Overnight Camp

Overnight Camp

For over 100 years, YMCA Camp Abnaki has provided campers with a traditional camp program, with an emphasis on character and safety. Our program helps boys develop new friendships, build self-esteem, and gain a sense of independence while away from home. Tradition meets innovation at Camp Abnaki, as traditional activities like archery and canoeing take place alongside new favorites like skateboarding and low ropes team building. Over the course of the day, campers engage in all types of activities designed to have fun while learning new skills and internalizing our character values.

boy dribbling a basketball

The basketball court is centrally located and popular

Campers spend their mornings with their cabin groups, which are organized by age. The focus is to have fun while forming friendships that will last a lifetime. Cabin activities may include games with other cabins, waterfront activities, team building on our low ropes course, or other fun events.

Campers eat meals family-style with their cabin groups in the Turrell Dining Hall. The food, a balanced menu of camper-approved favorites, is prepared by our Food Services Director, who is now in her 26th summer at Camp Abnaki.

camper instructing another camper about shooting a bow and arrow

Archery range

In the afternoon, campers will choose three activities per week and receive instruction during these activity periods. It’s designed to promote activity, fun, and skill development.

Skill classes take advantage of all our facility has to offer. Campers have the opportunity to learn new skills in: sailing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, archery, tennis, basketball, soccer, arts and crafts, nature, outdoor living, climbing, frisbee, baseball, and much more.

Twice each day, campers have the opportunity for self-directed play during free time periods. Campers can choose from any and all activities offered at camp during these periods, further expanding skills already learned or gaining new ones.

Each evening, campers participate in a camp-wide evening program, which includes activities such as capture the flag, predator/prey, and campfires. See other typical evening programs.

Counselor teaching campers how to sail, sketching on white board

Sailing lesson

The day concludes with Cabin Chat, a reflective time in each cabin that encourages campers to strengthen the bonds of friendship and discuss age appropriate topics which encourage growth and critical thinking.

Underlying each activity at Camp Abnaki is conscious role modeling and positive reinforcement of our character values–Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.



Dates and Rates

Overnight camp registration begins November 1, 2017.  Campers are admitted on a first come basis.   Financial aid is available for all 2018 sessions.  The deposit is $150 per session.  See below for a full explanation of camp costs and fees.

Tiered pricing at Camp Abnaki 

Realizing that families have differing abilities to pay, Camp Abnaki has a voluntary 3-tier pricing program.

Price C allows us to cover long term depreciation and growth.

Price B more accurately accounts for our true costs, including wear & tear and depreciation.

Price A is our historically low rate, and does not reflect the true operating cost of camp.

By choosing to pay a slightly higher fee, families can help us keep the cost of attending camp low.

This program is voluntary and in no way influences the experience children receive, yet it offers the opportunity for families to take an active role in supporting the true cost of their child's camp experience.  Partial financial assistance is available for anyone who is interested.

All scholarship applications must be filled out and received prior to registering for a session.

One-Week Sessions:

(for boys who have completed grades 1-10)

Session 1:    June 24 - June 30

Session 5:    August 12 - 18

One Week Rates:

C: $925 / B: $850 / A: $775

Two-Week Sessions:

(for boys who have completed grades 1-10)

Session 2:    July 1 - 14

Session 3:    July 15 - 28

Session 4:    July 29 - August 11

Two Week Rates:

C: $1,575 / B: $1,425 / A: $1,275

Optional Fees, Discounts, and Other Important Information

DepositThere is a deposit of $150 per camper per session. This amount is included in the cost per session above. The final payment is due May 12, 2018.

Camp Store: To make paying for camp easier, money for the the camp store is included in the fees listed for each session, and automatically included in your bill. The amount included is $25 for one week sessions, $45 for two week sessions.  You can add additional money to your son's store account above the amount automatically charged. Any unused store money is nonrefundable.

Discounts: Families may receive the following discounts, if eligible (Financial aid applicants are not eligible for discounts, as they are incorporated into financial aid offers)

Multiple child discount: When registering more than one child per family for camp, each camper after the first full-pay registration will receive a discount of $100 (one-week sessions) or $160 (two-week sessions). Discount applies to the lesser camp fee if registering children for sessions of different length.

YMCA member discount:  If you are a member of the Greater Burlington YMCA or your local YMCA, you will receive a one time per family (not camper) discount of $50.  Membership must be current, and is subject to verification.

Transportation Fee: Does your son need transportation to camp from Burlington International Airport or Montreal Airport? Camp will provide transportation to/from those locations for a fee. Please provide detailed information on our travel form. The fee for round trip transportation to and from Burlington Airport is $115. The fee for round trip transportation to and from Montreal is $220.

Changeover Weekend Fee:  If your son is attending camp for more than one session, he can stay at camp for the day between sessions. This activity weekend will include an off-site trip for recreation and opportunities to do laundry and relax. This optional changeover weekend has a fee of $90, which covers the entire cost of the weekend. Parents who do not wish for their child to stay at camp during the changeover must pick pick up their son during checkout on Saturday and return to camp during check-in on Sunday. This fee does not apply to the middle weekend of a two week session, only to the weekends between sessions.


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Daily Schedule
Time Event
7:45 a.m. Wake up bell
8:15 a.m. Flag Raising/Slingers
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Cabin Clean-up
9:30 a.m. Cabin Activity
10:45 a.m. Free Time
11:45 a.m. Slingers
11:55 a.m. Hand Washing
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:35 p.m. Siesta
1:35 p.m. 1st Skill Class Period
2:40 p.m. Snack
2:45 p.m. Freetime/Camp Store
3:45 p.m. 2nd Skill Class Period
4:40 p.m. 3rd Skill Class Period
5:45 p.m. Hand Washing
5:50 p.m. Flag Lowering/Slingers
6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:45 p.m. Camper's Choice
7:20 p.m. Evening Program
9:30-10:00 p.m. Cabin Chat/Lights Out (varies by age)