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 2018. 

Registration is open!

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.

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.

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.

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.

SESSION THEMES & FIELD TRIPS

Each session of camp has a weekly theme to give it a unique feel. Discoverers, Adventurers and Explorers each take one field trip a week, while Pathfinders head out to explore 3-4 days of each session. Discoverers take field trips on Tuesdays, Adventurers on Wednesdays, and Explorers on Thursdays. Pathfinders take field trips on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and some Fridays.

Sessions

Session 1 (June 11-15)

Once Upon a Time at Y Camp

Take up thy sword and journey with us to a far away land of castles, valor, knights and dragons.
Spirit Day: Monster Madness

Session 2 (June 18-22) 

West Coast, Best Coast

Surf’s up! We’re celebrating all that the golden coast has to offer, from panning for gold to beach volleyball and sailboat races.
Spirit Day: Surfers

Session 3 (June 25-29)

Y Camp in Space

Prepare for take-off: We’re in for a week of aliens, space slime, rocket ships and asteroids.
Spirit Day: Aliens and Astronauts

Session 4 (July 2-6, no camp July 4)

Animal Planet

You hear that? It’s the call of the wild. Follow your animal instincts with games and projects that take us to the jungle and beyond!
Spirit Day: Jungle Safari

Session 5 (July 9-13)

Mad Science

What happens when you mix a session of Y Camp with crazy science projects? Hypothesis: nonstop fun.
Spirit Day: Crazy Hair Day

Session 6 (July 16-20)

An Age of Heroes

With great power comes great responsibility. Shed your alter ego and become the hero you were born to be!
Spirit Day: Superheroes

Session 7 (July 23-27)

Amazing Artists

Create your masterpiece with us. This session is filled with projects and opportunities for creativity and self-expression. 
Spirit Day: Backwards Day

Session 8 (July 30-August 3)

All-Stars and MVPs

Go for the gold! We’re going head to head in all of our favorite camp games as we lead up to the Camp Olympics and wrap up the summer.
Spirit Day: Sports Stars

Session 9 (August 6-10)

Rockin’ and Rollin’

We built this camp on rock and roll! Embrace your inner rockstar with costumes, musical games, and talent shows.
Spirit Day: Rock Stars

Field Trips

Session 1 (June 11-15)

Discoverers: Children’s Fairyland
Adventurers: Walt Disney Family Museum
Explorers: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Pathfinders: Microsoft Programming Workshop, Golden Gate Park, Six Flags

Session 2 (June 18-22) 

Discoverers: Howarth Park
Adventurers: Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39
Explorers: Oakland Museum of California
Pathfinders: Wells Fargo Museum, Point Bonita, Oakland Museum of California

Session 3 (June 25-29)

Discoverers: Lawrence Hall of Science
Adventurers: California Academy of Sciences
Explorers: Chabot Space and Science Center
Pathfinders: Mini Golf at McInnis Park, Novato Space Museum, Chabot Space Center

Session 4 (July 2-6, no camp July 4)

Discoverers: Marin County Fair
Adventurers: Marine Mammal Center, Beach
Explorers: Oakland Zoo
Pathfinders: Marin County Fair, Bay Model and Beach, Oakland Zoo

Session 5 (July 9-13)

Discoverers: Train Town
Adventurers: Exploratorium
Explorers: Thingamajig Convention
Pathfinders: Marinovation Makerspace, Stafford Lake, Bowling at AMF Lanes

Session 6 (July 16-20)

Discoverers: Marinwood Fire Department
Adventurers: Y Camp Jamboree
Explorers: SF Cartoon Art Museum
Pathfinders: Guide Dogs for the Blind & China Camp, Bay Model and Beach, Cal Skate

Session 7 (July 23-27)

Discoverers: Museum of Children’s Art
Adventurers: Adventure Playground
Explorers: Children’s Creativity Museum
Pathfinders: Annadel State Park, Cal Skate, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium

Session 8 (July 30-August 3)

Discoverers: Jelly Belly Factory & Pump It Up
Adventurers: Oakland A’s Game
Explorers: AT&T Park Tour
Pathfinders: Scandia, Presidio of San Francisco & Golden Gate Bridge, Cal Skate

Session 9 (August 6-10)

Discoverers: Snoopy’s Home Ice
Adventurers: AMF Bowling Lanes
Explorers: Cal Skate
Pathfinders: Snoopy’s Home Ice & Schiltz Museum, Flying Frog Parkour Gym, Cal Skate

 

PATHFINDERS (ENTERING GRADES 6-8)

The magic of Y Camp doesn't stop when campers head to middle school. The Pathfinders group takes campers off-site and out into the community and around the Bay Area all week long. With 3-4 field trips each session, Pathfinders are always moving! Pathfinders are always ready to blaze their own trails, and our staff encourage them to practice leadership and make their own decisions - including where to go each week.

Below, is a general schedule of Pathfinder Field trips. Please note that field trips are subject to change and will always be communicated in the weekly newsletter prior to the start of your session.

Session 1 (June 11-15)

Microsoft Programming Workshop, Golden Gate Park, Six Flags

Session 2 (June 18-22) 

Wells Fargo Museum, Point Bonita, Oakland Museum of California

Session 3 (June 25-29)

Mini Golf at McInnis Park, Novato Space Museum, Chabot Space Center

Session 4 (July 2-6, no camp July 4)

Marin County Fair, Bay Model and Beach, Oakland Zoo

Session 5 (July 9-13)

Marinovation Makerspace, Stafford Lake, Bowling at AMF Lanes

Session 6 (July 16-20)

Guide Dogs for the Blind & China Camp, Bay Model and Beach, Cal Skate

Session 7 (July 23-27)

Annadel State Park, Cal Skate, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium

Session 8 (July 30-August 3)

Scandia, Presidio of San Francisco & Golden Gate Bridge, Cal Skate

Session 9 (August 6-10)

Snoopy’s Home Ice & Schiltz Museum, Flying Frog Parkour Gym, Cal Skate

COUNSELORS IN TRAINING (ENTERING GRADES 9-10)

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 Devil's Gulch camp! For more information about Devil's Gulch camp, contact Jordan James at jajames@ymcasf.org or 415.446.2134

Fees & Registration

Parents have several options when signing up for camp sessions.

DISCOVERERS, ADVENTURERS AND EXPLORERS

  • 3 Days of Session: $188 facility members​, $209 community participants
  • 4 Days of Session: $251 facility members, $277 community participants
  • ​Full (5 Day) Session: $293 facility members, $319 community participants

PATHFINDERS

  • 3 Days of Session: $198 facility members, $219 community participants
  • ​4 Days of Session: $261 facility members, $277 community participants
  • Full (5 Day) Session: $303 facility members, $330 community participants

COUNSELORS IN TRAINING (CITS)

  • IVC - 5 Day Session: $126 facility members, $158 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. 5 Day Sessions are not available for Session 4 as Camp is closed on the 4th of July.

Devil's Gulch Ranch (DGES) Camp

GRADES 2-8

Please contact Jordan James at (415) 446-2134 or jajames@ymcasf.org for more information.

Our popular outdoor education camp at Devil’s Gulch Ranch in Nicasio is back! Devil’s Gulch Educational Services (DGES) provides agriculture and nature education programs to diverse communities, both locally and globally. Devil's Gulch camp offers participants the opportunity to experience and learn about agriculture through firsthand learning at a working ranch. Campers connect with nature through games, crafts, animal care, gardening, and other agricultural activities. The Ranch is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Golden Gate Recreation Area and Samuel P. Taylor State Park. It is filled with forests, creeks, meadows and abundant wildlife.

June-August Weekly Sessions 1-9 (Except Week 4 - 4th of July)
​Location: Devil's Gulch Ranch, Nicasio, CA (drop-off & pick-up at Marin YMCA OR Nicasio Elementary)
Camp hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Weekly camp fees: Facility Member $420 • Community Participant $465
Campers bring a lunch and snack

Devil's Gulch Drop Off:

MARIN YMCA: 8:00am (bus leaves for Devil's Gulch Camp at 8:10am at the latest)
NICASIO: 8:00-8:40am (bus leaves for Devil's Gulch Camp at 8:40am)
​We are not offering pre-camp care.

Pick Up:

MARIN: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Post care is available at Marin YMCA.
NICASIO: M/W 3:45pm • Tu/Th 2:15 (if campers choose not to swim)  FR 3:00pm (if campers choose not to participate with the ice cream social)
No post-camp care available at Nicasio Elementary

Specialty Camps

*Please note that pre- and post-camp  care is not available for specialty camp sessions.

YOUNG CHEFS CAMP (GRADES K-5)

Location: The Y at Rancho Elementary     
Sessions: 1 & 8 (June 11-15 & July 30-August 3)
Camp hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (snack is provided)
Camp fees: $310 facility members • $352 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 1 focuses on a range of meals from cultures around the world, while session 8 incorporates a baking theme.

LEGO BUILDERS CAMP (GRADES K-5)

Location: The Y at Rancho Elementary
Sessions: 2 & 7 (June 18-22 & July 23-27)
Camp hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (snack is provided)
Camp fees: $310 facility members • $352 community participants

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.

ASPIRING ARTISTS CAMP (GRADES K-5)          

Location: The Y at Rancho Elementary (Session 3), The Y at San Ramon Elementary (Session 9)
Sessions: 3 & 9 (June 25-29 & August 6-10)
Camp hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (snack is provided)
Camp fees: $310 facility members • $352 community participants

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, printmaking, painting, photography and recycled art. All activities are designed to promote personal expression and self-confidence. 

NATURE GUIDES CAMP (GRADES 3-5)

Location: Marin YMCA
Session: 4 (July 3-7, no camp July 4)
Camp hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (snack is provided)
Camp fees: $247 facility members • $289 community participants

Are you ready for an outdoor adventure? Nature Guides will navigate with a compass, perfect our shelter-building skills, and try a hand at knot-tying. We’ll learn about our watershed systems, play games outside, explore the lands around us, get dirty in the Y garden, and discover how everything is connected. This special session of Y Environmental Science (YES!) Camp is offered through  the Point Bonita YMCA in the Marin Headlands, where we will take a bus from the Marin Y each day.


 

THINGAMAJIG CAMP (GRADES K–5)

Location: The Y at Rancho Elementary
Session: 5 (July 9-13)
Camp hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (snack is provided)
Camp fees: $310 facility members • $352 community participants

STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, arts and math) is the foundation for our future, and “Thingamajig”, a YMCA initiative for creative invention using recycled materials, is a launch pad. Thingamajig Camp introduces a range of activities designed to develop problem-solving and encourage innovation in the most exciting way possible. Hands-on challenges include creations like “Paper Made” (eco-friendly inventions made entirely from recycled paper), “Stop Motion” (stop-motion films made with an Apple iPad), and “Cool Ride” (self-propelling rolling vehicles from repurposed supplies). On Thursday, we head to the Thingamajig Convention to share our creations with the other branches of the YMCA of San Francisco!

CREATIVE CARPENTERS CAMP (GRADES 1–5)

Location: The Y at Rancho Elementary
Session: 6 (July 16-20)
Camp hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Camp fees: $310 facility members • $352 community participants

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! 

AUGUST ADVENTURES (GRADES K–8)

Location: Marin YMCA 
Session: 10 (August 13-17)
Camp hours: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (7:30 –9:00 a.m. drop-off, 4:30-6:00 p.m. pick-up)
Camp fees: $63 facility members • $74 community participants (per day)

Soak up those last days of summer before school begins! We’re heading off to a new adventure each day, traveling everywhere from Alcatraz Island to the Oakland Zoo. August Adventures wraps some of the best field trip experiences of the summer into an epic week of travel. All campers must be dropped off at the Marin YMCA by 9:00 a.m. as we will be leaving on the bus shortly thereafter. Please note that registration for this camp is per day, not for the one-week session.

  • Monday: Stinson Beach
  • Tuesday: Bowling & Park
  • Wednesday: Angel Island
  • Thursday: Mini Golf & Movie
  • Friday: Pump It Up & Spring Lake

Sports Camps

JR. WARRIORS BASKETBALL CAMP (GRADES K-4)

Location: Marin YMCA
Sessions: 2, 3 & 5 (June 18-22, June 25-29 & July 9-13)
Camp hours: 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (half-day, snack is provided)
Camp fees: $158 facility members • $184 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 
Sessions: 6 (July 16-20)
Camp hours: 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (half-day, snack is provided)
Camp fees: $158 facility members • $184 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
Sessions: 7 & 8 (July 23-27 & July 30-Aug 3)
Camp hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (snack is provided)
Camp fees: $350 facility members • $390 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.