About Our Camps

In addition to our school break Out of School Time (OST) programs in Ross Valley and Novato, we offer a range of theme-focused specialty and sports camps in several locations. Specialty and sports camps offer expert instruction from YMCA staff and community partners to deliver experiences that promote skill-building and achievement, teamwork, and problem-solving while building meaningful relationships and lasting memories.

School Year Specialty Camps

Lego Builders Camp

Lego Builders Camp is designed for the creative “blockitect.” From fantasy castles to space adventures, projects are designed to inspire children’s imagination and creativity – while teaching them important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts. Using Lego Engineering Software, counselors lead campers in building and programming real-life robots with practical applications. Budding engineers will be blown away by their hand-made machines and structures.

Session 1: Midwinter Break, February 19-23 • 9:00-5:00 p.m.
Session 2: Spring Break, April 9-13 • 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: The Y at Hamilton Elementary
Fee: Facility Member $295 • Community Participant $330

Aspiring Artists Camp

This camp will explore a wide range of media, including acrylic painting, watercolor, drawing, textiles and more! Each day, campers will create one-of-a-kind masterpieces in areas like clay modeling, printmaking, acrylic painting, photography, sketching, watercolors and mosaics. All activities are designed to promote personal expression and self-confidence, and projects are designed to be enjoyable for a range of ages and abilities. Campers will also swim in the pool throughout the week, so don't forget a swimsuit and towel!

Session 1: Midwinter Break, February 19-23 • 9:00-5:00 p.m.
Session 2: Spring Break, April 9-13 • 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: Marin YMCA
Fee: Facility Member $295 • Community Participant $330

Young Chefs Camp

Come down to the Marin Y for three days of culinary fun. We will cover nutrition education and basic culinary skills, and campers will get hands on experience making all kinds of tasty treats from scratch. Our fall session focuses on seasonal treats and culminates with a Thanksgiving Feast! Everything from roasted veggies to pumpkin pies will be at our table. Campers will also have opportunities to swim at the Marin Y Pool, so don’t forget a swimsuit and towel!

Session 1: Thanksgiving Break, November 20-22 • 9:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: Marin YMCA
Fee: Facility Member $185 • Community Participant $205

School Year Sports Camps

Jr. Warrior School Break Basketball Camp (grades K-4)

Our one-day camp sessions are designed to teach kids the game of basketball in a fun, positive, and safe environment. Our experienced instructors cover fundamentals of dribbling, passing, rebounding and shooting for players to improve their abilities and gain confidence on the court.Each day features a variety of drills and scrimmages to build on previous lessons while welcoming new participants. Hours are from 1:30 to 5:00, and snack is provided. Did your kiddo have a great time at camp? Join one of our Youth Sports clinics or leagues!

Thanksgiving Break: November 20-22
Winter Break: December 27-29, January 2-5
Midwinter Break: February 19-23
Spring Break: April 9-13
Location: Marin Y Gym
Fee: Facility Member $35 per day • Community Participant $40 per day

Outdoor Education Camps

Devil's Gulch Ranch (DGES) Camp (grades 2-8)

Please contact Jordan James at (415) 446-2134 or jajames@ymcasf.org for more information.

Our popular outdoor education camp at Devil’s Gulch Ranch in Nicasio is back for Spring Break! Devil’s Gulch Educational Services (DGES) provides agriculture and nature education programs to diverse communities, both locally and globally. Devil's Gulch camp offers participants the opportunity to experience nature and learn about agriculture through experiential learning on-site at a working ranch. Campers connect with nature through games, crafts and skill-building, 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 daily bus to Devil’s Gulch leaves the Marin Y at 8:00 a.m. and returns to the Marin Y by 4:30 p.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, campers swim at the Marin Y from 3:00 to 4:00. Pre- and post-camp care are not available.

Spring Break: April 9-13
​Location: Devil's Gulch Ranch, Nicasio (drop-off & pick-up at Marin YMCA)
Fee: Facility Member $415 • Community Participant $460