Welcome to Summer Day Camp at Rancho Family YMCA

The Rancho Family YMCA is thrilled to kick off the 2018 Summer Camp Season. We strive to create the best possible summer experience for all campers and families. We understand the ultimate summertime goal is for a safe and structured environment, where your children can stay active and have a blast.

Our Summer 2018 program has been designed to encourage friendships, foster learning and create the opportunity to belong to something bigger. Each week, campers will try something new, engage in team building and group activities, participate in global education, and make new friends, creating the ultimate summer camp experience.

By choosing the Y, your family is joining a day camp program that has been accredited by the American Camp Association, which is only granted by meeting the highest standards in the nation’s day camp industry, passing more than 200 requirements to ensure the best camp environment possible. For more information regarding ACA standards please visit www.acacamps.org.

Each summer we aim to provide a varied selection of camps to allow your children the opportunity to try new experiences that interest them. This summer we have some exciting new camps including Lion King the Musical, Space is the Place, Harry Potter, Youtube, Lego Robotics, Card Mania and Star Wars.

Let your children explore their natural curiosities and challenge themselves cognitively, physically and socially in our many camp options offered this summer.

Thank you for trusting us to be a part of your family’s summer. We are excited for the Best Summer Ever! – Molly Dillon, camp director at Rancho YMCA. 

Parent Orientations & Family Events

  • Parent Orientations: May 20 & June 3
  • Family Time BBQ: July 20
  • Family Camp Rally: Every Friday of Camp at 3:30 p.m.

Camps at a Glance

View Camp Matrix Here

Weekly Calendars

Week 1 - June 18-22Week 6 - July 23-27
Week 2 - June 25-29Week 7 - July 30-Aug 3
Week 3 - July 2-6Week 8 - Aug 6- Aug 10
Week 4 - July 9-13Week 9 - Coming Soon!
Week 5 - July 16-20Week 10 - Aug. 20-24


Camp Guide

View Camp Guide for Rancho Family YMCA

Camp Locations and Hours of Operation

Rancho Family YMCA Camp Home Base
Address:10481 Scripps Poway Parkway, San Diego, CA 92131

Rancho Family YMCA Main Facility
Address: 9410 Fairgrove Lane, San Diego, CA 92129

Camp hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Extended hours* (included in camp fee):
Before care: 7:00am - 9:00:am | After care: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Extended camp is available at no additional cost. Pre-registration required. *Cannot use bus stop if utilizing extended care. Must be dropped off and picked up at Camp Home Base.

Bus Stop

Campers can utilize our free bus stop from the YMCA Parking Lot at Salmon River Road and Fairgrove Lane in Rancho Peñasquitos. Pick-up and Drop-off times coming soon.

About Us

Rancho Family YMCA

Camp Home Base
Address:10481 Scripps Poway Parkway San Diego, CA 92131


General Camp Questions
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (858) 484-8788

Camper Support (Inclusion)
Diane Wavrik
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (858) 484-8788

Summer Camp Scholarships
Email: [email protected]

Summer Day Camp Schedules & Spirit Themes

Remember to dress up for our spirit theme on Fridays!


Camp Dates

Balances Due

Spirit Theme

Session 1

June 18-22

June 11

Hawaiian Luau

Session 2

June 25-29

June 18


Session 3*

July 2-3, 5-6

June 25

Stars and Stripes

Session 4

July 9-13

July 2

Under the Sea

Session 5

July 16-20

July 9

Blast from the Past

Session 6

July 23-27

July 16


Session 7

July 30-August 3

July 23

Twin Day

Session 8

August 6-10

July 30


Session 9

August 13-17

August 6

Going Global

Session 10

August 20-24

August 13

Wacky Hair & Wild Socks

*Prorated week due to Fourth of July holiday.

Camp staffOur Camp Staff Are:

Vetted: We complete reference checks and extensive background checks on each of our camp staff.
Trained: Day camp staff complete pre-camp training, including first aid, CPR/AED, planning, child-abuse prevention, age-appropriate activities and character-development awareness.
Committed: Our staff possess extraordinary skills in working with children and a passion for helping each child develop. They are committed to helping children and teens make new friends and find a true sense of belonging at camp.

Peace of Mind

Low Camper-to-Staff Ratio: You can have peace of mind when you enroll your children in day camps at the Rancho Family YMCA. With a low camper-to-staff ratio, each child and teen will receive individual attention in a safe and supportive environment.
ACA accredited: By choosing the Y, your family is joining a day camp program that has been accredited by the American Camp Association, which is only granted by meeting the highest standards in the nation’s day camp industry, passing more than 200 requirements to ensure the best camp environment possible.

Y Camp is F.A.B.

What is F.A.B.?: We believe that children thrive in environments where they can create FRIENDSHIPS gain a sense of ACHIEVEMENT & feel a sense of BELONGING. It is our priority to ensure that whether your child is with us for one week or ten that they leave Y Camp with new friends, new experiences and a place to call their own.

Global Education

Going Global: As citizens of the world, we believe in the importance of teaching campers about acceptance, diversity and inclusion. Each week campers will spend 1-2 hours on global education in order to gain a greater understanding of self and the communities where we live, in relation to the world.

Text Alerts & Camp

To receive alerts about camp via text, text RFYCAMP to 84483. You can opt out of messages at any time by replying, “stop” or logging online to rainedout.net.

SEER Survey

Each summer we survey our parents to elicit feedback and determine what we are doing well and where 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.

camp girlLast Year, Parents Said:

Safe & secure: Enjoyed going and learning new things. Liked the interaction with the staff, since he had sever allergies. They were aware and kept an eye on him.

Explore: Learning independence, exposure to diversity and participating in activities that interest her.

Make friends: She’s always been outgoing at heart, but very shy when actually putting herself out there is social settings. Making the friends and having the experiences with both the other children and the camp counselors during the summer did wonders to bring her out of her shell and build her confidence.

Variety: The Rancho summer camp is hands down the best summer program we’ve ever been a part of. The counselors have been so fun, accommodating, and amazing mentors for these kids. My son speaks so highly of the experiences he’’s had as well as the counselors who make camp so much fun every day. He has learned how to make friends, how to embrace new experiences, and how to be a better person. I can’t say enough great things about Rancho!

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.

How to Register for Day Camp

If your camper has any special needs, please let us know when registering. Rancho Family YMCA funds and operates an Inclusion Program that may be able to provide and aide for your camper. For more information regarding the Inclusion Program, please contact Diane Wavrik, [email protected].

At time of registration, you may choose to:

  • Pay in full (includes a $25 non-refundable deposit)
  • Put down a $25 non-refundable deposit at time of registration. Balances will be due the Monday prior to the first day of camp.
  • An additional $25 will be applied to all registrations starting the Tuesday before the camp begins.

Medical Release Form - Required

In order to register, all campers must have a current Medical Release form updated and submitted to the YMCA after January 2018. Medical Release forms can be found at the YMCA Registration Desk or can be downloaded here: English | Español

Vendor Waivers

Some specialty camps, particularly those that travel to an off-site location, require an additional vendor waiver. Day camp programs requiring these forms should have a link available to download the waiver as a PDF on the specific Day Camp page — it may also be included within the list of external waivers below. If it is not present, you can pick on up at the branch when you sign your child in on the first day of camp.

Camp Scholarships

Our Annual Campaign ensures all campers have access to Y camp. Application and qualification required. Applications are available at the service desk and online. If you would like to give, please visit: www.ymca.org.

Apply for a Program Scholarship

More Policies

For more information about YMCA Day Camp policies, expectations and helpful information, visit our Day Camp Policy page.

Day Camp Categories

Traditional Day Camps

These ultra-spirited, fun-filled camps are full of BIG themes, BIG ideas and BIG FUN! Each week will have a different theme that will guide our activities and trips for the week. Set in the YMCA style of different crazy activities each and every day, your camper will be traveling on special adventures throughout San Diego: visiting theme parks, taking swim lessons, going to local parks and beaches, or simply having a great time at one of our extraordinary facilities. Go BIG, go traditional!

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Specialty Day Camps

Our phenomenal specialty day camps combine the traditional fun of YMCA day camps with the more specialized skills and learning of our outside specialty camp providers or YMCA experts. Each specialty day camp has a wide range of subjects to campers to enjoy - from sports-related day camps concentrating on skills and techniques, to creative camps like ceramics that focus on expanding artistic skills and confidence.

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Sports Day Camps

Recreational games and skill building with focus on sportsmanship and a different sport each day. Enjoy basketball, soccer, baseball, flag football, a trip to our pool and many other active games.

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Leader in Training and Counselor in Training Camps

Our Leader in Training (LIT) and Counselor in Training (CIT) programs are an excellent opportunity for teens to learn hands-on job experience and responsibilities, while still operating under the supervision of our camp staff team. Additionally, all hours completed within LIT Placement can be recorded as community service hours!

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Teen Day Camps

Summer camps arent just for kids! The YMCA offers fun and challenging camp activities specifically tailored to preteens and teens. Teens will have fun as they learn, grow and thrive under the guidance of caring, well-trained staff members.

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Aquatics Day Camps

Does your camper love the water? Whether they are a fantastic swimmer or just learning, we offer fun-filled and exciting aquatic camps for every ability.

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Special Needs Day Camps

The YMCA is proud to offer low-ratio day camps for children with special needs, providing a day camp experience in a safe, fun and nurturing environment. All camp counselors for this program have additional experience working with special needs campers.

Find All YMCA Special Needs Day Camps

What to Expect and Prepare For

Sign In and Sign Out Procedures

Each morning we encourage parents to walk their camper into camp and chat with the staff about the fun activities planned for the day. Please remember that a government issued photo ID is required at pick up every day.

Authorization To Pick Up Camper

Only adults who are authorized in writing by the parent will be allowed to pick up your camper. All adults picking up campers from camp are required to identify themselves with a photo ID.

Late Arrivals

It is imperative that your camper arrives to camp on time. If campers are late, it will be the responsibility of the parent to ensure that the camper is signed in and arrives safely with his or her designated camp.

Late Pick-Ups

Policy to come.

Lunches and Snacks

Campers should eat a nutritious breakfast before being dropped off for camp and bring a healthy non-perishable lunch each day. Sorry, but we do not provide meals for campers. Please note, we do not have the capacity to heat or refrigerate lunch items.

Camper Checklist

  • Backpack
  • Lunch
  • Two snacks (AM/PM)t
  • Sweatshirt or light jacket
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Suncreen
  • Closed-toe shoes


For the best possible experience, camp is a screen-free environment. The use of phones, tablets and video games is not permitted at camp.


On Swim days, please also include:

  • Bathing suit
    (preferably wearing on arrival)
  • Towel
  • Change of dry clothes
  • Bag for wet clothes
  • Goggles (optional)

Giving Back

For every session of camp, the Y provides program scholarships for families seeking financial assistance. This is made possible through the generosity of our community. If you wish to help a child go to camp, please see our camp director for information.


We love to hear from our campers and parents! Camp leadership teams use your feedback to make positive changes to our program. Please feel free to contact Camp Director, Molly Dillon at [email protected], with any questions, comments or concerns!