Welcome to Day Camp at Jackie Robinson YMCA

Staff for camp Greetings, and welcome to day camp at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA! We are extremely delighted about and committed to providing a top-notch day-camp experience for your family. We are dedicated to going above and beyond in service and program quality, and we want you to know that you can count on the Y to provide educational and enriching programs for your child. You can depend on the Y to be a home away from home during summer and school breaks. 

We believe that every young person is a unique individual with his/her own rate of development. Our goal is to introduce children and teens to as many new experiences as possible and help each child feel confident and secure in a fun, safe camp environment. YMCA day camps challenge children to grow in imagination, creativity, self-directed initiative and leadership.

We are dedicated to changing the lives of our campers by creating friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. All of our YMCA day camps have been voluntarily accredited by the American Camp Association. Accreditation identifies those programs which offer a solid foundation of health, safety and program quality. Our day camps exceed the highest standards in the camp industry — solid proof of our accountability, credibility and commitment to providing the best summer experience. For more information regarding ACA standards please visit www.acacamps.org. –  Esme Pena, Camp Director at Jackie Robinson Family YMCA

School Break Camps

Our school break camps are the perfect solution for your family during school breaks.  We keep children engaged through traditional camp activities such as sports, games, arts & crafts, science and more! View our dates for the 2018-2019 school year:

  • Spring Break 1 - March 25-29
  • Spring Break 2 - April 1-5
  • Spring Break 3 - April 8-12
  • Spring Break 4 - April 15-19

School Break Camps

Summer Camp Registration Opens in March!

  • Priority Member Registration: March 2
  • General Registration: March 9
  • Dress up in the weekly camp theme on Wednesdays!
  • Full camp balance is due the week before the camp.
  • Download the 2019 Camp Guide here to print at home. 

Sign up for Summer Camp


Camp Schedules - Weekly Schedules Coming Soon!

Camp Dates

Balance Dues

Weekly Themes

June 12-14

June 5

Vacation Fun Days

June 17-21

June 10

Best Summer Ever

June 24-28

June 17

Throught the Decades

*July 1-3 & July 5

June 24

Party in the USA

July 8-12

July 1


July 15-19

July 8

Super Heroes Unite

July 22-26

July 15

Hawaiian Paradise

July 29-August 2

July 22

STEM Overload

August 5-9

July 29

Summer Olympics

August 12-16

August 5

Around the World

August 19-23

August 12

Under the Sea

*Prorated week due to Fourth of July holiday.


Camp Locations and Hours of Operation

Jackie Robinson Family YMCA
Address:151 YMCA Way, San Diego, CA 92102
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

Our extended-day program offers quality care for your child before and after the camp day. Activities may include sports, arts and crafts and more!

About Us

Our Branch

Jackie Robinson Family YMCA
Address: 151 YMCA Way, San Diego, CA 92102
Phone: (619) 264-0144

Directors & Supervisors

Esme Pena
Camp Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (619) 264-0144

Our 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. Jackie Robinson 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 Esme Pena at [email protected] or (619) 264-0144

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

Financial assistance is available to families who qualify. Applications are available at the service desk and online. Assistance is based on verified income and completed applications.

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!

Find Traditional Day Camps at Jackie Robinson Family YMCA

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.

Find Specialty Day Camps at Jackie Robinson Family YMCA

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.

Find Sports Day Camps at Jackie Robinson Family YMCA

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

In order to ensure the safety of your camper, it is mandatory that each camper be signed in and out daily with a legal signature and time by an authorized adult.

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

Children not picked up at the end of the camp day will be supervised by our staff. A fee of $1 per minute will be charged when your camp ends. For example, camp ends at 5:30 p.m., and if a child is picked up at 5:55 p.m., there will be a charge of $25. Every attempt will be made to contact parents or a listed authorized pick-up. If by 6:30 p.m. all contacts are not reachable, and the child has not been picked up, Child Protective Services will be contacted. A late fee will be assessed starting at 5:30 p.m. according to our clock.

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.


Campers are required to wear closed toe shoes and socks daily. Belongings are the responsibility of the camper. A backpack is helpful in keeping your camper’s belongings in a safe place. Please clearly mark your camper’s belongings with his/her name.

Tips and Tricks for the Best Summer Ever

  • Have an open mind, be ready to participate and be friendly to staff and other campers!
  • Observe the Y’s four core values:
    • Caring
    • Honesty
    • Respect
    • Responsibility
  • Get in the spirit! There’s a fun and new camp theme every week, so embrace the spirit of camp and dress up EVERY FRIDAY!
  • Come to camp ready to shout, sing, and have lots of fun EVERY DAY!
  • Due to the amount of physical activity and walking, closed-toe tennis shoes are recommended. Sandals OK when swimming.

What to Bring to Camp

Please label all belongings:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sweatshirt or light jacket
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks and lunch

What Not to Bring to Camp

The following are not allowed at camp:

  • Toys/trading cards
  • Expensive personal belongings
  • Hand-held video games
  • Cellphones/cameras

Sun Protection

Parents should apply sunscreen before campers arrive to Day Camp in the morning. We apply sunscreen multiple times throughout the day. If you do not want sunscreen applied to your camper, or would like a special type of sunscreen applied, please send a note to your child’s Camp Unit Leader each Monday and provide them with the special sunscreen.

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, Esme Pena t at [email protected], with any questions, comments or concerns!