Welcome to Day Camp at Cameron Family YMCA 

boys on the bus at the YMCAWhen school is out, your family can count on Cameron Family YMCA to ensure your child is having fun in a nurturing environment that is friendly and safe. Our single-day and extended-care options provide the flexibility you need.

Since 1882, our camps have inspired kids with countless opportunities to laugh, lead and make lasting friendships. We offer a unique learning environment where youth are introduced to outdoor experiences, can nurture their passions and explore new interests.

Get Ready for the Best Summer Ever!

  • February 29 - March 6 — Member Priority Registration
  • March 7 — General Registration Opens

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

Organize Your Summer!

Download the Summer Camp Grid and use the Catalog Tags to jump directly to a short, prefiltered list of camps online.


Spring First!

When school is out, our school break camps and Vacation Fun Days are the perfect solution for you and your family!  Children will engage in traditional camp activities such as games, arts & crafts, science, sports and more!

Check out our school break camps for the 2019/2020 school year below:

Spring Break

  • March 30-April 3
  • April 6-10
  • April 13-17

Browse School Break Camps



Check out the digital edition of our summer day camp guide. View camp descriptions and use the Catalog Tag finder to quickly find and register for camps online.

Camp Locations and Hours of Operation

Cameron Family YMCA
Address: 10123 Riverwalk Drive, Santee, CA 92071

Regular Day Camp Hours

Day Camp Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Extended Day Camp Hours

Only pay for what you need! If you need care outside of the scheduled camp hours, the Y offers an extended care program. Extended care is complimentary in the morning and an afternoon option is available for a weekly cost. More time means more fun, more adventure and more memories!

Morning hours: 7:00am - 8:30am - FREE

Afternoon hours: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Extended Day for the week - $47  |  $56

Directors and Supervisors

Kate Milligan
Camp Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 619.449.9622 ext. 12325

Tina Barker
Third Party Administrator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 619.449.9622 ext. 12217

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 $25 non-refundable deposit)
  • Put down a $25 non-refundable deposit at time of registration. Balances will be due the Monday prior to the first day of camp.
  • An additional $25 will be applied to all registrations starting the Tuesday before the camp begins.
  • An additional $10 will be applied to all registrations starting the day camp begins for daily camp options.
  • 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 2020. 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

More Policies

For more information about YMCA Day Camp policies, expectations and helpful information, visit our Day Camp Policy page.

Summer Day Camp Categories

Traditional Day Camps

New experiences, skill building, a sense of community, and lasting friendships are all part of Traditional Day Camps. Trained camp leaders focus on caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in all of our activities to maximize fun during the day! Set in the YMCA style of different activities and themes each week, your camper will participate in team building games, arts & crafts, science experiments, and more!

Day campers will be divided into small groups by age, and will participate in activities appropriate to the interests and needs of their group. Camps located at the Cajon Park Annex will travel to the City of Santee Aquatics Center to swim on select swim days.

Find Traditional Day Camps at Cameron

Specialty Day Camps

Take camper hobbies and expand their skill level with these specialty camps! Build self-confidence, meet new friends, explore San Diego, or stay at camp and explore different universes. Campers will do anything from traveling daily, to getting messy at camp. Each of these camps are designed with your camper in mind.

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Sports Day Camps

Recreational games and skill building with focus on sportsmanship and a different sport each day. Enjoy basketball, soccer, baseball, flag football, swimming and many other active games.

Find Sports Day Camps at Cameron

Half-Day Camps

The YMCA offers a Half-Day Camp option for some of our special interest programs! When signing up for Half-Day Camps, campers will join the camp only for the time of the camp allotted to the specialized activity at a lower-cost! All half-day options run from 9am - 1pm. Parents will be responsible to pick up their camper from the Cameron Family YMCA.

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Leader in Training

Within this program, teens learn leadership, group management skills, child development basics, and policies and procedures in relation to working with youth. Interacting with campers and representing the Y requires a certain level of maturity. For this reason, the placement program is selective. Upon completion of the L.I.T. Training Course, teens will be invited to participate in the placement program. L.I.T.s will be required to follow the Y camp staff dress code: solid, non-denim pants or shorts, unaltered Y L.I.T. t-shirt; tennis shoes. Female L.I.T.s will be required to wear one-piece bathing suits when applicable. Dress code and behavior expectations will be detailed during the training course. The program is designed for campers to enroll in at least one session of placement upon completion of the training course.

For the safety of our campers and L.I.T.s, returning L.I.T.s must still enroll in an L.I.T. Training Course in order to be eligible for placement. L.I.T.s may also receive a letter demonstrating their 35 hours of community service for each week of placement that they complete.

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Teen Day Camps

Summer camps arent just for kids! The YMCA offers fun and challenging camp activities specifically tailored to preteens and teens. Teens will have fun as they learn, grow and thrive under the guidance of caring, well-trained staff members.

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Aquatics Day Camps

Does your camper love the water? Whether they are a fantastic swimmer or just learning, we offer fun-filled and exciting aquatic camps for every ability.

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Special Needs Day Camps

The YMCA is proud to offer low-ratio day camps for children with special needs, providing a day camp experience in a safe, fun and nurturing environment. All camp counselors for this program have additional experience working with special needs campers.

Find All YMCA Special Needs Day Camps

Extended Day Camp Hours

Only pay for what you need! If you need care outside of the scheduled camp hours, the Y offers an extended care program. Extended care is complimentary in the morning and an afternoon option is available for a weekly cost. More time means more fun, more adventure and more memories!

Morning hours: 7:00am - 8:30am - FREE
Afternoon hours: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Extended Day for the week - $47  |  $56

Find Extended Day Camp Hours at Cameron

What to Expect and Prepare For

Sign In and Sign Out Procedures

In order to ensure the safety of your camper, it is mandatory that each camper be signed in and out daily with a legal signature and time by an authorized adult.

Authorization To Pick Up Camper

Only adults who are authorized in writing by the parent will be allowed to pick up your camper. All adults picking up campers from Camp are required to identify themselves with a valid photo ID.

Late Arrivals

It is imperative that your camper arrives to camp on time. If campers are late, it will be the responsibility of the parent to ensure that the camper is signed in and arrives safely with his or her designated camp.

Late Pick-Ups

Children not picked up at the end of the camp day at any of our sites will be placed in our Late Parent Program. A $15 late fee will be charged for any of the first 15 minutes after the end of camp. An additional $1 per minute fee will be charged after the first 15 minutes. For example, camp pick-up ends at 6:00 pm, and a child is picked up at 6:25 pm. There would be a $25 charge.

Lunches and Snacks

All campers must bring their own lunch, a small snack and water bottle to camp daily. Afternoon snack included. Please send only non-perishable foods because refrigeration is not available. If needed, an optional lunch program is available through our Seamless Summer Feeding Program only for camp sessions 2 - 9. Menus will be listed weekly at the camp site.


Campers are required to wear closed toe shoes and socks daily. Belongings are the responsibility of the camper. A backpack is helpful in keeping your camper’s belongings in a safe place. Please clearly mark your camper’s belongings with his/her name.

Sun Protection

Parents should apply sunscreen before campers arrive to Day Camp in the morning. We apply sunscreen multiple times throughout the day. If you do not want sunscreen applied to your camper, or would like a special type of sunscreen applied, please send a note to your child’s Camp Unit Leader each Monday and provide them with the special sunscreen.


Please see your camper’s camp calendar for specific swim days. Campers who wish to swim must bring a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, and warm change of clothes. All campers are required to take a swim test before swimming in the YMCA pool or beach on a daily basis. The swim test consists of jumping in deep water, returning to the surface, treading water for 60 seconds and swimming 25 yards (the length of the pool) on the surface with rudimentary side breathing. If a camper is unable to pass this test or if a camper chooses not to take the swim test and cannot stand comfortably in the water (water no higher than the armpits), s/he will wear a life jacket in the pool and will stay in the closely supervised shallow end of the pool. In order to keep your camper safe, all campers take the swim test every day. During beach visits, campers are required to take a swim test daily, if campers pass the test, they are allowed to go in waist deep, if they do not pass, they are allowed to go in ankle-deep.

For your camper’s safety, all campers visiting the beach will be given brightly colored rash guards to wear throughout their visit and guarded by a certified YMCA lifeguard. 

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.


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, Kate Milligan at [email protected], with any questions, comments or concerns!