Outdoor Advanced Leadership Academy (OALA)

This six-day residential camp is the culminating experience of our Y Rangers program.  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.  Campers stay in the historic dorms of the Point Bonita YMCA with our residential camp counselors, have meals in the YMCA’s dining hall, and participate in a variety of outdoor activities designed to stimulate their bodies and minds by getting them out into nature and discussing the environment, conservationism, and personal agency.  Activities include kayaking, ropes course challenges, star gazing, bird counts, group research projects, and challenge hikes.

Youth wishing to take part in the program must complete an application and submit it by February 15, 2020.  Notification of acceptance into the program will be made by March 2, 2020.

Learn more about our program here.




OALA has a tiered pricing structure based on household income and the generosity of YMCA donors. In order to provide opportunities for all youth to take part and to create inclusive spaces for all, applications are reviewed in order to ensure a balance of family backgrounds.

Tier 1: $0 (fully subsidized)

Tier 2: $250 (partial subsidy)

Tier 3: $600

Session Dates:

June 21-26, 2020 

July 19-24, 2020


6th-10th grade