We are dedicated to providing an enriching experience that keeps your child active and engaged during our one day and holiday camps. Campers engage in enrichment activities such as art, STEM, cooking, and group games, as well as swimming and field trips. During our one day and holiday camps, all youth age levels are intermixed in a staff to camper ratio of 1:10.
On occasion, our one day and holiday camps venture out on field trips around the Bay Area to regional parks, museums, and local fun centers. Our goal is to expose our campers to engaging, interactive, and fun places in the Bay Area. Field trip times and locations will be communicated by email prior to the event. Field trips are included in all camp fees. Transportation is provided by AC Transit, BART and chartered buses depending on location. Though field trips may change from time to time due to scheduling conflicts, we strive to replace it with a comparable trip.
Our upcoming camps are listed below, along with useful info for your camper and family!
March 30 - April 3
Cost: $295 Member / $320 Non member
Location: Downtown Berkeley YMCA
Drop off: 8:00 - 9:00am | Pick up: 4:00 - 4:15pm
Camp Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm | Aftercare: 4:15 - 6:00pm
March 30: On site with swimming
March 31: Field Trip to Boomers
April 1: On site with swimming
April 2: Field Trip to the Oakland Zoo
April 3: On site with swimming
Registration and payment for after care is required at time of registration. Our aftercare program provides campers with light activities and free time in designated areas. Parents can pick up campers anytime during the after care hours at the camp sign in desk. Space is limited! In order to properly staff our program, we cannot take additional children on a daily basis.
Hours: 4:00 - 6:00pm
Cost: $25 per day
Sign In: 8:00am - 9:00am
All campers must be signed in by a parent, guardian, or designated adult. Parent/guardians of children who do not appear on the roster, or who have a balance due, will be asked to resolve the registration issue before the child attends camp.
Sign Out: 4:00pm - 4:15 pm
Campers must be signed out of camp each day by a parent, guardian, or designated adult. For your child’s safety, campers will be released only to those adults appearing on the registration form under the “Child release authorization” section. Please be prepared to present a photo ID each day to ensure that we are releasing each camper to the authorized adult.
A late pickup fee of $1.00 for each minute will be charged after the designated pick up time (4:15pm or 6:00 pm). Any camper may be dropped from the program at the Director’s discretion if late pick up persists.
Please bring a backpack that includes:
Please do not bring: money, electronic devices, headphones, trading cards, expensive clothing / jewelry, or toys from home. The YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen items
Cell Phones: campers may not use cell phones, watch phones, or other similar devices during camp.
Swimming at the Downtown Berkeley YMCA:
All campers have the opportunity to swim at the Downtown Berkeley YMCA facility pools. Our one day and holiday camps engage in free swim in either the shallow pool or Grace’s pool. Towels are provided.
All camp staff is trained in youth development strategies and positive redirection techniques based on our YMCA character values. In the event of a behavioral problem, written reports will be completed and conversations will be held with the parents to try to resolve the issue. The YMCA reserves the right to contact a parent/guardian at any time for immediate pick-up from camp if necessary. The YMCA may remove any camper from the program at the Director’s discretion if problematic behavior continues.
If your child needs to take medication while at camp, please fill out a medication form located here. Please be advised that medication must be in a labeled container with the child’s name, for non-prescriptions the medication must be accompanied by written authorization from your child's doctor that states the dosage of medication, and frequency of administration. Medication brought in baggies, envelopes etc will not be accepted.
If your child has any special needs, please inform the Youth Program Director, Kylie Crandall firstname.lastname@example.org at the time of registration. If the YMCA cannot serve your child due to a lack of expertise or resources, we will try to recommend an alternate summer program. On occasion, the Regional Center of the East Bay can reimburse the cost of a camp aide. If you are interested in trying to arrange this, please contact us by April 15.
Each Head Camp Leader carries a cell phone for emergencies. In the event of an emergency that requires medical attention, 911 will be contacted and the camper will be taken to the nearest medical facility. The parent or guardian will be notified immediately. In the event of a natural disaster, campers will continue to be in the care of the YMCA until arrangements are made to return children to their parents/guardians.