WELCOME TO DAY CAMP AT JOE AND MARY MOTTINO FAMILY YMCA

Your family can count on Joe and Mary Mottino 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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Members save up to 15% on day camp!

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  • Rate is up to 15% off the nonmember rate. This rate also applies to active members who have not yet upgraded to one of our new membership plans.

Y COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP

  • Rate is up to 10% off the nonmember rate.

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    Please note that you must create a new My Y account in order to register. Prior to registration day, please log in to your My Y Account to make sure your profile is complete with payment method, valid email address, child's birth date and full name, etc. If you are new to the Y, you can set up your account now.

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    When you're ready to fill your cart, 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. CPTRAD40).


    YOUR GUIDE TO DAY CAMP

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

    2024 DAY CAMP SPRING SESSIONS

    • February 19–23, 2024
    • April 1–5, 2024
    • April 8–12, 2024
      ❯ ❯ SPRING CAMP DESCRIPTIONS (CLICK TO EXPAND)

      CHALLENGERS

      Ages 10-13 | SEARCH CODE: CPCHL40 FIND SESSIONS
      Join our Y day camp for a week of fun with all the onsite activities our camp has to offer! Campers will build self-confidence, meet new friends, and create lasting memories through different activities like sports and games, arts and crafts, science experiments and more, all based on the weekly theme and interests of the campers. Day campers will be divided into small groups by age and will participate in activities appropriate to the interests and needs of their group.

      CLUB 6/7

      Ages 6-7 | SEARCH CODE: CPCL40 FIND SESSIONS
      Join our Y day camp for a week of fun with all the onsite activities our camp has to offer! Campers will build self-confidence, meet new friends, and create lasting memories through different activities like sports and games, arts and crafts, science experiments and more, all based on the weekly theme and interests of the campers. Day campers will be divided into small groups by age and will participate in activities appropriate to the interests and needs of their group.

      DISCOVERY

      Ages 8-9 | SEARCH CODE: CPDSC40 FIND SESSIONS
      Join our Y day camp for a week of fun with all the onsite activities our camp has to offer! Campers will build self-confidence, meet new friends, and create lasting memories through different activities like sports and games, arts and crafts, science experiments and more, all based on the weekly theme and interests of the campers. Day campers will be divided into small groups by age and will participate in activities appropriate to the interests and needs of their group.

      HIGH FIVES

      Age 5 | SEARCH CODE: CPHF40 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.

      EXTENDED CARE

      Ages 5-13 | SEARCH CODE: CPEC40 FIND SESSIONS
      Extended care is intended to provide parents with additional resources and care for their child.

      Soccer Skills & Drills

      Ages 7-13 | SEARCH CODE: CPSCSD40 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.

      Splash

      Ages 5-13 | SEARCH CODE: CPSPLSH40 FIND SESSIONS
      Splash camp will focus on swim instruction for the beginner to the intermediate swimmer. Campers will be taught how to perform basic strokes and gain confidence in the water. Campers will receive one 45-minute swimming lesson and one 45-minute free swim session each day combined with active games, crafts and other fun camp activities.

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      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 Joe and Mary Mottino Family YMCA, or go straight to the program finder and type or copy/paste a search code (e.g., CPTRAD40) into the search bar to zero in on your camps.

      ❯ ❯ TRADITIONAL CAMP DESCRIPTIONS (CLICK TO EXPAND)

      CHALLENGERS

      Ages 10-13 | SEARCH CODE: CPCHL40 FIND SESSIONS
      Join our Y day camp for a week of fun with all the onsite activities our camp has to offer! Campers will build self-confidence, meet new friends, and create lasting memories through different activities like sports and games, arts and crafts, science experiments and more, all based on the weekly theme and interests of the campers. Day campers will be divided into small groups by age and will participate in activities appropriate to the interests and needs of their group.

      Nonmember: $319 | Y Community Member: $288 | Y Community Plus Member: $272

      CLUB 6/7

      Ages 6-7 | SEARCH CODE: CPCL40 FIND SESSIONS
      Join our Y day camp for a week of fun with all the onsite activities our camp has to offer! Campers will build self-confidence, meet new friends, and create lasting memories through different activities like sports and games, arts and crafts, science experiments and more, all based on the weekly theme and interests of the campers. Day campers will be divided into small groups by age and will participate in activities appropriate to the interests and needs of their group.

      Nonmember: $334 | Y Community Member: $301 | Y Community Plus Member: $284

      DISCOVERY

      Ages 8-9 | SEARCH CODE: CPDSC40 FIND SESSIONS
      Join our Y day camp for a week of fun with all the onsite activities our camp has to offer! Campers will build self-confidence, meet new friends, and create lasting memories through different activities like sports and games, arts and crafts, science experiments and more, all based on the weekly theme and interests of the campers. Day campers will be divided into small groups by age and will participate in activities appropriate to the interests and needs of their group.

      Nonmember: $319 | Y Community Member: $288 | Y Community Plus Member: $272

      HIGH FIVES

      Age 5 | SEARCH CODE: CPHF40 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: $350 | Y Community Member: $315 | Y Community Plus Member: $298

      EXTENDED CARE

      Ages 5-13 | SEARCH CODE: CPEC40 FIND SESSIONS
      Extended care is intended to provide parents with additional resources and care for their child.

      LIT FIELDWORK

      Ages 14-16 | SEARCH CODE: CPLITF40 FIND SESSIONS
      LIT Fieldwork is an opportunity for teens who have successfully completed our training 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!

      Nonmember: $117 | Y Community Member: $105 | Y Community Plus Member: $99

      LIT TRAINING

      Ages 14-16 | SEARCH CODE: CPLITT40 FIND SESSIONS
      The LIT training 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. LIT’s will also receive CPR and First Aid training. The LIT program is required each year for all participants regardless of past experience in the program.

      Nonmember: $312 | Y Community Member: $281 | Y Community Plus Member: $266

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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 Joe and Mary Mottino Family YMCA, or go straight to the program finder and type or copy/paste a search code (e.g., CPSPEC40) into the search bar to zero in on your camps.

      ❯ ❯ SPECIALTY CAMP DESCRIPTIONS (CLICK TO EXPAND)

      Adventure Traveling

      Ages 9-14| SEARCH CODE: CPADVT40 FIND SESSIONS
      Camp Join the ultimate adventure of exploring fun and exciting attractions in the North County area! Campers will travel around North County for age-appropriate field trip spots while playing games, singing songs and other fun-filled camp activities. Destinations may change weekly. Campers are divided into age-appropriate groups for activities.

      Nonmember: $395 | Y Community Member: $356 | Y Community Plus Member: $336

      American Girl Doll

      Ages 5-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPAGD40 FIND SESSIONS
      Led by Kristen Washington, the official American Girl brand influencer, campers can take an adventure with the American Girl Doll stories! Using different dolls as our guide, we will walk through history learning about our favorite American Girls. Campers are encouraged to bring their doll every day, but they are not required.

      Nonmember: $365 | Y Community Member: $329 | Y Community Plus Member: $311

      Art Adventure

      Ages 6-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPARTA40 FIND SESSIONS
      Campers will get a chance to explore the wonderful world of art by adventuring through different forms of art. Your artist will learn about famous artists and create masterpieces using their techniques. Campers will learn about color design, line texture, and balance in this awesome camp!

      Nonmember: $331 | Y Community Member: $298 | Y Community Plus Member: $282

      Ceramics Camp

      Ages 9-14 | SEARCH CODE: CPCER40 FIND SESSIONS
      For campers who love to create clean and beautiful works of art while getting their hands dirty, we present the perfect way to scratch that artistic itch: our camper-tested and camper-approved Ceramics Camp. The Arimaw Ceramics Camp has been a source of good, not-so-clean fun for years, delighting many campers as they express themselves through various 3-dimensional art forms offered during the week.

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

      Dance

      Ages 6-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPDNC40 FIND SESSIONS
      Led by Kristen Washington, campers will have daily dance lessons to learn several styles of dance and improve their technique and coordination. Campers will work together with our dance instructors to create a routine that they will learn and practice all week.

      Nonmember: $331 | Y Community Member: $298 | Y Community Plus Member: $282

      Dessert Island

      Ages 6-11 | SEARCH CODE: CBDI40 FIND SESSIONS
      Campers will focus on creating magnificent desserts of all kinds. From cakes and cookies to homemade ice cream and puddings, this camp will surely satisfy! Although some healthy options will be explored, sugar and spice and all things nice will make up this week of camp!

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

      Disney Adventures

      Ages 5-9 | SEARCH CODE: CPDISA40 FIND SESSIONS
      Who is your favorite Disney character? Ariel? Stitch? Mickey? Everyone is a Disney character in this wonderful week of exciting Disney Adventures! Campers will combine arts & crafts, drama & creative play as they explore their favorite Disney characters.

      Nonmember: $331 | Y Community Member: $298 | Y Community Plus Member: $282

      Edible Science

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPES40 FIND SESSIONS
      Discover the kitchen chemistry that leads to some of your campers favorite treats. Campers will learn as we enjoy consuming our science experiments. This hands-on adventure will engage the minds while whetting their appetites.

      Nonmember: $365 | Y Community Member: $329 | Y Community Plus Member: $311

      International Cooking

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPICK40 FIND SESSIONS
      A cooking camp dedicated to various regions around the world! Campers will explore and cook foods from different regions each day, gaining an understanding of dishes they already love and discovering new foods to fall in love with.

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

      Jr. Restaurant 

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPJRRST40 FIND SESSIONS
      Campers who enroll in this camp will learn what it’s like to run and operate a restaurant! They will interview for positions in their restaurant, develop a menu and prepare to open their restaurant for parents on Friday!

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

      Jr. Zookeeper

      Ages 5-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPJRZK40 FIND SESSIONS
      Calling all animal lovers! Become a zookeeper with visits from multiple animals throughout the week! Learn how to be a zookeeper on this epic animal adventure.

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

      Karate

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPKRT40 FIND SESSIONS
      Every great journey begins with one step. This camp will help your Karate Kid hone in on skills in the martial arts. Campers will learn traditional karate techniques in addition to learning how to defend themselves. If your camper is tired of the same old summer and ready to get up and move around, this camp is for you!

      Nonmember: $331 | Y Community Member: $298 | Y Community Plus Member: $282

      LEGO Builders

      Ages 5-9 | SEARCH CODE: CPLGB40 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: $331 | Y Community Member: $298 | Y Community Plus Member: $282

      Master of DIY

      Ages 6-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPMDIY40 FIND SESSIONS
      Pinterest lovers unite! This camp will let campers explore their creative side! Campers will have focused Do-It-Yourself projects daily and fun take-home projects. Campers will also participate in unique DIY challenges that encourage innovation, creativity and imagination.

      Nonmember: $365 | Y Community Member: $329 | Y Community Plus Member: $311

      Minecraft Camp

      Ages 5-10 | SEARCH CODE: CPMINE40 FIND SESSIONS
      Help us bring Minecraft to life! Campers will work together to build forts, box mazes, LEGO models and more! We will create our own characters and (totally safe) versions of Minecraft favorites such as pickaxes, swords, shields and armor to use in conquering challenges — just like in the game! Campers will have the option to bring personal devices on assigned days and play under the supervision of staff.

      Nonmember: $331 | Y Community Member: $298 | Y Community Plus Member: $282

      Musical Theatre

      Ages 7-14 | SEARCH CODE: CPMT40 FIND SESSIONS
      Led by Kristen Washington, our campers take the stage in musical theatre camp! This camp will take campers 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 and theatre directors as we go through casting, rehearsal, stage and prop design, choreography and much more; all leading up to the matinée 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: $429 | Y Community Member: $387 | Y Community Plus Member: $365

      Nerf Camp

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPNERF40 FIND SESSIONS
      Nerf camp is a great way to stay active and have a TON OF FUN this summer. This camp will encourage teamwork and strategy building through the use of obstacles and games like capture the flag, Nerf tag and so much more!

      Nonmember: $331 | Y Community Member: $298 | Y Community Plus Member: $282

      Olympic Games Camp

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPOGC40 FIND SESSIONS
      Campers will spend the week competing in different and fun Olympic game activities! Campers will earn points and represent their team’s country through various games and activities, followed by daily award ceremonies.

      Nonmember: $331 | Y Community Member: $298 | Y Community Plus Member: $282

      Pokèmon Trainers

      Ages 5-9 | SEARCH CODE: CPPKMT40 FIND SESSIONS
      Calling all aspiring Pokémon Masters, this camp is for you! Campers will enjoy creating their own Pokémon characters, designing a storyline and learning the history of Pokémon! Campers can bring their cards to battle against their friends and make trades (staff supervised and approved).

      Nonmember: $331 | Y Community Member: $298 | Y Community Plus Member: $282

      Silly, Sloppy Camp

      Ages 6-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPSSC40 FIND SESSIONS
      Let’s have some silly, sloppy and slimy fun in the sun this summer. We will play a variety of goofy, wet and messy games each day. Please wear your bathing suit & be prepared to get messy!

      Nonmember: $331 | Y Community Member: $298 | Y Community Plus Member: $282

      Slime Factory

      Ages 5-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPSF40 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: $365 | Y Community Member: $329 | Y Community Plus Member: $311

      Soccer Skills & Drills

      Ages 6-11 | SEARCH CODE: CPSCSD40 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: $331 | Y Community Member: $298 | Y Community Plus Member: $282

      Splash

      Ages 5-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPSPLSH40 FIND SESSIONS
      Splash camp will focus on swim instruction for beginner and intermediate swimmers. Campers will be taught how to perform basic strokes and gain confidence in the water. Campers will receive one 35-minute swimming lesson and one hour of free swim each day combined with active games, crafts and other fun camp activities.

      Nonmember: $376 | Y Community Member: $339 | Y Community Plus Member: $320

      Sports Galore

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPSG40 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.

      Nonmember: $331 | Y Community Member: $298 | Y Community Plus Member: $282

      Top Chef

      Ages 7-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPTC40 FIND SESSIONS
      Our young culinary artists will be loaded with helpful tips and tricks after spending a week with our talented YMCA chefs. Each day, your sous chef will learn to create delicious, tasty treats combining traditional favorites with out of the box creative concoctions. Campers will create their own recipe books and have take away projects and treats that they can enjoy at home.

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

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      About Us

      Our Branch

      JOE AND MARY MOTTINO FAMILY YMCA
      Address: 4701 Mesa Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056
      Phone: (760) 758-0808

      Camp Locations and Hours of Operation

      Joe and Mary Mottino Family YMCA

      Address: 4701 Mesa Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056
      Phone: (760) 758-0808

      Bella Mente Academy

      Address: 221 North Emerald Way, Vista, CA 92083
      Phone: (760) 758-0808

      Day Camp Hours:

      8:00am - 4:00pm

      Camp Hours: Drop-off: 8:00am – 9:00 am | Pick-up: 3:00pm – 4:00pm 
      Extended Care Hours: Drop-off: 7:30am – 8:00am | Pick-up: 4:00pm  – 5:00pm

      Directors and Supervisors

      CAMP DIRECTORS AND SUPERVISORS
      Gage Daniel
      Camp Director
      Email: [email protected]
      Phone: (760) 758-0808 ext. 1922

      About Our Staff

      Joe and Mary Mottino 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. Deposit discounts may apply based on membership type.
      • 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 or through third party payment support.

      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, Gage Daniel at [email protected], with any questions, comments or concerns!