Camp Nagiwa Overnight Camp

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Dear Campers and Families,

It is with sadness and regret that I inform you that after many years of fun camping adventures, the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph will no longer be offering Overnight CampNagiwa.

The 9 years we had at Rosseau Lake College and Lakefield College were tremendous and I want to sincerely thank our outstanding campers and staff for making it such an enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, we have been unable to generate a large enough camper base to sustain the camp and will have to close the operation of Camp Nagiwa.

The YMCA has been offering overnight camp adventures for over 100 years, providing children with the opportunity to explore, develop new friendships, and create memories that last a lifetime. We encourage our campers to continue their Y camp experience by participating in another YMCA Overnight Camp offered through The Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo YMCA, The Hamilton, Burlington, Brantford YMCA or The YMCA of Greater Toronto. To view all available YMCA Overnight Camps, please click here.

I hope your memories and times spent at Camp Nagiwa will always bring you a smile.


Jim Bonk
Chief Executive Officer
YMCA-YWCA of Guelph


Camp Nagiwa is where summer memories are made, where self confidence grows, and where life-long friendships begin!  Staff members are trained to look beneath the surface of the children and youth in their care – to see potential, fears, and dreams.  We believe in each camper’s unique ability to grow, to learn, to make new friends, and to discover their best selves.  In a supportive, caring atmosphere, Camp Nagiwa campers and staff members take positive risks, learn life-long skills, and return home after a summer standing taller and singing louder. Camp Nagiwa is a co-ed overnight camp experience for children and youth ages 7-16. Have a child 5-9 who would like to try overnight camp? Check out our new Nagi-wanna Camp program.

Camp History:
Camp Nagiwa is lucky to have a historical legacy with the Guelph Y. From 1954 through 1972, camp Nagiwa was run on the shores of the Severn River under the YMCA(-YWCA) of Guelph. We currently hold a small archive with historical documents and information, as well as a few paddles from that time. If you have information, documents, pictures, or camp stories that you would like to share; we would love to have them. Please contact us as, or call us at 519-824-5150 ext. 251.



Why Overnight Camp?

Rick Mercer on Summer Camp

The Benefits of Camp

Dealing with Homesickness

High Ropes Course Promotes Personal Achievement


More Information:

For more information about Camp Nagiwa, please email us at: or give us a call –
Winter (Sept – June): 519-824-5150 x 251

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