In the summer of 1898, along the shores of Chautauqua Lake, a group of boys and their leaders from the Jamestown YMCA experienced the first season of YMCA camping in the area, and thereby established one of the three oldest "Y" Camps in the nation.
Today, the YMCA continues the summer camp tradition established over a century ago. Youth campers live in rustic single-sex, age-graded cabins, tents, or dorms under the supervision of carefully selected and trained staff members. The Camp’s directors and health staff reside on site, providing 24 hour per day supervision, with a staff to camper ratio of at least 1:8. The typical camper population at Onyahsa is approximately 110 per week. This is rather small compared to other camps, which allows Onyahsa to create a deeper sense of community. All full-week overnight sessions begin on Sunday afternoon and end on Saturday late morning.
All resident youth campers participate in our special activities, such as campfires, skits, Club Time, theme nights, Olympic games, village nights, and other all-camp programs. Meanwhile, through age-group cabin and tent living, campers learn to share and live cooperatively as members of small groups. The activities and living areas are staffed with well-qualified and highly committed counselors, who share the goal of making a stay at Onyahsa a truly rewarding experience for all members of the Camp Community.
For more information, see the youth and specialty resident camps at Camp Onyahsa or call 1-800-563-6115 extension 238.