WELCOME TO DAY CAMP AT DAN MCKINNEY FAMILY YMCA

Your family can count on Dan McKinney 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. 


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    YOUR GUIDE TO DAY CAMP

    Learn more about our day camps! Check out the camp descriptions below.

    2024 DAY CAMP SPRING SESSIONS

    • April 1–5, 2024
      ❯ ❯ SPRING CAMP DESCRIPTIONS (CLICK TO EXPAND)

      ART

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPART28  FIND SESSIONS
      In our intersession art camp, campers will have the chance to explore their artistic talents and learn about the unique events and elements that make each season special. Campers will have the opportunity to use art mediums such as watercolors, pastels, paint, clay, photography, and more, as well as play games and make new friends!

      EXTENDED CARE

      Age 5-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPEC28 FIND SESSIONS
      Extended care is intended to provide parents with additional resources and care for their child.

      GYMNASTICS 

      Ages 6-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPGYM28 FIND SESSIONS
      A camp you'll flip over! Watch your child grow in confidence as they learn new skills on the floor, bars, beam and vault. Campers will be put in smaller groups of up to 10 kids based on age and ability to practice their gymnastics skills every week. Each day, our gymnasts will spend almost three hours of gymnastics time while also doing arts, crafts and games.

      HIGH FIVES

      Age 5 | SEARCH CODE: CPHF28 FIND SESSIONS
      High Fives is a perfect fit for our younger campers. With staff supervision at low ratios, campers will spend their action-packed days doing arts and crafts, science projects, playing games and learning new skills and swim lessons from our trained Y staff. 

      LITTLE GARENDERS

      Ages 5-7 | SEARCH CODE: CPLGRD28 FIND SESSIONS
      Little gardeners will love embarking on a whimsical journey into the world of gardening and nature appreciation. Our program is crafted to foster a love for the outdoors and cultivate an understanding of the wonders of the natural world through hands-on gardening, creative crafts, and nature-themed storytelling and learning.

      ROOKIE SPORTS

      Ages 5-6 | SEARCH CODE: CPRSP28 FIND SESSIONS
      Each week rookies will learn how to play sports such as t-ball, basketball, soccer, floor hockey and other fun sports. Our camp staff will provide a fun and engaging camp environment to let your camper explore new sports and learn new skills.

      SLIME FACTORY

      Ages 8-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPSF28 FIND SESSIONS
      Slime factory is the scientific study of all that’s NOT allowed at the dinner table. Campers will spend part of their day getting their hands dirty by using different ingredients such as glue, glitter, starch and paint to make the thickest, ooey-gooiest slime around! You won’t want to miss this one — it’s slime time!

      SPORTS GALORE

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPSG28 FIND SESSIONS
      Why pick one sport when you can play them all? Each day will focus on a different sport such as soccer, basketball, football, dodgeball and more. Sports Galore camp is designed to teach campers recreational sports and the value of exercise. Focus will be placed on team play and skill development.

      SCIENCE

      Ages 7-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPSCI28 FIND SESSIONS
      Intersession Science camp will provide campers hands-on experiences and knowledge about the natural world, all while having fun and making new friends. Each session of camp will connect campers with the world of science as it relates to the seasons and unique events occurring during each camp.

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      2024 camp guide

      SUMMER 2024 TRADITIONAL CAMPS

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      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 Dan McKinney Family YMCA, or go straight to the program finder and type or copy/paste a search code (e.g., CPTRAD28) into the search bar to zero in on your camps.

      ❯ ❯ TRADITIONAL CAMP DESCRIPTIONS (CLICK TO EXPAND)

      ADVENTURE

      Age 10-13 | SEARCH CODE: CPADV28 FIND SESSIONS
      Join the ultimate adventure for a full week of exploring fun and exciting attractions in the San Diego area! Each day is something new with the YMCA’s Adventure Camp. Adventure Camp travels three days a week with Navigators Camp.

      Nonmember: $429 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $365

      EXTENDED CARE

      Age 5-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPEC28 FIND SESSIONS
      Extended care is intended to provide parents with additional resources and care for their child.

      HIGH FIVES

      Age 5 | SEARCH CODE: CPHF28 FIND SESSIONS
      High Fives is a perfect fit for our younger campers. With staff supervision at low ratios, campers will spend their action-packed days doing arts and crafts, science projects, playing games and learning new skills.

      Nonmember: $392 | Y Community Member: $353 | Y Community Plus Member: $334

      NAVIGATORS

      Age 7-9 | SEARCH CODE: CPNAV28 FIND SESSIONS
      Camp runs in conjunction with Adventure camp. See Adventure camp description.

      Nonmember: $429 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $365

      SPLASH

      Age 6-7 | SEARCH CODE: CPSPLSH28 FIND SESSIONS
      Splash campers will experience the thrill of camp activities, as well as take part in daily swim lessons catered to each camper’s specific swim stage. With water safety being a high priority, campers will gain confidence in the water and have fun in the sun each week of the summer.

      Nonmember: $388 | Y Community Member: $350 | Y Community Plus Member: $330

      TRADITIONAL EXTREME

      Age 5-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPTRADEX28 FIND SESSIONS
      Our camps are an exciting way to spend a school break! We include lots of action-packed activities that keep your children engaged and happy, like arts & crafts, sports and games, science experiments, and more! Set in the YMCA style of different activities each and every day, your camper will have a great time while parents have peace of mind knowing their camper is safe.

      Nonmember: $388 | Y Community Member: $350 | Y Community Plus Member: $330

      CIT/LIT TRAINING

      Ages 13-17 | SEARCH CODE: CPCITT28 FIND SESSIONS
      The CIT and LIT program is designed for older campers to obtain the skills they need to become a Camp Leader. Teens will learn what it takes to work with campers and gain real world work and life experience through communication skills, management techniques and building their self-confidence. CIT and LIT’s will also receive CPR and First Aid training.

      Nonmember: $322 | Y Community Member: $290 | Y Community Plus Member: $274

      CIT/LIT RENEWAL

      Ages 13-17 | SEARCH CODE: CPRENEW28 FIND SESSIONS
      This program is for CITs and LITs who completed the CIT and LIT program at the Dan McKinney YMCA during the summer of 2023. Our CITs and LITs will go through refresher training in CPR/ First Aid, camp policies and updates, songs, games and crafts and more for three days.

      Nonmember: $158 | Y Community Member: $143 | Y Community Plus Member: $135

      CIT FIELDWORK

      Ages 16-17 | SEARCH CODE: CPCITF28 FIND SESSIONS
      CIT Placement is geared toward teens who are beginning the transition to becoming camp counselors. They will have additional responsibilities and expectations that are more aligned with those of our staff. Teens will earn school-required volunteer service hours by participating in this program. This is the perfect opportunity to complete this requirement and make a difference in our camp community!

      Please note: Training / Renewal must be completed each year before participating in placement.

      Nonmember: $50 | Y Community Member: $0 | Y Community Plus Member: $0

      LIT FIELDWORK

      Ages 13-15 | SEARCH CODE: CPLITF28 FIND SESSIONS
      LIT Fieldwork is an opportunity for teens who have successfully completed our training / renewal course to use their leadership skills in the field of camp and enjoy the rewards of working with the YMCA’s incredible staff team. Teens will experience various camp programs, assist in the daily operations of camp and receive valuable on-the-job experience that will help build a strong foundation for either a recreational or childcare career. Teens will be placed into age-appropriate camps prior to the start of the fieldwork week. Join our team in making a difference in the lives of many young campers this summer while earning school required or volunteer service hours!

      Please note: Training or Renewal must be completed each year before participating in placement.

      Nonmember: $114 | Y Community Member: $103 | Y Community Plus Member: $99

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      SUMMER 2024 SPECIALTY CAMPS

      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 Dan McKinney Family YMCA, or go straight to the program finder and type or copy/paste a search code (e.g., CPSPEC28) into the search bar to zero in on your camps.

      ❯ ❯ SPECIALTY CAMP DESCRIPTIONS (CLICK TO EXPAND)

      ALL THINGS CRAFTS

      Ages 8-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPATC28 FIND SESSIONS
      Come let your creativity flow in this DIY and craft filled camp. Campers will spend the week exploring various crafty projects using different mediums. Campers will take home all their wonderful creations and amaze people with their DIY skills.

      Nonmember: $412 | Y Community Member: $371 | Y Community Plus Member: $351

      ANIMALS GALORE 

      Ages 7-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPANGL28 FIND SESSIONS
      Animals Galore is sure to make your campers ROAR with excitement. Campers will get two animal shows throughout the week, as well as learn about animals and their habitats through art and science projects.

      Nonmember: $266 | Y Community Member: $240 | Y Community Plus Member: $227

      ANIMALS GALORE JR

      Ages 5-7 | SEARCH CODE: CPANGLJ28 FIND SESSIONS
      Animals Galore Jr. is sure to make your campers ROAR with excitement. Campers will get two animal shows throughout the week, as well as learn about animals and their habitats through art and science projects.

      Nonmember: $430 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $366

      ARCHERY

      Ages 8-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPARCH28 FIND SESSIONS
      Bullseye! This summer, take a shot at a fun sport with archery experts. With steady hands, and straight aim, our little archers will be learning about equipment, shooting and technique. Campers will also participate in themed craft activities and games. All equipment needed to participate will be included.

      Nonmember: $449 | Y Community Member: $405 | Y Community Plus Member: $382

      BASEBALL

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPBBL28 FIND SESSIONS
      Your camper could be the next big baseball star with this fundamental sports week. Daily activities include instruction in hitting, catching, throwing and positioning. With the YMCA, baseball camp is for young athletes looking for a strong summer building fundamental skills. Baseball gloves are required and all skill levels are welcome.

      Nonmember: $388 | Y Community Member: $350 | Y Community Plus Member: $330

      BASKETBALL

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPBSK28 FIND SESSIONS
      Your camper could be the next big NBA star with this fundamental sports week. Daily activities include instruction in dribbling, passing, shooting and positioning. With the YMCA, basketball camp is for young athletes looking for a strong summer building fundamental skills.

      Nonmember: $388 | Y Community Member: $350 | Y Community Plus Member: $330

      BEACH VOLLYBALL

      Ages 9-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPBVB28 FIND SESSIONS
      Set your sights on a camp that explores volleyball skills, drills and games while soaking in the sun at our beautiful local beaches. Campers, novice and experienced, will have the opportunity to share in the fun of sand volleyball-based activities, as well as the classic, creative camp games we know and love. Learned skills will be put to play as campers take part in our ceremonial Beach Bowl where they will be recognized for their participation and growth. Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and towels because this camp is made to play in the sun!

      Nonmember: $388 | Y Community Member: $350 | Y Community Plus Member: $330

      BIG MESSY ART

      Ages 7-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPBMA28 FIND SESSIONS
      Let your campers immerse themselves from head to toe in art projects using unique painting techniques, creative art creations and getting their hands messy. Campers will learn about the artists behind these techniques.

      Nonmember: $412 | Y Community Member: $371 | Y Community Plus Member: $351

      BUILD, TEST, BATTLE

      Ages 7-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPBTB28 FIND SESSIONS
      Get your hard hats on and get ready to Build Test Battle! Campers will discover the engineering process to design, make prototypes, and test their builds. Campers will discover what makes an incredible catapult – including tension and trajectory. Campers will go through a safety lesson that prepares them to use REAL tools, including saws, drills, and sanding. Their project will be a life-size catapult that is built by each camper. The fun gets bigger and wilder when at the end of the week the campers split into teams to lay siege to unleash a barrage of water balloons, putting their catapult to the ultimate test.

      Nonmember: $449 | Y Community Member: $405 | Y Community Plus Member: $382

      CHEER

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPCH28 FIND SESSIONS
      This high energy camp will focus on all aspects of cheerleading. Throughout the week campers will work on jumps, tumbling, arm movements, and stunting. Cheerleaders will work on their routines and cheer skills for half of the camp day each day while also enjoying arts, crafts and games. We will finish the week with a parent show to show off all of the skills your campers have learned all week!

      Nonmember: $388 | Y Community Member: $350 | Y Community Plus Member: $330

      CIRQUE

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPCQ28 FIND SESSIONS
      Bend, twist and tumble your way through the week in Cirque Camp. Campers will focus on using their strength and flexibility to learn new acrobatic skills on the floor, rings, ropes and more! We will work on learning new cirque skills for about 3-hours each day while also having fun doing arts, crafts and games. All our hard work will pay off when we dazzle you at our parent show on Friday.

      Nonmember: $388 | Y Community Member: $350 | Y Community Plus Member: $330

      CODING CONQUERERS

      Ages 9-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPCODC28 FIND SESSIONS
      Brace yourselves for the camp that’s way more than just block coding – we are diving into the nitty-gritty of “real” coding. Our week kicks off with two awesome robots and from there we venture into the realm of JavaScript, conjuring up our very own game as we go! No need for previous programming or robotic experience.

      Nonmember: $449 | Y Community Member: $405 | Y Community Plus Member: $382

      COOKING AND CHEMISTRY

      Ages 8-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPCKCH28 FIND SESSIONS
      Make awesome culinary concoctions while learning about the wonders of science with Cooking and Chemistry Camp! We use cooking as a mode to teach campers about the chemical properties of certain foods, as well as how phenomena such as heating, cooling, stirring and other cooking-related actions can fundamentally alter the substances in the delicious food we enjoy every day!

      Nonmember: $430 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $366

      COOKING ALL AROUND THE WORLD

      Ages 8-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPCKAAW28 FIND SESSIONS
      Join us for an exciting exploration of international cuisine! Throughout the week, campers will dive into the rich tapestry of global flavors, learning about diverse cultures through their traditional dishes, cooking methods, and culinary traditions.

      Nonmember: $430 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $366

      COOKING TASTY TREATS

      Ages 8-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPCKTT28 FIND SESSIONS
      One of our longest running and most successful camps, Cooking Tasty Eats teaches campers how to make a wide variety of different foods using different tools and cooking methods. Children will learn how to perform cooking methods such as proper cutting, boiling and pan frying in as safe an environment as possible, under the watchful eyes of some of our most experienced teachers. Your camper will learn how to make dishes from a variety of different cultures, including but not limited to: Latin American, Asian, American, Italian, Indian and others (regional foods presented in camp depend on our teacher, as each has different regional specialties and themes). We cater to different dietary restrictions and needs, so if your child has any allergies or other dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, etc.) please let us know when signing your child up so we can alter our material appropriately.

      Nonmember: $430 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $366

      DANCE

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPDNC28 FIND SESSIONS
      If you love to dance this is the camp for you! In this camp, dancers will learn new routines and dance styles like Modern, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Broadway, Salsa and more. Each day will be spent learning the new routine and also doing arts, crafts and games. The week will end with an exciting parent show on Friday where the campers get to show off their favorite routines they learned throughout the week!

      Nonmember: $412 | Y Community Member: $371 | Y Community Plus Member: $351

      DODGEBALL

      Ages 7-8 | SEARCH CODE: CPDGB28 FIND SESSIONS
      Dodge, dip, duck and dive your way to the top of one of the many varieties of dodgeball games we play. Campers will develop their hand-eye coordination, balance and reflex skills while having a great time. Games are closely monitored for fairness and sportsmanship.

      Nonmember: $388 | Y Community Member: $350 | Y Community Plus Member: $330

      EDIBLE SCIENCE

      Ages 7-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPES28 FIND SESSIONS
      Science you can eat? Just the perfect combination. This camp will focus on learning about science through edible treats and also creating delicious food while learning about the science behind the cooking process. Campers will leave the camp week with a full tummy and a full mind!

      Nonmember: $255 | Y Community Member: $230 | Y Community Plus Member: $217

      EXTREME GAMING

      Ages 8-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPEXTG28 FIND SESSIONS
      Take gaming to the extreme! Campers will spend their week playing games in the game truck, at the YMCA Digital Studio and end their week at Dave and Busters. This camp is guaranteed to be a winner!

      Nonmember: $430 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $366

      EXTREME KIDS

      Ages 8-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPEXT28 FIND SESSIONS
      Totally awesome campers will flip out for this camp! Our extreme camp focuses on stimulating and high-energy activities such as laser tag, rock climbing, archery, and so much more. Our focus is on safety, fun and positive challenges.

      Nonmember: $449 | Y Community Member: $405 | Y Community Plus Member: $382

      FLAG FOOTBALL

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPFLGF28 FIND SESSIONS
      Down, set... HIKE! Join the YMCA’s instructional flag football camp, led by qualified instructors from our Youth Sports Department. Camp will include the fundamentals of passing, catching, blocking, and kicking. Daily scrimmages will emphasize basic football strategy.

      Nonmember: $388 | Y Community Member: $350 | Y Community Plus Member: $330

      FLOOR HOCKEY

      Ages 9-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPFH28 FIND SESSIONS
      Campers will be able to unleash their passion for floor hockey in a supportive and exciting environment! Our camp is designed for all skill levels, from beginners to experienced players, focusing on skill development, teamwork, and having fun!

      Nonmember: $388 | Y Community Member: $350 | Y Community Plus Member: $330

      FUTSOL

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPISCR28 FIND SESSIONS
      Futsal is a fast, action packed variation of soccer played on a smaller court where players can develop precise ball control, technical skill, agility and fast decision making. The game is played 5-on-5 in the basketball gym with a low bounce ball. Rubber soled shoes are required, no cleats allowed. Shin guards are highly encouraged.

      Nonmember: $388 | Y Community Member: $350 | Y Community Plus Member: $330

      GAGA

      Ages 7-8 | SEARCH CODE: CPGGB28 FIND SESSIONS
      Dodge, strike, run and jump and be the last one standing in Gaga Madness! Campers will enjoy extra playing time, specialized gaga games and learn new strategies. If you love Gaga, this camp is for you! Campers will also enjoy all of the activities camp has to offer and will finish the week off with an ultimate Gaga Tournament!

      Nonmember: $240 | Y Community Member: $216 | Y Community Plus Member: $204

      Gymnastics A

      Ages 5-7 | SEARCH CODE: CPGYMA28 FIND SESSIONS
      A camp you’ll flip over! Watch your child grow in confidence as they learn new skills on the floor, bars, beam and vault. Campers will be put in smaller groups of up to 10 kids based on age and ability to practice their gymnastics skills every week. Each day, our gymnasts will spend almost 3-hours of gymnastics time while also doing arts, crafts and games. This fun camp will finish with an exciting parent show on Friday.

      Nonmember: $405 | Y Community Member: $365 | Y Community Plus Member: $345

      Gymnastics B

      Ages 8-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPGYMB28 FIND SESSIONS
      A camp you’ll flip over! Watch your child grow in confidence as they learn new skills on the floor, bars, beam and vault. Campers will be put in smaller groups of up to 10 kids based on age and ability to practice their gymnastics skills every week. Each day, our gymnasts will spend almost 3-hours of gymnastics time while also doing arts, crafts and games. This fun camp will finish with an exciting parent show on Friday.

      Nonmember: $405 | Y Community Member: $365 | Y Community Plus Member: $345

      Harry Potter

      Ages 8-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPHP28 FIND SESSIONS
      We have a few tricks up our sleeve for this camp! This week campers will learn if they are Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Slytherin or Gryffindor during the sorting hat ceremony and show some spirit while creating their Hogwarts House banners. They will get to make Polyjuice Potion, catch the Golden Snitch and win house points in a variety of magical games.

      Nonmember: $412 | Y Community Member: $371 | Y Community Plus Member: $351

      Hike & Climb

      Ages 8-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPHC28 FIND SESSIONS
      Join us for a week of reaching new heights! Campers will spend 2 days hiking some of San Diego's beautiful hiking trails and spend 3 days rock climbing at Mesa Rim. When not hiking and climbing, campers will have fun participating in fun camp activities.

      Nonmember: $278 | Y Community Member: $251 | Y Community Plus Member: $237

      Hook, Line & Sinker

      Ages 8-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPHLS28 FIND SESSIONS
      Fishing camp takes campers around to some of the best pier fishing spots in the county to try their hand at reeling in a big catch! We teach the fundamentals of fishing, such as how to put together the best line for the location and desired catch, how to safely handle a rod, and the little behaviors that will better your chances of catching a fish. Don't have your own rod? No problem! While we encourage campers to bring their own rods, hooks and other fishing gear, we do have loner rods, hooks, bait, etc. (campers may have to share).

      Nonmember: $517 | Y Community Member: $466 | Y Community Plus Member: $440

      Ice Skating

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPIS28 FIND SESSIONS
      This camp is designed to be a fun and educational experience for beginner and intermediate ice skaters. Traveling to San Diego Ice Arena, campers will get 30 minutes of instructional lessons every day. Lessons are followed by a four-hour public session where they will skate to the latest tunes. Parents are invited to a basic skills show on Friday. Only skates are provided, however, campers may bring their own skates and gloves.

      Please Note: Campers should bring or wear socks each day. If you don't have a helmet, one will be provided.

      Nonmember: $517 | Y Community Member: $466 | Y Community Plus Member: $440

      LEGO Builders

      Ages 7-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPLGB28 FIND SESSIONS
      This intense LEGO building camp is for the extreme LEGO camper. In this camp, your child will have the opportunity
      to gain hands-on experience working with LEGOs, gears, motors, and other building mechanisms. Campers will have the opportunity to use their imagination to create their own structures and masterpieces.

      Nonmember: $412 | Y Community Member: $372 | Y Community Plus Member: $351

      LEGO Builders Jr.

      Ages 5-7 | SEARCH CODE: CPLGB28 FIND SESSIONS
      This intense LEGO building camp is for the extreme LEGO camper. In this camp, your child will have the opportunity
      to gain hands-on experience working with LEGOs, gears, motors, and other building mechanisms. Campers will have the opportunity to use their imagination to create their own structures and masterpieces.

      Nonmember: $266 | Y Community Member: $240 | Y Community Plus Member: $227

      LEGO Minecraft Engineering

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPLGME28 FIND SESSIONS
      Bring your favorite Minecraft adventures to life! In a Minecraft world powered by LEGO resources, we will build shelters to keep out creepers, craft mystical Items that only true masters can wield, and perfect our crossbow skills to stop the wither from taking over! If you can imagine it, we can build it.

      Nonmember: $449 | Y Community Member: $405 | Y Community Plus Member: $382

      LEGO Mindstorm

      Ages 7-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPLGMR28 FIND SESSIONS
      Campers are led through various builds that are designed to challenge them and teach them to work together as a team. Once complete, campers will code their LEGO creations and watch them move. With personalized modifications, campers will see their unique ideas come to life!

      Nonmember: $430 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $366

      Little Artists

      Ages 5-7 | SEARCH CODE: CPLART28 FIND SESSIONS
      In this camp, our little artists will be able to express themselves through creating different projects daily. Each day they will learn about a different style of art and practice what they learn. Campers will get to be creative and design their own masterpieces to share and show off. This camp may get a little messy, but it will be tons of fun!

      Nonmember: $430 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $366

      Little Chefs

      Ages 5-7 | SEARCH CODE: CPLCH28 FIND SESSIONS
      In this camp children learn cooking can be creative, full of discovery and lots of fun. Little Chefs will learn age-appropriate culinary skills, basic nutrition and how to create some delicious recipes. Each child will receive a homemade apron and camp cookbook.

      Nonmember: $430 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $366

      Little Gardeners

      Ages 5-7 | SEARCH CODE: CPLGRD28 FIND SESSIONS
      Your little gardeners will love embarking on a whimsical journey into the world of gardening and nature appreciation. Our program is crafted to foster a love for the outdoors and cultivate an understanding of the wonders of the natural world through hands-on gardening, creative crafts, and nature- themed storytelling and learning.

      Nonmember: $430 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $366

      Little Scientists

      Ages 5-7 | SEARCH CODE: CPLSC28 FIND SESSIONS
      Does your little camper like to get messy? If so, this camp is for them! Campers will experiment with hands on foamy explosions, gooey projects and so much more! Campers will also have fun as they participate in camp games, songs and crafts. Please send your camper to camp in clothes that can get messy.

      Nonmember: $430 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $366

      Little Superheroes

      Ages 5-7 | SEARCH CODE: CPLS28 FIND SESSIONS
      Young superheroes unite! Explore the lives of famous superheroes and supervillains, invent your own character and save the day! We’ll design costumes, create superhero powers and follow our own code of superhero behavior. Dive into fun and games, art projects, story adventures, obstacle courses and more.\

      Nonmember: $430 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $366

      Musical Theater

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPMT28 FIND SESSIONS
      Take the stage in Musical Theatre camp! This camp will take aspiring thespians through the various aspects of theatre, and the steps that go into creating a successful performance at any level of theatre. Your child will work with our professional actors/theatre directors as we go through casting, rehearsal, stage and prop design, choreography and much more; all leading up to the matinee performance at the end of the week. This camp is a great way to build confidence and public speaking skills! It also sets the groundwork for aspiring theater artists.

      Nonmember: $449 | Y Community Member: $405 | Y Community Plus Member: $382

      Ninja Warrior

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPNW28 FIND SESSIONS
      This camp is the ultimate test of skill and agility. See if you can scale walls, jump over obstacles and run a strength-testing obstacle course in ninja warrior camp! We'll spend each day trying new events and obstacles.

      Nonmember: $405 | Y Community Member: $365 | Y Community Plus Member: $345

      OCEAN DISCOVERY

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPOD28 FIND SESSIONS
      Hosted by San Diego’s very own Living Coast Reservation, campers will explore a different “terrain” to discover the special wildlife that lives there. Whether we dive into ocean life, muck through the marsh, or trek the dry upland terrain, we’ll discover amazing wildlife each step of the way!

      Nonmember: $517 | Y Community Member: $466 | Y Community Plus Member: $440

      Ooey Gooey Science

      Ages 7-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPOGS28 FIND SESSIONS
      Unleash your inner scientist as we get exponentially messy. Campers will experiment with foamy explosions, gooey experiments and other fun projects! Campers will also have fun as they participate in camp games, songs and crafts. Please send your camper to camp in clothes that can get messy.

      Nonmember: $412 | Y Community Member: $372 | Y Community Plus Member: $351

      Outrageous Art

      Ages 8-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPOART28 FIND SESSIONS
      Get ready to take art to the next level! Campers will learn about different artists and their art forms and will be able to create their own masterpieces through the use of a variety of art mediums like painting, pastels, clay, water colors and more. Be prepared, this camp is sure to be a little messy and a lot of fun!

      Nonmember: $412 | Y Community Member: $372 | Y Community Plus Member: $351

      Outrageous Science

      Ages 7-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPOSC28 FIND SESSIONS
      As if normal science wasn't enough?! We are upping the experiments to an outrageous level! Campers are introduced to the nature of physics, will explore reactions and take up the role of mad scientist during this week of camp.

      Nonmember: $412 | Y Community Member: $372 | Y Community Plus Member: $351

      Paintball

      Ages 8-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPPNTB28 FIND SESSIONS
      Traveling daily, your sharpshooter will crawl, roll and dive for a fun-filled experience. Goggles, jump suits, guns, protective headgear and paintballs are all provided - campers are welcome to bring their own equipment as well.

      Please note: Although all paintball guns are checked by the referees and set for safety at a velocity of 250-feet per second or less, some hits may still cause bruising.

      Nonmember: $536 | Y Community Member: $483 | Y Community Plus Member: $456

      Painting

      Ages 8-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPPAINT28 FIND SESSIONS
      Express yourself through one of the world's oldest forms of art. Learn a variety of popular painting techniques including those used by several famous artists. You'll leave this camp with new creative painting skills and your very own masterpieces.

      Nonmember: $430 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $366

      Parkour

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPPRK28 FIND SESSIONS
      Learn how to run, vault, flip, climb and roll over obstacles in the safety of our gymnastics center. Campers will spend time in the gym and will learn how to safely maneuver through their environment in a fun and creative way. Campers will also participate in camp activities such as art, science and games.

      Nonmember: $405 | Y Community Member: $365 | Y Community Plus Member: $345

      Photography

      Ages 8-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPPHT28 FIND SESSIONS
      Express your creativity through photography! Participants create a portfolio of their pictures, learning how to organize and place them to showcase each one. Participants learn about lighting, glare, angles, cropping, framing, editing and other details that can make a photo the best it can be! Cameras provided for camp use.

      Nonmember: $412 | Y Community Member: $372 | Y Community Plus Member: $351

      Pickleball

      Ages 9-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPPKLB28 FIND SESSIONS
      Your camper will have tons of fun in this accessible, high-energy and fast-paced paddle sport which was created to allow all ages to enjoy this activity. Campers will play pickleball using special paddles and hitting a slightly smaller whiffle ball. This camp is perfect for campers who want to try out a new sport and test out their paddle sport skills.

      Nonmember: $388 | Y Community Member: $350 | Y Community Plus Member: $330

      Pokémon

      Ages 7-10| SEARCH CODE: CPPKM28 FIND SESSIONS
      Campers, we choose you! Discover the wonderful world of Pokémon, full of mysterious creatures and plenty of adventures. In this camp you'll learn about new released Pokémon and brush up on facts about the classics, while learning the craft of battling, creating new Pokémon and so much more!

      Nonmember: $412 | Y Community Member: $372 | Y Community Plus Member: $351

      Power Team Gymnastics

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPPGT28 FIND SESSIONS
      Ever heard of Power Team Gymnastics? Let the coaches of our nationally ranked gymnastics team teach you what it is all about! In this camp, our gymnasts will learn how to perform together in a floor routine, vault, mini tramp and tumbling. Each day will consist of at least 3-hours of gymnastics work along with fun arts, crafts and games. Then the week will end with a mini competition that all parents are invited to watch on Friday.

      Nonmember: $405 | Y Community Member: $365 | Y Community Plus Member: $345

      Radical Reptiles & Friends

      Ages 8-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPRR28 FIND SESSIONS
      Meet the cold-blooded creatures of the animal world as we are visited by snakes, frogs, tortoises, turtles, lizards, bugs and other creepy crawlies. Campers' hands-on experience will be enhanced by art projects, games and activities that investigate the lives of reptiles. If you like reptiles and other creepy crawlies, this is certainly the camp for you!

      Nonmember: $430 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $366

      Radical Reptiles & Friends Jr.

      Ages 5-7 | SEARCH CODE: CPRRJ28 FIND SESSIONS
      This camp is a perfect fit for our younger campers! Meet the cold-blooded creatures of the animal world as we are visited by snakes, frogs, tortoises, turtles, lizards, bugs and other creepy crawlies. Campers' hands-on experience will be enhanced by art projects, games and activities that investigate the lives of reptiles. If you like reptiles and other creepy crawlies, this is certainly the camp for you!

      Nonmember: $430 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $366

      Rookie Sports

      Ages 5-6 | SEARCH CODE: CPRSP28 FIND SESSIONS
      Each week campers will learn how to play sports such as t-ball, basketball, soccer, floor hockey and other fun sports. Our camp staff will provide a fun and engaging camp environment to let your camper explore new sports and learn new skills. Campers will also get the opportunity to participate in traditional camp activities like arts and crafts, songs, games and one to two days of free swim in our Y pool.

      Nonmember: $388 | Y Community Member: $350 | Y Community Plus Member: $330

      SeaWorld

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPSWLD28 FIND SESSIONS
      Visit SeaWorld free for the rest of the calendar year if you sign up for one of our most popular camps! Animal enthusiasts have a chance to see virtually all of the aquatic wildlife and exciting shows that SeaWorld has to offer, including dolphins, walruses, sharks and sting rays. Find out how these animals survive in their watery habitats and how humans impact those habitats. If you love to learn about marine life, this camp is sure to make a splash!

      Please note: SeaWorld Fun Card included at the end of the camp week.

      Nonmember: $517 | Y Community Member: $466 | Y Community Plus Member: $440

      Slime Factory

      Ages 7-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPSF28 FIND SESSIONS
      Slime factory is the scientific study of all that's NOT allowed at the dinner table. Campers will spend part of their day getting their hands dirty by using different ingredients such as glue, glitter, starch and paint to make the thickest, ooey-gooiest slime around! You won't want to miss this one — it's slime time!

      Nonmember: $412 | Y Community Member: $372 | Y Community Plus Member: $351

      Soccer

      Ages 7-8 | SEARCH CODE: CPSC28 FIND SESSIONS
      Soccer fans will get a kick out of this camp! The YMCA will provide instruction featuring daily clinics, scrimmages and tournament play. Drills will focus on dribbling, passing, shooting and position techniques.

      Nonmember: $388 | Y Community Member: $350 | Y Community Plus Member: $330

      Space Academy

      Ages 7-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPSPAC28 FIND SESSIONS
      Houston, we have a camp! This camp is an explorative and adventurous dive into the stars above. Campers are taken through a journey of learning about celestial bodies, creating replicas and working together to complete a secret mission assigned to them. Fuel your rockets and prepare for takeoff! Welcome to Space Academy, Cadet!

      Nonmember: $430 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $366

      Star Wars

      Ages 7-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPSW28 FIND SESSIONS
      Our campers will have an out-of-world experience as they learn how to become a Jedi Master! They will attend Jedi Training every day, where they will use the force to sharpen their agility, strength and wisdom. They will also learn how to control their lightsabers in a fun and safe environment. Do you have what it takes to become a Jedi Master? Come find out in our amazing force-filled camp!

      Nonmember: $412 | Y Community Member: $372 | Y Community Plus Member: $351

      Surf

      Ages 8-13 | SEARCH CODE: CPSRF28 FIND SESSIONS
      Surf’s up! Come hang ten with us this summer, and get your feet wet in the world of surfing in a safe, supervised, fun environment with YMCA surf staff. Start the week off on the beach learning how to pop up on your board and read the ocean. We will investigate different sets, breaks and tides. Surfers will learn paddling techniques and ultimately how to drop into the wave with our experienced instructors, who will also teach about water safety and equipment care. Daily instruction will be based on the ability levels of our campers, who will average an hour per day in the water. Our young surfers will also participate in beach sports and games. In the event of inclement weather or ocean conditions (e.g. rip tides, stingrays), campers will participate in beach activities until water entry is safe.

      Nonmember: $544 | Y Community Member: $490 | Y Community Plus Member: $463

      TAYLOR SWIFT — ERAS CAMP

      Ages 8-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPSWFT28 FIND SESSIONS
      Welcome Swifties! Get ready for an exciting week-long adventure where we’ll dive into the incredible world of Taylor Swift’s music, creativity, and iconic eras! This camp is designed exclusively for Taylor Swift fans aged 7-12 who want to explore, celebrate, and experience the magic of Taylor’s musical journey.

      Nonmember: $412 | Y Community Member: $372 | Y Community Plus Member: $351

      TENNIS

      Ages 7-8 | SEARCH CODE: CPTEN28 FIND SESSIONS
      Join the likes of Nadal or Williams with this high-energy sport. Each camper will gain a better understanding of the basics of tennis during the two hours spent on stroke development, taught by qualified YMCA tennis instructors. Emphasis is on the fundamentals for our beginners and intermediate players. Tennis racket required.

      Please note: This camp will travel to a local campus tennis court for instruction.

      Nonmember: $388 | Y Community Member: $350 | Y Community Plus Member: $330

      TOP CHEF

      Ages 8-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPTC28 FIND SESSIONS
      Become a Top Chef in this new and exciting camp! Campers will create dishes from around the world while learning how to perform cooking methods such as proper cutting, boiling and pan-frying in a safe environment under the watchful eyes of experienced chefs.

      Nonmember: $430 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $366

      Under the Sea

      Ages 5-7 | SEARCH CODE: CPUTS28 FIND SESSIONS
      Dive into the magical world of the sea. This camp is a mixture of arts and crafts, games and fun! Campers will spend the week learning about everything under the sea.

      Nonmember: $430 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $366

      VOLLEYBALL

      Ages 9-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPVB28 FIND SESSIONS
      Come elevate your game in our volleyball camp! This program will help campers improve their skills and technique in a fun and safe environment. Our volleyball camp provides kids with top- notch instruction and the opportunity to unleash their potential! Let’s get ready to bump, set and spike!

      Nonmember: $240 | Y Community Member: $216 | Y Community Plus Member: $204

      Waterpalooza

      Ages 8-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPWTRP28 FIND SESSIONS
      This wet and wild camp will be a great way to escape the summer heat. Our campers will keep cool with water themed games, crafts, and science experiments. Campers will spend time in the pool and splash pad too!

      Nonmember: $430 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $366

      WOODWORKING

      Ages 7-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPWW28 FIND SESSIONS
      This camp is woodworking at its coolest: Wooden bobble head robots, creative string art, LEGO hanging racks, wooden cars, rockets, or boats. From using REAL saws to hammers, campers will build two or three smaller woodworking projects that will have them grinning from ear to ear.

      Nonmember: $449 | Y Community Member: $405 | Y Community Plus Member: $382

      Y-LIMPICS

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPOGC28 FIND SESSIONS
      Campers will have the opportunity to participate in their very own Y-Lympics as they run, jump, swim, toss, challenge and race their way to gold, silver and bronze metals participating in a variety of Olympic events. Complete with opening and closing ceremonies, this camp is certain to have your camper shooting for the gold!

      Nonmember: $388 | Y Community Member: $350 | Y Community Plus Member: $330

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      About Us

      Our Branch

      Dan McKinney Family YMCA
      Address: 8355 Cliffridge Ave., La Jolla, CA, 92037
      Phone: (858) 453-3483

      Camp Locations and Hours of Operation

      Dan McKinney Family YMCA
      Address: 8355 Cliffridge Ave., La Jolla, CA, 92037
      Camp Hours: 
      Full day
      : 8:00am–4:00pm
      Drop-off: 8:00–9:00am | Pick-up: 3:15–4:00pm
      Extended Care: 4:00–6:00pm*
      *Extended care is included for camp sessions three days or less and will be an extra fee for camp sessions four days or more.

      Directors and Supervisors

      Hannah Lewis
      Camp Director
      Email: [email protected]
      Phone: (858) 453-3483  ext. 1832

      Reese Kirkpatrick
      Camp Coordinator
      Email: [email protected]
      Phone: (858) 453-3483 ext. 2662

      About Our Staff

      Dan McKinney 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 $60 non-refundable deposit)
      • Place a $60 non-refundable deposit at the time of registration. Balances will be due three weeks 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.

      Deposits are non-refundable but can be immediately applied as a deposit for another camp if space is available or applied to an already existing camp balance within the same season. See our Refund/Voucer/Transfer Policies for more information.

      Here's what our parents tell us:

      "My child came home so happy and didn’t want to leave at the end of the day. He said it was the best camp EVER and loved all his camp counselors!"


      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.

      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. Medical release forms can be updated through your My Y account in our Community Portal.

      Vendor Waivers

      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.

      ADAPTIVE CAMP

      Our Adaptive  Camp Program is a designed to support youth with behavioral and developmental needs as it adapts the camp experience to your child's needs and abilities, allowing opportunities for all campers to learn new skills, form new friendships and create lifetime memories. Campers will participate in activities with our traditional and specialty camps based on their interests at a pace that works for them. Our smaller camper-to-staff ratio for Adaptive Camp supports positive inclusion and/or one-on-one support as needed. Space is limited.  

      PLEASE NOTE: Contact the Camp Director and/or Coordinator to initiate an enrollment request and help us prepare a great experience for your camper.  We begin accepting enrollment requests on March 4, 2024 and strive to provide at least one week of camp to all interested families. 

      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.

      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 Camp Director Hannah Lewis at [email protected], with any questions, comments or concerns!