YMCA Camp Kitaki

Ranger Camp

Ranger Camp

Length of Program: 
One Week

Campers who are ready to take on the challenge of an exciting wilderness adventure, make new friends and have fun in a dynamic and safe environment will love Ranger Camp. The program offers a more rugged experience with opportunities for more in-depth development of outdoor living skills. Ranger campers participate in some traditional Kitaki activities, but function as their own community, working together on various outdoor living skills during the week including food preparation and cooking over a campfire; orienteering; fire-building; basic survival skills and safety; minimum-impact camping; and team building. Rangers also get a chance to climb on the Tango Tower, swim, kayak, and plan an offsite overnight camping trip.

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 Fee:  (Why Three Prices?)

2021 Rates

Tier A:  $630                                                                    
Tier B:  $590                                                           
Tier C:  $550 (Financial Assistance is calculated off this Tier.  Apply here for assistance!)


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  • Live in a small, self-sufficient community (12 campers, 3 staff)
  • Work as a team to prepare many of their own meals
  • Participate in the Survival Skills Olympics
  • Help plan in-camp expeditions and an out-of-camp excursion as a capstone for the week

Each of our programs are designed with specific goals and outcomes in mind.  These goals are used to determine which activities should be part of the experience. 


Ranger campers will…
1) Understand the role they play in the success of a small, co-rec community

2) Gain confidence through skill mastery

3) Increase environmental knowledge and stewardship ethics

4) Develop an appreciation for rustic outdoor living


Ranger campers will participate in some all camp activities like campfire and the dance, but much of their time will be spent in their small community connecting over the cookfire, trekking through the creek, choosing the skills they'd like to master, and reflecting on their experience as a group. 


Please check online registration for availability.

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2021 Sessions:

  • 1: June 6-12
  • 2: June 13-19
  • 5: July 4-10
  • 7: July 18-24
  • 9: August 1-7

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