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About Camp Onyahsa

We are a friendly community of varied cultural, economic, social, and ability-based backgrounds.

While participants who experience Onyahsa tend to return, we welcome many newcomers each year. Many new members arrive without knowing anyone else at camp, but they leave with friends for a lifetime!

  • Most of our campers and staff reside within 100 miles of Camp Onyahsa, we also welcome participants from throughout the US and Canada, in addition to our growing enrollment from most continents.
  • Participants with handicapping conditions are valued community members.
  • Our diversity helps youth to prepare for life in the Global Age, while common values, especially Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Caring, unite us.
  • Our staff is comprised of committed adults who are carefully screened, chosen, and trained by the YMCA.
  • The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association and is licensed by the NYS Department of Health.

Our Mission

Upon its establishment in 1898, Camp Onyahsa's mission has been to promote excellence in youth development through quality camp programs that place a premium on participants' safety, health, and happiness in an active outdoor environment.

Our Vision

Our vision is to promote excellence in youth development through active programs based on safety, health, and happiness.


Camp Photo Tour

Take a look at camp and camp activities.

We have archery, hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, volleyball, basketball, and way more. See all the fun things you can do at Camp Onyahsa.