Hayo-Went-Ha Camps

Explorer Camp - Girls completing 9th & 10th grades - FOUR weeks!

Camp Description

As Explorers, campers embark on a fourteen-day canoeing adventure in Killarney Provincial Park, deep in the Canadian wilderness just south of Sudbury, Ontario. The remote nature of the park provides beautiful scenery of tall pines and clear lakes as these campers learn about true wilderness expeditionary travel. These young campers will travel by canoe through lakes and rivers, and portage their boats on foot from lake to lake seeing waterfalls and other natural areas along the way.

The group will start and finish their adventure at Widgewa Lodge on the western edge of the park and travel through chains of interconnected lakes and rivers, portaging where necessary and camping on rocky granite shorelines. This trip will challenge campers as they learn new backcountry skills and come together as a functioning team. A few highlights of the experience include a hike up to Silver Peak to enjoy spectacular 360° views of the park, and a dip in crystal clear Lake Topaz after a long portage. The first week of camp will include a canoe orientation and training with our canoe expert. While in camp, the campers will get to participate in all of the fun on-site challenges and activities offered.


Killarney Provincial Park is located on the northern shore of the Georgian Bay in Lake Huron, due east of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in Ontario. For more information about the location of the trip, check out the Killarney Provincial Park website.

Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha

YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha Camps is an all girls YMCA overnight camp that offers a dynamic combination of wilderness experiences and traditional in-camp activities. Located on 120 acres on the shores of beautiful Arbutus Lake, YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha has 109 years of tradition and experience to provide incredible adventures campers remember for a lifetime.

Campers learn to work together, to support each other and to respect what each member of the cabin has to offer. The wonderful variety of camp trips reinforce the value of teamwork. Cabin groups of two cabin leaders and eight campers meet the challenge of extended canoeing and hiking trips to Michigan’s north country, the Canadian wilderness or biking along trails across the Upper Peninsula, all the while learning to appreciate the beauty that surrounds you. Trained and experienced staff lead our trip programs.

The morning schedule allows campers to work together as a cabin unit. The time is also used to teach campers about the camping equipment, trip location and safety before their trips. The afternoon allows each camper to individually select any one of the following activities: sailing, swimming, canoeing, paddleboarding, kayaking, arts and crafts, archery, nature studies, soccer, pickleball, gaga, tennis, basketball, and newspaper.

Our camp motto, Each for All...All for Each is evident in all we do. The cabin group is the essence of the camping experience. We emphasize and follow the seven core values of our YMCA of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Inclusion, Teamwork, Environmental Stewardship and Responsibility in all that we do.

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Camp Information
06/16/24 to 07/12/24
07/14/24 to 08/09/24
9th to 10th
Full Price: $4,880.00


Financial Aid is available. Apply here - https://hayowentha.org/parent-resources/#financial-aid

Opens: 10/02/2023

Closes: 06/17/2024

Amanda Macaluso , Camp Director

1380 East Arbutus Lake Road Traverse City MI 49696