Best. Summer. Ever.

At the Marin Y, we believe that summer is more than just a time for fun and play—it’s a time for kids to discover who they are and create memories that they will never forget. We are looking forward to an amazing Summer 2019. 

Summer 2019 Registration is open 2/1/2019!

Traditional Summer Day Camp

Traditional Summer Day Camp at Indian Valley Campus (IVC)

Y CAMP IS FOR:

ACCOMPLISHMENT. To immerse kids in opportunities for new experiences—and to show them all they can do when they believe in themselves.
BELONGING. To make kids feel welcome and comfortable being themselves, and to let them know that they’re a part of something great.
FRIENDSHIP. To inspire kids to work together, play together, and form friendships that will last a lifetime.

Y Camp is a different adventure each day. Activities include sports, arts and crafts projects, wacky games, swimming, songs, and so much more. Our creative and energetic counselors are the best around, and all of our campers benefit from meaningful interactions with positive role models.

We are committed to making your camper’s experience as meaningful as possible. The week prior to the start of each camp session, you will receive a newsletter by email with details on what to expect at camp that week, reminders, photos of all of the fun we are having, and more. Campers’ experiences are shaped by their groups, with whom they spend most of their days.

A DAY AT CAMP

Y Camp is a different adventure each day. Activities include sports, arts and crafts projects, wacky games, swimming, songs, and so much more. Our creative and energetic counselors are the best around, and all of our campers benefit from meaningful interactions with positive role models. 
We are committed to making your camper’s experience as meaningful as possible and we want to tell you about it! The week prior to the start of each camp
session, you will receive a newsletter by e-mail with details on what to expect at camp that week, reminders, photos of all of the fun we are having, and more.

CHOOSE YOUR CAMP

Activities are age-appropriate, designed with attention to the developmental characteristics of each group:

  • DISCOVERERS (entering K-1st grade) are introduced to the magic of day camp, including silly songs and skits, arts and crafts, laughter-inducing games, swimming, and eye-opening field trips. 
  • ADVENTURERS (entering 2nd-3rd grade) take camp to the next level with new and exciting activities and further opportunities for hands-on learning and nonstop fun. 
  • EXPLORERS (entering 4th-5th grade) are leaders at camp, making choices that reflect a growing awareness of themselves and their environment, and seeking further avenues for self-expression. 
  • PATHFINDERS (entering 6th-8th grade) travel offsite and out into the community and around the bay area all week long. With 3-4 field trips each session, Pathfinders are always moving, from Angel Island to Water World. Pathfinders are ready to blaze their own trails, and our staff encourage them to practice leadership and make decisions.
  • COUNSELORS IN TRAINING (CITs) (entering 9th-10th grade) have a blast at camp while they build youth development & leadership skills in real-life group situations. CITs participate in trainings that focus and build on their camp experience, and are held to a high standard of professionalism in their roles.
  • LIFEGUARDS IN TRAINING (ages 16+) will learn to save lives in the water in our Lifeguard Certification course. Campers learn skills that they can take with them for the rest of their life. Become a YMCA Lifeguard!

DISCOVERERS, ADVENTURERS, EXPLORERS

CAMP HOURS & LOCATION

Day Camp is held at College of Marin's Indian Valley Campus (IVC), 1800 Ignacio Blvd, Novato, in Building 16 and the central Campus Green. Signs will be posted as you enter the campus.

Camp Day: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Drop-off: 7:30-8:30 a.m. (pre-camp)
Pick-up: 4:00-6:00 p.m.  (post-camp)
There is no additional fee for pre- and post-camp hours.

SWIMMING

What would day camp be without swimming? Campers swim twice a week at IVC pool during the afternoons. Counselors are well trained in aquatic safety, and College of Marin Lifeguards supervise at a 1:25 ratio. Campers must pass a swim test to participate without a life vest, and Discoverers under age 6 are required to wear one at all times. Participation in swimming is encouraged but not required.

TRANSPORTATION

Families have the option of signing up for daily transportation to camp from The Marin Y in Terra Linda. Campers may check in at the turf field on the side of the facility between 7:30 and 8:30, depart by bus at 8:30, and arrive at camp by 9:00. At the end of our day, the bus leaves camp at 4:00 and returns to The Y by 4:30, and campers may be picked up from the Y between 4:30 and 6:00. We also use the yellow bus for all field trips.

PATHFINDERS

Pathfinders are ready to blaze their own trails, through the community and all around the bay area. With 3-4 trips per session, Pathfinders are always moving, practicing leadership and making decisions about their camp experience. Ratio: 1 staff to 12 campers.

The following trips are subject to change. Parents will be notified of the schedule of events the week prior to each Session.

COUNSELORS IN TRAINING

Our Counselor In Training (CIT) program for incoming 9th and 10th graders allows teens to have a blast at camp while they build youth development & leadership skills in real-life group situations. CITs participate in trainings that focus and build on their camp experience, and are held to a high standard of professionalism in their roles. Being a CIT is a powerful way to be a role model, learn about being a leader, and become a contributor to our camp program. Participation in the CIT program helps teens to prepare for a job as a camp counselor, and may also count toward community service hours for local high schools.

Each day includes group activities or workshops with the CIT Lead and field work with either the Discoverers or Adventurers group. CIT training is supported by fun group games and trips. Counselors in Training sessions are offered all 9 weeks of camp.

CITs are also encouraged to sign up for Point Bonita Outdoor Adventure Camp! For more information about Point Bonita's camp, contact Jordan James • 415.446.2134.

LIFEGUARDS IN TRAINING

Did you know that drowning is the sixth leading cause of unintentional death for people of all ages, and the second leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14 years? You can help bring that statistic down: Learn to save lives in the water in our Lifeguard Certification course. Learn skills that you can take with you for the rest of your life. Become a YMCA Lifeguard!

From 9am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday, you will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer. Participants will become certified as a YMCA Lifeguard and receive certifications in American Safety and Health Institute’s (ASHI) courses: CPR Pro (BLS) for the Professional Rescuer, Basic First Aid for the Community, and Emergency Oxygen Administration.

Training Sessions: 2 & 6 (June 24-28 & July 22-26)

For more information, please contact Leon Truong • 415.447.9678

Session Themes & Trips

For each session, a welcome e-mail will be sent to families enrolled a week before camp starts. Field trips will typically occur Wednesdays and Thursdays unless otherwise advised in the welcome e-mail.

Session 1 (June 17-21) LET’S GET WILD

Pack your safari gear and get ready to explore the world of animals. From bugs to bats, to snakes, to cuddly creatures from near and far we’ll get up close and personal with them all.

DISCOVERERS • ADVENTURERS San Francisco Zoo
EXPLORERS Oakland Zoo
PATHFINDERS Oakland Zoo, Wildlife Rescue Of Sonoma County, Muir Beach

Session 2 (June 24-28) ONCE UPON A DAY AT Y CAMP: FAIRY TALES, MYTHS AND MORE

Unicorns, Dragons, fairies, Pirates and Scallywags join us for a week of magical adventures.  From Castle building to scavenger hunts for buried treasure let your imagination soar into a world of fantasy.

DISCOVERERS Fairy Land
ADVENTURERS • EXPLORERS The Jungle
PATHFINDERS Six Flags, Bowling, Marin Headlands Hike

Session 3 (July 1-5, no camp July 4) MAD SCIENTISTS • FULL ‘STEAM’ AHEAD

Choo Choo! STEAM is everywhere, let’s embrace it with a week full of ooey gooey, slippery and slimy science experiments, Lego robots, and giant cardboard creations. At the end of the week all Y Campers will participate in the Thingamajig, where they’ll have a chance to win awesome prizes and represent the Richmond District YMCA in an all YMCA of SF Invention Convention. 

DISCOVERERS • ADVENTURERS • EXPLORERS Thingamajig Invention Convention
PATHFINDERS Thingamajig Invention Convention, Marinovation Makerspace, Playwell Tech

4 DAY CAMP - Remember to check 4 days for Session 3 as there is no camp on July 4th.

Session 4 (July 8-12) Y CAMP’S GOT TALENT

From talent shows to spirit walks this week will be all about tapping into your inner talents. Let your spirit shine this week as we represent our neighborhood at our annual Camp Jamboree where we’ll gather with 1,000 of our fellow campers from around the city to celebrate!

DISCOVERERS • ADVENTURERS • EXPLORERS Camp Jamboree at Golden Gate Park
PATHFINDERS Camp Jamboree, Bowling at AMF lanes, Theater

Session 5 (July 15-19) H2O WHOA!

It’s Water week, grab your trunks and suits and we’ll head out to the pool, lake and water park for some splash-tastic fun.  Summer is not complete without all the water fun a kid can stand! This week will focus on all our favorite games and activities to keep us cool when the temperatures rise, and we don’t dry off until it is time to go home!

DISCOVERERS • ADVENTURERS Prewitt Water Park
EXPLORERS Water World, Cull Canyon Lake
PATHFINDERS Water World, Cull Canyon Lake, Stinson Beach

Session 6 (July 22-26) SPACE IS THE PLACE

This week will be out of this world. Build your own rocket ship and dress up as a cool Martian. It will be space-tacular, through constellation crafts we’ll learn about our solar system and explore the universe on our field trips.

DISCOVERERS • ADVENTURERS Lawrence Hall of Science
EXPLORERS Chabot Space and Science Center
PATHFINDERS Chabot Space and Science Center, Arcades

Session 7 (July 29-August 2) SPORTS GALORE

Learn team building, sportsmanship through friendly competition, and getting moving this week with Capture the Flag, Ultimate Frisbee, Water Balloon Volleyball and much more!

DISCOVERERS • ADVENTURERS • EXPLORERS Oakland A’s game
PATHFINDERS Oakland A’s game, Cal Skate, Scandia

Session 8 (August 5-9) AMAZING ARTISTS

Create a masterpiece with us this week!  We’ll spend the week sculpting, painting, and more with lots of opportunities for creativity and self-expression. 

DISCOVERERS • ADVENTURERS Zeum – Children’s Creativity Museum
EXPLORERS Adventure Playground
PATHFINDERS Adventure Playground, De Young Museum, Presidio of San Francisco

Session 9 (August 12-16) BAY AREA ADVENTURES

Exploring our own backyards can be so much fun, so take an adventure every day this week to a local, cool place. We’ll visit new parks, local attractions and take some awesome field trips.

DISCOVERERS • ADVENTURERS Sonoma Wildlife Rescue, Scandia
EXPLORERS Cal Skate, Kayaking
PATHFINDERS Cal Skate, Bowling, and Kayaking

Fees & Registration

Parents have several options when signing up for camp sessions and may select any 3-5 days of the week at registration.

DISCOVERERS • ADVENTURERS • EXPLORERS

3 Days of Session 

$200 facility members
$222 community participants

4 Days of Session 

$266 facility members
$293 community participants

Full (5 Day) Session

$310 facility members
$338 community participants

PATHFINDERS

3 Days of Session 

$210 facility members
$232 community participants

4 Days of Session 

$275 facility members
$294 community participants

Full (5 Day) Session 

$321 facility members
$349 community participants

 A $30 deposit is due for each session at the time of registration. This deposit is applied toward your total camp fees, which are due 14 days prior to the start of that session.

Y Rangers Outdoor Adventure Camp

Y Rangers Outdoor Adventure Camp (GRADES 1-5)

Location: Marin YMCA • Point Bonita YMCA
Sessions: 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (snack is provided)
Fees: $360 facility members • $435 community participants

Spend your summer with critters, soil, sun and sea!  Point Bonita Campers will have hands-on experiences in the garden and the National Park that promise to inspire! By caring for animals big and small, herbs, flowers and edible delights in our garden and grounds, campers will gain a sense of ownership and stewardship on the dramatic coast of the historic Marin Headlands. We will cultivate, create, and explore this special place, using experiences with animals, plants and nature to grow as leaders while we play. Exploration, stunning views, and animal connections will be the backbone of this incredible summer opportunity!

 

Specialty Camps

SPECIALTY CAMP HOURS: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (snack is provided)
*Please note that pre- and post-camp care is not available for specialty camp sessions.
SPECIALTY CAMP FEES: $329 facility members • $371 community participants

ASPIRING ARTISTS CAMP (GRADES K-5)

Location: The Y at Rancho Elementary
Sessions: 1 & 5 (June 17-21 & July 15-19)

This camp will explore a wide range of media, including acrylic painting, watercolor, drawing, textiles and more! Each day, campers will create one-of-a-kind masterpieces in areas like jewelry making, clay modeling, print making, painting, photography and recycled art. All activities are designed to promote personal expression and self-confidence. 

LEGO ENGINEERING CAMP (GRADES 1-5)

Location: The Y at Rancho Elementary
Sessions: 2 & 7 (June 24-28 & July 29-August 2)

Lego Builders Camp is designed for the creative “blockitect.” From fantasy castles to space adventures, projects are designed to inspire children’s imagination and creativity – while teaching them important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts. Lego Using Lego Engineering Software, counselors lead campers in building and programming real-life robots with practical applications. Budding engineers will be blown away by their hand-made machines and structures.

YOUNG CHEFS CAMP (GRADES K-5)

Location: The Y at Rancho Elementary     
Sessions: 3 & 8 (July 1-5, no camp July 4* & August 5-9)
Session 3 Fees: $265 facility members • $300 community participants

Come down to the Marin Y for five days of culinary fun. We will cover nutrition education and basic culinary skills, and campers will get hands on experience making all kinds of tasty treats from scratch. Session 3 focuses on a range of meals from cultures around the world, while session 8 incorporates a baking theme.

DANCE CAMP (GRADES K–5)

Location: The Y at Rancho Elementary
Session: 4 (July 8-12)

Each day of the week youth will learn a new style of dance, from Latin to Israeli they’ll spend the week movin’ and groovin’ with a performance for family members on the last day.

CREATIVE CARPENTERS CAMP (GRADES 1–5)

Location: The Y at Rancho Elementary
Session: 6 (July 22-26)

Campers have the vision—now we are putting the tools in their hands! Creative Carpenters will learn about safety with the basic tools of the trade, such as hammers, screwdrivers and hand saws. Thoughtful awareness is emphasized, and participants will take walking field trips to explore the hardware store and get inspired. Birdhouses, trinket boxes, shelves and gifts for others are among the projects that will spark campers’ imaginations!

INSECT INVESTIGATION CAMP (GRADES K–5)

Location: The Y at Rancho Elementary
Session: 9 (August 12-16)

Get up close and personal with cool critters and slimy slitherers and beautiful bugs!

Sports Camps

JR. WARRIORS BASKETBALL CAMP (GRADES K-4)

Location: Marin YMCA
Sessions: 2, 4 & 5 (June 24-28, July 8-12 & July 15-19)
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (morning & afternoon snack is provided)
Fees: $310 facility members • $338 community participant

Dribble, pass, and shoot at this popular camp, designed to teach kids the game of basketball in a fun, positive, and safe environment. Campers will develop basketball skills through fundamental drills and scrimmages. Counselors will also lead players in non-basketball games like tag, dodge ball, and other fun activities in the Marin Y gym. Each day features a variety of drills and scrimmages that build on previous learning.

ALL-STAR SPORTS CAMP (GRADES 1-4)

Location: Marin YMCA 
Session: 8 (July 16-20)
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (morning & afternoon snack is provided)
Fees: $310 facility members • $338 community participant

Love sports? All-Star Sports Camp is the best way to get a taste of some of the best games out there. Each day introduces a new sport, including soccer, flag football, basketball, softball and field hockey in the Marin Y gym. Sportsmanship and teamwork are emphasized, and players of all skill levels are welcome. 

SKATEBOARD CAMP (GRADES K–5)

Location: The Y at Hamilton Elementary
Sessions: 6 & 7 (July 16-20 & July 29-August 2)
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (snack is provided)
Fees: $360 facility members • $435 community participants

Learn the basics of skateboarding from professionally trained staff from Rob Skate Academy with support from YMCA staff. Throughout the day, young skaters will get a chance to shred and learn with a pro skateboarder. Our beginner course covers safety, stance, kick turns, carving, ollies, dropping in and movement. Our Y staff will be onsite providing support to the instructors. In the afternoons, campers will have a variety of afternoon activities such as decorating skateboards and trips to the park for outdoor games. All skaters must wear helmets regardless of age, and pads are required for all children under 7.