We focus our work in three key areas, because nurturing the potential of kids, helping people live healthier, and supporting our neighbors are fundamental to strengthening communities.
Thank you for entrusting us with your child. We, the camp staff, are committed and dedicated professionals who truly enjoy spending time with your child.
General Information for Preschool Camps can be found in the Preschool Camp Enrollment Packet located under Forms and Waivers.
|Extended Day Camp (AM)||6:30 AM - 8:00 AM|
|Camp Drop-off||8:00 AM - 8:30 AM|
|Camp Monday - Friday||8:30 AM - 3:00 PM|
|Camp Pick-up||3:00 PM - 3:45 PM|
|Extended Day Camp (PM)||3:45 PM - 6:00 PM|
Children not picked up at the end of the camp day will be placed in our Late Parent program located at the YMCA. A $15 late fee will be charged for the first 15 minutes after the end of camp. An additional $1 per minute fee will be charged after the first 15 minutes. For example, camp pick-up ends at 3:45 pm, and a child is picked up at 4:10 PM, there will be a charge of $25.
Camper Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures
When picking up your campers, please be prepared to show us your driver's license or Photo ID daily. This is to ensure the safety of all participants in the program. All drop-off and pick-up locations during intersession camps are at the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA. When picking up your camper from 3:00 - 3:45 PM please remain in your car and we will escort your child to your car. You may choose to park and walk-in to get your child. (Hint: there is less of a wait at 3:25 PM).
Camp will proceed during inclement weather. We will make adjustments to the schedule, but we will still continue to provide our high level of programming with entertaining indoor activities for the campers. We will play games in the gym, use the inflatable obstacle course, make arts and crafts, play games in the studio rooms and we may have a special guest visit. We will start swim on rainy days in our YMCA indoor swimming pools. Skate campers, we will try to dry the ramps as soon as possible to maximixze your skate time. Traveling camps will enjoy their day at an indoor San Diego attraction.
Most traveling camps depart promptly at 9:00 AM and return no later than 2:30 PM. Please see the camp calendar for detailed information available on this website.
What To Bring
Sack lunch with non-perishable items only (soft lunch coolers work better than paper bags).
Swimsuit and towel (varies depending on specific camp's weekly schedule).
Sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher and other protection from the sun (hat, etc.).
Please label all belongings. The YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
Please DO NOT send valuable or expensive items to camp.
The YMCA covers all expenses during the camp day; spending money is not required.
Lost and Found
Please label all of your child's belongings! We know that sometimes things just get lost. Lost and found items stay with the camp Unit Leader until the end of the week. Please check with the Unit Leader of the camp or come to the camp offices. On Fridays, all lost and found items are recorded and placed in our shed. Lost and found items are kept at the YMCA for two full weeks and then will be donated.
Permission To Walk
Parents of participants who walk from Camp must sign a Permission to Walk slip for that participant, and send it to camp with them. This slip will be kept on file. If we do not have a Permission to Walk slip on file, your child will not be released, and you will be called to pick up your child from camp.Permission To Walk Waiver
Medical Release Forms
All "Medical Release/Liability Waiver" forms can be dropped at the Registration Desk during regular business hours, mailed to:
Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA
c/o: Camp Secretary
200 Saxony Road, Encinitas, CA 92024
or faxed to (760) 944-9329, attn: Camp Secretary.
Para la version en Espanol de la Forma y Medicina
All staff participate in at least 28 hours of intensive training prior to the start of summer camp.
All camp staff have had strict background checks and have previous experience working with school-age children. Our Day Camp Program is certified by the American Camping Association. The average leadership-to-camper ratio is 1:10.
Most campers will be placed into small groups throughout the camp week. Children will be placed into these groups according to age and/or skill level. If you would like to request that your child be placed with a friend, please write this information on the Medical Release form.
Camp Contact Information
General Questions, Registration, or Comments:
Registration & Membership
Specific Contact Information:Chad Matkowski
Camp & Teen Coordinator
Childcare & Preschool Camps
In order to register, you may choose any of the below methods. All required forms and waivers must be submitted regardless of method of registration. Updated Medical Release forms must be submitted prior to, or during the registration process.
Walk-in to the Registration Desk
Phone the Registration Desk at 760-635-3050.
Fax your registration to 760-944-9329
Call to verify receipt of faxed forms.
* Online registration not available for preschool camp.
Registration Begin Dates
Member only Registration begins Friday, March 4th:
Online only begins at 7:00am
Walk in begins at 8:30am
Non-Member Registration begins Monday, March 7th
Any early faxes or mail-in registration forms will not be accepted before March 4 for members and March 7 for non- members. Any member faxes or mail-in registration forms received on March 4 will be processed at the end of the day.
Sign up for camp EARLY! Be sure to register prior to the Wednesday before each camp during the priority registration period in order to avoid an additional cost of $20.
Medical Release Forms
All campers must have a current medical release form updated and submitted to the YMCA after January 2011. You may obtain a copy of this form on the Forms & Waivers page, in person at the registration desk during regular business hours or by calling registration at 760-635-3033.
CAMPERS WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED A CURRENT YMCA MEDICAL RELEASE/ LIABILITY WAIVER WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO REGISTER UNTIL THE FORM IS COMPLETED!
Paying in full (includes a $25 non-refundable deposit).
Paying a $25 Non-refundable deposit. Payment in full must be made 12 days prior to the first day of camp or the $25 deposit will be forfeited and the camper's registration will be deleted.
NOTE: Registration for Extended Day, Y-Transit and Single Day Camps must be paid in full at the time of the registration.
* NOTE: The non-refundable deposit for Preschool Camps is $50.
Financial Assistance is made available on a limited basis for low-income families. Confidential applications are available at the Registration Desk during regular business hours. For more information contact Cindy O'Brien at ext.1230 or [email protected].
General Credit & Refund Policy
Before camp starts we pay our vendors, purchase our admission tickets and supplies, and hire our staff according to the enrollment. These are the reasons for our credit/refund policies.
No credits, refunds, or transfers are allowed within 12 days of the program for which you are registering. If you wish to make a change or cancel your registration prior to the 12-day deadline, you may choose one of the following:
A transfer to another YMCA camp program (registration must be available).
A credit voucher for future use to any YMCA program (minus a $5 processing fee per person and the non-refundable $25 deposit). Expires one year from the date of issuance.
A check or credit card refund (minus a $10 processing fee per person plus the $25 non-refundable deposit). Check refunds can only be issued for amounts over $20. Please allow 2 weeks for processing.
Children absent three or more days in a session due to illness or injury may receive a prorated credit or refund. A doctor's note must accompany the credit/refund application available at the Registration Desk and the form must be submitted within one week of the camp.
* NOTE: The non-refundable deposit for Preschool Camps is $50.
Single Day Credit & Refund Policy
If you wish to make a change or cancel your Single Day registration, you must submit a request 3 business days in advance. No credits/refunds or transfers will be made within this 3-day window. See Camp Credit and Refund Policy above for more details.