“My father has been gone for over 25 years. He grew up in a challenging environment without a father. People said he would not amount to anything, but he was determined to show them they were wrong. I remember from the time I was little how he talked about his time at the YMCA. Because the local businesses kindly paid for his membership to the YMCA, he was able to get the support he needed to become a confident, hard-working individual. Please use my donation to help keep any youth off the street and give them the opportunity to become confident individuals too. Thank you for what you do.” – YMCA Donor


"Camp Surf was an incredible, life-changing experience for my two boys. We were greeted by camp staff that were outgoing, energetic, and helpful. Not only did they tell me their week at camp was the best week of their lives, but they also made lasting friendships and memories that will last them a lifetime. I will forever be grateful for the financial support my boys received, which made Camp Surf affordable for our family.” – YMCA Camp Parent

For over 100 years, the YMCA of San Diego County has provided a safe, nurturing environment where kids can have fun, make friends, and learn new skills. Today, we are more intentional about how we incorporate outdoor playtime, academics, and social activities to ensure kids not only have fun, but continue to grow and thrive. 

Your gift will create the opportunity for more than 10,000 kids to participate in our day camps and enjoy a phenomenal summer.


  • Camp gives kids time to be kids. They sing, dance, run and get creative in a space where kids gain a sense of belonging and inclusion in an outdoor, screen-free environment. This imaginative, free play is so critical to their development and has been missing lately.
  • Camp nurtures a sense of community. A sense of community is nurtured at camp. Kids will build friendships - new and old - as they spend the day together in new activities, rebuilding some of the social skills they may have lost.
  • All children are welcomed at camp, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. To ensure cost is not a barrier to participation in our Summer Day Camps and Overnight Camps, your generous support helps every child have access to camp and the life-changing benefits it provides.

If you have made a gift recently, thank you! If you can donate again, the Y will put those gifts to work to help more kids have a GREAT summer. Remember, your donation does make a difference, and with it, you can make the world a better place.

Your generous support of our YMCA Kids to Camp program not only impacts young lives but strengthens our community. PLEASE give a gift today, we can’t do it without you!

Thank you for your support of our community's kids!
Shelly McTighe-Rippengale
Shelly McTighe-Rippengale
Executive Vice President and Chief Mission Advancement Officer

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We are collecting stories from people who were impacted by a YMCA Day or overnight camp (with or without a scholarship), and we'd love to hear from you!

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Kids to Camp: Where the Fun Never Ends!

Send Kids to Camp heart imageWe believe that every child is a unique individual with their own rate of development.

Our goal is to introduce children and teens to as many new positive experiences as possible and help each child feel confident and secure in a fun, safe camp environment.

All of our branches offer summer camps that have been accredited by the American Camp Association, exceeding the highest standards in the day camp industry, as well as three YMCA overnight camp locations.

The quality of our camping staff is what sets us apart. Our staff members are seasoned youth development professionals with extensive camp experience and a passion for what they do. Our number one goal is to provide the safest, most enriching environment possible for you and your family.

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