WELCOME TO DAY CAMP AT RANCHO FAMILY YMCA

Your family can count on Rancho 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. 


FIND YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE!

SUMMER 2024 REGISTRATION

  • Monday, March 4: Member exclusive registration.
  • Wednesday, March 6: Public registration opens.

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Members save up to 15% on day camp!

Note: To receive a member rate, your membership must remain active for the duration of the camp session. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a Y member, and join us today!

Y COMMUNITY PLUS MEMBERSHIP

  • 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. CPSPEC29).


    YOUR GUIDE TO DAY CAMP

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

    2024 DAY CAMP SPRING SESSIONS

    • April 8–12, 2024
      ❯ ❯ SPRING CAMP DESCRIPTIONS (CLICK TO EXPAND)

      TRADITIONAL EXTREME

      Ages 5-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPTRADEX29 FIND SESSIONS

      Our Traditional Extreme Camps take activities to the next level offering additional opportunities such as swimming, sports or other unique Y activities.

      INCLUSION CAMP

      Ages 5-13 | SEARCH CODE: CPINC29 FIND SESSIONS

      Our Inclusion Camp Program 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. Inclusion campers will participate in activities with our traditional camps as well as experience camp at a pace that works for them. Our increased ratio allows us to provide the staff needed for positive inclusion and/or one-on-one support.

      PLEASE NOTE: There is a pre-req for this camp; you must contact the Camp Director or Coordinator before registering.

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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 Rancho Family YMCA, or go straight to the program finder and type or copy/paste a search code (e.g., CPTRAD29) into the search bar to zero in on your camps.

      ❯ ❯ TRADITIONAL CAMP DESCRIPTIONS (CLICK TO EXPAND)

      INNOVATORS

      Ages 9-13 | SEARCH CODE: CPINV29 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, make new friends, and create lasting memories through different activities such as 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: $377 | Y Community Member: $340 | Y Community Plus Member: $321

      EXPLORERS

      Ages 6-8 | SEARCH CODE: CPEXP29 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: $396 | Y Community Member: $357 | Y Community Plus Member: $337 

      HIGH FIVES

      Age 5 | SEARCH CODE: CPHF29 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: $417 | Y Community Member: $376 | Y Community Plus Member: $355 

      CIT FIELDWORK

      Ages 16-17 | SEARCH CODE: CPCITF29 FIND SESSIONS
      CIT Fieldwork 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!

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

      LIT FIELDWORK

      Ages 13-15 | SEARCH CODE: CPLITF29 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 schoolrequired or volunteer service hours!

      Nonmember: $117 | Y Community Member: $110 | 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 Rancho Family YMCA, or go straight to the program finder and type or copy/paste a search code (e.g., CPSPEC29) into the search bar to zero in on your camps.

      ❯ ❯ SPECIALTY CAMP DESCRIPTIONS (CLICK TO EXPAND)

      All Things Crafts

      Ages 8-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPATC29 FIND SESSIONS
      Come let your creativity flow in this DIY and craft-filled camp! Campers will spend the week exploring various crafty projects from scrapbooking and jewelry making to knitting and more! Campers will take home all their wonderful creations and amaze people with their DIY skills.

      Nonmember: $420 | Y Community Member: $378 | Y Community Plus Member: $357

      Cooking

      Ages 5-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPCK29 FIND SESSIONS
      Cooking camp teaches campers how to make a wide variety of different meals. Children will learn how to perform many different cooking methods such as proper cutting, boiling and pan frying in a safe environment - supervised by some of our most experienced teachers!

      Nonmember: $455 | Y Community Member: $410 | Y Community Plus Member: $387

      DISCOVER SD

      Ages 8-13 | SEARCH CODE: CPDSD29 FIND SESSSIONS
      Take camper adventures to the next level this summer! Build self-confidence, meet new friends and have a blast while discovering what San Diego has to offer! We challenge your camper to explore and have fun in this all-out weekly adventure! These ultra-spirited camps will hit the road daily to explore San Diego and beyond.

      Nonmember: $564 | Y Community Member: $508 | Y Community Plus Member: $480

      Extreme

      Ages 8-13 | SEARCH CODE: CPEXT29 FIND SESSIONS
      What can be more extreme than paintball, rock climbing, hiking, boogie boarding and more? Join us as we go to the extreme and participate in these awesome games and activities.

      Nonmember: $564 | Y Community Member: $508 | Y Community Plus Member: $480

      Gym & Swim

      Ages 5-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPGS29 FIND SESSIONS
      Get the best of both worlds! Campers will spend their week getting gymnastics instruction and spending time in the pool. Gymnastics instruction will include basic tumbling, equipment stations and low beams. Campers will also get the chance to spend time in the pool swimming, splashing and playing with their friends. Please Note: Campers will need to be dropped off at the Canyonside Recreation Center for two days for gymnastics instruction and at Rancho Family YMCA the other days.

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

      Gymnastics – Palomar

      Ages 5-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPGYM29 FIND SESSIONS
      Introduce your gymnast to new skills on gymnastics equipment including trampoline, bars, beam and floor. Obstacle courses, parachutes and other tools are used to develop balance, coordination, flexibility and strength through various skill-focused rotations in a safe, fun and supportive environment.

      Please Note: Gymnastics will take place at the Palomar Family YMCA Escondido.

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

      Ice Skating

      Ages 8-13 | SEARCH CODE: CPIS29 FIND SESSIONS
      Campers will travel to the San Diego Ice Arena and receive instruction from an ice-skating coach, as well as enjoy free skate time. This camp will culminate in a performance for family and friends on Friday at the San Diego Ice Arena. By the end of the week your camper will have gained new skating skills, made lasting friendships and developed self-confidence in their amazing abilities! Skates are provided, but campers should bring or wear socks every day.

      Nonmember: $533 | Y Community Member: $480 | Y Community Plus Member: $454

      LEGO Builders

      Ages 5-7 | SEARCH CODE: CPLGB29 FIND SESSIONS
      This intense LEGO building camp is for the extreme LEGO camper. Campers will learn how to craft, build and construct different LEGO structures through exciting games and instruction. Campers will also have the opportunity to use their imagination to create their own structures and masterpieces.

      Nonmember: $420 | Y Community Member: $378 | Y Community Plus Member: $357

      LEGO MINDSTORM Robotics

      Ages 8-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPLGMR29 FIND SESSIONS
      Explore the world-class robotics challenge. Students will build a cutting-edge EV3 robot and control its movements with motors and sensors. Get your robot to hit a home run by programming it to run all four bases. Students will gain the 4Cs skills: communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity to become robotic engineers.

      Nonmember: $455 | Y Community Member: $410 | Y Community Plus Member: $387

      LEGO WeDo Robotics

      Ages 5-7 | SEARCH CODE: CPLGWDR29 FIND SESSIONS
      Explore the world of robotics with the LEGO WeDo system! Learn about physics concepts like friction, and explore gear ratios, energy sources and more! Build a Lunar Rover or a helicopter, all while learning about different sensors. Once you finish building your project, learn block coding to make your robot come to life!

      Nonmember: $455 | Y Community Member: $410 | Y Community Plus Member: $387

      Musical Theatre

      Ages 8-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPMT29 FIND SESSIONS
      Take the stage in Musical Theatre camp! This camp will take campers through the various aspects of theatre and through the many steps that go into creating a successful performance at any level of theatre. Your child will work with our professional actor/theatre director as we go through casting, rehearsal, stage and prep design, choreography and much more. The camp will conclude with a matinee performance at the end of the week. This camp is a great way to build confidence and public speaking skills! It also sets groundwork for aspiring theatre artist.

      Nonmember: $455 | Y Community Member: $410 | Y Community Plus Member: $387

      Ooey Gooey Science

      Ages 5-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPOGS29 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: $420 | Y Community Member: $378 | Y Community Plus Member: $357

      Outrageous Art

      Ages 5-7 | SEARCH CODE: CPOART29 FIND SESSIONS
      Get ready to take art to the extreme! In this camp our artists will use different mediums to express themselves using clay, watercolors, pastels and more. Campers will get their hands messy and create art with their bodies using unconventional methods to make masterpieces. Be prepared, this camp is sure to be a little messy and a lot of fun!

      Nonmember: $420 | Y Community Member: $378 | Y Community Plus Member: $357

      Paintball Lite

      Ages 8-13 | SEARCH CODE: CPPNTBL29 FIND SESSIONS
      Join the hottest new tactical game and travel with us to Velocity Park every day in this camp geared specifically towards younger campers. Similar to regular paintball, Paintball Lite is a great intro to this fun and active game. The style of games will be similar, but equipment (tanks, guns and paintballs) will be smaller and lighter. This game makes campers work together and form strategies. It is like paintball, but with a softer impact and slightly slower pace. All equipment is provided. The Y requires all equipment brought from home to be packed away until we arrive at the facility.

      Nonmember: $535 | Y Community Member: $482 | Y Community Plus Member: $455

      Pokémon

      Ages 8-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPPKM29 FIND SESSIONS
      Gotta catch 'em all! Chances are you've heard of Pokemon: the global phenomenon that began with catching 151 Pokemon and has since grown to 9 generations of Pokemon, with 1,025 or more in total, depending on who you ask! In this camp, we will be focusing on everything Pokemon! Campers will have the opportunity to battle with Pokemon cards, make cool Pokemon crafts from accessories to statuettes to our very own cards (not for official use of course) and many, many things in between. Campers will also be able to play Pokemon-related games to test their physical abilities as a Pokemon trainer, as well as trivia to test your Poke-knowledge. Come join the adventure at Pokemon camp!

      Nonmember: $455 | Y Community Member: $410 | Y Community Plus Member: $387

      Radical Reptiles and Friends

      Ages 5-7 | SEARCH CODE: CPRR29 FIND SESSIONS
      Campers will be introduced to a menagerie of live animals including snakes, frogs, tortoises, turtles, lizards, bugs and other creepy crawlies. As the children explore the animal kingdom, they will have a unique, hands-on experience enhanced by art, games and exciting projects related to these animals.

      Nonmember: $455 | Y Community Member: $410 | Y Community Plus Member: $387

      SPLASH

      Ages 6-8 | SEARCH CODE: CPSPLSH29 FIND SESSIONS
      This wet, wild and fun camp is sure to keep your little fishes busy. Campers will enjoy a fun-filled, 30-minute jam-packed swimming lesson with outstanding YMCA-certified lifeguards, followed by an extended swim time full of splishing, splashing and sploshing! Campers will also participate in fun water activities on-site at the Y. When the children are not in the pool, they are having a blast participating in other camp activities such as arts and crafts, games, songs, sports and more.

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

      SPORTS GALORE

      Ages 8-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPSG29 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: $405 | Y Community Member: $365 | Y Community Plus Member: $345

      WATER & SAND

      Ages 8-13 | SEARCH CODE: CPWS29 FIND SESSIONS
      Catch some waves and build sand sculptures in this camp! Campers will spend their week at the beach mastering the art of sand sculptures and learning the basics of bodysurfing. It'll be a week of fun in the sun! Campers may bring boogie boards from home if they would like — don't forget a towel and sunscreen.

      Nonmember: $488 | Y Community Member: $440 | Y Community Plus Member: $415

      WATERPALOOZA

      Ages 8-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPWTRP29 FIND SESSIONS
      This wet and wild camp will be a great way to escape the summer heat. Our campers will keep cool with water balloons and games galore!

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

      ZOOLOGY

      Ages 8-12 | SEARCH CODE: CPZLG29 FIND SESSIONS
      Do you love animals? Then you will love this camp! Campers will learn cool facts about their favorite animals and the areas in which said animals live, play cool animal games, make cool animal crafts and even receive the occasional visit from some of our amazing animal friends! We look forward to teaching campers to love and appreciate the diverse ecosystems that comprise our planet and the animal friends that inhabit them.

      Nonmember: $455 | Y Community Member: $410 | Y Community Plus Member: $387

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      About Us

      Our Branch

      Rancho Family YMCA
      Address: 9410 Fairgrove Ln, San Diego, CA 92129
      Phone: (858) 484-8788

      Camp Locations and Hours of Operation

      Rancho Family YMCA
      Address:  9440 Fairgrove Ln, San Diego, CA 92129

      Palomar Family YMCA Gymnastics Center
      Address: 1050 N. Broadway Escondido, CA 92026
      *Please note: only gymnastic camps are offered at this location

      • Camp Hours: 8:00am–5:30pm
      • Drop off: 8:00–9:00am
      • Pick up: 3:30–5:30pm

      Directors and Supervisors

      Taylor Martorana | Camp Director
      [email protected]  | (858) 484-8788 ext. 3019

      About Our Staff

      Rancho 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 our Camp Director, Taylor Martorana, [email protected], with any questions, comments or concerns!