Welcome to Summer Day Camp at Peninsula Family YMCA

The Peninsula Family YMCA is excited to kick off the 2018 Summer Camp Season! We strive to create the best possible summer experience for you and your child.

We want you to know that you can count on the Y to provide memorable and enriching programs for your camper. By choosing the Y you are joining a day camp program that is American Camp Association (ACA) accredited. We meet the highest standards in the nation’s day camping industry by passing over 200 requirements.

We hope you and your family are excited to have the BEST SUMMER EVER! We look forward to seeing everyone! 

Pam Meza
Camp and Youth Development Director, Peninsula Family YMCA

About Camp

The Peninsula Family YMCA has offered outstanding summer camps for 40 years. We are dedicated to changing the lives of our campers by creating friendships and a sense of achievement and belonging that will last a lifetime.

Our goals for our campers:

  • To become better leaders
  • To develop specific skills
  • To learn to appreciate diversity
  • To experience improved personal relationships.
  • To grow personally and gain a greater sense of his or her own worth.
  • To be inspired to live by the core values; caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
  • To have fun in a safe environment!

Our camp has been accredited by the American Camp Association. Our day camp exceeds the highest standards in camping services including health, safety, personnel, transportation and facilities. For more information regarding ACA standards please visit www.acacamps.org


Meet & Greet

Get to know our camp leadership team:
Wednesday, June 6
Peninsula Family YMCA

Camps at a Glance

View Camp Matrix Here

Weekly Calendars

Coming soon!

Camp Guide

View Camp Guide for Peninsula Family YMCA

Camp Locations and Hours of Operation

Peninsula Family YMCA
Address: 4390 Valeta Street, San Diego, CA 92107
Camp takes place right next door to our YMCA on the back field of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, plan on parking in the church lot and walking your camper to the check-in area. Our information center will be at the entrance of our camp space, but registrations and transfers still need to take place inside the main Y facility.

Camp hours: 8:30am - 4:00pm
(buses begin to leave at 9:00am for field trips)
Extended hours (included in camp fee):
Before care: 6:30am - 8:30:am | After care: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

We understand that parents work full days and we want to make sure we have you covered. During the extended camp hours, your camper will enjoy group activities such as games, art, science, Legos and more!

About Us

Our Branch

Peninsula Family YMCA
Address: 4390 Valeta Street, San Diego, CA 92107
Phone: (619) 226-8888

Directors & Supervisors

Pam Meza
Camp Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (619) 226-8888

Tyler Robinson Camp Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (619) 226-8888

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.

Summer Day Camp Schedules & Spirit Themes


Camp Dates

Balances Due

Spirit Theme

Session 1

June 18-22

June 11


Session 2

June 25-29

June 18

Hawaiian Luau

Session 3*

July 2-3, 5-6

June 25


Session 4

July 9-13

July 2


Session 5

July 16-20

July 9

Through the Decades

Session 6

July 23-27

July 16

Welcome to the Jungle

Session 7

July 30-August 3

July 23

Y Olympics

Session 8

August 6-10

July 30

Pajama Jam

Session 9

August 13-17

August 6


Session 10

August 20-24

August 13

Wild West

*Prorated week due to Fourth of July holiday.

How to Register for Day Camp

If your camper has special needs, please let us know when registering. Peninsula 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 Pam Meza at [email protected] or (619) 226-8888

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 Peninsula 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 Peninsula 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 Peninsula Family YMCA

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!

Find LIT and CIT Day Camps at Peninsula Family YMCA

Teen Day Camps

Summer camps aren't 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.

Find Teen Day Camps at Peninsula Family YMCA

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.

Find Aquatic Day Camps at Peninsula 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

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 6:00 p.m., and if a child is picked up at 6:25 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.


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.

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 - All campers must bring their own lunch, a small snack and drink to camp daily. The YMCA will provide an additional afternoon snack. Please, send only non-perishable foods because refrigeration is not possible.

What Not to Bring to Camp

Campers should not bring toys, card games, candy, soda, video games, cell phones, iPods/tablets, expensive jewelry/watches, money, alcohol or drugs, vehicles, animals or weapons. The YMCA is not responsible for any items that are lost or stolen and under no circumstance will we reimburse for lost items. Staff will hold confiscated items until parent pick-up. Lost and found items will be held at our camp information center for two weeks, and then donated.

Sun Protection

Parents should apply sunscreen before campers arrive 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, Pam Meza at [email protected], with any questions, comments or concerns!