summer camp news


News & highlights

Our Camp Staff

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.

Our Locations

Mission Valley YMCA

5505 Friars Road
San Diego, CA 92110

Toby Wells YMCA

5105 Overland Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123

Day Camp

lunchesLunch for your camper

Order lunch for your camper with ease by selecting healthy, natural and tasty meals with Ki’s School Lunches! Ki’s will prepare and deliver the lunch to the YMCA. IT’S THAT SIMPLE!

  • Choice of over 20 different entrees every day!
  • Each lunch consist of an entree, fresh fruit, freshly baked Ki’s dessert made with organic ingredients and a side healthy snack!
  • Gluten free, vegetarian, dairy free, vegan and other special diets also available. For more information, visit: www.kisschoollunches.com

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Shiraz Cafe at Mission Valley Y

Children attending camps at Mission Valley Y may purchase a $5 lunch from Shiraz Cafe. Order at the cafe, inside Mission Valley Y. Lunch includes a sandwich, chips, fresh fruit, fruit juice and a fruit roll-up.

Weekly Spirit Themes

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

Wk. 1: Jun 19-23
Blast from the Past
Wk. 2: Jun 26-30
Wk. 3: Jul 3-7Stars and Stripes
Wk. 4: Jul 10-14Under the Sea
Wk. 5: Jul 17-21Hawaiian Luau
Wk. 6: July 24-28Superheroes
Wk. 7: Jul 31-Aug 4The Mighty Jungle
Wk. 8: Aug 7-11Pirates
Wk 9: Aug 14-18Going Global
Wk 10: Aug 21-25Wacky and Wild Socks

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.

Feedback from Parents in 2016:

  • SAFE & SECURE: Our camp program is a safe and secure environment for kids and teens. This has been, and will continue to be, a priority for our entire camp team.
  • GIVE BACK: Parents loved the fact that our camps include community service opportunities. This gives our campers the chance to give back and feel a sense of accomplishment.
  • MAKE FRIENDS: It was clear that parents felt like our intentional programming helped their children make new friends and build relationships. Parents also said that camp helped them make connections with other parents.
  • VARIETY: In both traditional and specialty camps, parents said that our camp offers a lot of variety each week. This allows campers to follow their interests and discover who they are.

Our Focus this Summer:

  • COMMUNICATION: We are always looking for ways to enhance communication and will continue that commitment this summer. Our goals is to effectively provide a snapshot of all the fun your children are having each day.
  • FUN FACTOR: Silly, fun, and wacky ideas keep our campers guessing, laughing, and wanting to come back every day! Our staff will be challenged to keep it different and dynamic every day of the summer.
  • IMPACT: We will continue to focus on helping campers make friends, create a sense of belonging and achieve their goals, all while nurturing character development and giving back to the community.
  • HEALTHY HABITS: We want kids to learn valuable life lessons while at camp. This includes eating more fruits and vegetables, being more physically active and gaining self-confidence that will help them do better in school and life.

Consider membership

The YMCA brings people closer together like no other organization can. The Y has always been more than a fitness center — in fact, we are the nation’s leading provider of child care and purveyor of hundreds of youth development and health programs. Committed to building stronger and connected communities, our mission-driven staff is dedicated to helping you meet your goals in a safe and supportive environment. See Membership.

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