Summer Camp

Are you ready for positive, life-changing experiences in the outdoors? Look no further than YMCA Overnight Camps. We combine the fun your children want with the growth experiences they need. YMCA Camp Surf is a spectacular, ocean-front camp just south of San Diego. This 45 acre treasure offers one-week and two-week sessions. With activities including archery, climbing tower, teambuilding, traditional camp activities, surfing and boogie boarding, our staff are committed to working with children and teens to help them develop the skills and relationships they will need to be confident, healthy and connected as they grow. Our camps add laughter, leadership, and lifelong memories to a host of activities. While the ocean is certainly a big draw and part of camp, we are not strictly a surf camp. The value and benefits of the YMCA Camp Surf experience extends far beyond that. Campers will develop strong friendships, spend great time outdoors, develop social skills, feel a sense of belonging, and exhibit increased confidence.


You are invited to our 2024 in-person open house on Sunday, May 5, 2024, from 1:00–5:00pm. Come take a tour, meet the staff, try a camp activity and a delicious camp cookie!

All YMCA of San Diego overnight camps will be hosting their respective open house on this day at the same time. Please note that registration is not required for this event — just show up and show out!


You are invited to our 2024 Zoom virtual open houses

  • January 11 | 7:00–8:00pm (PST)
  • February 15 | 7:00–8:00pm (PST)
  • March 14 | 7:00–8:00pm (PST)

Register in advance for this meeting: Register here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


You are invited to the 2024 YMCA Camp Surf preparing for camp zoom session.

  • April 11 | 7:00–8:00pm (PST)

Register in advance for this meeting: Register here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Summer 2024 Overnight Registration Is OPEN!


camp surf summer 2024 dates


The safety and wellbeing of our campers is paramount to everything we do. We automatically receive daily testing results facilitated by San Diego County. The day-to-day results depend on several factors including swell and current direction, and can be quite unpredictable - open one day and closed the next; open in the morning and closed in the evening; open all week long or closed all week long. In the event we have a beach closure we have plans in place for engaging alternative programming that includes:

  1. On-site activities such as our expanded skate park, archery range, climbing tower, sports activities, bicycles, beach and jetty explorations, and more.
  2. When the water is closed, campers will be transported by bus to off-site beaches. Ex. Mission Beach. Our staff (including lifeguards) will continue to supervise campers at these beaches. Currently, we are planning to transport each camper to off-site beaches on three days a week during water closures.*

*Subject to permitting and logistic needs.




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Age Groups - Camp Surf

Campers will find friendship and adventure in one of four unique villages - Mariners, Watermen, Beachcombers, or SOUL Surfers. Villages are separated by age.


Teens entering the 12th grade have the unique opportunity to apply to be a YMCA Camp Surf Camp Assistant.

Camp Assistant Program

Rates - Camp Surf

In addition to YMCA Member Rates, Camp Surf offers a voluntary, three-tiered pricing program based on the needs of your family. You'll be given the option to choose your rate during the registration process. To view current rates, select the appropriate age group via the link below.

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Parents Guide and Required Forms

Please bring completed forms with you on check-in day!

The best way to help your child have a fantastic time at YMCA Camp Surf is to review our parents' guide and prepare appropriately before camp starts!