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Late Drop-Offs/ Early Pick-Ups: Our staff members do their best to accommodate late arrivals and early departures. Buses typically leave the YMCA at 8:45 a.m., so, be prepared to meet the camp off-site if they are traveling that day. Please, be sure you communicate with your child’s Unit Leader in person during the drop-off or pick-up at least a day in advance to know where to meet the camp for either a late drop-off or early pick-up.

Late Pick-Ups: Children not picked up at the end of the camp day will be supervised by YMCA staff. A fee of $1 per minute will be charged after 6 p.m. Every attempt will be made to contact parents. If by 7 p.m. the parents are not reachable, and the child has not been picked up, Child Protective Services will be contacted.

Signing In/Out: The YMCA requires that all children are to be properly signed in by an adult and turned over to a YMCA staff person. This helps ensure the safety of your child. We do require children to be signed out by an authorized adult, even if they are participating in other YMCA programs immediately following camp. Please note: it is our responsibility to see that your child leaves with the appropriate person each day. We will ask for photo identification daily. This is done with the child’s
safety in mind. When filling out your paperwork make certain that the names of the authorized adults are the same as
they appear on their photo IDs. If you are going to be late, please call the YMCA immediately.

Teen Sign-Outs: Participants of the camp program will not be allowed to sign themselves in and out of the program. An authorized adult must sign in and out if camper is under 18 years old. LITs (Leaders-in-Training) and CIT (Counselors in Training) participants are authorized to sign in/out after the parent waiver is signed. LITs and CITs must leave the program area after they have signed themselves out of the program.

Reporting Absences: If your child will be absent from camp, please call the Camp Reception at 619-280-9622. There will be no credits or refunds for missed or sick days of camp.

These policies have your child's safety in mind!

For further information on our policies and
procedures, please see the Parent Handbook (PDF)!

Frequently Asked Questions

Parent Handbook
Please read the Parent Handbook prior to sending your child to camp. This short survival guide can be accessed online COMING SOON or picked up at Copley-Price Family YMCA’s Welcome Center. It should help answer any questions you have about camp.

Is camp a good fit for my child?
If your little one is at least 5 years old, potty trained and can follow directions within camp ratios, then camp is a wonderful place for your child to gain new experiences and make new friends. If you have questions about the fit of a specific camp, please feel free to contact us at Copley-Price Family YMCA, and we can walk you through your concerns.

Where do I drop off my child?
Copley-Price Family YMCA
at 4300 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego 92105. Registrations and transfers take place inside the facility.

What are the camp hours?
Camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. We offer free extended care from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. where children will participate in low impact traditional camp activities supervised by counselors who may be different than those they have been with throughout the camp day. If you’d like to speak with your camp’s unit leader, you may do so from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

A late fee of $1 per minute per child will be assessed for children picked up after 5:30 p.m.

Do I need to sign my child in and out daily?
The YMCA requires that all children are to be properly signed in by an adult and turned over to a YMCA staff person. This helps ensure the safety of your child. We do require children to be signed out by an authorized adult, even if they are participating in other YMCA programs immediately following camp.

Please note: it is our responsibility to see that your child leaves with the appropriate person each day. We will ask for photo identification daily. Please do not be offended. This is done with the child’s safety in mind. When filling out your paperwork, make certain that the names of the authorized adults are the same as they appear on their photo IDs. If you are going to be late, please call the YMCA immediately.

Who are the camp staff?
We feel confident that we have the best staff around! They are as diverse as our campers and have undergone at least 24 hours of training in everything from risk management, positive disciplinary techniques to how to teach and much more. All camp staff members have background checks and are CPR and First Aid certified. Additionally, references have been checked on each staff member. We receive over 350 applications for 180 positions, so you can rest assured that we are hiring the best of the best.

How many staff will be watching my camper?
We operate on the following ratios, which are recommended by the American Camping Association. For camps with a wide age range, we use a 1:10 (staff per child) ratio.

Age Ratio
5 years – 1:6
6-7 years – 1:8
8-12 years – 1:10
13-16 years – 1:12

What should my child bring/wear to camp?
All campers must bring their own lunch, a small snack and drink to camp daily. The YMCA will provide an additional afternoon snack. Please send only non-perishable foods because refrigeration is not possible. Campers should also bring a labeled water bottle, sunscreen, swim suit, towel, and a sweatshirt for campers who may get cold. Campers should wear closed-toe shoes, as we are very active, and clothes in which they are ready to play hard and get dirty.

Campers should not bring toys and card games, video games, personal CD players/stereos/iPods, expensive jewelry/watches, money, alcohol or drugs, vehicles, animals, weapons, or cell phones. The YMCA is not responsible for any items that are lost or stolen and under no circumstance will reimburse for lost items. Staff will hold items until the child is picked up.

What if my camper needs to take medication during camp?
In order for your camp’s Unit Leader to administer medication during the day, your doctor-prescribed medication must be checked in at our camp information center. No over-the-counter medication will be administered. You will need to complete the YMCA Medication Release form each Monday in order for our staff to administer medication.

How will my camper be transported to and from field trips?
The YMCA transports our campers on school buses routinely inspected by the California Highway Patrol. Due to the nature of the routes and multiple stops we’re making daily, our buses fall under California Vehicle Code rules for transport vehicles requiring that children must be 6 years or older to ride on the bus. A set of our bus rules are available for your review in our Parent Handbook.

Our bus drivers are CPR and First Aid certified and have completed a background check and drug/alcohol test. Though we try to keep a consistent schedule and accomplish all of our planned activities, departure and arrival times, as well as field trips, are subject to change without notice.

For more information regarding transportation, contact Vicki Van Dyk at 619-298-3576 ext. 11221.

What if my camper is too young or too old for a camp?
There will be no age exceptions. Camps are designed with curriculum and programming for campers of a certain age. Campers must be the indicated age by the first day of the camp that week.

What is my camper needs special assistance?
Copley-Price Family YMCA tries to accommodate all campers into our programs. If your child needs special assistance or has challenges being successful within our camp ratios, please contact Quinton Buckley (619-280-9622, [email protected]). Our capacity to accommodate your child will depend upon which camps are best suited for your child and what assistance we can provide. In order for us to properly plan for the summer, all requests for special assistance must be made by May 25 (inclusion applications will not be accepted before April 27). Due to high demand and our commitment to serving as many campers as possible, we must limit the number of weeks of special assistance per camper to one week.

  • Mission Valley YMCA works in partnership with the San Diego Autism Society to offer Camp I CAN, a special program for children with autism that runs for four weeks at Toby Wells YMCA. Campers go on daily field trips and experience ratios as low as 1:1 with phenomenally experienced counselors. For more information or support, visit www.sd-autism.org. Register now at our partner site via missionvalley.ymca.org as space is limited.
    *Note: this camp operates out of Toby Wells YMCA, not Copley-Price Family YMCA.