Welcome to Day Camp at Rancho Family YMCA


The Rancho Family YMCA is thrilled to be your camp provider during school year and summer breaks! We strive to create the best possible summer experience for all campers and families. We understand the ultimate goal is for a safe and structured environment, where your children can stay active and have a blast.

Our day camp programs are designed to encourage friendships, foster learning and create the opportunity to belong to something bigger.  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.

Thank you for trusting us to be your day camp provider!

School Break Camps & Vacation Fun Days

Our School Break Camps and Vacation Fun Days are the perfect solution for you and your family when school is out on break!  Children will engage in traditional camp activities such as games, arts & crafts, science, sports and more! Check out our school break camps for the 2018/2019 school year below:

  • Winter Week 1: December 26-28
  • Winter Week 2: January 2-4
  • MLK Day: January 21
  • Poway Vacation Fun Day: February 1
  • President's Day: February 15
  • Ski Week: February 18-22
  • Spring Break (SDUSD): March 25-29
  • Spring Break (PUSD): April 15-19

School Break Camps

Summer Camp - Registration Opens in March!

Information on the Best Summer Ever coming soon!

Camp Locations and Hours of Operation

Rancho Family YMCA Main Facility: School Break Camps
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.

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


About Us

Rancho Family YMCA


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

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

Camp Scholarships
Email: [email protected]


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.



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].

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.


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!