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About Buchanan Y Camp

At the Y, we have fun for everyone this summer, regardless of your 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. Plan your summer fun at the Y, and experience the impact we can make in your life and in the community.


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.


Weeks 1 - 6 (June 10 - July 19)

New Traditions Elementary School

2049 Grove Street

San Francisco, CA 94117

Weeks 7 - 9 (July 22 - August 9)

Buchanan YMCA

1530 Buchanan Street

San Francisco, CA 94115


Extended Care/Drop Off: 7:30am - 9:30am

Camp Activities: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Extended Care/Pick Up: 4:30pm - 6:00pm


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.

Facility Memberships
A Facility Membership at the Buchanan 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 and group exercise classes and basketball gym and lower rates for programs such as afterschool and sports. In order to receive a Facility Member rate, you must remain a Facility Member throughout the duration of your camp experience.

Community Participants
Registering as a Community Participant is completely free for all members in the household, and allows registration for fee-based programs, including all camps, afterschool and sports programs.

You may only register online or at our Membership Desk. Please contact the Membership Department at 415-931-9622 for more information about the best membership option for your family’s needs or if you have any questions.

How To Register

Online registration is open!

Deposits & Camp Payments

On the day you register for Camp, you will be charged a deposit for $50 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 credit card account two Mondays before Camp starts.

Transfers/Credit/Refund Policy

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 advanced. Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing using our Summer Camp Change Form. You can submit them to jlivingston@ymcasf.net. Please submit requests M-F before 5:00PM. If you do not receive a cancellation confirmation after 24-48 hours, please call us or resubmit your form. (Please note, forms received Friday late afternoon, may 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.

Cancellation Confirmations

We understand things come up and sometimes your Camp Registrations need to change.  To make sure you are not charged the full amount for a camp you cannot attend, please take note of the following Camp Hours and Cancellation Process. 

• Please fill out a Camp Change Form 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 have been dropped are only valid if sent from the Camp Coordinator and/or Camp Admin. As a reminder, deposits are non-refundable.

2019 Summer Camps Offered

Traditional Camps

Traditional day camp is age-specific and offers youth greater challenges with every year. Activities revolve around weekly themes and include structured and unstructured games, sports, swimming, arts and crafts, team building activities, songs, skits, and special Y events. Trips to local parks and major field trips round out each week to provide campers with Y experiences they will never forget!

Grades K-8

Week 1: 6/10-6/14 Superheroes Assemble! 
Week 2: 6/17-6/21 HEPA Heroes 
Week 3: 6/24-6/28 Super STEAM Week
Week 4 7/1-7/5 (no camp 7/4): Save Our Planet!
Week 5: 7/8-7/12 Create-A-Comic
Week 6: 7/15-7/19 What’s Your Superpower
Week 7: 7/22-7/26 Everyday Heroes 
Week 8: 7/30-8/3 Superhero Skills
Week 9: 8/5-8/9 Mission Accomplished

Specialty Camps

Grades K-2

Week 2: STEM and Ninja Lego Camp
Week 9: YMakers Junior-STEAM Camp 

Grades 2-4

Week 3: STEM Challenge and Jedi Camp
Week 6: Baseball for All

Grades 4-5

Week 5: Survival Skills-Y Rangers 

Grades 5-8

Week 3: Extreme Adventures-Y Rangers 

Financial Assistance

In an effort to make our programs affordable for all, we offer financial assistance.  To apply, please complete this application and submit with your income verification at the Buchanan YMCA.  Financial assistance awards are based on income eligibility and availability of funds.