Upcoming Event:

Candleboat Ceremony

Date: August 17th, 2017 - 7:00pm

One of the long standing and most important traditions at YMCA Camp Bernie is our annual Candleboat Ceremony. This year’s ceremony will be celebrating our 60th year, and is scheduled for August 17th at 7:00 PM.
As always, campers, families, friends and alumni are all welcome to attend.

Parents and Alumni are welcome to attend our end-of-summer Candleboat Ceremony taking place on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 7pm.


This celebration commemorates the end our 60th summer at camp. Plans are beginning to take shape for this year’s ceremony and we’re excited to share a small preview of what you can expect. 

7:15 Dr. John Lee Rocket Launch – Athletic Field

7:25 Ceremony Commences

8:45 Celebration Refreshments – Dining Hall


The bonfire will be on the athletics field, and following the rocket launch, the ceremony will commence with a welcome, some cheering and singing, and performances from our various overnight camp units and the day campers in attendance. 


The ceremony will then shift into the awards section as we will be presenting our regular session D award winners and paddle recipients. Every session of camp concludes with specific campers being recognized for displaying high levels of character and spirit, namely the four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Also, one CIT is recognized for their work and is honored as the recipient of the “Spirit, Mind and Body Award”. 


From here, we intend to relocate to the pond area of camp for the actual candleboat ceremony. While we don’t want to reveal too much detail here, let’s just say that we are anticipating a beautiful, summer night scene with candles, luminaries and more. This is a perfect reflection on the season, the spirit of camp and our wonderful summer home. We do sincerely hope to see all of you join us at camp on August 17th.


 RSVP CApsley@campbernieymca.org by August 11th


Please note: in the event of rain, this event will be canceled.  There will be no rain date.


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