Our number one priority at YMCA Kanawana is the well-being, health and safety of your child. YMCA Kanawana helped found the Québec Camping Association in the 1937 and has been an accredited member ever since. As a QCA member, Kanawana adheres to a strict set of norms and guidelines related to all aspects of residential camping. As a member of the family of YMCA Camps across North America, YMCA Kanawana follows even stricter guidelines and best practices which ensure that our camp is a safe and nurturing environment.
Camp YMCA Kanawana has two full time Health Care professionals who provide training to our Staff, and who administer care to campers on a 24-hour basis. Kanawana has a fully equipped health center with 8 beds and is located less than 10 kilometers from the Medical Clinic in St. Sauveur. YMCA Kanawana benefits from the services of consultant doctors who offer advice in the development of best practices for the running of our infirmary and back country wilderness First Aid protocols as well as advice on a case by case basis during the summer for our Camp Nurse and/or Canoe Trip Leaders when needed.
Staff Training & Certification
We take great pride in selecting & training our staff. Many of our staff members have been campers at YMCA Kanawana, providing them with a greater understanding of the experience your child will have – and how to make it the best experience possible for them. We look for staff who are passionate about working with children and who want to make a difference in a child’s life. All our staff are chosen because we feel their values reflect those of YMCA (see Mission & Values).
All our staff are required to:
- Pass a police background check.
Attend an 8-day staff training which includes trainings in: emergency procedure, animation skills, special needs training, lesson planning as well as an orientation in our policies, approach and values.
- Have valid First Aid & CPR certifications.