unplug connect have fun
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.
Meet the Director
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.
- Ropes Course
- Rags & Leather Program
- Star Gazing
- Mountain Biking
- Music in Nature
- Outdoor Cooking
- Primitive Skills & Survival
- Gaga Ball & Group Games
- Leadership & Character Education
- Health & Wellnes
- Winter Activities (vary depending on conditions)
Summer 2017 Sessions:
Session 1: June 25th – 30th (FULL)
Junior Session: July 5th – 9th (FULL)
Session 2: July 9th – 14th (FULL)
L.I.T: July 9th – 14th (FULL)
Session 3: July 16th – 21st (FULL)
Session 4: July 23rd – 28th (FULL)
Session 5: July 30th – August 4th (FULL)
$525 for Sessions 1-5
$350 for Junior session
Required Deposit: $100
10% Sibling Discount
Summer Camp is an experience for youth to connect with nature, themselves, each other, and great role models. Kids will get the full camp experience starting with bus transportation up to camp, a week of activities like archery and swimming, and back home again to share campfire memories and songs.
Sessions 1-5 are for youth 8-14 years old. Junior session is for youth 6-8 years old. The Leader In Training (L.I.T.) Program in session 2 is open for ten kids ages 15-16 years old and will involve leadership skill training. Camp scholarships and sibling discounts are available. Enrollment is limited to 80 campers for regular sessions and 40 campers for the junior session. Camper to staff ratio is 5:1. Financial assistance available to those who qualify.
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, Snow Science, Archery, Winter Survival Skills, Outdoor Cooking, a New Years Eve Party, and more! For ages 8-14
Enrollment is limited to 50 campers.
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. For more group rental information click here.
2017 Family Camp Dates:
Price: $150 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.
I 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!
I 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.
I 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.
Summer 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?