It’s hard to believe it’s been a hundred years already! Time sure flies when you’re having fun!
For one hundred years on Beausoleil Island, YMCA Camp Kitchikewana has offered a values-based camp for the kids of Simcoe County and the surrounding area. Camp Kitchi is committed to helping kids learn and grow with each other, challenging themselves in outdoor environments and building self-confidence. The camp is also a staple field trip for many schools in the area, and it is quite often the first “overnight” field trip for many kids.
Teaching kids water-based skills like sailing, swimming, canoeing and kayaking is a unique experience that only Camp Kitchikewana does so well. For a full list of camp experiences, including overnight trips campers go on together, CLICK HERE.
On September 6th to September 8th, Camp Kitchikewana is hosting friends and alumni of Camp Kitchikewana for fellowship and celebration to commemorate this momentous occasion of their 100th anniversary.
The Midland Y’s Men’s Club has been a supporter of Camp Kitchikewana since our inception in 1925. Much of our fundraising efforts are donated towards directly and indirectly supporting this very important part of our local heritage and history.
Midland Penetanguishene District Builders’ Association is also a proud supporter of Camp Kitchikewana. Every fall their members donate their time, skills and supplies to attend the camp and work on repairs and renovations. Those kids deserve to sleep comfortably at night in well-constructed cabins!
And now… the Legend of Kitchikewana!
Wyandot legend tells of a God called Kitchikewana, who was large enough to guard the whole of the Georgian Bay. Kitchikewana was known for his great temper, and his tribe decided the best way to calm him was with a wife. They held a grand celebration, and many women came. Kitchikewana met a woman named Wanakita here. He decided that this was the woman he wanted to marry, and started planning the wedding immediately after she left. But when she was invited back, she told Kitchikewana that she was already engaged. Enraged, Kitchikewana destroyed all the decorations, running to one end of Beausoleil Island and grabbing a large ball of earth. Running to the other end, he tossed it into the Great Lakes. Thus, the 30,000 Islands were created. The indentations left behind by his fingers form the five bays of Georgian Bay: Midland Bay, Penetang Bay, Hog Bay, Sturgeon Bay, and Matchedash Bay. He then lay down to sleep and sleeps there still as Giant’s Tomb Island.