Closed January 17

All YMCA of San Diego County branches and the call center will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our January deal ($0 join fee + January free) is valid online using My Y Code JOIN22.

COVID-19 and Overnight Camp YMCA of San Diego County

Last Updated: February 10, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Are our camps open?

The health and safety of our community are our number one priority.

We are very excited to plan our return to youth camping at YMCA Camp Marston. The California Department of Health recently announced that overnight camps will be permitted this summer. 

We are awaiting the specific operating guidelines from the County Health Officials.
For now, here is what we are planning:

  • We will hold overnight camps at Marston and Raintree Ranch.
  • Camp Marston – 50% of normal capacity starting July 3 for 7 weeks.
  • Raintree Ranch – 20 horses, 44 campers starting June 20 for 9 weeks.
  • Camp Surf – 200 camper Day Camp REGISTRATION OPEN + Family Camping on weekends.  

Registrations for Marston & Raintree will be launched online in mid-April, stay tuned. 

For health and safety, COVID procedures will be in place (masks, distancing, health screening, sanitation).  Summer camp will continue building friendships and fun in the great outdoors. 


Are we taking phone calls?

Like so many other businesses, our staffing levels have been reduced and those who remain are currently working from home. Phone calls have temporarily been halted however we encourage you to reach out to us via the email address listed below. We appreciate your patience with response times.

For general questions, billing, and registration please call the YMCA call center at (858) 514-4411


Are my deposits and payments refundable?

OVERNIGHT CAMP PAYMENTS: For any fees paid, including deposits, we are providing three choices:

  1. Consider a donation of some, or all, of the payments you have made. Our camps have been hit hard financially during the pandemic, and as a non-profit, we appreciate charitable donations. If you are in a position to be able to donate, we will send a tax acknowledgment letter.
  2. You can also leave your payments on hold with us. A non-expiring “voucher” will automatically be created for you. Vouchers can be used for any future program at camp or for any YMCA program here in San Diego. This includes reserving your campers spot for Summer 2021 - we hope to open registration VERY SOON!
  3. Of course, if you’d like a refund, we will process one for you. Since we are currently operating with limited staff, please allow 2-3 weeks for your refund to be completed.

If you would like to keep a voucher with us you don't need to do anything at this time. For donations and refunds please email [email protected]



Are Winter Group Retreats running?

Unfortunately, we do not have governmental health and safety guidelines or permission that would allow us to run our traditional group retreat programs this fall for mixed groups that are not in the same household. All fall group retreats have been canceled and group leaders have been notified. We DO HAVE permission from state and local public health authorities to offer family camp programs at Camp Surf and Camp Marston. These programs are accommodations only, no food service or activities provided, but they offer an amazing opportunity for families within the same household to socially distance and enjoy our awesome outdoor environments.


What's the deal with Outdoor Education (aka 6th Grade Camp)?

All Outdoor Education programs at Surf, Marston, and Raintree will be starting in Fall 2021


When does registration for Summer 2021 open?

Overnight Camp registration for Summer 2021 will open in mid-April once we have permission and health and safety guidelines from state and local health officials to operate. Once registration is open we will be announcing it on our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram).


What is the YMCA of San Diego County doing to help the community?

It remains our mission to serve and support the health and well-being of our community. For full updates on the YMCA of San Diego County's community efforts please visit our official COVID-19 update webpage.


As a donor to overnight camps, how can I help?

We are beyond grateful to the members of our community — our alumni, guests, camper families, volunteers, and staff — who have recognized the challenges that crises like this can pose to a human services organization regardless of personal hardships that they may be facing. For those that are able and interested, please make a gift here. THANK YOU for your support of children and families during these uncertain times.

For additional questions, please email us at [email protected]
760.765.0642 - Marston | Raintree
619.423.5850 - Surf

These are challenging times, but we remain optimistic for the future. As we approach 100 years of overnight camping in San Diego County, we remain confident in our ability to move and adapt to changing conditions. Knowing how much camp means to our kids, staff, and families, we look forward to opening our programs!