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. Thank you so much for spending your summer with us.  We hope you had the very best summer ever and see you next year!

Summer 2020 Registration opens February 2020

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 - 9 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 9am, depart by bus at 9am, and arrive at camp by 9:30 am. 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 Sina Szabados • 415.446.2178.

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.

 

For more information, please contact Leon Truong • 415.447.9678

Fees & Registration

Coming February 2020