Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, YMCA Buffalo Niagara is not offering overnight camp this summer, and is limiting its 2020 summer day program locations. For more information, please click here.
Discover what summer dreams are made of in a place “where only good prevails” at resident YMCA Camp Weona. Each day is full of new adventures, whether hiking a trail, kayaking under the blue sky, making new friends, singing by the campfire, jumping into the refreshing pool, setting up a campsite, or fishing at the lake. YMCA Camp Weona serves children 7-17 years old with exciting summer camp options for one, two, or several week stays, with both traditional and high adventure activities.
Camp Life & Activities
Our program design gives everyone the opportunity to experience age appropriate camp activities. We take special care to ensure each camper has challenging opportunities along with basic instruction in a specific Skills Track. During their stay campers participate in adventure programming, outdoor living skills, athletics, and the creative arts. Through these activities, campers develop self-confidence, teamwork, an appreciation of the outdoors, creativity, and pride in themselves and their newly learned skills. Most importantly, they come back with fond memories and friendships that last a lifetime.
We select Camp Weona staff to be role models of honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility, and recruit from local high schools and colleges as well as all over the country and world. All staff participate in an intensive week-long residential training that includes safety management, working with children in group settings, leading activities, camp policies and procedures, and child abuse prevention. Required staff members are lifeguard, CPR, and first aid certified and hold other nationally-recognized certifications as well.
Group Work and Cabin Groups
YMCA Camp Weona is a “group work” camp. Groups of 8-12 campers of similar gender and age attend daily activities together as a cabin with their counselors. We aim to foster a family-like atmosphere while providing a safe, fun, and enriching environment for campers. Each child will have the opportunity to choose one bunkmate of similar age. We make every attempt to honor these requests, but it may not always be possible.
Our program design has the safety of campers in mind. A full-time camp health officer lives on-site 24 hours a day. Camp is regulated by the New York State Health Department and accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA). For more information, visit the NYS Health Department and ACA web sites.