Welcome to Day Camp at Cameron Family YMCA 

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While our camp programs are a little different, your family can count on Cameron Family YMCA 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. Since your family's safety is our top priority, we have implemented safety protocols that follow state and local guidelines. With online learning, it's our priority to help your children enjoy a safe and fun program that builds lasting friendships.


Get Ready To Bring On Summer!

  • Priority Member Registration: March 13 - 19
  • 2020 Day Camp Participants Registration: March 20 - 22
  • General Registration: March 23

Members Save!

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

Ways to Register

Browse Summer Camps

 

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What parents said about our summer camps: "The counselors are the best every year! My camper really bonds with them and they are kind and thoughtful with her. I really appreciate that level of care and caring about what they do and how they do it."


 

SUMMER CAMP GUIDE

Check out the digital edition of our summer day camp guide. Download the Summer Camp Brochure (PDF) for easy reference to quickly find and register for camps online.


Camp Locations and Hours of Operation

Cameron Family YMCA
Address: 10123 Riverwalk Drive, Santee, CA 92071
Phone: (619) 449-9622
 

Regular Day Camp Hours

Day Camp Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Half-Day Camp Hours

Day Camp Hours: 8:00am - 12:00pm

Directors and Supervisors

Tabatha Valencia
Camp Director
Email: [email protected]

Quinn Bentzen
Third Party Administrator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (760) 942-9622 ext.12557

About Our Staff

Cameron Family YMCA takes pride in hiring the best people to fill our camp staff. Each camp leader was hand-selected through an extensive hiring process to ensure the safest environment for everyone. Staff training includes CPR and First Aid certification, transportation safety, behavior management and bully prevention, child protection and abuse prevention, field trip and off-site safety procedures, risk management/prevention and more.


How to Register for Day Camp

If your camper has any special needs, please let us know when registering. We are here to inspire kids to work together, play together, and create friendships that can last a lifetime. At the Cameron Family YMCA, we are passionate about youth development for all. Because your child’s safety is our number one priority, accommodations for children with special needs are made based on the availability of trained staff, camps available, and your child’s needs and our available resources. Please complete and submit an Inclusion Intake Form to our camp department prior to registration. Forms are available at our Welcome Center. Due to high demand, please allow a minimum of two weeks for evaluation of registration materials.

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 time of registration. Balances are 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.
  • An active membership is required at the time of the program start date to receive the member pricing discount.

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 2021. Medical Release forms can be found at the YMCA Registration Desk or can be downloaded from the form library (see Medical section)

Vendor Waivers

Some specialty camps, particularly those that travel to an off-site location, require an additional vendor waiver. Day Camp programs requiring these forms should have a link available to download the waiver as a PDF on the specific Day Camp page — it may also be included within the form library. If it is not present, please contact us and request a copy of the waiver be sent to you.

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.


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.


Feedback

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 us at 619-449-9622, or contact our Camp Director, Tabatha Valencia at [email protected], with any questions, comments or concerns!