At 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.
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.
How to Register for Camp
Priority member registration: Saturday, February 29, 2020.
General registration: Saturday, March 7, 2020.
- 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 YMCA branch's day camp page below to learn more about their summer camp programs, view their catalog, 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.
- Please Note: 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).
Summer Camps by Branch
Discover What Your Local YMCA Offers
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day Camp Policy
For more information about Day Camp at the YMCA of San Diego, visit our Day Camp Policy page here.
- Dropping Off and Picking Up
- What to Prepare For
- Extreme Weather
- Information About Payments and Refunds
- Camp Rules
- Camper Behavior Expectations at the YMCA of San Diego County
- Positive Guidance Policy at the YMCA of San Diego County