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At the Y, we offer fun for every child this summer, regardless of age, income and background. Plan your summer fun at the Y, and experience the impact we can make in your families life and community. Get started by reading all about our camp offerings, and find the type of camp that's right for your child. Read below to explore our offerings. 

Discoverers (Grades K-1)

Our youngest campers are called the Discoverers. Campers entering Kindergarten and 1st grade are introduced to the excitement of day camp through games, arts & crafts, field trips, and more. This group goes on field trips that stay closer to home and has some quiet time built into the daily schedule, to ensure they are eased into the camp experience. They will spend their days playing, making friends, learning, and having tons of fun!
Ratio- 1 staff leader to 8 campers

Adventurers (Grades 2-3)

Our Adventurers are entering 2nd and 3rd grade and are ready for a little more challenge. They will spend their days playing, making friends, learning, and having tons of fun, with an added bonus of some bigger field trips and more challenging activities.
Ratio- 1 staff leader to 8 campers

Explorers (Grades 4-5)

If your child is ready for some new challenges or wants to express more independence, then they are Explorers! Our Explorers are entering 4th and 5th grader, and take the summer by storm with new challenges and youth-lead activities.
Ratio- 1 staff leader to 10 campers

Movin' On (Grades 6-8)

Movin’ On Campers are ready to blaze their own trails, through the community and all around the Bay Area. With 3-4 field trips per session, these campers are always moving, practicing leadership, and making decisions about their camp experiences.
Ratio- 1 staff leader to 12 campers

Counselors In Training / CIT (Grades 9-10)

This camp program provides a unique opportunity for teens to hone their leadership skills, gaining valuable training in team work, decision making, and supervision. CITs spend one week together (Session 3) learning interview skills, attending trainings, learning camp policies, and becoming a team. They then have the opportunity to sign up for Field Work Sessions, in which they will be assigned a camp group and support the camp day. Attending all 5 days of the training session is mandatory to be eligible for Field Work. CIT Field Work can be used towards community service hours.

Attending all 5 days of the training session is mandatory to be eligible for Field Work.
Dates Training - Session 3 | June 24-28
Fieldwork - Session 4-11 | July 1-August 16
Ratio 1 staff leader to 12 campers


Camp groups are divided by the grade campers will enter in the 2018-2019 school year. All camp groups will focus on our 4 YMCA core values: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility-- through team building games, performances, group challenges and field trips. Each camp day begins and ends with Camp Connection, at which all campers will be together to celebrate the day.

Location, Hours, Schedule


Camp Location

Argonne Clubhouse and Playground
463 18th Ave, San Francisco, CA  94121 


Camp Hours

Monday – Friday  9:30am-4:00pm
Extended Care Drop-Off  7:30am-9:30am
Extended Care Pick-Up  4:00pm-6:00pm 


Camp Sessions

Camp begins on June 10 and wraps up on August 16

Session 1 • June 10-14  Safari Party
Session 2 • June 17-21  All Around The World
Session 3 • June 24-28  Back To The Future
Session 4 • July 1-5  Touch Down In SF **No camp on July 4**
Session 5 • July 8-12  Y Camp's Got Spirit
Session 6 • July 15-19  It's A Grand Slam
Session 7 • July 22-26  Splash Camp
Session 8 • July 29 - August 2  Blast From The Past
Session 9 • August 5-9  Youth Choice Awards
Session 10 • August 12-16  To Infinity And Beyond


Specialty Camps

Session 1 •  June 10-14  Lego Engineers (Grades K-3)
                     August 5-9  Lego Engineers (Grades 4-8)
Expand your imagination brick by brick through the world of enginerring with thousands of legos at your fingertips. Design and build like never before and be amazed by what your imagination can bring to life!

Session 2 •  June 17-21  Y Chefs (Grades K-5)
Explore the colors of the culinary world as we chop, slice, and sauteé our way through heated food challenges. Campers will learn proper cooking techniques as they prep and cook food from kid friendly recipes and will get a chance to bring home their tasty foods and recipes. YUM!

Session 3 •  June 24-28  Rad Science: Science Explosion (Grades K-3)
                     August 12-16  Rad Science: Science Explosion (Grades 4-8)
Join us for a week exploding with fun as we take a deep dive into the universe of STEAM. We will focus on tinkering, marine biology, chemical reactions and so much more! Each day will be filled with projects focusing on the different areas of STEAM.


How To Sign Up



You are not required to be a YMCA facility member to sign up for camp: you can register as a community participant, online, for free. Facility members enjoy discounted pricing for programs. Explore membership options here



Facility Member: $295/week ($236 for Session 4 – Week of 4th of July)
Community Participant: $335/week ($284 for Session 4 – Week of 4th of July)

Facility Member: $385/week
Community Participant: $445/week

Facility Member: $75/week • $295/training session
Community Participant: $90/week • $355/training session

Register for camp online or in person. ​A $35 deposit is required for each session. This deposit is non-transferable and nonrefundable.

Cancelations and transfers must be received in writing at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the session. With this notice, you will receive your full payment, minus the $35 deposit, as a refund or credit towards future programs. Cancelations made within 14 days of a session are not eligible for refund or credit. Summer program fees cannot be adjusted for absences or vacations.

Payment, in full, is due 14 days before each session. A $25 late fee will be charged if payment is not received by this time. Participants will not be allowed to participate in new sessions if there is an outstanding balance on the account.


Payment Subsidies

Children’s Council or other agencies’ approved contracts must be turned in with registration. More information is available at the Richmond District YMCA branch. Deposits are still required for
subsidized applicants.


Financial Assistance

We encourage families who need additional help to pay for camp to apply for financial assistance, please pick up an application form at the Richmond District YMCA. Financial Assistance is made available, to the extent possible, through the generosity of our members and donors.

Applications received by May 1st will be notified of award within 2 weeks. After May 1st FA will be awarded if it is available. Deposits and program membership fees are still required with FA applicants. Fees paid will be reimbursed if Financial Assistance is not available.


Cameron Smith

Cameron has been a life-long member of the Y, he learned to swim at the Y, and has been working at the YMCA for four years. Cameron oversees all aspect of Camp and Family Programming. He loves his work at Y because he gets to help make lasting impacts and foster memorable moments on today's Youth, Families, and the Community.