Big Cove YMCA Camp 2020 summer season is now closed. Thank you to all campers, and staff for making the most of this non-traditional camp season, we look forward to welcoming you back to the Cove in 2021! 

Take a look at our Big Cove YMCA Camp Facebook Page to see all of the highlights from our 2020 camp season. 

Please reach out to our Camp Director, Scott Thomas at if you have any questions about Big Cove. 


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Here at Big Cove YMCA Camp, we believe that the overnight camping experience is an important part of each child’s development. With our rich history as Canada’s oldest overnight camp and 130 years of tradition and growth, Big Cove YMCA Camp has a proud commitment of serving camper-families in Nova Scotia. Our exciting programs truly are the pinnacle of the Big Cove YMCA Camp experience.

At Camp, we ensure each camper receives the supervision, support and attention they need. In addition to offering low camper to counsellor ratios, we also ensure all staff are:

  • Strong in leadership skills
  • Ready to be friends, teachers, and role-models for all
  • Trained and certified in First Aid,  CPR, and Lifesaving practices

Our Big Cove YMCA Camp programs are designed to help youth grow as individuals while promoting cooperation and teamwork with others in a safe, supportive community. The YMCA’s philosophy of spirit, mind and body helps to guide our programs in enhancing self-awareness, confidence, trust and responsibility.

We provide a wide variety of exciting, interactive programs and ensure that there is a little something for everyone. Campers and senior staff work together with our counsellors to design weekly schedules with a balance of cabin group activities and all camp programs.

Little Big Cove 3 days 6 to 12 3:1
Junior Program 6 or 13 days 7 to 11 4:1
Senior Program 6 or 13 days 12 to 15 4:1
Leadership I 27 days 15 to 16 4:1
Leadership II 27 days 16 to 17 4:1