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Camp E.L.K.

Camp E.L.K. is located an hour and a half from Orange County and Los Angeles, just outside Wrightwood, CA. This overnight camp allows children and adults to unplug from everyday life, explore the great outdoors, and connect with themselves and others. Camp E.L.K. features traditional camp activities and ways to find adventure like hiking, swimming, ropes courses, and archery. There are four great ways to explore camp with youth summer & winter camp, family camps and group rentals.

Where is Camp?

P.O. Box 2828
Wrightwood, CA 92397
(760) 249 – 3822

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Meet the Director

Anne Jeffrey

Anne became passionate about camping while being a camper herself and her career as a Camp Director includes experience in Canada and California.  She holds a master’s degree in Hospitality and focused her undergraduate degrees on recreation. Anne is a native of Canada but has traveled the world through international exchange programs and working in camp programs aboard Disney Cruise Lines. Anne avidly believes in the benefits of camp and the experience children, adults, families and groups gain from being at peace in the mountains.

Camp Activities

  • Archery
  • Hiking
  • Campfire
  • Ropes Course
  • Rags & Leather Program
  • Star Gazing
  • Orienteering
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Crafts
  • Mountain Biking
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Gaga Ball & Group Games
  • Leadership & Character Education

What YMCA Camp E.L.K. is Like

Family Overnight Camp

icon-child-care Family Camp Dates:

October 21st – 23rd

Price: $100 per person (ages 3+)

Camping as a family is a great way to connect and instead of staying in a tent Camp E.L.K. brings you the luxury of beds, showers, prepared meals, and staff led activities. Families will be able to participate in traditional program offerings like archery and hiking, in addition to special camping programs just for families.

Financial assistance is available. Enrollment is limited to 20 families. Transportation not included.

Winter Youth Overnight Camp

icon-snowflake  Upcoming Sessions:

December 27th – January 1st


Required Deposit: $100
10% Sibling Discount

Winter Camp is a great way to see a whole new side of Camp E.L.K. Camp is quite likely to have snow which will allow for additional activities like sledding. Participants also get the opportunity to ring in the New Year with an eventful celebration. For ages 8-14

Get $50 OFF when you register now!

Financial Assistance Available. Enrollment is limited to 50 campers.

Group Rentals

icon-family  Camp E.L.K. is accustomed to hosting groups such as large family gatherings, outdoor education programs, church retreats, leadership retreats, work conferences, and youth groups like Boy Scouts and Adventure Guides. We are able to customize group experiences with different meal options and activities. Online booking is not available, contact us at campelk@ymcaoc.org for availability.

Minimum 40 campers required or camp is subject to cancellation.

Contact camp director Anne Jeffrey for more information ajeffrey@ymcaoc.org

Summer Youth Overnight Camp

icon-sun  Upcoming Sessions:

July 10th – 16th
July 17th – 23rd
July 24th – 30th
July 31st – August 6th


Required Deposit: $100
10% Sibling Discount

Summer Camp is an experience for youth to connect with nature, themselves, each other, and great role models. Youth get the full camp experience starting with bus transportation up to camp, through a week of activities like archery and canoeing, and back home again to share campfire memories and songs.

There are 4 Summer Camp sessions in 2016 running from July 10th-August 6th for youth 8-14 years. Financial assistance and sibling discounts are available. Enrollment is limited to 80 campers and Camper/Staff ratio is 5:1.

Meet Our Camp Staff


colby ymca camp elkI didn’t choose camp, camp chose me!
I have a passion for educating youth in outdoor setting and inspiring the value of nature in people of all ages!


rebecca ymca camp elkHi! I’m Rebecca and this is my third year back as a program staff at camp. I will be teaching Theater Arts, leading campfire, and leading the YMCA Ragger’s Program. I came back to camp because I love working with kids and I have truly had the best time of my life at YMCA Camp ELK.


andre ymca camp elkI chose to work at YMCA Camp E.L.K. because I love working with kids and love the outdoors. Although I have never stayed at an overnight camp, I do know the effect that a peer counselor can have – which I was able to experience in an afterschool program when I was a child. I have seen the impact that one positive influence can have on a child and I try really hard to continuously be a role model to the youth I am able to reach. A child only needs one positive experience and one positive person to impact their lives in a positive way. I am proud and honored to be a part of an organization that creates these chances for young people coming from all walks of life.


ariana ymca camp elkHello my name is Ariana, becoming a camp counselor is something that brings so much in return. Seeing the campers accomplish all of their set goals and just experiencing all that nature has to bring them in an experience in itself!


summer ymca camp elkI chose Camp Elk because it has changed me. The campfire, the hike, the team-building activities, all of it, is what made me a better person. I was once a camper here and I enjoyed it so much that it influenced me to work there. For a week, you’re there surrounded by new people, no technology, just wilderness. This opens the eyes for many of the campers to feel more open. The first time I came there as camper I was very timid and didn’t want to be involved with the activities, but this camp helps you and makes you feel you belong and they help you work with others and by the end of the week I was talking louder, making jokes, and even working with the other campers. When I came home my dad said I looked a lot happier and more confident and that’s why I love this camp so much. You’re away from the world just for a bit and you see what it’s like to accomplish something new. I know that every child and even worker who come here feels a lot better about themselves and it opens up your mind to many possibilities. I love Camp Elk and the ways it’s helped me and I look forward to having your child experience the same.


kylie ymca camp elkSummer camp is a time for adventure, excitement, growth, and new beginnings. I chose to spend my summer at summer camp this year because I wanted to be involved in something bigger than myself. Exploring nature, engaging in creative works, and connecting with campers provides the perfect opportunity for me to grow as an individual and help campers experience an exciting, fulfilling week in their summer. Summer should be a time for kids to have fun, learn new things, and make new friends, and who wouldn’t want to be a part of that experience?

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"Hello Anne Jeffrey, I just wanted to thank you for everything. I had and amazing time and made so many memories with my cabin ( Gleason 1). When my mom first told me I was going to Camp E.L.K. the first thing that came into my mind was no, I didn't want to go and I wont go. but I was happy that she made me go because I got to meet such amazing people and have fun everyday with the action packed days that you and the staff planned. But I just wanted to say thank you and I hope to come next year and make many more memories." - Sincerely "A Happy Camper" ... See MoreSee Less

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