Summer Camp Day Camp at Mission Valley YMCA

Marisa and Jenn Camp DirectorsGreetings, and welcome to camps at the Mission Valley YMCA! We are extremely delighted about and committed to providing a top-notch day-camp experience for your family. We are dedicated to going above and beyond in service and program quality, and we want you to know that you can count on the Y to provide educational and enriching programs for your child. You can depend on the Y to be a home away during summer and school breaks.

We believe that every young person is a unique individual with his/her own rate of development. Our goal is to introduce children and teens to as many new experiences as possible and help each child feel confident and secure in a fun, safe camp environment. YMCA day camps challenge children to grow in imagination, creativity, self-directed initiative and leadership.

We are dedicated to changing the lives of our campers by creating friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. All of our YMCA day camps have been voluntarily accredited by the American Camp Association. Accreditation identifies those programs which offer a solid foundation of health, safety and program quality. Our day camps exceed the highest standards in the camp industry — solid proof of our accountability, credibility and commitment to providing the best summer experience. For more information regarding ACA standards please visit

Vacation Fun Days & School Break Camps

Our School Break Camps and Vacation Fun Days are the perfect solution for you and your family when school is out on break!  Children will engage in traditional camp activities such as games, arts & crafts, science, sports and more! Check below for 2019-2020 School Break Camps.

  • Winter Break Week 1: December 23 & 26-27
  • Winter Break Week 2: December 30 & January 2, 3

Browse School Break Camps

Register for the Best Summer Ever!

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Enter the Catalog Tag from the catalog's "camp matrix" (starting on page 5) to jump directly to a short, prefiltered list of camps.

If your camper has any special needs, please let us know when registering. Toby Wells YMCA funds and operates an Inclusion Program that may be able to provide an aide for your camper. For more information regarding the Inclusion Program, please contact Marisa Wells-Ellis at [email protected] or (619) 298-3576

Find more information about required forms and supplemental documents here.

Please note: Full camp balance is due the week before camp. Camp deposits ($25) are non-refundable but are fully transferable (as a new deposit only) into another camp up to the second day of camp (if space is available in the new camp).

Download PDF version of Summer Camp Guide Here


Camp Locations and Hours of Operation

Mission Valley YMCA
Address: 5505 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92110
Camp hours: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Extended hours: Summer Camps (included in camp fee):
Before care: 6:30am - 8:30am | After care: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Camp Drop Off: View our camp drop off map!

Our extended-day program offers quality care for your child before and after the camp day. We offer this convenient service at all locations to complement our camp programs. Activities may include sports, arts and crafts, and more!

About Mission Valley YMCA

camp staffMission Valley YMCA
Address: 5505 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (619) 298-3576

Directors & Supervisors

Marissa Wells-Ellis
Camp Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (619) 298-3576

Our Camp Staff Are:

  • Vetted: We complete reference checks and extensive background checks on each of our camp staff.
  • Trained: Day camp staff complete pre-camp training, including first aid, CPR/AED, planning, child-abuse prevention, age-appropriate activities and character-development awareness.
  • Committed: Our staff possess extraordinary skills in working with children and a passion for helping each child develop. They are committed to helping children and teens make new friends and find a true sense of belonging at camp.

Required Forms and Supplemental Documents

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 2019. Medical Release forms can be found at the YMCA Registration Desk or can be downloaded here: English | Español

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 list of external waivers below. If it is not present, you can pick on up at the branch when you sign your child in on the first day of camp.

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.

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 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 will be supervised by our staff. A fee of $1 per minute will be charged when your camp ends. For example, camp ends at 5:30 p.m., and if a child is picked up at 5:55 p.m., there will be a charge of $25. Every attempt will be made to contact parents or a listed authorized pick-up. If by 6:30 p.m. all contacts are not reachable, and the child has not been picked up, Child Protective Services will be contacted. A late fee will be assessed starting at 5:30 p.m. according to our clock.

Lunches and Snacks

Campers should eat a nutritious breakfast before being dropped off for camp and bring a healthy non-perishable lunch each day. Sorry, but we do not provide meals for campers. Please note, we do not have the capacity to heat or refrigerate lunch items.


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.

T-Shirts: Campers my purchase a T-shirt at the AM/PM kiosk for $5.

What to Bring to Camp

Please label all belongings:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sweatshirt or light jacket
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks and lunch

What Not to Bring to Camp

The following are not allowed at camp:

  • Toys/trading cards
  • Expensive personal belongings
  • Hand-held video games
  • Cellphones/cameras

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.

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 Camp Director, Marissa Wells-Ellis at [email protected], with any questions, comments or concerns!