WELCOME TO DAY CAMP AT MISSION VALLEY YMCA

girls at camp near the pool at the YMCAWhen school is out, your family can count on Mission Valley 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!

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

Members Save!

YMCA members save an average of 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!

  • Register OnlineBrowse Summer Camps
  • Register in PersonDirections 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).

Browse Summer Camps

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Spring First!

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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:

Browse School Break Camps

SUMMER CAMP GUIDE

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.

 

Enter the Catalog Tag from the catalog's camp matrix  to jump directly to a short, prefiltered list of camps.

About Mission Valley YMCA

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

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!

Directors & Supervisors

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

Our Camp Staff Are:

The Mission Valley 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.


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 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 in the form library. 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.

Inclusion Program

If your camper has special needs, please let us know when registering. Mission Valley 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

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.

Clothing

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.

Swimming

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.


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