Why three prices?
We offer a voluntary, three-tiered pricing program based on the needs of your family. This program is completely confidential and in no way affects the quality of the experience your child receives.
Price A is the lowest cost, funded by donations to the greatest extent possible.
Price B is partially sponsored by contributed funds, and
- Price C represents the actual cost of camp operations, including long-term wear, tear and depreciation. Families, like you, have voluntarily paid the B and C prices to ensure Camp Surf continues to thrive. Since 2005 more than $500,000 has been given to offset repair and replacement costs at our camps.
Scholarships Available - As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, the YMCA is committed to serving everyone in our community and ensure they have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive — which is why we provide financial aid through our ACCESS Scholarship Program, reducing the cost of memberships, program fees and child care services offered by the YMCA of San Diego County.
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We welcome our youngest campers into a supportive environment that builds confidence and independence.
Cabin groups work together on friendship, discovery, and new outdoor activities.
Water safety and aquatic skills meet S’mores in our youngest village.
Key Info for Mariners
- A separate village and bathhouse for our youngest campers
- Cabin groups stay together for camp activities to build a comfortable routine and sense of belonging
- Trained staff promote a safe and supportive environment
- Built in support time for rest, getting ready, applying sunscreen, and the many things young people need help with
- Nutritious meals with fruit and cereal at breakfast, a salad bar at lunch and dinner
- Fun evening programs like campfires, skits, and scavenger hunts
- Bedtime routines include brushing teeth (yes we’ll make sure…!), a quiet story or activity, and time to share thoughts and adventures from the day
- Staff stay in the cabins overnight, the campers are always with an adult
Our most energetic campers enjoy a true outdoor adventure with a focus on building skills and self-confidence.
Ocean knowledge and safety form the foundation for camp activities and a day of kayaking and outrigger canoes at Crown Cove Aquatic Center.
Build friendship as a part of a cookout, a day at the bay, and a sunset surf!
Key Info for Watermen
- Watermen Village is Solar-powered with rustic cabin-tents, a central gazebo, and its’ own campfire ring… very cool!
- Camp activities are co-ed to build a sense of community and belonging
- Ocean and land activities encourage water safety, skill, and confidence.
- Trained staff build an adventure in a safe and supportive environment.
- Camping skills include outdoor cooking, team-building, a day trip, and responsibility as part of a community
- Nutritious meals with fruit and cereal at breakfast, a salad bar at lunch and dinner.
- Fun evening programs like campfires, skits, and evening surf
- Bedtime routines include cabin responsibilities, reflection, and recognition
- Staff stay in the cabins overnight, the campers are always with an adult
Our popular teen program is saturated with choice, adventure, and plenty of ocean time.
This is the perfect balance of fun activities and time to relax and meet new friends in a great beach setting!
We combine traditional YMCA values with a schedule that our teens love in a place where everyone is welcome.
Beachcombers (2 Weeks)
Beachcombers (1 Week)
Key Info for Beachcombers
Our most popular program. Perfect if you want to meet people, have fun, and play hard!
Two Week Program
- A healthy mix of cabin group and co-ed camp activities build friendships and a sense of community
- Skill development in surfing, body boarding, kayaking, crafts, sailing, and team-building
- Activity choices include ocean kayaking, skating, climbing, archery, and extra water time!
- Experienced Staff with advanced skills
- Each cabin group goes on a beach-cruiser bike excursion to Coronado and everyone goes on day trips to the bay and a popular local beach.
- A four-day, three-night camping trip to San Onofre State Beach is the perfect mix of waves and camping skills adventure
- Be part of a community of friends, surf, and fun in the sun!
One Week Program
- Great for teens that are new to the ocean, or only have one week available.
- The overnight trip and bike trip are not offered during the one-week program.
This program is for older teens looking to build responsibility, teamwork, and friendship in a more intimate setting.
As the two oldest cabins in our teen village, the SOUL focus is on personal growth, communication, and leadership.
A 3-day camping trip, time spent working with younger campers, and plenty of choice activities provide a fun and challenge-filled schedule!
SOUL Surfers (2 Weeks)
Build strong friendships in a program that combines all the fun and play of camp with opportunities for personal growth and volunteer credit.
Each SOUL session starts with a 3 day-2 night trip to San Onofre State Beach. Time back at camp includes a beach cruiser bike trip to Coronado, evening surf sessions, choice activities, and stories around a campfire. This program has it all including a focus on:
Organize and help staff at the carnival and an evening program with our youngest campers. Work with our full-time staff on a camp service project, improving or building a program area to “leave your mark” at camp!
Spend one day volunteering at a local community or non-profit agency. Past projects have included partnerships with Wild Willows and the Tijuana Estuary.
Friendship is one of the most important elements of the camp experience, and we dedicate time for the group to learn about yourself and each other, and the value that each individual brings.
Spend some time working with our camp counselors in a supportive role as a mentor for our youngest campers. Whether you assist in a body boarding or archery lesson, or get in costume for the dance, the opportunities to lead are unlimited!
Teens entering the 12th grade have the unique opportunity to apply to be a YMCA Camp Surf Camp Assistant. In this three week session, CAs will learn a great deal from our amazing counselors on how to coach, support and work with kids while living, eating, and dreaming everything camp.
Key Info for Camp Assistants
- Our CA program is a three-week overnight volunteering experience that helps transition enthusiastic campers to successful counselors
- Teenagers in the CA program participate in leadership workshops throughout the session
- CA’s are placed in a cabin under the supervision of our most experienced staff
- CA’s are challenged daily to lead and create activities with children
- Our CA’s are provided with an evaluation and a letter verifying how many Community Service Hours were completed
- The CA program is a competitive volunteer experience for those teens entering 12th grade and they must apply and interview for placement
TO APPLY - Please complete and return the 2020 Application Form. Please note - There are a VERY limited number of openings for the CA program each summer and acceptance into the program is not guaranteed.
Teen Advisory Council
The wait is over! YMCA Overnight Camps - Marston - Surf - Raintree is ready to accept applications for the first ever Teen Advisory Council (TAC)! We're looking to recruit 15 motivated teens who are invested in the future of camp. Selected teens will get to:
- Voice their ideas about Summer Camp programs and initiative, and take appropriate steps to put approved ideas into action
- Explore Camp Operations, Donor Networking and Board of Advisor Relations
- Foster a culture of philanthropy and community service
Who Can Apply? Current 10th, 11th, or 12th graders that have attended any of the three YMCA of San Diego County Overnight Camp programs—Camp Marston, Camp Surf and/or Raintree Ranch.
Who are we looking for? We are looking for dependable teens that embody the 4 Core Values, a team player that loves camp and wants to make a lasting impact on camp. TAC delegates must be capable of working with diverse people in a positive and supportive manner and self-motivated. No prior leadership experience required. We will be selecting 5 teens per camp, 15 in total.
How long is this commitment? The TAC delegate term is a 10 month long commitment, beginning in October 2019 and ending June 2019. Meetings will be held once a month rotating between the 3 camps. TAC delegates will be required to attend at least 1 meeting in person. The rest may be via conference call over phone or computer.
Applications can be found here and will be accepted between October 1st - November 1st, 2019.
Weekend Retreats for Teen Leaders
For teens who attended Camp Surf Beachcomber, SOUL, or CA programs in summer 2019, we offer a team-building weekend retreat! This one-night event includes:
- Leadership activities
- Team building exercises
- Preparations for a successful summer
- Community service for the camp
- A great way to meet new friends
- Meals, lodging, and staff supervision
Sioux YMCA Leadership Trip
– in collaboration with YMCA of San Diego County Overnight Camps
- Ages: 16 to 17
- Designed for Leadership campers from YMCA Camp Marston, Surf and Raintree Ranch.
- There are a limited number of spaces (6) for this one of a kind travel program.
- Two week program on the Cheyenne River Reservation - South Dakota.
- Campers gather at YMCA Camp Surf for two days to participate in group building, team work and cultural awareness trainings facilitated by YMCA San Diego and Sioux Y staff before departure to the Sioux Y’s new Volunteer Center