Welcome to Day Camp at McGrath Family YMCA

girls at camp near the pool at the YMCA

While our camp programs are a little different, your family can count on McGrath Family YMCA to ensure your child is having fun in a safe, nurturing environment. The Y offers single day, weekly and specialty camps to meet the needs of parents and match the interests of our campers. 

Since 1882, our camps have inspired kids with countless opportunities to laugh, lead and make lasting friendships. Since your family's safety is our top priority, we have implemented safety protocols that follow state and local guidelines. With online learning, it's our priority to help your children enjoy a safe and fun program that builds lasting friendships.


Get Ready To Bring On Summer!

  • Priority Member Registration: March 13 - 19
  • 2020 Day Camp Participants Registration: March 20 - 22
  • General Registration: March 23

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.

spring

Spring First!

boy at table

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 2020/20201 school year below:

Spring Break

  • March 22 - 26
  • March 29 - April 2
  • April 5 - 9

Browse School Break Camps

 


SUMMER CAMP GUIDE

Check out the digital edition of our summer day camp guide. Download the Summer Camp Brochure (PDF) for easy reference to quickly find and register for camps online.


Camp Locations and Hours of Operation

McGrath Family YMCA
12006 Campo Road, Spring Valley, CA 91978
(619) 462-9622


Regular Camp Hours

Day Camp Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm

OUR CAMP STAFF

CAMP DIRECTOR
Tabatha Valencia
[email protected] 

THIRD PARTY ADMINISTRATOR
Quin Bentzen | 760.942.9622 ext.12557
[email protected]

McGrath 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

  • Find a Day Camp Program and Register Online
  • By phone: (619) 462-9622
  • In person at the Registration Desk at the McGrath Family YMCA
  • An active membership is required at the time of the program start date to receive the member pricing discount.

At time of registration, you may choose to:

  • Pay in full (includes a $50 non-refundable deposit)
  • Put down a $50 non-refundable deposit at time of registration. Balances will be due the Monday prior to the first day of camp.
  • An additional $50 will be applied to all registrations starting the Tuesday before the camp begins.

Inclusion

If your camper has any special needs, please complete and submit an Inclusion Intake Form to our camp department prior to registration and submit to the camp director via email or drop off at the Welcome Center. Forms are available at our Welcome Center. Due to high demand, please allow a minimum of two weeks for evaluation of registration materials.

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 2021. Medical Release forms can be found at the YMCA Registration Desk or can be downloaded from the form library (see Medical section)

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 form library. If it is not present, please contact us and request a copy of the waiver be sent to you.

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

Day Camp Parent Manual

Check out our Day Camp Parent Manual (PDF) for easy reference on what to expect and how to best prepare your camper for day camp this summer.

More Policies

For more information about YMCA Day Camp policies, expectations and helpful information, visit our Day Camp Policy page.


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 our Camp Director, Tabatha Valencia [email protected] 619.462.9622 ext.13305, with any questions, comments or concerns!