The Original Summer Camp
At the Y, there’s fun for youth of any age, income, or background. 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.
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. Plan your summer fun at the Y, and experience the impact we can make in your life and in the community.
Our Camp Experience
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
*Registration includes morning and afternoon extended care at no additional cost! Extended care activities include handicrafts, games, sports and more. Extended Care begins at 7:30am and ends at 6pm.
Summer Camp Calendar
Camp is offered every week, beginning June 11 and ending August 10 -
Week One: June 11- 15: No Limit
There’s no limit to what you can do! Campers will be supported to set goals and develop a plan for achieving them. This will include personal reflection, relationship development, and a deeper understanding of how the impact their peers and their community.
Field Trip: Golden Gate Park
Week Two: June 18- 22: Social Media Madness
Let’s be social and safe! Internet safety, anti- bullying and social networking will be the focus this week. Participants will learn how to use internet systems. We will conclude by creating our own camp google group.
Field Trip: Google
Week Three: June 25- 29: Jumanji Jungle
There are no games in the jungle, unless you’re at Y Camp. The Participants will learn about endangered animals found in jungles around the world, including the Congo and the Amazon. This will be partnered with the history of board games where participants will create their own, jungle themed board game to be shared with their peers.
Field Trip: Oakland Zoo
Week Four: July 2- July 6: Get the Bag
Money does matter! Campers will learn money management and financial development skills. Basics math skills will be reinforced as we count money and practice learned skills in the camp store.
Field Trip: AMC Theaters
Week Five: July 9- July 13: Hot Wheels and Heels
Let’s pull out the toy chess! Campers will learn about STEM concepts such as energy, force, motion and engineering while playing with some of their favorite toys.
Field Trip: Thingamajig
Week Six: July 16- July 20: Rip the Runway
It’s time to show off! Participants will have a platform to share their talents and passions. They will develop performing arts skills in preparation for a family focused talent show.
Field Trip: Camp Jamboree
Week Seven: July 23- 27: Slime Time
We love slime and our campers do too! We will use slime to reinforce learning in math, reading and science. Campers will have the opportunity to make their favorite slime to share at home.
Field Trip: Exploratorium
Week Eight: July 30- Aug 3: Safety in the City
Our city is beautiful! It is also BIG. Campers will learn important safety skills to ensure that they can navigate San Francisco safely when they are with their parents and friends.
Field Trip: Pier 39
Week Nine: Aug 6- Aug 10: Pool Party
Safety is key! The importance of being safe in and out of the water will be reinforced. We will conclude the week with a pool- themed family party that includes zero- depth activities and fun.
Field Trip: Great America
Payment & Processing
To update a profile or to create a new profile:
1. Visit our website at www.ymcasf.org and log in.
2. Click on “My Account” in the links at the top right of the page. Check to make sure your contact info is updated.
3. If your information needs to be updated, click “Update contact information” in the contact information profile box.
4. To update your payment method click to the “Billing Methods” section. Select the billing method to edit and update the information as needed. Click “Submit”.
To add a payment method:
1. From your online account main screen click on “Payment Method” and click “Add Credit Card” or “Add Bank Draft”
2. Once you have updated or added this info, click “Submit”
To make or schedule a payment:
1. From your online account main screen click “My Balance”
2. Click either “PAY FEES NOW” or “SCHEDULE A PAYMENT FOR A LATER DATE” (Note: payments cannot be scheduled after their due date or rescheduled if they are past due).
No credits, refunds, or transfers are allowed within 14 days of the start of program for which you are registering. If you wish to make a change or cancel your registration prior to the 14-day deadline, you may choose one of the following:
1. A transfer to another Bayview YMCA program site (registration must be available).
2. A credit voucher for future use to any Y program
3. A check or credit card refund (minus a $10 processing fee per person and the non-refundable deposit).
Check refunds can only be issued for amounts over $20. Please allow two weeks for processing. Before camp starts, we pay our vendors, purchase our admission tickets and supplies, and hire our staff according to the enrollment.
These are the reasons for the credit/refund policies.
WHEN IS THE BALANCE DUE FOR CAMP?
The remaining balance for each camp is due 14 days prior to the start date of camp. Failure to pay balances will result in the deposit being forfeited and the camper’s registration being cancelled. If your camper is registered on a week by week basis, payment is due the FRIDAY before the week you are registering for. More details will follow at parent orientation.
About Y Camp
Why your child belongs at Y camp
Traditional day camp is age-specific and offers youth greater challenges with every year. Activities revolve around weekly themes and include games, sports, Arts & craft projects, songs, skits and special events. Trips to local parks and major field trips round out each week to provide campers with Y experiences they’ll never forget.
Our camp experience With more than 100 years of camping experience, Y camp is a safe and nurturing place, where children build self-esteem, leadership skills, and a sense of responsibility for themselves and the world around them.
Our commitment Your child will find the confidence for creative self-expression through songs, art, new friendships, and new adventures. We offer more than nonstop fun. Your child will learn how to apply time, talent, and energy toward a caring, honest, respectful and responsible life.
Our leaders Each summer, our camp staff completes over 80 hours of summer camp training. We are caring, competent and experienced. Our training includes camp safety, activity planning, CPR, First Aid, and more, making your child’s experience both safe and fun.
Our pledge We are dedicated to making your and your child’s experiences at Y camp extraordinary. At the end of the day, your child will come home with a positive experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I am late picking my child up from camp? Children not picked up at the end of the camp day, parents will be charged a Late Fee. A $1 per minute Fee will be will be collected that day. For example, camp pick-up ends at 6:00pm, and a child is picked up at 6:10pm. There would be a $10 charge.
What if my child is a few months too young to attend camp? Camps are organized by grades or ages. All campers must be entering the grade in the fall as listed for each camp.
How do I ensure my camper is in the same group as his/ her friend? Camp is an important place to make new friends and develop new relationships. Camp is designed for participants to develop new friendships with their peers and we encourage parents to support this goal. However, if you still need to ensure campers are within the same group, you may provide a written note for the Site Director of your camp on the first day. Camp staff will attempt to ensure your campers can be within the same groups, but groupings depend on ability and/or age and therefore these accommodation will not always be possible.
What if my child is on medication? If you child is on prescription medication from a Doctor, and needs to take it during camp hours, you will need to fill out a medication waiver form. If your child is taking over the counter medication, Y staffs are NOT ALLOWED to administer it. The medication will be check-in and out with Y staff at the begin and end of the camp day.