Day Camp for Kids

Discover the Experience of a Lifetime

Best Summer Ever with Girl at campAt the YMCA of San Diego County, we believe all kids deserve the chance to experience the life-changing power of camp. 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are currently registered for a day camp in May, please view our COVID-19 update page for information on program cancellations and options.

Experience You Can Trust

Together, our proven programs and trained youth leaders deliver meaningful and memorable camp experiences that are fun, enriching and, above all, safe. Our staff members are carefully selected through an extensive hiring process and certified in CPR and First Aid. Additionally, our camps are accredited by the American Camp Association, ensuring our programs and staff meet the highest standards of health, safety and quality.

Never Stop Exploring

Whether your camper is a first-time adventurer or a lifelong explorer, we have something for everyone that will cultivate a passion for learning, build confidence and inspire a sense of belonging.

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View your branch day camp page and digital camp guide or take a look at camps around the county:

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How to Register


Helpful Tips

  • Sign into your My Y Profile first for the best experience.
  • New to the Y? Create a My Y Profile for your family prior to registering online.
  • Check out your local branch's day camp page and digital camp guide to learn more about their summer camp programs and access more pre-filtered searches.
  • Found the camp you'd like to register for in one of our catalogs? Enter the Catalog Tag into the nearby form to jump directly to a short, pre-filtered list of camps.
  • Camp deposits ($25) are non-refundable, but are fully transferable (as a new deposit only) into another camp, up to the second day of camp (if space is available in the new camp).
  • An active membership is required at the time of the program start date to receive the member pricing discount.

Summer Camps by Branch

Discover What Your Local YMCA Offers

From Traditional to Specialty Day Camps, each of our YMCA facilities offers something unique so your camper can have the best summer ever!

Don't forget about our Overnight Camps! Camp Marston and Raintree Ranch offer amazing summer camps in the Cuyamaca Mountains, while Camp Surf offers the uniquely San Diego experience of camping at the beach!


Traditional Camps

With A Different Theme Each Week!

These ultra-spirited, fun-filled summer 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.

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Specialty Camps

Focusing on Unique Subjects!

Our phenomenal specialty day camps combine the traditional fun of YMCA summer camps with a more unique and focused experience.

Each specialty summer camp has a wide range of subjects to campers to enjoy — from sports camps that work on skills and techniques, to creative camps like ceramics that help expand campers' artistic skills and confidence.

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Sports Camps

Teaching Teamwork and Sportsmanship!

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.

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Aquatic Camps

From the Pool to the Beach!

Does your camper love the water? The YMCA of San Diego County offers fun-filled and exciting aquatic summer camps from the pool to the beach — whether they are a fantastic swimmer or just learning!

We even offer some programs that focus on paddle and board sports!

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Teen Camps

Tailored for Young Adults

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.

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Teen Leadership Camps

Leaders in Training (LIT) and Counselor in Training (CIT)

These day camp 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 a LIT Placement Day Camp can be recorded as community service hours!

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Half-Day Camps

Specialty Camps at Half the Cost

Some of our locations offer a Half-Day Camp option for some of our special interest programs!

When signing up for Half-Day Camps, campers will join the camp only for the time of the camp allotted to the specialized activity at a lower-cost!

All half-day options will allow your camper to either be dropped off or picked up at regular camp times as noted above the camps description. However, parents will be responsible to pick up their camper at the designated time and location for morning programs, or drop off their camper at the designated location and time for afternoon programs.

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Special Needs Camp

Low-Ratio Camps with Specialized Care

Youth with developmental disabilities, physical and mental health challenges or other impairments that may require special attention or benefit from like-situated campers have great options through the Y. These low-ratio camps provide a fun and comfortable experience for children with special needs.

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School Break Camps

Kids Can Play and Thrive Throughout the Year

When school’s not session, we provide a fantastic experience where kids can still learn and grow.

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Adventure Guides

Camping Trips for a Parent and Child

This long-standing program is dedicated to strengthening the bonds between parent and child. Adventure Guides is designed to strengthen the relationship through fun activities like hiking and camping.

Discover Adventure Together