Camp

Summer Day Camp at IVC Campus

Expect a summer unlike any other at the Marin YMCA ’s Summer Day Camp.

We are committed to building an experience for your child that fosters strong and meaningful relationships, a sense of achievement, and above all, a feeling of belonging. Y Camp offers a new adventure each day, with activities including sports, arts and crafts projects, swimming, songs, wacky games, and so much more. We are dedicated to making your camper’s experience extraordinary.

We are extremely excited to be holding this summer’s program at College of Marin’s beautiful Indian Valley Campus, an opportunity that will help us deliver the highest-quality program possible. Our camp site will feature expansive outdoor space, trails, an Olympic-sized pool, organic garden and more. Register today to make your child’s summer truly magical. 

Y Campers are grouped by age into one of four different units. Camp activities are designed to be age-appropriate, with attention to the developmental characteristics of each unit. During the bulk of the camp day, campers remain with their unit and become close with their peers. Pre-and-post camp hours, lunch, and Friday choice time are all opportunities for campers to interact with others in different age groups.

Day Camp hours are from 9:00 to 4:00. Drop-off is from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. (pre-Camp) and pick-up is from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. (post-camp). Pre- and post-camp hours are included in your camp fees.

For more information contact Brandon Drake, Camp & Family Director at 415-446-2178.

 

Signing Up For Camp

A YMCA membership is required to register for camp. If you are not a Facility Member, you can purchase a Program Membership ($50/year for an individual child or $75/year for the family) in order to enroll at Y Camp. You can register online or pick up a packet at the Marin Y, the Novato Y, or any of our child care centers.

Parents have several options when signing up for camp:

3 Days of Session: $165 facility/$185 program  
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4 Days of Session: $220 facility/$245 program
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Full (5 Day) Session: $260 facility/$285 program
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Please note that only 3 Day and 4 Day Sessions are available for Session 3 as Camp is closed on the 3rd of July.

 

Earlybird and Full Summer Registration

Campers who are registered for ten or more days of camp by April 30th will receive a free camp sweatshirt! Additionally, if you sign up for all 9 weeks of summer, the cost of each 5-day session is reduced to $217 (facility members) or $238 (program members), a 15% savings! Parents must sign up using a paper registration packet to sign up at the full-summer rate (online registration is not available).

 

Counselors in Training

The Counselors in Training (CIT) program is for teens looking for a unique opportunity for true leadership. CITs work closely with a coordinator and gradually learn responsibilities similar to those of our counselors. This includes supporting daily activities, mentoring campers, developing behavior management tools, public speaking, and first aid training. Through everyday field work, CITs have the opportunity to refine these skills as they co-lead a group of youth with the assistance of Y camp staff. Participants will participate in swimming, specialty areas, and various group workshops at camp throughout the summer. This program provides the perfect mix of experiential learning, leadership, and fun for a memorable summer. Please pick up a CIT application from the Marin or Novato Y to register.

 

Marin YMCA 2015 Spring/Summer Program Guide

For more information on Specialty Camp contact Jayne Johnson at 415-446-2107.

Skateboard Camp 

(grades 2–5)

Learn the basics of skateboarding from professionally trained staff from 4141 Corp. During the skate camp kids will get a chance to skate and learn with a pro skateboarder. Our beginner course covers safety, stance, kick turns, carving, ollies, dropping in and movement. Our Y staff will be onsite providing support to the instructors. For extended care, campers will have a variety of afternoon activities such as decorating skateboards and local trips to the Hamilton Pool and parks. Requirements: All skaters must wear helmets regardless of age. Pads are required for all children under 7.

Session 1: June 15–19

Location: YMCA at Hamilton, 5530 Nave Drive, P3, Novato

Time: 8:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

Fee: Facility Member $345 • Program Member $380

 

Aspiring Artist Camp

(grades 2–5)

This camp will explore a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, textiles and more! Create one of a kind art pieces. Each day campers will explore different media: jewelry making, modeling clay, watercolor painting, photography and recycle art. All activities are designed to promote self-confidence and personal expression.

Session 1: June 15-19

Location: Marin YMCA

Time: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Fee: Facility Member $280 • Program Member $315

 

Adventures in Gaming – Magic & Minecraft

(grades 3–5)

Tap into all of the power! Campers will build decks, learn strategy and duel each other in a camp wide round robin tournament. Campers will receive cards and can always bring their own. Campers will take home the deck they built at the end of the week. There will be one field trip to Gamescape in San Rafael for even more gaming fun!

Session 2: June 22–27, 8:00–5:00 p.m.

Session 8: August 3–7, 8:00–5:00 p.m.

Location: YMCA at Brookside, 116 Butterfield Rd., San Anselmo

Fee: Facility Member $345 • Program Member $375 (includes Magic Deck)

 

Global Eats! Adventures from Around the World!

(grades 3–5)

Campers will participate in an exploration through the wonderful foods from around the world. Fun and yummy recipes may include handmade tamales with pico de gallo, spring rolls, mini quiche Lorraine and Italian pizza pie. Lessons will include history, geography, language, culture and music. Campers will learn fundamental culinary skills and nutrition education while encouraging exploration and creativity.

Session 2: June 22–26

Location: YMCA at Loma Verde, 399 Alameda De La Loma, Novato

Time: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Fee: Facility Member $280 • Program Member $315

 

Awesome Adventures in Marin

(grades 3–5)

Campers will explore the beauty of Marin County. We will hike, explore, photograph and picnic in the beautiful and serene areas of our county.

• Lake Laganitis Hike & Picnic

• Marin County Fair

• Marin Headlands

• Stafford Lake

Session 3: June 29–July 2 (no camp July 3)

Location: Marin YMCA

Time: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Fee: Facility Member $224 • Program Member $259

 

Become a Rock Star – Diva’s & Dudes

(grades K–3)

This camp Rocks! Campers will have the opportunity to learn the latest dance steps, create their own rock star personality, learn how to play an instrument and have the performance of their lifetime. Campers will increase their selfesteem, gain better interactive social skills, improve their concentration, coordination and balance all while having a fun positive experience. We will make music video to share with families at the end of the tour!

Session 4: July 6-10

Location: YMCA at Brookside, 116 Butterfield Rd., San Anselmo

Time: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Fee: Facility Member $280 • Program Member $315

 

Trash to Treasure – Adventures in Environmental Science

(grades 2–5)

Are you ready for a Make It Yourself adventure? Come use recycled items to create your own unique masterpieces. Projects include birdhouse building, mobile construction, free-form sculptures and whatever else your child’s soaring imagination holds. Please join us for a fun-filled time together!

Session 4: July 6-10

Location: YMCA at Loma Verde, 399 Alameda De La Loma, Novato

Time: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Fee: Facility Member $280 • Program Member $315

 

Ooh La La Beauty Spa

(grades K–3)

Make your own scented candles, soaps, baths salts, essential oils, lip balms and more. We’ll also study and re-create some of the beauty products from ancient Egypt to the modern day. Learn how the concept of beauty has changed through history and the amazing things that women all over the world have created to keep them beautiful. Campers will have a chance to go swimming, so don’t forget your swimsuit.

Session 5: July 13–17

Location: Marin YMCA

Time: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Fee: Facility Member $280

Program Member $315

 

Lego Builder Camp

(grades K-5)

The Lego Building Camp is designed for the creative builder. From princess castle to star wars adventures, projects and activities are designed to inspire children’s imagination and creativity – while teaching them important STE M concepts! The Y has partnered with Sylvan Learning. Sylvan instructors provide opportunity for children to build and program robots – all the while making friends, developing new skills and having a blast with STE M. Your budding engineer will enjoy the hands on projects building LEGO robots.

Session 5: July 13-17

Location: YMCA at Brookside, 116 Butterfield Rd., San Anselmo

Time: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Fee: Facility Member $280, Program Member: $315

 

Fizz, Sizzle, Pop and Ker Plunk!

(grades K–5)

Enchant your child with fun exploration opportunities in food science and chemistry! Experiments will include spewing volcanoes, floating eggs, potato clocks that keep real time and child created concoctions. Come ready to explore scientific methods and let your imagination be your guide!

Session 6: July 20–24

Location: YMCA at Brookside, 116 Butterfield Rd., San Anselmo

Time: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Fee: Facility Member $280 • Program Member $315

 

Animal Adventures

(grades K–5)

Join us for journey learning about our domestic furry friends. This camp will allow campers to learn about animals and animal care. Campers will go on field trips to Wild Care, Forget Me Not Farms and visits from small animal companions and service animal agencies. Campers will get hands on opportunities to handle a variety of small animals; rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, pot-bellied pigs and domestic dogs. Each day will have an animal theme with art and cooking projects. Campers will make animal toys and donate them to local agencies.

Session 6: July 20–24

Location: YMCA at Loma Verde, 399 Alameda De La Loma, Novato

Time: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Fee: Facility Member $280 • Program Member $315

 

Bubbling Beakers and Tantalizing Transformations - Science Camp

(grades 2–5)

Make a crystal geode, create a potato clock, bouncy egg, inflate balloons with pop rocks. Join us for a fun-filled camp full of exciting adventures. Be sure to come with lots of enthusiasm and curiosity! See you soon!

Session 7: July 27–31

Location: YMCA at Brookside, 116 Butterfield Rd., San Anselmo

Time: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Fee: Facility Member $280 • Program Member $315

 

Creative Carpenter’s Camp

(grades 3–5)

Like to hammer? Love to construct useable items out of wood? Then, this is the camp for you. Beginning techniques on how to use basic tools of the trade will be emphasized. We will use wood and metal scraps to make birdhouses and wooden trinket boxes which you can freely decorate. We will even donate one birdhouse to the Hungry Owl Project at the end of our time together. So, please sign up and join us for this very special camp time.

Session 7: July 27–31

Location: YMCA at Loma Verde, 399 Alameda De La Loma, Novato

Time: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Fee: Facility Member $280 • Program Member $315

 

Young Chefs Camp

(grades K–3)

Lessons will include nutrition education and basic culinary skills. Campers will get hands on experience as they create nutritious nibbles such as fruit kabobs, mini muffin pizza, tortilla roll ups, trail mix and fruit ice cream. Campers will have a chance to take a break from the kitchen, take a nature hike or play in the pool, so don’t forget your swimsuit!

Session 8: August 3–7

Location: Marin YMCA

Time: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Fee: Facility Member $280 • Program Member $315

 

August Adventures Camp

August 17-21

Soak up those last days of summer before school begins! We’re heading off to a new adventure each day, traveling everywhere from Stinson Beach to Six Flags Discovery World. All campers must be dropped off at the Marin YMCA by 9:00 a.m. as we will be leaving on the bus shortly thereafter. Camp runs until 4:30 p.m., with extended care offered from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

Marin YMCA 2015 Spring/Summer Program Guide

For more information on YBike Camp contact Ian Leary at 415-259-8636.

YBike Camp

Dreamed of the wind through your hair, riding around the lakes of Marin, or riding across the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco? YBike Camp empowers cyclists and provides a variety of skills from the basics of balance all the way to trail riding. Our bike camps are divided into four skill levels: Intro, Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced. As the skill level increases, so does the physical and mental demand as well as total time spent on bikes. Helmets and bikes are provided for each camper, with leadership and riding expertise provided by a League of American Bicyclist certified instructor.

 

Intro to Road Biking

(grades 2-5)

Never ridden a bike before? This camp is designed for youth who are just learning to bike, or who haven’t yet mastered riding on two wheels. The daily progress is gradual and steady, with the eventual goal of basic competence in both road and trail riding.

Session 2: June 22-26

Location: YMCA at Brookside, 116 Butterfield Rd., San Anselmo

Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Fee: Facility Member $280, Program Member $315

 

Novice Road Bike

(grades 4-8)

Rides in this camp take campers further, with more time spent on-bike and more mileage logged every day. Campers will be invited to help plan and lead rides that will take them through many of the Marin County neighborhoods, discovering what Marin offer for bicyclists and gaining an understanding of community connectedness. No camp on Friday.

Session 3: June 29-July 2

Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Location: YMCA at Brookside, 116 Butterfield Rd., San Anselmo

Fee: Facility Member $250 • Program Member $280

 

Intro to Mountain Bike

(grades 4-8)

Campers will learn how to use their bikes differently in various terrain, and will be introduced to the concept of using their bike as an extension of their body. Using the Marin’s many paths and trails, campers will gain a sense of bike gearing, balance, and confidence as they overcome obstacles both literal and mental.

Session 4: July 6-10

Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Location: Indian Valley College, Novato

Fee: Facility Member $280 • Program Member $315

 

Intermediate Mountain Bike

(grades 4-8)

After trying out trail riding in our Novice Mountain Biking camp, join us for the next level with an eye toward expanding our riding into mountain biking trails in the Bay Area. We’ll check out Annadel State Park, the 680 trail, and at the week’s end we’ll travel to one of YBike’s favorite spots for gorgeous singletracking: China Camp State Park.

Session 5: July 13-17

Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Location: Indian Valley College, Novato

Fee: Facility Member $320 • Program Member $355

 

Advanced Mountain Bike

(grades 6-8)

Ready to face steeper climbs, rockier ridges, and increased stump jumping? In Advanced Mountain Biking camp, campers may go to Tamarancho State Park and China Camp State Park’s upper ridge to try out their singletrack overlooking gullies and the north Bay, or up to Annadel State Park to enjoy lush wide trails rolling through old-growth Oak trees, learning a bit of trail science!

Session 6: July 20-24

Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Location: Indian Valley College, Novato

Fee: Facility Member $320 • Program Member $350

 

Marin YMCA 2015 Spring/Summer Program Guide

For more information contact Niel Bergquist at 415-446-2152.

The Marin YMCA youth sports programs encourage and promote healthy and strong kids, families and communities.

We offer a two camps this summer designed specifically for youth. Along with the development of skill, the Y also develops character emphasizing family involvement, healthy competition, team building, individual development, a positive self-image and mutual respect for others. We offer a wide variety of youth sports during the school year for every age range and volunteer opportunities as well.

Soccer Camp

(grades K-2)

Dribble, juggle, and kick at this popular camp. Campers will develop and learn soccer skills through fundamental drills and games. Counselors will also lead campers in non-soccer games like tag, dodgeball, and many other fun activities in the Marin Y gym.

Session 4: July 6-10 • 1:30-5:00 p.m.

Session 7: July 27-31 • 1:30-5:00 p.m.

Fee: Facility Member $120 • Program Member $140

 

Jr. Warriors Basketball Camp

(grades K-3)

Dribble, pass, and shoot at this popular camp. Campers will develop and learn basketball skills through fundamental drills and games. Counselors will also lead the campers in non-basketball games like tag, dodgeball, and other fun activities in the Marin Y gym.

Session 2: June 22-26 • 1:30–5:00 p.m.

Session 5: July 13-17 • 1:30–5:00 p.m.

Session 8: August 3-7 • 1:30-5:00 p.m.

Fee: Facility Member $120 • Program Member $140

 

 

 

Contact Mimi Choudhury at 415-456-5349

Devil's Gulch Camp Line: 415-662-1099 during camp operating hours.

Parent Information Night: Thurs., May 28 • 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Marin Y

Devil's Gulch Summer Camp

For grades 2-8

The Marin Y will be running a camp in partnership with DG Educational Services (DGES), located at Devil’s Gulch Ranch in Nicasio. DGES provides agriculture and nature educational programs to diverse communities, both locally and globally. These programs develop the skills to produce food and to live sustainably while building an understanding of our interconnection with nature. Devil’s Gulch Ranch is an actual working agricultural operation that produces meat for high end restaurants and the local farmers market, giving kids and their families a chance to experience food production from the farm, through their local farmer’s market and often into their own kitchens. Children will connect with nature through games, primitive and ancestral crafts and skills, animal care, gardening, free play and other fun outdoor activities. The Ranch is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Golden Gate Recreation Area and Samuel P. Taylor State Park. It is filled with forests, creeks, meadows and abundant wildlife.

The bus will leave the Marin Y at 8:00 a.m. The bus will pick the second group up at the Nicasio School at 8:45. The return schedule is to be at Nicasio school 3:45 dropping the rest of the kids off at to the Marin Y by 4:30 p.m. T and Th campers will swim at the Marin Y from 3-4. Drop off at Nicasio School will be at 2:15. Pre and post camp not available.

Counselors in Training (grades 9-10). Come experience the outdoors and all the ranch has to offer, while also learning youth development leadership skills. Participants pay regular rate.

Camp Fees: Must be a current Facility or Program Member

Program Membership: $50 for Single Member or $75 for a Family

Fee: Facility Member $400 • Program Member $435

If you are seeking financial assistance for Devil's Gulch Educational Services YMCA camp, contact Mark Pasternak at 707 953-0923.

 

Camp Dates:

Session 1: June 15-19

Session 2: June 22-26

Session 3: June 29-July 2 - Closed

Session 4: July 6-10

Session 5: July 13-17

Session 6: July 20-24

Session 7: July 27-31

Session 8: August 3-7

Session 9: August 10-14

 

Devil’s Gulch Summer Camp Open House: August 15 & 16

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Open to the community. Space is limited. Bring a picnic lunch and food to share. Don’t forget your swimsuit! RSVP here.

 

Counselors in Training (grades 9-10)

The Counselors in Training (CIT) program is for teens looking for a unique opportunity for true leadership.

CITs work closely with a coordinator and gradually learn responsibilities similar to those of our counselors. This includes supporting daily activities, mentoring campers, developing behavior management tools, public speaking, and first aid training. Through everyday field work, CITs have the opportunity to refine these skills as they co-lead a group of youth with the assistance of Y camp staff. Participants will participate in swimming, specialty areas, and various group workshops at camp throughout the summer. This program provides the perfect mix of experiential learning, leadership, and fun for a memorable summer. Please pick up a CIT application from the Marin or Novato Y to register.

Fee: Facility $60 Program $70 per weekly session of Traditional Day Camp and Specialty Camps.

Fee: Facility Member $400 • Program Member $435 per weekly session of DGES Summer Camp.

 

For more information on NUSD, contact Brandon Drake at 415-446-2178.

For more information on Specialty Camp, contact Jayne Johnson at 415-446-2107.

Spring Break Camp

NUSD & RVSD, April 13-17

Jump into Summer: Spring Break Camp at Hidden Valley and Loma Verde

Summer is just around the corner! For each day of Spring Break, we are taking a different one of our weekly summer camp themes and rolling it up into a full day of camp magic. Our week will feature classic camp activities alongside new, creative and exciting projects and games that you can expect to see at summer camp!

Monday: A Superhero in All of Us

Tuesday: Y Camp in Space

Wednesday: We Are Rock Stars

Thursday: Animal Kingdom

Friday: MVPs (Sports!)

Locations: Loma Verde Elementary, Novato and Hidden Valley Elementary, San Anselmo

Hours: 7:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (drop off 7:00-9:00 & pick up 4:00-6:30)

Dates: April 13-17

Click here to register for Spring Break Camp at Loma Verde!

Click here to register for Spring Break Camp at Hidden Valley!

 

Chef Camp

(grades 1-5)

Lessons will include nutrition education and basic culinary skills. Campers will get hands on experience as they create nutritious nibbles such as fruit kabobs, mini muffin pizzas, tortilla roll ups, trail mix and fruit ice cream. Campers will have a chance to play in the pool, so don’t forget your swimsuit!

April 13-17 • 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Location: Marin Y

Fee: Facility Member $230 • Program Member $260

Extended care available from 7:30–9:00 a.m. & 4:00-6:00 p.m. $20

Register for Young Chefs Camp here

Register for Young Chef Camp Extended Care here

 

FUNdamental Lego Builders

(grades k-5)

The FUNdamental Lego building camp is designed for the creative builder. From princess castle to star wars adventures, projects and activities are designed to inspire children’s imagination and creativity.

Extended care available for all sessions 7:30-9:00 a.m. & 4:00-6:00 p.m. for $20

April 13-17, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Location: Hamilton Y at 5530 Nave Drive, P3, Novato

Fee: Facility Member $230 • Program Member $275

Session 3: April 13-17, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Location: Hidden Valley Y

Fee: Facility Member $230 • Program Member $275

Register for FUNdamental Lego Camp here

Register for FUNdamental Lego Camp - Extended Care here

 

Devil’s Gulch Camp

(grades 2-10)

Grades for campers: Adventurers 2-3, Explorers 4-5, Movin’ On 6-8, CIT 9-10

The Marin Y runs a camp in partnership with DG Educational Services (DGES), located at Devil’s Gulch Ranch in Nicasio. DGES provides agriculture and nature educational programs to diverse communities. Children will connect with nature through recreation, animal care, gardening, free play and other outdoor activities. Pre and post camp not available.

April 13-17

Fee: Facility Member $400 • Program Member $430

Register for Devil's Gulch Camp here

 

Camp just might be the most exciting place your child can go on their day off of school.

The Y provides care during teacher in-service days, staff development and school closure days and will feature a variety of popular activities, guest visitors and local field trips.

Locations: Loma Verde Elementary, Novato (May 22)

Click here to register for May 22 camp at Loma Verde!

 

Hidden Valley Elementary, San Anselmo (March 16)

Click here to register for March 16 camp at Hidden Valley!