WELCOME TO DAY CAMP AT RYAN FAMILY YMCA

girls at camp near the pool at the YMCAWhen school is out, your family can count on Ryan Family 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 Registration - February 29
  • Registration Opens to Public - March 7

Members Save!

YMCA members save up to 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!

Browse Summer Camps

 

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

 


Camp Locations and Hours of Operation

Ryan Family YMCA
Address: 4390 Valeta Street, San Diego, CA 92107
Camp takes place right next door to our YMCA on the back field of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, plan on parking in the church lot and walking your camper to the check-in area. Our information center will be at the entrance of our camp space, but registrations and transfers take place inside the main Y facility.

Camp hours: 8:30am - 4:00pm
(buses begin to leave at 9:00am for field trips)
Extended hours (included in camp fee):
Before Care (Summer): 6:30am - 8:30am
After Care: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Before Care (School Break): 7:00-8:30am
After Care: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

We understand that parents work full days, and we want to make sure we have you covered. During the extended camp hours, your camper will enjoy group activities such as games, art, science, Legos and more!

About Us

Our Branch

Ryan Family YMCA
Address: 4390 Valeta Street, San Diego, CA 92107
Phone: (619) 226-8888

Directors & Supervisors

Tyler Robinson
Camp Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (619) 226-8888

Alex Salazar
Camp Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (619) 226-8888

About Our Staff

The Ryan 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.

How to Register for Day Camp

If your camper has special needs, please let us know when registering. Ryan Family YMCA funds and operates an Inclusion Program that may be able to provide and aide for your camper. For more information regarding the Inclusion Program, please contact Tyler Robinson at [email protected] or (619) 226-8888

At time of registration, you may choose to:

  • Pay in full (includes a $25 non-refundable deposit)
  • Put down a $25 non-refundable deposit at time of registration. Balances will be due the Monday prior to the first day of camp.
  • An additional $25 will be applied to all registrations starting the Tuesday before the camp begins.
  • An active membership is required at the time of the program start date to receive the member pricing discount.

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

Medication Release Form - For those needing medication during camp. Please fill out an bring in with the medication. 

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.


Day Camp Categories

Traditional Day Camps

These ultra-spirited, fun-filled camps are full of BIG themes, BIG ideas and BIG FUN! Each week will have a different theme that will guide our activities and trips for the week. Set in the YMCA style of different crazy activities each and every day, your camper will be traveling on special adventures throughout San Diego: visiting theme parks, taking swim lessons, going to local parks and beaches, or simply having a great time at one of our extraordinary facilities. Go BIG, go traditional!

Find Traditional Day Camps at Ryan Family YMCA

Specialty Day Camps

Our phenomenal specialty day camps combine the traditional fun of YMCA day camps with the more specialized skills and learning of our outside specialty camp providers or YMCA experts. Each specialty day camp has a wide range of subjects to campers to enjoy - from sports-related day camps concentrating on skills and techniques, to creative camps like ceramics that focus on expanding artistic skills and confidence.

Find Specialty Day Camps at Ryan Family YMCA

Sports Day Camps

Recreational games and skill building with focus on sportsmanship and a different sport each day. Enjoy basketball, soccer, baseball, flag football, a trip to our pool and many other active games.

 Find Sports Day Camps at Ryan Family YMCA

Leader in Training and Counselor in Training Camps

Our Leader in Training (LIT) and Counselor in Training (CIT) programs are an excellent opportunity for teens to learn hands-on job experience and responsibilities, while still operating under the supervision of our camp staff team. Additionally, all hours completed within LIT Placement can be recorded as community service hours!

Find LIT and CIT Day Camps at Ryan Family YMCA

Teen Day Camps

Summer camps aren't just for kids! The YMCA offers fun and challenging camp activities specifically tailored to preteens and teens. Teens will have fun as they learn, grow and thrive under the guidance of caring, well-trained staff members.

Find Teen Day Camps at Ryan Family YMCA

Aquatics Day Camps

Does your camper love the water? Whether they are a fantastic swimmer or just learning, we offer fun-filled and exciting aquatic camps for every ability.

Find Aquatic Day Camps at Ryan Family YMCA

Special Needs Day Camps

The YMCA is proud to offer low-ratio day camps for children with special needs, providing a day camp experience in a safe, fun and nurturing environment. All camp counselors for this program have additional experience working with special needs campers.

Find All YMCA Special Needs Day Camps


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 7:00 pm, and if a child is picked up at 6:25 pm, there will be a charge of $25. Every attempt will be made to contact parents or a listed authorized pick-up. If by 7:00 pm 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 6:00 pm according to our clock.

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.

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 - All campers must bring their own lunch, a small snack and drink to camp daily. The YMCA will provide an additional afternoon snack. Please, send only non-perishable foods because refrigeration is not possible.

What Not to Bring to Camp

Campers should not bring toys, card games, candy, soda, video games, cell phones, iPods/tablets, expensive jewelry/watches, money, alcohol or drugs, vehicles, animals or weapons. The YMCA is not responsible for any items that are lost or stolen and under no circumstance will we reimburse for lost items. Staff will hold confiscated items until parent pick-up. Lost and found items will be held at our camp information center for two weeks, and then donated.

Sun Protection

Parents should apply sunscreen before campers arrive 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.


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, Tyler Robinson at [email protected], with any questions, comments or concerns!