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YMCA Scholars Camps


Priority populations for YMCA Scholars Camps include: 

  • Essential workers
  • Youth in foster care
  • Homeless youth
  • Youth in public housing
  • English language learners
  • Low income African American, Latinx or Asian Pacific Islander families

Please note we have limited space in these programs.


Session Dates Payment Billing Dates  Refund Deadline
Spring 2021 1/5/2021-6/4/2021

20th and
1st day after 1st of the month

30 days written notice 



For Spring 2021 youth may enroll at anytime, but must attend a minimum of three consecutive weeks. To withdraw, please send a 30 day written notice to CWagnon@ymcasf.org. Payments are due on the 20th and first day after the first of the month. A 50% non-refundable deposit is due per youth per session. Payments can be made by scheduling automatic drafts through our Community Portal, by calling (415) 772-5500 Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm, or in person at the Mission YMCA on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am-5:00 pm.

If a child is sick or becomes symptomatic in program, immediate pick up will be required.  

Program will be closed on major holidays: 05/31

Closed for Spring Break:

  • San Francisco Based Sites:  March 29-April 2 
  • Marin Based Sites:  April 5-9 
  • Peninsula- Parkside:  April 5-12 
  • Peninsula YMCA:  April 5-9 

For information on Summer 2021- please check out our summer camp landing page at ymcasf.org/summer 

Spring Program Closure Dates

Our YMCA Scholars Camps and DCYF Community Hubs will be closed on the following dates. 

  • Monday, May 31, 2021
  • Spring Break 
    • San Francisco Sites:  March 29-April 2 
    • Marin Sites:  April 5-9 
    • Peninsula YMCA:  April 5-9
    • Peninsula- Parkside:  April 5-12 


Sample Schedule

7:00-9:00 am                    Morning Extended Care
9:00-9:15 am                    Introductions/Daily Schedule/Expectations
9:15-10:15 am                  Academics*
10:15-10:30 am                Brain Break
10:30-11:30 am                Academics
11:30-11:45 am                Brain Break
11:45-12:00 pm                Clean Up/Lunch Prep
12:00-12:30 pm                Lunch (No lunch will be provided, please pack a lunch and snacks for your child)
12:30-1:00 pm                  Supervised Free Time
1:00-4:00 pm                    Afternoon Enrichment
4:00-6:00 pm                    Evening Extended Care

Full Day Program Information

2021 Spring Fees Grades Hours Facility Member Community Member Free/Reduced Lunch Families UCSF Employees
Marin YMCA: Full Day  TK-5 7 AM-6 PM $1,567/month $1,903/month $336/month -
Buchanan YMCA TK-6 7 AM-6 PM $1,567/month $1,903/month $336/month  
Presidio YMCA: Letterman Gym  TK-5 8 AM-4 PM $1,277/month $1,567/month $336/month -
Stonestown YMCA K-6 8 AM-4 PM $1,277/month $1,567/month $336/month -
Richmond YMCA K-6 8 AM-5 PM $1,277/month $1,567month $336/month -
Peninsula YMCA K-5 9 AM-5 PM $1,277/month $1,567/month $336/month  -
Peninsula YMCA: Parkside Middle School* TK-8 8 AM-5 PM $1,277/month $1,567/month $336/month -
UCSF Sites* K-5 7 AM-6 PM - - $336/month $1,277/month

*Only open to UCSF Employees.

20% Sibling discount available. Financial assistance will be applied to the rates listed above.

Morning Program Information (Academics Only)

Priority for teachers in Marin County

Site Grades Hours Facility Member Community Member
Marin YMCA: Rancho Elementary School TK-5 8 AM-2 PM $1,008/month $1,210/month 
Marin YMCA: Wade Thomas TK-5 8 AM-2 PM $1,008/month $1,210/month


Financial Assistance

Population Fee
Homeless/Foster Youth $0
Free/Reduced Lunch $336/month. Please email a copy of your free/reduced lunch letter to lwilliams@ymcasf.org.
Financial Assistance Varies per family. Please complete the financial aid application and email it to lwilliams@ymcasf.org.
Allow 7 days for processing.

Setting Up Students for Academic Success

To empower students to succeed we will need parent/guardian support to ensure students are equipped with the following:

  • Students are expected to have their materials with them when they come to camp/hub. Materials include technology/learning devices, paper, pencils, etc.
    • Please note: Parents/Guardians, please be ready to provide or show your student how to access their login information for the distance learning platform they will be using such as Zoom, Google, Seesaw, etc.
  • Students should arrive with their devices fully charged. Please make sure to pack your student's device charger.

If students/families need additional materials, we will provide extra school supplies, including access to technology when possible. If families know ahead of time you will need a digital device, please contact the site supervisor.

During Academic Support time students are expected to stay focused and complete as much work as they can during the allotted time. Though our Youth Development staff are not teachers, our team will help to remind students to stay on task but are not expected to check all students’ work for completeness nor correctness. We encourage parents/guardians to check assignments for completeness at the end of each day, as some assignments require materials from home or family involvement. If a student needs help, they can raise their hand and ask the staff for support. Staff will be supporting multiple students in program and rotate according to students' needs.

During down time, we encourage students to bring their own coloring or reading books. When students finish their work, they have the option to read books from home, draw, color, or work on academic worksheets. Staff will also have quiet activities to engage students who finish their work early.

If there is something specific you feel your student can use additional support with, please share with the site director so that we can support you.

Mid-Winter & Spring Break

Spring Break is not included in the enrollment. As we have more information, we will let you know the offerings for spring breaks in your school district.

School District School Holiday Dates
Marin Mid-Winter Break 02/15/21-02/19/21
Marin Spring Break 04/05/21-04/09/21
SFUSD Spring Break 03/29/21-04/01/21
San Mateo-Foster City Spring Break 03/29/21-04/09/21
San Bruno Park Spring Break 04/05/21-04/12/21


Health & Safety Protocols

All youth and staff must pass health screening every day to attend program. Anyone with signs of illness must stay home/leave program immediately, self-isolate, contact medical professional for guidance, and follow up with your site director as soon as possible. The sick person can return to program with a doctor’s note, only if a doctor rules out COVID-19 as the cause of symptoms and their fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications, and/or other symptoms have improved for 72 hours. The minimum quarantine period for someone with COVID-19 is 10 days. The minimum quarantine period for someone who was exposed to COVID-19 through close contact is 14 days. 

If youth become ill in program, we will ask for an immediate pick-up and consultation with a medical professional regarding COVID-19 testing. If your child or anyone in your household has a known exposure to COVID-19, or is awaiting COVID-19 results due to exposure, please keep them home, consult a medical provider, and inform your site director immediately.

Public Health Departments advise that sick children, even if they don’t have COVID-19, self-quarantine, get tested, and remain out of program until they receive test results. Even if symptoms resolve overnight, testing should still happen because most children are exhibiting very mild signs of illness. 



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Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible for YMCA Scholars Camps?

  • Essential workers
  • Youth in foster care
  • Homeless youth
  • Youth in public housing
  • English Language Learners
  • Low income families
  • African American, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islanders

Where will YMCA Scholars Camps be offered?

  • Marin YMCA - Rancho Elementary School
  • Marin YMCA - Wade Thomas Elementary School
  • Point Bonita YMCA
  • Peninsula Family YMCA - Parkside Middle School

Will I be guaranteed the site of my choice?

Each site has a maximum capacity based on the space available. We will do our best to place youth in the program of choice; but once a site reaches capacity, another site will be given.

What ages are YMCA Scholars Camps?

Varies by site. TK-8th.

Will lunch be provided?

Lunch will not be provided. Please pack your child a daily lunch and snacks.

How do I register for YMCA Scholars Camps?

Log in to the community portal at community.ymcasf.org to register.

What is the process for financial assistance?

Families will need to complete the Financial Assistance Application. You can download the application here: Financial Assistance Application Form. Upon completion, please email lwilliams@ymca.org the application along with any supporting paperwork. Please allow 7 days for processing.

Can I just drop in?

Unfortunately we cannot accept drop-ins. Your child(ren) must be screened, registered and attend the full session.

Is there a waitlist? If so, how will I be notified?

Sites that are at capacity will have a waitlist. Please make sure to contact Christy by email at CWagnon@ymcasf.org to be added to your preferred site's waitlist. You will be contacted via email if space opens and have 24 hours to claim your space.

What will children be doing during YMCA Scholar Camps?

Mornings will be spent supporting distance learning and general academic support. Our afternoons will be a variety of enrichments such as STEAM, Art, Physical Education, Outdoor Education, YBike, etc

Who is staffing YMCA Scholars Camps?

  • Our YMCA youth development staff, all of whom have been fingerprinted, background checked, and have received additional training in Covid-19 policies and procedures.
  • Staff conduct daily Covid-19 health screening surveys
  • Staff undergo daily temperature checks.
  • Staff observe frequent and scheduled hand washing protocols.
  • Staff will wear a mask while in program and gloves when assisting children.

Can you explain wellness checks?

  • All youth will be required to complete a daily health check at drop including a temperature check and brief wellness survey.
  • Immediately after check-in staff and campers will be required to wash their hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.
  • Any items brought from home will also be sanitized after arrival at camp.

Can you explain increased cleaning/sanitizing procedures?

  • High volume surfaces such as doorknobs, water fountains, door handles, tables, and bathrooms will be sanitized hourly or more as needed.
  • Campers and staff will have hand washing scheduled after every activity.
  • Each youth will have their own set of supplies while at program.
  • Shared materials will immediately be wiped down after use.
  • Toys or materials that are difficult to clean (example: playdough, stuffed animals) will not be allowed at program.
  • A professional cleaning company will clean and sanitize all spaces at the end of the day.

What are the drop-off and pick-up procedures?

  • Drop-off and pick-up will take place at the door. Due to safety protocols, parents/guardians will not be allowed to enter the facility.
  • One parent/guardian may drop-off one child at a time.
    • If multiple families arrive at once, you will be asked to wait a minimum of 6 feet for your turn in line.
  • Parents/guardians must wear a mask during drop-off and pick-up.
  • A detailed summary of drop-off/pick-up will be included in your site-specific welcome letter.

What about Physical Distancing?

  • Groups will not exceed current county/city guidelines 
  • Groups will not co-mingle
  • Absences from camp will be monitored
  • Program will be set up to maintain 6’ of physical distancing as much as possible
  • Program activities have been modified to ensure they can be run safely and ‘touch free’
  • All field trips have been canceled
  • Hugging, holding hands, etc are not permitted

What is the mask policy?

  • Staff must wear a mask 100% of the time
  • Youth 3 years and older must wear a mask 100% of the time

What if someone in program becomes sick?

  • If a staff or youth become sick in program they will be isolated from the group immediately
  • Parent/guardian will be called for immediate pick up
    • Please have an emergency contact available for immediate pick up
  • Youth/staff may not return to the program until:
    • They have had no symptoms for a minimum of 72 hours
    • If Covid-19 symptoms exist you may be asked for a negative test to return

What happens if I need to miss a week?

  • Our scholars camp program is only open to youth who need to attend a minimum of 3 weeks
  • If you miss more than 3 days without contacting the site; you will lose your spot in the program.
  • Our groups need to remain static for the duration of the program; if you need to miss a week you may have to be re-screened before returning to program.

If my child gets sick and cannot attend camp, will I be refunded for those weeks?

  • We pay for supplies, staffing, and administrative costs based on the number of youth we have in program. In the case that your child becomes ill during program we can consider a partial refund.
    • The $50 deposit is non-refundable under all circumstances.
    • If you need to cancel; please do so by the cancellation deadline on the registration form to receive a refund minus the deposit.
    • If your child gets sick after the deadline and cannot attend camp please submit a doctor’s note to be considered for a partial refund.
  • If your child is out sick, they may not return until they have not had symptoms for 72 hours
  • If your child becomes sick or exhibits symptoms; please consult a health care professional for guidance on reentry to program 

Will Y staff be tested for COVID-19?

Staff will receive daily health checks but are not required to be tested for COVID-19.