Welcome to Overnight Camp at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch

We look forward to zipping down the ziplines, climbing up the rock wall, canoeing in the pond and exploring the redwoods with you! Here's the information you'll need for your camper(s) to have a fun, safe and enjoyable time while at camp.


Address: 11000 Pescadero Road, La Honda, CA 94020 Phone: (650) 747-1200

GPS Directions: Many GPS directions end before you arrive at camp — continue on Pescadero Creek Road and turn left onto Jones Gulch Road at the sign.

From I-280:

  • Take CA 84/Woodside exit and continue on CA 84/Woodside Road through the town of La Honda (you’ll see Alice’s Restaurant on the right), for approximately 8 miles
  • One mile past the town of La Honda, turn left onto Pescadero Road and follow the sharp bend to the right, staying on Pescadero Road
  • Follow the signs to YMCA Camp Jones Gulch, approximately 4 miles - to Jones Gulch Road
  • Turn left onto Jones Gulch Road and follow to the Administration Building

From CA 1/Cabrillo Hwy:

  • Take Pescadero Creek Road east at Pescadero State Beach
  • Follow Pescadero Creek Road through the towns of Pescadero and Loma Mar. After approximately 11 miles; turn right onto Jones Gulch Road
  • Follow Jones Gulch Road to the Administration Building



Check-in takes place on Sunday. Upon arriving at camp, you will be greeted by YMCA staff to guide you through the process. Because of the risk of COVID-19, parents and families will not be able to visit program sites and cabins during check-in.

Check-in Times (siblings come together):

  • 1st-4th grade: 9:00-9:45 am
  • 5th-6th grade: 9:45-10:30 am
  • 7th-10th grade: 10:30-11:00 am

What to Bring to Check-in:



All campers will be picked up from their cabins. Camp staff will direct you to where to park and pick up your camper. During camper pickup, you will be able to tour the cabin, and your camper is welcome to show you the program sites.

Pick-up Times (siblings can be picked up together):

  • 1st-4th grade: 2:00-2:45 pm
  • 5th-6th grade: 2:45-3:30 pm
  • 7th-10th grade: 3:30-4:00 pm

What to Bring to Pickup:

  • Photo ID is required to pick up your camper


If you would like to mail your camper a letter while they are at camp, be aware it can take a week for mail to arrive at camp, so plan to mail letters one week in advance. Note that snacks and money should not be sent to campers.

Camper’s Name
YMCA Camp Jones Gulch
11000 Pescadero Creek Road
La Honda CA, 94020


Summer Camp Packing List (Recommended Items)
*Please make sure to label all items with your camper’s name*


- Long pants

- Shorts

- T-shirts

- Long sleeved shirts

- Socks & underwear

- Pajamas

- Warm jacket, sweater or sweatshirt

- Sun hat

- Swimsuit

- Shower/pool shoes

- Closed toed shoes for hiking and programs


- Towel/pool towel

- Soap

- Toothbrush, toothpaste

- Shampoo, conditioner, comb/brush

- Chapstick

- Sunscreen

- Bug spray

- Medication (if applicable)

Bedding (twin beds)

- Twin sheet (optional)

- Sleeping bag

- Pillow/pillowcase

Other & Optional Items

- Water bottle


- Camera

- Swim Goggles

- Sunglasses

What Not to Bring:

- Electronic devices (phone, tablet, laptop, e-reader etc) Food and snacks

- Money


Please review our COVID-19 safety information below. Note that as the state and local requirements continue to change, our protocols are subject to change in line with the latest health and safety requirements and recommendations.


We ask that your camper(s) take a COVID-19 test and receive a negative test result within 2-3 days of the start of your child’s session of camp. Additionally, we ask that you keep your household separated from other households for the week before your child attends camp.

We will be taking extra health and safety measures to keep our campers and staff safe.

  • Cabin groups will be smaller, comprised of 6-10 campers and 1-2 trained counselors.
  • Cabin windows will be left open to increase airflow.
  • All activities will be enjoyed outdoors.
  • Campers and staff will wash and sanitize their hands between each activity and before and after each meal.
  • Campers and staff are required to wear masks when they are less than 6ft apart from another person, except while eating and sleeping. Please send an appropriate mask for each day your camper will be in the program. More information about masks will be shared with parents in the weeks leading up to camp.
  • If there is exposure within a cabin group, we will notify families of all affected group members and quarantine exposed campers where appropriate. We will assess the situation on a case-by-case basis and work with local public health officials to take the next steps.

Our priority is keeping our campers, families and staff safe. We will follow the latest protocol from the CDC, state and county, and make decisions accordingly.



Below are sample schedules for our different programs. Please keep in mind that these are just examples and the specific details may vary.


8:00-9:00 am                    Wake Up, Breakfast, Inspiration, Cabin Clean Up
9:00-10:30 am                  Activity One
10:30-12:00 pm                Activity Two
12:00-1:00 pm                  Lunch
1:00-2:00 pm                    Siesta
2:00-3:15 pm                    Individual Choice
3:15-4:30 pm                    Cabin Choice
4:30-5:45 pm                    Activity Five
5:45-7:00 pm                    Crazy Dinner Prep, Dinner
7:00-8:00 pm                    Twilight Games
8:00-9:00 pm                    Campfire/Evening Program
9:00-10:00 pm                  Reflection, Lights Out



Carrie Herrera

Executive Director

(650) 747-1214

Carrie began her YMCA career after graduating from SFSU, when she started as a Camp Director at the Sequoia YMCA.