Health, Food & Safety

Our top priority at Camp YMCA Kanawana is the health and safety of your child.

Camp YMCA Kanawana adheres to the recommended guidelines and practices set out by the 

Additionally, as a founding member of the Association des camps du Québec, Camp YMCA Kanawana adheres to more than 60 standards and requirements related to safety, supervision, programming, the environment, health and nutrition outlined by the ACQ.

For more information on our accreditation standards, please visit the Association des camps du Québec website.

Health and Safety

Camp YMCA Kanawana has a fully equipped health centre with two full-time healthcare workers available to campers 24 hours a day throughout the summer. Our staff members are trained in effective safety practices and certified in First Aid prior to the summer to ensure that your children are well cared for during their stay with us.

There are also two specialist doctors who are available to Camp YMCA Kanawana for advice on wilderness first aid protocols, best practices to run an efficient health centre, and healthcare recommendations on a case-by-case basis.


An important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while at Camp YMCA Kanawana is to ensure that campers eat well during their time with us. A registered dietician approves our menu before the summer begins, in accordance with the accreditation standards of the Association des camps du Québec, and we ensure that optimum nutritional standards are met for each meal. Additionally, our food services team provides hearty, healthy, and well-balanced meals to give campers the energy they need for an active day.

Campers enjoy three nutritious meals per day. If campers need an extra boost, we provide fruit and water in the Dining Hall throughout the day and offer evening snacks several times a week.

If your child has any special dietary requirements, please see our Allergy Management Plan below.

Dietary Restrictions and Allergies

At Camp YMCA Kanawana, we make every effort to accommodate campers with dietary restrictions and food allergies. Please be sure to clearly describe any dietary requirements for your child on the application form.

We can provide vegetarian, lactose-free and pork-free menu options for campers.

Allergy Management Plan

We pay close attention and take the following precautions to provide a safe environment for campers with food allergies:

  • We track the allergies of all our campers.
  • Our kitchen is aware of all campers with food allergies and their needs.
  • Epinephrine (EpiPen) is available at various locations around camp.
  • Epinephrine (EpiPen) is available on all overnights and canoe trips.
  • Nut products are not available or allowed on camp.

Safety note: While we are accustomed to having campers with severe food allergies and make every effort to ensure nut products are not brought onto Kanawana's property, it is impossible for us to guarantee that our site is 100% nut free. For serious food allergies other than nut allergies, please feel free to get in touch with us prior to registration to discuss your child’s needs and to see if we are able to meet them or if you may need to send your child to camp with additional prepared foods (e.g. gluten allergies).