Camp Oakes

What is Camp Oakes?

Camp Oakes is for kids ages 8-17 and is located in Big Bear, California.Meet new friends, try something new, and discover who you are and what you can achieve at Camp Oakes!

Activities include:

  • Hiking
  • Riflery
  • Swimming
  • Mining
  • High/low ropes course
  • Zip Lining
  • Team building activities
  • Nightly campfires
  • Leadership and Character Development

Check out the Camp Oakes 2015 Photobook!

For more information call (949) 380-3521 or email . Scholarships are available.

Camp Oakes Stories

"Camp Oakes is my home away from home"-Tyler

Camp is one of my favorite places to go. Here are some of the many reasons why. First of all when you’re up at camp you are able to express yourself without being judged. I like that you’re able to dance and sing all you want. I have been able to learn so much about myself and make new friends. Camp Oakes is like my home away from home. Thank you for letting me visit it year after year. It’s my favorite thing to do every summer and hopefully every winter now too.


"Life is so much bigger than cell phones or Facebook"-Delanie Anderson

Ever since I was old enough to understand things, my mom couldn’t let my brother do things without me. From forcing my way into an all-boy’s T-ball team when I was 5 or 6, to getting my way and having my mom tell the director I was my brother Garrett’s twin, when I was a year younger we stayed together. Ever since I was enrolled in camp a year earlier, it changed my life. No longer can I focus on trivial things like, “Ew my hair looks bad!” or “oh my god, he doesn’t like me!” Your eyes are open at camp to the fact that those things don’t matter. Life is a lot bigger than cell phones or Facebook. Each person around you is so different that you can’t afford to ignore them any longer. I’m 13 now, and for the 6 years I’ve gone to camp, 8 different times, no experience is ever the same. Every year I can feel myself becoming a better person because that’s what camp does to you. I don’t know whether it’s the clear air or the good food, but camp does change you. It teaches you, if nothing else, to be yourself.

Delaine Anderson

"Making a difference every year with Camp Oakes"-Caprive Kavanaugh

I became part of the Y when I was 10 yrs old, going to day camp and resident camp. I’ve been going to Camp Oakes each summer since then and would never miss it. When I got old enough, I started working with the Y in afternoon childcare. I love being around the kids and being able to help guide them to make the right choices.

I’ve continued to be part of the Y so I can make a different with the youths I come in contact with and the communities that surround them.

Caprice Kavanaugh

"Building special bonds through the Ragger program" - Mikaila C.

My Y story may not be that interesting to some other people but it means the world to me. My camp counselor Katie B. tried my blue rag and I recently just got my silver rag. I have built a special bond with Katie ever since the first day of camp last year. Katie is so supportive and I plan on having Katie tie my brown rag and all of the other ones after it. Camp Oakes is my home away from home and all of the people in it are my family, especially Katie.

Mikaila Covey

"Camp Oakes lets me be myself"-Sydney

The Y has helped me build faith in others. When I come to camp, I can let out all my crazy and enjoy being myself for a week. The Ragger program helps me accomplish my goals and helps me become a better person. For that, I’m very grateful.


Registration Information


(Not previously enrolled in Childcare, Camp, or Adventure Guides)

If you have an online account with us but do not know your login credentials please call (949) 380-3521 or email and we will be more than happy to assist you in this registration process.

PRICING: (Scholarships are available)

Campers 8-14 years old: $590

Campers 15-17 years old: $575

icon-basketball Resident Camp Parent Handbook

icon-basketball Parent Information Sheet

icon-basketball What to Bring to Camp

icon-basketball Hair Police Flyer (lice check)

icon-basketball Additional Forms Required for Registration

icon-basketball Financial Aid Scholarship Application

icon-basketball Camp Oakes 2015 Theme Calendar

***Please refer to the Parent Handbook for frequently asked questions.