We believe that every child 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.
All of our 18 branches offer summer day camps that have been accredited by the American Camp Association, exceeding the highest standards in the day camp industry.
An Experienced Camp Staff You Can Trust
The quality of our camping staff is what sets us apart. Our staff members are seasoned youth development professionals with extensive camp experience and a passion for what they do. Our number one goal is to provide the safest, most enriching environment possible for you and your family.
Whether your camper is exploring San Diego County or enjoying learning new skills and activities, we are sure that your child or teen will have a blast and a half at camp!
Day Camps by Branch
Discover What Your Local YMCA Offers
From Traditional to Specialty Day Camps, each of our YMCA facilities offers something unique so your camper can have the best summer ever!
Don't forget about our Overnight Camps! Camp Marston and Raintree Ranch offer amazing summer camps in the Cuyamaca Mountains, while Camp Surf offers the uniquely San Diego experience of camping at the beach!
Traditional Day Camps
Each Week is a Different Theme!
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.
Specialty Day Camps
Each Camp Focuses on a Different Subject
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.
Sports Day Camps
Focusing on Teamwork and Sportsmanship!
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.
Aquatic Day Camps
From the Pool to the Beach!
Does your camper love the water? From the pool to the beach, we offer fun-filled and exciting aquatic camps for everyone — whether they are a fantastic swimmer or just learning!
We even offer some programs that focus on paddle and board sports!
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.
Teen Leadership Day Camps
Leaders in Training (LIT) and Counselor in Training (CIT)
These day camp 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 a LIT Placement Day Camp can be recorded as community service hours!
Specialty Day Camps at Half the Cost
Some of our locations offer a Half-Day Camp option for some of our special interest programs!
When signing up for Half-Day Camps, campers will join the camp only for the time of the camp allotted to the specialized activity at a lower-cost!
All half-day options will allow your camper to either be dropped off or picked up at regular camp times as noted above the camps description. However, parents will be responsible to pick up their camper at the designated time and location for morning programs, or drop off their camper at the designated location and time for afternoon programs.
Special Needs Camp
Youth with developmental disabilities, physical and mental health challenges or other impairments that may require special attention or benefit from like-situated campers have great options through the Y. These low-ratio camps provide a fun and comfortable experience for children with special needs.
School Break Camps
When school’s not session, we provide a fantastic experience where kids can still learn and grow.
This long-standing program is dedicated to strengthening the bonds between parent and child. Adventure Guides is designed to strengthen the relationship through fun activities like hiking and camping.
Day Camp Policy
For more information about Day Camp at the YMCA of San Diego, visit our Day Camp Policy page here.
- Dropping Off and Picking Up
- What to Prepare For
- Extreme Weather
- Information About Payments and Refunds
- Camp Rules
- Camper Behavior Expectations at the YMCA of San Diego County
- Positive Guidance Policy at the YMCA of San Diego County