Experience YMCA Camp Surf as a Family!

New Summer Family Retreats

Join us for a family adventure at SurfWhile state and local regulations prevent us from operating some of our traditional programs at YMCA Camp Surf this summer, they do allow us (and our sister camp YMCA Camp Marston) to offer family retreats and camping. This unique experience is available for families to come and experience activities and beach tent camping together! Book Your Stay Today!


Fri-Sun Campers - Our unique setting is one of the only places where you can pitch your tent right on the beach! You bring your tent, sleeping bags, clothing and toiletries. We provide everything else. We have limited camping available with greatly reduced numbers on site to allow for distancing new cleaning procedures.

Tues-Thurs Campers - Enjoy your mid-week stay in your own private cabin. Restrooms are centrally located and shared facilities that will be cleaned and sanitized throughout each day. Families must provide their own twin-size bed linens and bath towels.

Dates, Rates and Times

Session Dates
Friday - Sunday
*Beach Tent Camping Only

  • July 17-19
  • July 24-26
  • July 31-August 2
  • August 7-9

Session Dates
Tuesday - Thursday
*Cabin Camping Only

  • July 21-23
  • July 28-30
  • August 4-6
  • August 11-13

Check-In Time: 5:30pm
Check-Out Time: 5:00pm
Rates: The base rate is $800 for the first (4) four family members. Additional family members are $150 each (ages 5 and up). Maximum family group is (6) six. Activities and meals are included. Wetsuit rentals* are $10/person for the weekend and camp store packages* are available for $12-42 (see "Camp Store" below) *Must be purchased at check-in with credit card payment.



Our staff are here to lead activities for you! We will build a schedule based on your interest to allow for individual family activities with social distancing.  Equipment is provided for all activities. (ie surf and body boards, climbing harness, etc) *Please note: Activities will be open and staffed as conditions and social distancing guidelines allow and as demand for them dictates. Swimming and beach play is only allowed when lifeguards are on duty.

Below are some fun-filled Camp Surf skills and activites for your family to experience together:

Scheduled Activities
with a staff member include:

  • Crafts
  • Archery
  • Climbing Tower (for 45-250 lb climbers)
  • Surfing
  • Body Boarding
  • Tie Dye (bring your own shirt, bandana, etc)
  • Nature Exploration
  • Beach Cruiser Bikes (ages 12+)
  • Ocean Safety (ages 12+)
    Learn about Waves, Tides, Currents & more

Activities include:

  • Sand Sculpting
  • GaGa Ball
  • Beach Walks
  • Bouldering Wall
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Campfire & S'mores
  • Swimming*
  • and Relaxing!

Sample Schedule

Day 1:

5:30-8:30Check-in, set up campsite

Day 2:

Coffee available
Breakfast, assigned family tables
Scheduled activities
Lunch, assigned family tables
Scheduled activities
Dinner, assigned family tables
Evening campfires, s'mores
Quiet Time

Day 3:

Coffee available
Breakfast, assigned family tables
Scheduled activities
Lunch, assigned family tables
Scheduled activities



Our food service staff provide options for many types of food allergies or intolerances. Please notify camp staff prior to arrival at camp if your family has any specific dietary needs. Food will be served cafeteria style by our food service staff in accordance to San Diego County regulations. All drinks will be served by parent/guardian of family group. Meals will be provided by camp from breakfast on your first morning through lunch on the final day of your stay. Please plan for dinner on your own for arrival day.

Camp Store

We have a small camp store, the “Sugar Shack”, that will be available for families to visit during scheduled times. The store has snacks, drinks, Tshirts, and a variety of souvenirs available.

In order to avoid handling cash, we will only be accepting credit card payments at check-in for you to pre-order packages below and wetsuit rentals. We have created options for you to purchase a customized store package for your family. You may choose one or several of the options, in as many increments as you desire. We will not be selling individual items throughout your stay - store packages MUST be purchased at check-in.

Store options*:

$20 Snack package – includes any combination of 16 snacks and drinks, enough for all 4 members of your family to get 2 items per day. Want more? Order as many snack packages as you need!

Examples include:

  • Drinks – iced tea, Gatorade, root beer, Juice, Sprite, Coke, Diet Coke, etc.

  • Snacks – popsicle, granola bar, cookies, nuts, candy, chips, ice cream, etc.

$15 T Shirt – we have a variety of shirts to choose from. Order the number you want to choose.
$20 Souvenirs – we have hats ($12-20), visors ($8), bandanas ($5), towels ($20), bracelets/necklaces ($3-7), water bottles ($5-20), stuffed animals ($8-15), hacky sacks ($5), patches ($3), stickers ($1), and more. Again, choose any multiple of this item.

*Unused store packages cannot be refunded. However, we will remind you and it is really easy to find items you will love at our camp store!


Need Help or Have Questions?

If you have any questions or need help registering, call us at 619-423-5850, open Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. You can also email us at [email protected].

Would you rather retreat to the mountains this summer?

Family Retreats at YMCA Camp Marston in Julian could be the answer you're looking for!

Group Retreats at Camp Surf

Temporarily on-hold due to COVID-19 (All Fall 2020 Programs Cancelled)

We offer safe, fun, life-changing outdoor experiences that help children and teens build confidence through skill development and by strengthening relationships with weekend retreats running from April through October.

Delicious food, beachfront facilities, choice of accommodations, a variety of activities facilitated by our staff and a certified USLA lifeguard service team.

Group Size: 14 to 300

Our weekend recreation package includes:

  • 2 Nights - Friday 4:00 PM to Sunday 1:00 PM
  • 4 Meals - Saturday Breakfast and Sunday Breakfast


Make use of one of our many cabins or bring your own tents and enjoy camping directly on the beach (depending on availability).

  • April Weekends: $130 Per Person
    • Opening Weekend: TBD - Due to COVID
  • May to September Weekends: $140 Per Person
    • Beach Tent Camping Only: TBD
  • Memorial Day Weekend: $170 Per Person
    • Extended Weekend: Friday to Monday
  • October Weekends: $130 Per Person
    • Final Weekend: TBD

Contact for Availability: Kyle Millard, [email protected] or call (619) 423-5850 - All programs on-hold due to COVID-19 (All Fall 2020 Programs Cancelled)

Beach Camping – Spring, Summer and Fall

Bring your own tent, camp right on the sand and wake up to ocean views. Pack light as the beach is 1/4 mile from the parking lot and you can make the most of your time here. Most families will beach camp and there will be a shared area set aside just for families.

We will have communal fire pits available on the beach as well.

Cabins – Spring and Fall Only

We have a variety of different style cabins. Our traditional cabins sleep up to 16 people and our canvas sided cabins and “cabents” sleep up to 12. They are clustered around each of our 2 bathroom and shower blocks. Waterman Village awaits adventurous campers not afraid to walk in the dark. Waterman is solar powered and has it’s own private fire pit and a large gazebo.

Limited cabins are available for spring and fall dates only- Cabins are not guaranteed for all guests and availability is limited and hold between 12 and 16 guests. You will need a minimum of 12 people to request a cabin.

Wetsuit Rentals

We have spring suits (short arms and short legs) in a large variety of sizes including mens, womens, boys, and girls if you would like to rent a wetsuit during your stay with us.

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