Day Camp at YMCA Camp Surf


Your family can count on YMCA Camp Surf to ensure your child is having fun in a safe, nurturing environment. The Y offers single day, weekly and specialty camps to meet the needs of parents and match the interests of our campers. 

Since 1882, our camps have inspired kids with countless opportunities to laugh, lead and make lasting friendships. 


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Day Camp Parent Manual

Check out our Day Camp Parent Manual for easy reference on what to expect and how to best prepare your camper for day camp this summer.

Members Save!

YMCA members save an average of 15% on camp! An active membership is required at the time of the program start date to receive the member discount.

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What parents said about our camps:

"Thanks to YMCA, for making this camp possible. My child was lonely at home and I was scared to send him to the camp. I decided to trust your organization. Overall my son had a lot of fun and came home with exciting stories about his camp experiences."

Camp Locations and Hours of Operation

Phone: (858) 514-4411

Regular Day Camp Hours

Day Camp Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm

Need Help or Have Questions?

If you have any questions or need help registering, call us at (858) 514-4411, open Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. You can also email us at [email protected].


Our top priority is the health and safety of our campers, their families, our staff and the community. We are working closely with local health officials, the American Camp Association and the CDC to ensure all recommended safety measures are met.

While the COVID-19 virus is challenging us to make camp look different this year, you’ll find the same high-quality camp experience you’ve come to expect from the Y.


Water Quality

Due to the nature of our program and its proximity to the Tijuana River Mouth, we regularly check local resources before beginning any water activities. This includes the Department of Environmental Health Water Monitoring site, UCSD plume tracker, the Imperial Beach Lifeguard Service, and others. If the water is closed, either based on data from authorities or precaution on the part of YMCA staff, there are many other activities that take place outside of the water that are part of a fun Camp Surf experience. Archery, crafts, climbing tower, bouldering wall, Gaga, beach volleyball, sand sculpting, group games and more are ready and waiting for our campers.

How to Register for Day Camp

If your camper has special needs, please let us know when registering. YMCA Camp Surf funds and operates an Inclusion Program that may be able to provide an aide for your camper. For more information regarding the Inclusion Program, please call (619) 423-5850

At the time of registration, you may choose to:

  • Pay in full (includes a $50 non-refundable deposit)
  • Put down a $50 non-refundable deposit at the time of registration. Balances will be due the Monday prior to the first day of camp.
  • An additional $50 will be applied to all registrations starting the Tuesday before the camp begins.

Member Pricing

To receive “Y Member Rate” for any program, membership must be active throughout the duration of the registered program session(s), otherwise “Participant Rate” will be applied.

Medical Release Form - Required

In order to register, all campers must have a current Medical Release form updated and submitted to the YMCA after January 2022. Medical Release forms can be found at the YMCA Registration Desk or can be downloaded from the form library (see Medical section).

Camp Scholarships

Financial assistance is available to families who qualify. Applications are available at the service desk and online. Assistance is based on verified income and completed applications.

Apply for a Program Scholarship

Day Camp Parent Manual

Check out our Day Camp Parent Manual (PDF) for easy reference on what to expect and how to best prepare your camper for day camp this summer.

More Policies

For more information about YMCA Day Camp policies, expectations and helpful information, visit our Day Camp Policy page.

Interest Lists

When a day camp session is full, you may add your child to a waitlist/interest — choose "Join Waitlist" during the registration process when signing up online. We’ll provide a weekly update via email that lists all day camps with new availability. Registration is first come, first served, via telephone, online or at the branch. We recommend that families check the website often, as other spaces may become available prior to email communications going out.

Giving Back

For every session of camp, the Y provides program scholarships for families seeking financial assistance. This is made possible through the generosity of our community. If you wish to help a child go to camp, please see our Camp Director for information.


We love to hear from our campers and parents! Camp leadership teams use your feedback to make positive changes to our program. Please feel free to contact our Camp Director, Payton Schoonmaker at [email protected], with any questions, comments or concerns!



  • Camp Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Drop-off Hours: 8:00 - 8:30am
  • Pick-up Hours: 4:00 - 4:30pm


For children ages 7-17 years of age


In order to provide the safest experience for your camper, the Sugar Shack camp store will not be open.