WELCOME TO DAY CAMP AT CAMERON FAMILY YMCA
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.
FIND YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE!
SUMMER 2023 DAY CAMP SIGN-UPS
- Registration is open now!
- Weekly sessions: June 19 - August 18
- Register Online — We have invested in new technology, and signing up online is the best way to secure your top picks. Make sure your new account is ready to register.
- Register in Person — Directions Here
- Register by Phone —(619) 449-9622
- View the digital version of our branch camp guide here
SPRING BREAK 2023
When school is out, the fun is happening at the Y! Our 2023 season:
- March 27-31
- April 3-7
- April 10-14
MEMBERS SAVE ON CAMP!
YMCA members save an average of 15% on camp — one whole summer adds up to a whole lot of savings! To receive the Y member rate for any program, your membership must be active throughout the duration of the registered program session(s), otherwise the non-member fee will be applied. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a Y member, and join us today!
YOUR GUIDE TO SUMMER DAY CAMP
Learn more about our Summer 2023 day camps! View the digital version of Cameron Family YMCA's summer camp guide here or check out the camp descriptions below, and view a list of camps by week here (PDF) and view descriptions below.
TIPS FOR A SMOOTH SIGN-UP
For the best experience when registering for camp, get started by logging in to your My Y account. The Y recently invested in new technology to better serve you, and if you have not logged into your account since November 1, 2022, you must create a new account to purchase programming. Setup is easy. Learn more here.
SAVE TIME WITH SEARCH CODES
When you're ready to fill your cart with a summer's worth of camps, open a tab to our program finder, and log in to your My Y account. Find your camp selections quickly by typing in (or copying/pasting) the SEARCH CODE (e.g. CPSPEC23).
Traditional camps are ultra-spirited, fun-filled camps with weekly themes that guide activities for the week. New experiences, skill building, a sense of community and lasting friendships are all part of traditional day camp experience. When you're ready to register, here's a shortcut to all traditional camps at Cameron Family YMCA, or go straight to the program finder and type or copy/paste a search code (e.g., CPTRAD23) into the search bar to zero in on your camps.
Ages 10-13 | SEARCH CODE: CPCHL23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 6-7 | SEARCH CODE: CPCL23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 8-9 | SEARCH CODE: CPDSC23 FIND SESSIONS
Age 5 | SEARCH CODE: CPHF23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 13-17 | SEARCH CODE: CPLCITT23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 13-15 | SEARCH CODE: CPLITF23 FIND SESSIONS
Does your child have a specific interest or hobby? Looking for a camp that specializes in sports or STEM? Browse through the specialty camps section for camps that combine the traditional fun of YMCA day camps with the more specialized skills by providers or YMCA experts. When you're ready to register, here's a shortcut to all specialty camps at Cameron Family YMCA, or go straight to the program finder and type or copy/paste a search code (e.g., CPSPEC23) into the search bar to zero in on your camps.
Ages 7-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPANG23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 8-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPARCH23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 7-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPARC23 FIND SESSIONS
Balboa Park Explorers
Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPBPE23 FIND SESSIONS
Big Messy Art
Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPBMA23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPBRDM23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPCER23 FIND SESSIONS
Cheer and Dance
Ages 8-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPCHD23 FIND SESSIONS
Cooking Tasty Treats
Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPCKTE23 FIND SESSIONS
Cooking: Iron Chef
Ages 8-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPCKIC23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 7-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPDIY23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 5-6 | SEARCH CODE: CPFRT23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 5-6 | SEARCH CODE: CPFC23 FIND SESSIONS
Funster Ooey Gooey Science
Ages 5-6 | SEARCH CODE: CPFOGS23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 5-6 | SEARCH CODE: CPFSP23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPGP23 FIND SESSIONS
Gym and Swim
Ages 6-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPGS23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 9-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPJRL23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 6-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPLGF23 FIND SESSIONS
Makin' a Wave in STEM
Ages 6-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPMWS23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPPKM23 FIND SESSIONS
Radical Reptiles and Friends
Ages 6-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPRRF23 FIND SESSIONS
San Diego Highlights
Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPSDH23 FIND SESSIONS
SD Humane Animal Adventures
Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPSDHM23 FIND SESSIONS
San Diego Zoo
Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPSDZ23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPSWLD23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 6-8 | SEACH CODE: CPSC23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 6-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPSPLSH23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 7-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPSG23 FIND SESSIONS
Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPWTRP23 FIND SESSIONS
CAMERON FAMILY YMCA
Address: 10123 Riverwalk Drive, Santee, CA 92071
Phone: (619) 449-9622
Camp Locations and Hours of Operation
Cameron Family YMCA
Address: 10123 Riverwalk Drive, Santee, CA 92071
Full-day: 8:00am-5:00pmDrop-off: 8:00-9:00am
Pick-up: 4:00-5:00pm expect a delay when dropping off or picking up outside of these hours)
Directors and Supervisors
[email protected] | (619) 449-9622
About Our Staff
McGrath 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.
PAYING FOR CAMP
At the time of registration, you may choose to:
- Pay in full (includes a $50 non-refundable deposit)
- Place a $50 non-refundable deposit at the time of registration. Balances will be due the Monday prior to the first day of camp.
- An active membership is required at the time of the program start date to receive the member pricing discount.
- Financial assistance is available through the Y's ACCESS scholarship program.
When a day camp session is full, you may add your child to a waitlist enrollment — choose "Join Waitlist" during the registration process when signing up online. We’ll provide an update via email that lists all day camps with open availability. Registration is first come, first served. We recommend that families check the website often, as other spaces may become available prior to email communications going out.
Here's what our parents tell us:
"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."
REQUIRED FORMS AND SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS
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.
UPDATED SAFETY GUIDELINES:
Your family's safety is our top priority. We have implemented safety protocols that follow state and local guidelines. It's our priority to help your children enjoy a safe and fun program that builds lasting friendships.
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 2023. Medical release forms can be updated through your My Y account in our Community Portal.
Some specialty camps, particularly those that travel to an off-site location, require an additional vendor waiver. Camps that require a waiver to be completed will be contacted and provided the waiver before the start of camp.
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
For more information about YMCA Day Camp policies, expectations and helpful information, visit our Day Camp Policy page.
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 Camp Director, Melanie Navarro at [email protected], with any questions, comments or concerns!