About Presidio Y Camp
At the Y, there’s fun for youth of any age, income. We bring people closer together in a welcoming, supportive environment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and give back to the community.
OUR CAMP EXPERIENCE
With more than 100 years of camping experience, YMCA camps are committed to nurturing the potential of every child by fostering achievement, relationships and belonging through our Day Camp program. We support children in: 1. Discovering skills to help them realize their accomplishments, passions, talents and potential. 2. Building friendships to demonstrate the role positive relationships play in the well-being of a child. 3. Developing a sense of belonging where kids feel safe, welcome and can express their individuality.
We are devoted to providing extraordinary camp experiences for you and your child. At the end of the day, your child will have had fun, rewarding, and engaging experiences! Families become part of a greater community and experience a summer full of discovery and adventures together.
Locations & Hours
Camp is based at our Letterman Building 1152 Gorgas Avenue, San Francisco CA, 94129
- School Year Camps run 8am - 5:30pm
- Summer Camp Programming run 7:30am - 6pm
- Summer Camp Office Hours are Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm
All Campers must be registered as YMCA Members. Membership types vary depending on your facility usage and household, so it’s best to talk to a Membership specialist to find the best one for your family. A Y Facility Membership is an all access pass to Y’s across the country including more than 35 locations across the Bay Area.
A Facility Membership at the Presidio YMCA offers many benefits for the whole family. In addition to a lower registration fee for camp, Facility Members have full use of the workout facilities, tennis courts, basketball gym and pool, YKids, Ybike , youth ballet and lower rates for fee based programs such as swim lessons and youth sports
Registering as a Community Participant is completely free for all members in the household, and allows registration for fee based programs, including all camps, YMakers, swim lessons, and sports programs.
You may only register online or at our Membership Desk. Please contact the Membership Department at 415-447-9622 for more information about the best membership option for your family’s needs or if you have any questions.
Holiday Camps Overview
Throughout the school year we are offer Traditional & YMakers Camps. Traditional Camp offers a variety of thematic activities, that combine skill and community building, and incorporate outdoor education with indoor arts, crafts and STEAM. YMakers Camp trains campers in safety and design thinking as they build, craft and create projects of their choice!
Registration for ALL Holiday Camps are single day. A non-refundable $10 deposit is due at time of registration, and the remaining balance will go through 14 days before the date of Camp. Camp Changes and Cancellations follow same policy as Summer Camp, see FAQ - Camp Cancellation & Transfer/Refund/Credit Policy. Schedule of Activities will be emailed out to parents prior to Camp Day.
What to Bring: Please send your camper with lunch and morning snack, good playing/walking/hiking shoes, and appropriate layers. Optional but encouraged items to bring to camp are water bottles and sunscreen. Please do not bring any toys or electronics from home, including Pokemon cards and Kindle readers.
CONTACT Presidioycamp@ymcasf.net with any questions about camp. Schedules of the camp day will be emailed out to parents within the week prior to camp.
Traditional Camps - K-5
YMakers Camps - 1st -5th
6th - 12th ~ Leadership Opportunities Available
8am - 9am and 4:30pm - 5:30pm FREE extended Care
9am - 4:30pm Camp Programming
Upcoming Holiday Camp Dates
Facility Member: $75/day
Community Participant: $100/day
This summer, your children will learn, grow, and thrive through the exhilarating fun of traditional, specialty, and sports camps at the Y. In the midst of all the fun, they’ll explore nature, discover their talents, try new activities, gain independence, and create lasting friendships.
OUR COMMITMENT At the Presidio Y, we are committed to ensuring that our youth have access to a quality outdoor experience. Using the San Francisco Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights as our guiding tool, we can ensure our youth grow up knowing, understanding, and loving their environment. In addition, we are partnering with the National Park Service and the Parks Conservancy to offer 4 weeks of “Play Learn Serve Work” camp.
OUR LEADERS To ensure a safe and fun summer, our highly qualified and talented staff complete more than 24 hours of camp training each summer, including CPR and First Aid certification, activity planning, youth development training and injury prevention training. Counselors express their unique personalities, share their diverse talents, and role model YMCA values of honesty, respect, caring and responsibility for the future’s young leaders.
Summer - Important Dates
It's our off season. For more information on Summer Camp, please check back in January 2019. Registration opens February 2019.
Summer - Payment & Enrollment Details
Deposits & Camp Payments:
On the day you register for Camp, you will be charged a deposit for $35 per camp per child. The remaining payment will be scheduled 14 days prior to the start of the Camp - in other words, the remaining payment will be drafted from your bank or card account 2 Monday’s before Camp starts.
If you paid in full at the time of registration, you may be eligible for refund, less deposit if you notify us 2 weeks in advance. Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing using our Summer Camp Change Form. You can submit them to email@example.com or drop them off at Camp (not Membership) Office during Camp Hours. If emailing, please submit requests M-F before 5:00PM. You will receive confirmation of paperwork and our cancellation with 24 - 48 hours.. Please note, forms received late Friday afternoon (after 5pm), will not be answered until Monday. Deposits and any payments made within the 2 week prior to the start of camp are non-refundable. We rely on timely payments so we can pay our vendors, purchase admission tickets, supplies, and hire staff according to enrollment.
If you wish to transfer a camp session, the Camp Admin Team can transfer your deposit to a future session if space is available. We will schedule your camp payment to lock in your transfer request. We cannot guarantee a transfer from one branch to another branch’s summer camp session.
Any credits or refunds must be approved by the Camp Director. Any credits must be used within 48 hours and may be applied to another program or membership dues. Refund requests are refunded to the form of payment and may take up to 14 business days to process.
We understand things come up and sometimes your Camp Registrations need to change, to make sure you are not charged the full amount of camp when you can not attend please take note of the following Camp Hours & Cancellation Process.
- Fill out a Camp Change Form and submit directly to Letterman Camp Dropbox (in the gym) or via email to Camp Admin well before your Payment is scheduled.
- You will be contacted by Camp Admin to confirm any remaining details of this request. Email confirmations that your camp and scheduled payment has been dropped are only valid if sent from the Camp Director and/or Camp Admin. As a reminder, deposits are non-refundable.
- PLEASE NOTE, our Camp Office Hours are Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm. Messages received over the weekend, regarding payments going through on Monday, will not be considered for a refund due to late notice.
- Only the Camp Director will make the final decision about refunds, for our current Refund/Credit Policy see FAQ’s. See our Transfer/Credit/Refund policy on page 5 for more information.
- It is best to call & email the Camp line directly to make registration changes. Our Membership Team is able to assist you in navigating the registration process and with basic camp questions. To ensure that your camp questions and requests are answered in a timely matter, please contact our Camp Admin Team at 415-447-9692 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer - Financial Assistance
We strive to make camp accessible to all. To the extent possible, financial assistance is available thanks in part to generous donors & grants. The Financial Assistance forms are available online and at the membership desk. If you already receive FA for Membership, you still need to submit supporting documentation. FA for Summer Camp may be a different percentage than you are receiving for Membership (if applicable). FA is awarded by percentage, this year the maximum a family can receive is 50% per session. Please submit forms in person at our Main Post Gym by April 1st. You will be notified before April 30th regarding your application status. In order to reserve your camp, you must place a $35.00 for each camp and have a billing method on file.
Have more questions about applying for Summer Camp Financial Assistance? Please see our FAQ here.
Teen Leadership Opportunities
We have an opportunity for High School teens and select Middle School tweens looking to step up into leadership roles at camp or continue expanding their leadership experience. All Youth will begin as Volunteers and through commitment to Youth Development, hard work and a lot of fun, can evolve to Interns and ultimately Counselors - in - Training. Any High Schoolers over 18 years of age should consider applying for a paid Counselor position. Please note all other positions are unpaid volunteer work, but volunteers can use this experience to fulfill their school’s community service requirements.
All participants will get hands-on experience through direct “on-the-job” training, learning valuable preliminary job skills, and access to our mentoring and caring staff. Interns will help identify camp needs and build solutions to meet those needs. CIT’s will take on the highest form of Camp Leadership as they’ll have the opportunity to teach what they’ve learned to K-5 Campers. Scope of work will be determined by the volunteer and Camp Leadership Staff.
Our selection process involves completing an application (by the Teen not parent) and candidates will be invited for an interview. Applications can be found on our website, please return as soon as possible to ensure positions are still available. Positions will be available all weeks of the summer, but we have a limited number of spots per week. Priority will go to those that attended mandatory training, and demonstrate willingness to support camp.
Requirements: Entering grades 9-12th; Middle Schoolers - participation in 6-8th Leadership Training Camp June 11th - 15th. Ideal candidates will commit for at least 3 weeks.
Volunteer Weeks: TBD
Applications: Click here to download PDF application