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YMCA
CAMP WEONA
WELCOME!

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 6-17
years old with exciting summer camp options for one, two, or several week stays, with both
traditional and high adventure activities.

With over a century of camping experience that is built on the Christian heritage of the
YMCA, we value honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility as well as diversity, inclusion, and
stewardship. Youll find that your child is better at meeting and getting to know people and is
more willing to take positive risks and learn new things. Campers return home with increased
self esteem, friendship building skills, and the ability to make good decisions on their own.
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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 various
activities, adventure programming, outdoor living skills, athletics, and the creative arts.
Through these activities, campers develop self-confidence, 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.

Leadership & Staff

We pride ourselves in selecting staff that are role models of honesty, caring, respect, and
responsibility. We recruit from local high schools and colleges as well as all over the country
and around the 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 CAMP

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 your child.

Health

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.

menu

Our Back-To-Basics menu is prepared daily in the camp dining hall. We offer items that
children enjoy and that will help sustain them through long camp days. As part of our
commitment to healthy living we offer a full cereal/salad bar with fresh fruits and vegetables,
use whole grain pastas and breads, and provide vegetarian alternatives upon request.
The YMCA Camp Weona dining hall is a peanut free environment. Other dietary needs can be
supported with advanced notice to the Food Service Manager who is well versed in providing
alternatives for campers and staff with sensitivities/allergies to milk, eggs, gluten, tree-nuts
and other common food related sensitivities/allergies.

rag program

Started in 1914 by YMCA Camp Director Thomas Caldwell, the Rag program centers on
personal growth and is a way to mark levels of self-development. Through goal setting,
commitment, and positive values, campers learn to assess their needs and enrich themselves
spiritually. This is an optional program for campers wanting to dedicate themselves to noble
living. Learn more online at CampWeona.org.

Tech-Free Environment

At Camp Weona we recognize the importance of unplugging from the outside world filled with
media and gadgets and reconnecting with nature. Thats why we are a Tech-Free camp! That
means cell phones, iPods, video games, and all other similar electronics stay home for the
summer.

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cabin life
At YMCA Camp Weona small groups of 8-12 campers live together
with two cabin leaders and attend daily activities as a cabin group.
Cabin groups consist of boys or girls entering similar grades. Each
group belongs to an age specific unit sharing common activities and
special programs. 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.
Horseback Rides

Swimming

Kayaking & Canoeing

Archery

Fishing

Arts & Crafts

Rag Program

Leadership Training

Environmental Science

Culinary Arts

Indoor & Outdoor Climbing

Field Sports

SKILLS TRACK

Skills Track is a prescribed course of study that focuses on skill


development in both regular camp activities and special areas outside
of the normal camp curriculum. Every afternoon for an hour and
fifteen minutes campers choose where they go and what they do
(the rest of the time at camp, cabins rotate through the specialty
areas), giving campers the opportunity to specialize in what they
love doing best or what they want to learn more about. The purpose
of Skills Track is to provide individual campers with the opportunity
to personalize part of their camp experience toward the area of
development of their own choosing.

Acting and Improv

Archery

Baking

Bushcraft

Camp Weona News

Canoeing and Kayaking

Ceramics

Dance

Debate & Public Speaking

Drawing & Cartooning

Fashion Design

Field and Court Sports

Fishing

Guitar

Horseback Riding

Martial Arts

Mountain Biking

Orienteering

Batik, Tie-Dye, Silk Screening

Service and Philanthropy

Rocketry

Ropes Course / Rock Wall

Science

Service & Philanthropy

Swim Lessons

Woodworking

Ultimate Frisbee

Painting

Yoga

Woodworking

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TYPES OF CAMP
First experience Camp

Ages: 6-12
$348/$454
For the younger or first-time camper who wants a taste of what camp
is like this is the session for you! The YMCA believes in progressive
and age-appropriate camping and this is a great way to see what it is
all about. Children enjoy a week of traditional activities like swimming,
canoeing, arts & crafts, archery, campfires, horseback riding, and
much more! Make new friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
Five-Day Sessions, Sunday to Thursday
Dates:
June 26- July 1 July 10-14
July 24-28
July 31-August 4 August 7-11
August 14-18

Traditional Camp

Ages: 7-14
$540/$599
There is nothing like it anywhere else in Western New York! Enjoy six
days of both traditional camp programs as well as high-adventure
activities. Choose to participate in afternoon and early evening skill
programs. (Consider staying longer with our weekend adventure
camps)
One-Week Sessions, Sunday to Saturday
Dates:
June 26-July 2
July 3-9
July 10-16
July 17-23
July 24-30
July 31-August 6
August 14-20

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2-May the 4th Be With You


4-Weona Olympics
6-Finding Weona
8-Mad Science/
Superstar Leaders

Weekend Adventure Camp

Ages: 7-14
No extra fee (if extending traditional camp)
Stretch your one-week session into two or more sessions with our
weekend camp program. Designed for our seasoned campers who
want to stay for a longer session, camp out under the stars at historic
Camp Dell, cook over an open fire, and enjoy greater challenges with
high and low ropes courses.
Weekend Sessions, Friday to Sunday
Dates:
July 1-3
July 8-10
July 15-17
July 22-24
July 29-August 1

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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Leaders In Training

Building on the tradition of super leadership, the YMCA believes in


growing our future leaders as well as enhancing our teen populations
skill base. Leaders in Training (LIT) is geared toward teens who are
ready to grow and test their leadership skills while working with
younger campers. All LITs must demonstrate the YMCAs core values
and have a service mentality. Participating as an LIT may count
toward high school community service hours for graduation - please
check with your school counselor.

LIT i

Ages: 15-16
$889/$997
Dates:
June 26-July 9
July 10-23

July 24-August 6

LIT iI

Ages: 16-17
$889/$997
Dates:
June 26-July 9
July 10-23
July 24-August 6
August 7-20
LITs must be at least 15 years old. Our LIT program is progressive and
fees are about a third less than the cost of a regular camp session. All
LITs participate in a hands on Learning Leadership curriculum.
Two-Week Sessions, Sunday to Saturday

LIT III

Ages: 17+ years $734/$864


This multi-session (three consecutive week commitment) program is
designed to further third year LITs. LITs must be at least 17 years old
and undergo an interview and selection process, as well as serve as a
leader for part of the summer.
Three-Week Sessions, Sunday to Saturday
Dates: June 26-July 16

July 17-August 6

S.O.U.L. Leaders

Ages: 17+ years


S.O.U.L. stands for Service, Outreach, Unity, and Leadership. It is
the next step in leadership designed for those transitioning from
Leader-In-Training to Junior or Senior Leader positions. This volunteer
program is designed for those who are considering the next step in
their leadership journey prior to a full summer commitment as a YMCA
Leader. S.O.U.L. leaders must attend a portion of the Leadership
training week as well as commit to four weeks of volunteer service at
camp. Call for details.

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wrangler horseback
riding camp
WRANGLER CAMP

Ages: 10-16
$630/$699
Does your camper love horses? With qualified staff at the reins, your
child will be able to expand their horsemanship skills while sharing
this fulfilling experience with friends. YMCA Camp Weona Wrangler
Camp combines the best of our traditional resident overnight camp
with an extended Wrangler activity period each day. Each Wrangler
period includes a riding lesson, in-barn lesson, barn chores, and other
activities. Our campers ride every day, weather permitting. At the end
of each week, all Wranglers go on a trail ride. Sessions are separated
by skill level so that our campers can experience the program with
riders of their own skill level, so that we can better optimize the
attention given to each camper.
Maximum enrollment per session is 12.
One-Week Sessions, Sunday to Saturday
Dates:
June 26-July 2
Beginner
July 3-9
Intermediate/Advanced
July 10-16
Beginner
July 17-23
Intermediate/Advanced
July 24-30
Beginner
July 31-August 6 Intermediate/Advanced

WRANGLER IN TRAINING

Ages: 15-17
NEW this summer is our multi-week Wrangler In Training
program for ages 15-17. Participants will assist in daily
operation of the Wrangler Program including lessons and barn
management while also attending daily leadership skill building
activities with our LITs and living with and assisting a cabin group.

WIT II

Must be at least age 15 by first week of attendance.


$889/$997
Two-Week Sessions, Sunday to Saturday.

WIT III

Must be at least age 17 by first week of attendance.


$734/$864
Three-Week Sessions, Sunday to Saturday.

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Benefits of Y Membership

FAMILY CAMP

Would you love to experience the great


outdoors with your child? Why not
join us for an exciting, fun-filled family
getaway on Memorial Day, Labor Day,
and/or during Presidents weekend. A
YMCA Camp Weona getaway offers
you and your family a chance to spend
some quality time in peaceful, beautiful
surroundings where you can enjoy
nature and the company of family and
new found friends.

Get more out of your membership! Did you know that as a YMCA Buffalo Niagara member you
pay less for summer camp? Talk to our staff today to learn how you can save!

Everyone is Welcome!

YMCA Camp Weona is a diverse, inclusive community where everyone is welcome. We


encourage families to communicate with us openly and honestly about their childs needs so
that we can optimize their childs camp experience. We will do everything within our means to
accommodate your child so that they have the best summer ever at Camp Weona.

Easy & Convenient Registration

Log on to CampWeona.org, mail or fax your application along with the required minimum
deposit for each session ($75 for every session). Upon receipt of your registration, a packet
containing required health forms and other valuable information will be mailed to you. Full
payment is due three weeks prior to camp or your space will not be held. Registrations are
on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call the camp business office at 716-565-6008 or
e-mail camp@campweona.org for availability.

Financial Assistance

At YMCA Camp Weona we believe that every child should have the chance to experience camp.
The YMCA Annual Campaign provides financial assistance to families within our community
who are in need of financial support and may not have the ability to pay the full fee. Financial
assistance is determined through a confidential application process and a personal interview
with the applicant. Assistance is granted on the basis of financial need resulting from low
income, emergency expenses, or other circumstances. Through our annual Earn Your Way to
Camp Candy Sale, campers can contribute toward their camp fees by selling candy bars from
January - July.

Refunds

DIRECTIONS
Rochester
Batavia
Buffalo
Geneseo
East
Aurora

Warsaw
North
Java

Only an hour from


Buffalo or Rochester!
Camp address:
4025 Poplar Tree Road
Gainesville, NY 14066
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CAMP
WEONA

From Buffalo:
Take I-90 W to NY-400 S
Take the US-20A ramp toward
East Aurora and stay left to go on US-20A
After 18.5 miles turn right onto Orangeville
Center Road
After three miles Orangeville Center Road
becomes Poplar Tree Road
In a mile you will see the camp on a hill on your
left - look for the beige lodge
From Rochester:
Take I-490 W to the RT-19 exit and make a
right toward Leroy
Turn right onto US-20A
After five miles turn left onto Orangeville
Center Road
After three miles Orangeville Center Road
becomes Poplar Tree Road
In a mile you will see the camp on a hill on your
left - look for the beige lodge
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All deposits are non-refundable. In case of medical emergency or summer school, and only
with a physicians or school districts written note will a refund prior to camp be given, less the
deposit amount. Cancellations a week prior to your scheduled session will receive a credit for
use later that summer and during available dates. Cancellations less than seven days prior to
your scheduled session result in forfeiture of all fees. If a camper is a no-show for a registered
session, there is no credit or refund. The camp director reserves the right to dismiss any
camper who violates camp rules and policies. No refund will be made in the case of dismissal
or homesickness. Please also note that there is a $20 fee for all returned checks.
Camp utilizes Bunk1.com to help facilitate communication with families. Photos and videos are
posted daily to highlight whats going on at camp. Bunk Notes may also be purchased where
parents can send email messages that are delivered daily at lunch time. More information and
how to sign up can be found at CampWeona.org

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YMCA CAMP WEONA

YMCA Camp Weona


301 Cayuga Rd, Suite 100
Buffalo, NY 14225
716-565-6008

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Buffalo, NY
PERMIT NO. 1544

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