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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 - 7 (June 8 - July 24)

John Muir Community School

380 Webster Street

San Francisco, CA 94117

Weeks 8 - 9 (July 27 - August 7)

Buchanan YMCA

1530 Buchanan Street

San Francisco, CA 94115


Full Day Camp: 8:30am - 6:00pm

Half Day Camp: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Half Day Camp (Enrichment): 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Early Extended Care: 7:00am - 8:30am (fee of $25 for the week)


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 forms to buchanancamp@ymcasf.org. 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, purchase 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.

2020 Summer Camps

Buchanan Summer Transitional Kindergarten Camp


Full Day: $275, Half Day: $150

This camp builds and develops social skills while preparing our campers to be ready for entry level Kindergarten academics. Breakfast and lunch provided.

Buchanan Summer Power Scholars, entering Kindergarten - entering 5th Grade


Full Day: $275

Our academic support and school re-engagement programs help students discover the resources, personal strengths and relationships that will help them close achievement gaps and reach their highest potential. The Power Scholars curriculum is developed for campers to participate for a full day, academics in the morning sessions and enrichment project-based activities in the afternoon sessions. At the Family Orientation, Campers can select their enrichment options.

Buchanan Summer Accelerated Learning Camp, entering 3rd Grade - entering 5th Grade


Full Day: $275, Half Day: $150

This camp is designed for students at or above grade level looking to engage in a rigorous and exciting project-based learning environment. In this camp, youth will build on the academic skills developed during the previous school year with projects centered on innovation, 21st century skill development and accelerated academic content.

Buchanan Summer Middle School, entering 6th Grade - entering 8th Grade


Full Day: $220

Campers will engage in a series of mock life experiences, encouraging them to explore introspection, decision making, self-efficacy, college & career readiness, public speaking and civic engagement. These academically-aligned, project-based experiences will prevent summer learning loss and prepare Campers to navigate the challenges of middle school.

Buchanan Summer Enrichment Camp, entering Kindergarten - entering 5th grade


Half Day (12:00pm - 6:00pm): $150


Full Day: $275

Campers will engage in skill building enrichment activities that are centered around sports, arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Lunch and snack provided. Enrichment options will be available for selection at our Family Orientation.

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.


LaSaundra Owens

Born and raised in the Bay Area, LaSaundra is a vibrant character whose passion is to enhance the lives of young people by bridging innovative and engaging youth development strategies with tangible educational outcomes.

Bill Burke

Since moving to San Francisco in 1998, Bill has grown to appreciate and enjoy how diverse and inclusive our City is. That is one of the many reasons why he enjoys working for and supporting our youth in the Western Addition Community.