Summer Camp Guide

General Information

Thank you for entrusting us with your child. We, the camp staff, are committed and dedicated professionals who truly enjoy spending time with your child.

General Information for Preschool Camps can be found in the Preschool Camp Enrollment Packet located under Forms and Waivers.

Camp Hours

Extended Day Camp (AM)7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Camp Drop-off8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Camp Monday - Friday8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Camp Pick-up3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Extended Day Camp (PM)3:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Children not picked up at the end of the camp day will be placed in our Late Parent program located at the YMCA. A $15 late fee will be charged for the first 15 minutes after the end of camp. An additional $1 per minute fee will be charged after the first 15 minutes. For example, camp pick-up ends at 3:45 pm, and a child is picked up at 4:10 PM, there will be a charge of $25.

Camper Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures

When picking up your campers, please be prepared to show us your driver's license or Photo ID daily. This is to ensure the safety of all participants in the program. All drop-off and pick-up locations during intersession camps are at the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA. When picking up your camper from 3:00 - 3:45 PM please remain in your car and we will escort your child to your car. You may choose to park and walk-in to get your child. (Hint: there is less of a wait at 3:25 PM).

Inclement Weather

Camp will proceed during inclement weather. We will make adjustments to the schedule, but we will still continue to provide our high level of programming with entertaining indoor activities for the campers. We will play games in the gym, use the inflatable obstacle course, make arts and crafts, play games in the studio rooms and we may have a special guest visit. We will start swim on rainy days in our YMCA indoor swimming pools. Skate campers, we will try to dry the ramps as soon as possible to maximize your skate time. Traveling camps will enjoy their day at an indoor San Diego attraction.

Traveling Camps

Most traveling camps depart promptly at 9:00 AM and return no later than 2:30 PM. Please see the camp calendar for detailed information available on this website.

What To Bring

  • Sack lunch with non-perishable items only (soft lunch coolers work better than paper bags).

  • Swimsuit and towel (varies depending on specific camp's weekly schedule).

  • Sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher and other protection from the sun (hat, etc.).

  • Please label all belongings. The YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.

  • Please DO NOT send valuable or expensive items to camp.

  • The YMCA covers all expenses during the camp day; spending money is not required.

Lost and Found

Please label all of your child's belongings! We know that sometimes things just get lost. Lost and found items stay with the camp Unit Leader until the end of the week. Please check with the Unit Leader of the camp or come to the camp offices. On Fridays, all lost and found items are recorded and placed in our shed. Lost and found items are kept at the YMCA for two full weeks and then will be donated.

Permission To Walk

Parents of participants who walk from Camp must sign a Permission to Walk slip for that participant, and send it to camp with them. This slip will be kept on file. If we do not have a Permission to Walk slip on file, your child will not be released, and you will be called to pick up your child from camp.

Permission To Walk Waiver

Medical Release Forms

All "Medical Release/Liability Waiver" forms can be dropped at the Registration Desk during regular business hours, mailed to:
Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA
c/o: Camp Secretary
200 Saxony Road, Encinitas, CA 92024
or faxed to (760) 944-9329, attn: Camp Secretary.

Download Medical Release Form
Para la version en Espanol de la Forma y Medicina


All staff participate in at least 28 hours of intensive training prior to the start of summer camp.

All camp staff have had strict background checks and have previous experience working with school-age children. Our Day Camp Program is certified by the American Camping Association. The average leadership-to-camper ratio is 1:10.


Most campers will be placed into small groups throughout the camp week. Children will be placed into these groups according to age and/or skill level. If you would like to request that your child be placed with a friend, please write this information on the Medical Release form.