Youth Program

Summer Camp

The Youth Department’s largest program is our Summer Camp, which is held in the Fares Camp in Ras el Maten, a mountainous region full of pine trees and surrounded by attractive views. Ras el Maten altitude is 800 meter above the sea and it is 30 minutes far from Beirut.  The camp is run for 7 to 10 days at a time, and can host up to 150 people at a time.  Each summer the YMCA runs two different camp programs, one for 6-12 year olds, and another for 13-17 year olds. 


While many NGOs rent out our campground for different events throughout the year, the YMCA Summer Camp is specifically focused on incorporating and spreading the Youth Department’s values, including freedom of expression, equality, openness, and dialogue. The idea is to bring together children from across all of Lebanon, different ethnicities and religions, to live together and practice the tenants of democracy, including tolerance, diversity, and equality of all human beings.  To this end we plan events such as day trips, games, song, and outdoors activities for the kids during the 7-10 days.  




The camp itself is a facility resource center managed by the YMCA of Lebanon.  Its superficies is 110000-meter square, and with capacity of hosting 150 persons in the same time. It is divided in many sectors, and includes the following:


  • 15 large sleeping tents (10 persons per tent) and 15 small sleeping tents (3 persons per tent)

  • Dining room and kitchen sector: a hall divided in 3 parts: a kitchen, toilets and showers, and a large dining room

  • Toilet sector: A block of toilets is reserved for the residents of the tents, around 15 toilets and showers, divided for men and women

  • A welcome sector: a prefabricated house reserved for administrative work and welcoming people

  • A leisure sector: Big tent + room for various activities

  • A football playground and all natural trail where people can organize nature activities




If you or someone you know is interested in a child joining the summer camp, feel free to call the YMCA at (+961) 01-490-685, or the Youth Department at (+961) 03-19-86-15 for more information.