About Presidio Y Camp
At the Y, there’s fun for youth of any age and 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 camp 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: 9am-4:30pm with extended care from 8-9am and 4:30-5:30pm
- Summer Day Camps: 9am-4:30pm with extended care from 7:30-9am and 4:30-6:00pm
- Summer Camp Office Hours: Monday-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 staff to find the best one for your family. A YMCA 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 reduced rate for camp, Facility Members have full use of the workout facilities, tennis courts, basketball gym and pool, YKids, youth ballet and lower rates for programs such as swim lessons and youth sports. In order to receive a Facility Member rate, you must remain a Facility Member throughout the duration of your camp experience.
Registering as a Community Participant is completely free for all members in the household, and allows registration for fee-based programs, including all camps, 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.
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 AND FEES: Registration for holiday camps close two weeks before the beginning of the camp session. A non-refundable $20 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.
PACKING LIST: 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.
Grades: Traditional Camps - K-5
8am - 9am and 4:30pm - 5:30pm FREE extended Care
9am - 4:30pm Camp Programming
Upcoming Holiday Camp Dates:
- Veterans Day: November 11- Registration closed
- Thanksgiving Break: November 25-27- Registration closes Nov 11th
- Winter Break: Dec 27, Dec 30, Jan 2, Jan 3- Registration closes Dec 9th
Facility Member: $90/day
Community Participant: $110/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, Presidio Trust, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to offer many Y Rangers Camps.
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 - 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 through our Summer Camp Change Form online. Please submit requests M-F before 5:00PM. You will receive confirmation within 24-48 hours. Please note submissions received Friday 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 online 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.
- During the summer it is best to call and 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 15th. You will be notified by May 1st 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
Counselors In Training
We offer leadership opportunities for High School teens looking to step up into leadership roles at camp or continue expanding their leadership experience. For more information or to apply, please contact our Camp Director, Kelsey Roderer.
Lifeguards In Training (must be 16 years old)
In this course, teens wil learn the knowledge and skills necessary to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer. Participants will become certified in American Safety and Health Institute's courses: CPR Pro for the Professional Rescuer, Basic First Aid for the Community, and Emergency Oxygen Administration. $160/Facility Member, $200/Community Participant
- Session 1: June 10-14
- Session 2: July 8-12
Outdoor Advanced Leadership Academy (located at Point Bonita YMCA)
This 6 day residential camp experience allows students in grades 6-10 to learn what it takes to become leaders of the next generation of environmental stewards. Learn more here.
- Session 1: June 24-28
- Session 2: July 22-26
Kelsey joined our team at the end of 2018, bringing experiences from both overnight and day camps all across the country. She is passionate about showing youth that there are adults that care about them outside of their family and creating opportunities for exploration, growth and creativity outside of the classroom.