summer camp news


You can have peace of mind when you enroll your children in day camps at Mission Valley YMCA. With a low camper-to-staff ratio, each child and teen will receive individual attention in a safe and supportive environment.

You can be assured that are staff is:
  • VETTED: We complete reference checks and extensive background checks on
    each of our camp staff.
  • TRAINED: Day camp staff complete extensive pre-camp training, including first
    aid, CPR/AED, planning, child abuse prevention, age-appropriate
    activities, and character-development awareness.
  • COMMITTED: Our staff members possess extraordinary skills in working
    with children and a passion for helping each child develop. Each staff is committed to helping children and teens make
    new friends and find a true sense of belonging at camp.

Day Camp


We’re now designing our camps for your children and teens based on their ages AND grades. This allows us to align our programs with campers’ school learning, and now your family has more choices!

Did you know? In San Diego, when you join one Y, you join them all! As a service to our members and camp participants, all San Diego YMCA locations now offer the SAME traditional camps. We want to make sure you’re getting the same great camp experience at any Y you choose.

This summer, our traditional camps at Mission Valley YMCA and Toby Wells YMCA are going by new names, but don’t worry, they’re still the same classic camps your children know and love!If you are in need of care when schools are closed for the holidays, the YMCA day camp program is the place to be for fun and excitement!

Weekly Spirit Themes

We challenge you to have even more fun at camp by joining in our weekly spirit themes!

Week 1: June 22-24
Go Geek
Week 2: June 27-July 1
Halloween Bash
Week 3: July 5-8Hawaiian Paradise
Week 4: July 11-15Wild, Wild West
Week 5: July 18-22Pirate Week
Week 6: July 25-29Disney Week
Week 7: August 1-5Sports Week
Week 8: August 8-12Into the Jungle
Week 9: August 15-19Superhero Week
Week 10: August 22-26Through the Decades

overnight camp

Overnight Camps

Marston | Surf | Raintree

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.

your feedback from last summer

The SEER Survey

Each summer we survey our parents to elicit feedback and determine what we are doing well and what areas we can improve. This survey provides us with extremely valuable data about the quality of our day camp program, allowing us to take your family’s camp experience above and beyond.

Last year, parents said:

SAFE & SECUREOur camp program is a safe and secure environment for kids
and teens.
INTERESTOur vast number of specialty camps allow youth to pursue the
interests for which they have passion.
IMPACTCampers are making friends and feeling a sense of belonging. We will continue to build upon the success of last summer!
GIVING BACKWe improved upon providing children with opportunities to give back and support our community. This summer, we will provide even more ways that campers can volunteer to help others.

Our Focus This Summer

COMMUNICATIONWe’re working on ways, such as text alerts, to better communicate with parents about all of the fun that is happening at camp each day!
We’ve challenged our staff to implement more silly, fun and wacky ideas to keep our campers guessing and laughing all summer long
IMPACTWe’ll continue to focus on helping campers make friends, create
a sense of belonging and achieve their goals, all while nurturing
character development and being physically active.
FEEDBACKWe want to elicit as much feedback as possible from parents,
campers and staff. Look out for weekly opportunities to share your thoughts on how we serve your family in our program.