summer day camp Policies & FAQs
- Reporting Absences:
619-298-3576, Ext. 18503
- General Questions:
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 5:30 p.m. Every attempt will be made to contact parents. If by 6:30 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 619-298-3576, ext. 18503. There will be no credits or refunds for missed or sick days of camp.
These policies have your child's safety in mind!
Please read the Parent Handbook (PDF, COMING SOON) prior to sending your child to camp. This short survival guide should help answer any questions you have about camp.
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 the YMCA, and we can walk you through your concerns.
Where do I drop off my child?
Please be sure you are dropping your child off at the correct location by checking your receipts or calling the YMCA if you have any questions.
Mission Valley YMCA
5505 Friars Road
San Diego, CA 92110
Camp operates out of our large, lower field. Our information center will be located at the west end, next to the parking lot where you should plan on parking. Registrations and transfers take place inside the facility.
Toby Wells YMCA
at 5105 Overland Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123
Camp operates out of our beautiful park. Our information center will be located in the center of the park by the playground. You should park in the Toby Wells lot. Registrations and transfers will take place inside the facility.
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 extensive 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 first aid and CPR certified. Additionally, references have been checked on each staff member. We receive over 800 applications for 220 positions, so you can rest assured that we are hiring the best of the best.
How many staff will be watching my child?
We operate on the following ratios, which are recommended by the American Camp Associations. For camps with a wide age range, we use a 1:10 (staff per child) ratio.
5 years: 1:6
6-7 years: 1:8
8-12 years: 1:10
13-16 year: 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 toed 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 electronic devices, 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 camps 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 the rules for transport vehicles that show that children must be 6 years old to ride on the bus under California Vehicle Code. 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 our planned activities, departure and arrival times as well as field trips themselves are subject to change without notice.
For more information regarding transportation call Vicki Van Dyk, 619-298-3576.
What if my camper needs special assistance?
The Mission Valley 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 Jennifer Best, firstname.lastname@example.org. Our capacity to accommodate your child will depend upon which camps are best suited for your child and what assistance we can provide.
Mission Valley YMCA also 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. Please see Camp I Can listing in the brochure for further detail.
- Summer Day Camps
June 19 - August 25
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Everything you need to know about about summer camp at Mission Valley and Toby Wells YMCAs.
Parent Handbook (PDF)
- Camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and buses begin leaving for field trips at 8:45 a.m.
Before care: 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.
After care: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
We offer quality care for your child before and after the camp day. We offer this convenient service at all locations to complement our camp programs. Activities may include sports, arts and crafts, and more!
- 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 am. so, be prepared to meet the camp off-site if they are traveling that day.
If you’d like to speak with your camp’s unit leader, they will be present at camp from
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Drop Off & Pick Up
Please be sure you are dropping your child off at the correct location by checking your receipts or calling the YMCA if you have any
Mission Valley YMCA
5505 Friars Road
San Diego 92110 - map
Camp operates out of our large, lower field. Our information center will be located at the west end, next to the parking lot, where you should plan on parking.
NOTE: Please do not park in the east lot for camp.
Registrations and transfers need to take place inside the facility.
Toby Wells YMCA
5105 Overland Avenue
San Diego 92123 - map
Camp operates out of our beautiful park. Our information center will be located in the center of the park by the playground.
Toby Wells - PLEASE PARK AT NATIONAL UNIVERSITY LOT ONLY
- The National University parking lot is located behind our soccer field. Because our neighbors are being so accommodating, please be courteous and park as far from the National University building as possible. There is a gate that connects their parking lot with our property.
Three fantastic properties in San Diego County, YMCA Camp Marston in the mountains for summer adventures, YMCA Raintree Ranch exclusively for horseback riding near Julian, CA, and YMCA Camp Surf on the Pacific Ocean.