I began my adventure at Camp Y-Owasco ten years ago as a cabin counselor. During that time, I fell in love with Camp Y-Owasco. I fell in love with the staff that I worked with, the campers I served, and the beautiful scenic landscape of Owasco Lake. Ten years later, I now have the privilege to return as the Camp Director and I am beyond thrilled for this opportunity! I love the families, the staff (we have such an awesome team here!), and, of course, I love the campers we serve.  

Camp is an incredible place and one our strengths is that we focus on the people we serve above all else. 
Here, our staff know that the 5 most important things at summer camp are the kids, the kids, the kids, the kids, the kids. We work hard to give every child—regardless of race, creed, gender, financial means, athletic prowess, grades or any other label—a safe, fun experience at Camp Y-Owasco. We teach them new skills to stay healthy and grow in confidence. We guide them to discover the best version of themselves and to use those gifts to make the world a better place. At Camp Y-Owasco, we believe in the power of positive role models, the importance of time spent 
outdoors, the need for character development and the value of supportive friends. In today’s sometimes crazy and troubling times, summer camp can give these gifts to our children.

I hope you’ll consider sharing the magic and lasting impact of summer camp with your own children. If you have any questions or would like to hear more about camp, I’d love to visit with you.
Feel free to call me at our main office: 
315-253-5304 ext 1005, camp office: 
315-784-5481 or email me at

In the spirit of camp,
Melissa “Kanga” Cartner
Family and Camp Director