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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  • Up to 15% off day camp and up to 10% off overnight camp. This rate also applies to active members who have not yet upgraded to one of our new membership plans.

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  • Up to 10% off day and overnight camps.

     

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    YOUR GUIDE TO DAY CAMP

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


    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

    Swiftie Camp

    Ages 6-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPSWFT40 FIND SESSIONS
    This summer, join us for an unforgettable experience where every note carries the spirit of Taylor Swift, and every moment is a chance to create lasting memories and form bonds that echo the magic of Taylor’s own friendships. Get ready for a summer of boundless creativity, infectious laughter, and the thrill of belonging to the ultimate Swiftie community!

    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:

    Full Day: 8:00am–4:00pm
    Drop-off: 8:00–9:00am
    Pick-up: 3:00–4:00pm 
    Extended Care Hours: Drop-off: 7:30am – 8:00am | Pick-up: 4:00pm  – 5:00pm (additional fee and registration required)

    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 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 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/Voucher/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. Additional information can be found on the YMCA of San Diego County Day Camp page. 

    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!