The YMCA believes that time spent outdoors helps us be our healthiest, best selves. We provide healthy outdoor opportunities for all members of our communities. The YMCA of San Francisco utilizes outdoor spaces, program expertise and strong partnerships to provide access to safe and open spaces within the communities we serve.

Our Programs 

Y Rangers

The Y and partners bridged the growing disconnect between young people and the great outdoors by creating meaningful connections to nature for millions of children, young adults and veterans in communities across the country.

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Bold & Gold

Gender inclusive environmental program aimed at building leadership and conservation skills like introduction into backpacking in places like Yosemite, Point Bonita, and Henry Coe State park. Financial assistance ensures that no one gets turned away from the experience of a lifetime.

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OALA

(Outdoor Advanced Leadership Academy)

Over the course of the week, students entering 6th-10th grades will learn what it takes to become the leaders of the next generation of environmental activism. Activities include kayaking, ropes course challenges, star gazing, bird counts, group research projects, and challenge hikes.

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“This camp has taught me a lot about myself, things I might have hidden from myself.”