centre

Cost: $375 +HST 

Cost includes accommodations, meals, beverages, activities, and workshops. 

Registration closes September 20.

Leave all the stress and hustle and bustle behind and connect with friends new and old in the great outdoors. Located 20 minutes outside of Waterloo, this all-inclusive weekend blends traditional camp activities with unique experiences that cater to more adult tastes. We provide a safe and supportive environment to try new things or get reacquainted with the camp activities you know and love.  



All your meals and snacks will be taken care of with your dietary needs in mind. 


Warm, comfortable, rustic accommodations in Black Walnut Ridge or Straw bale Cabins. Simply pack your necessities and bedding, and we’ll take care of the rest. 


"I bonded with so many women and we all agreed the staff were just so totally amazing, went above and beyond. Looking forward to this one as well."  2019 Women's Weekend Guest 


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