Health, Food & Safety

Our top priority at Camp YMCA Kanawana is the health and safety of our clients.

For this reason, Camp YMCA Kanawana adheres to the recommended guidelines and practices set out by the YMCA’s Camping Quality Recommended Practices guidelines.

Additionally, as a founding member of the Quebec Camping Association, Camp YMCA Kanawana adheres to more than 60 standards and requirements related to safety, supervision, programming, the environment, health and nutrition outlined by the QCA.

For more information on our accreditation standards, please consult the Quebec Camping Association website.


Camp YMCA Kanawana staff members are trained in First Aid and other effective safety practices to ensure our client's safety.  We have a fully equipped health centre available to our staff year-round and staffed by two health care workers during our summer camp period.

Camp YMCA Kanawana benefits from consultant doctors who are at our disposal throughout the year and who offer advice on Wilderness First Aid protocols, best practices to run an efficient infirmary and health care recommendations on a case by case basis. 

Camp YMCA Kanawana is also located less than 10 kilometers from the Medical Clinic in Saint-Sauveur and ambulance service is available in our area from hospitals in St. Jerome and St. Agathe. 


An important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while at Camp YMCA Kanawana is to ensure that our clients eat well during their time with us. A registered dietician approves our menu in accordance with our accreditation standards of the Quebec Camping Association and we ensure that optimum nutritional standards are met for each meal. Our food services team provides hearty, healthy, well-balanced meals that provide the energy needed for an active day. Camp YMCA Kanawana can accommodate vegetarian, lactose free and no pork diets.  


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

  • We ensure our kitchen staff are aware of our client's food allergies and their needs.  
  • Our kitchen staff prepare alternate meals for clients with food allergies.
  • Epinephrine (Epi-Pens) is available at various locations around camp and is brought to our overnight sites when necessary. 
  • Nut products are not available or allowed on camp. 

Safety Note: While we are accustomed to having clients with severe food allergies and make every effort to ensure nut products are not brought onto Camp YMCA Kanawana's property, it is impossible for us to guarantee our site is 100% nut free.