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.
Week 1: April 1-5
Week 2: April 8-12
Spring break is the perfect time to explore the outdoors. The week will be filled with engaging activities that teach, through hands on learning and exploring, biology, ecology, botany, geology, astronomy and more! Plus, we will enjoy all the traditional camp activities like archery, a ropes course, arts & crafts, campfires with s’mores and team building.
Camper Ages: 6-12
Camp Costs: $540 per child
Each child will be provided with:
• Transportation to and from camp
• 3 meals per day & snacks throughout the week
• Cozy sleeping accommodations
• Staff support at any time
• Camp t-shirt
Pick up Monday at 9am (check in 8:30am) from the Tustin Sports Park and drop off Friday at 3pm at the Tustin Sports Park.
YMCA “On the Trail” Camp: June 9-14th (15-17 years old-12 spots)
YMCA Leadership Camp: June 9-14th (15-17 years old-80 spots)
Week 1: June 23-28th (8-14 years old-80 spots)
Junior Camp: June 30-July 4th (5-8 years old- 40 spots)
Week 2: July 14-19th (8-14 years old-80 spots)
Week 3: July 21-26th (8-14 years old-80 spots)
Teen Camp: July 28-August 2nd (13-17 years old-80 spots)
Swim Camp: August 4-9th (6-12 years old-50 spots)
Costs: $555 – $675
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.
The Leader In Training (L.I.T.) Program is open for ten kids ages 15-17 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.
Camper ages: 6-17
Autism Spectrum Disorder Camp offers a place for campers who have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Campers will take part in all of our traditional summer camp activities including: archery, ropes courses, climbing wall, swimming, arts & crafts and more, all while being among, and communicating with their peers. First time campers must attend an open house event or schedule a camp tour to make sure that camp is right for them. Camper to staff ratio 3:1. Only 40 spots available for this camp.
Dates: March 2, March 17 and April 27
RSVP IS REQUIRED
2019 Information Coming Soon!
2019 Information Coming Soon!
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.
Unwind and Relax
Camp E.L.K. can host your next:
- Corporate Retreat
- Church Group
- Leadership Outing
- Work Conference
- Family Reunion
- Youth Group
- Science Camp
- School Field Trip
Fun Activities for Everyone
Camp offers a variety of traditional activities for our rental group guests, including:
- Nature Programs
- Arts & Crafts
- Team Building
- Gaga Ball
- Chapels & Campfire
- Scavenger Hunts
- Mountain Biking
- And more!
We also work with many local vendors who can provide services during your stay including photographers, horseback riding, zip line tours, rock wall rentals, and ski/tubing packages.
- Lodging for groups of 20-120
- Day and weekly rentals
- Staff-lead activities
- Heated cabins for winter usage
- Camp store
- Full service kitchen and dining hall
- Customized menus
Pacific Crest Trail Hikers (April 15th – May 15th)
Overnight accommodations include:
- Bunk bed in cabin
- Shower facilities
- Transportation to camp
- Continental breakfast
- Private cabins (additional charge)
- 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 & Wellness
- Winter Activities (vary depending on conditions)
Your school can attend Camp E.L.K. for a time of exploration and discovery! Our trained, knowledgeable, and fun staff have created a unique mix of science activities to engage the minds of campers. Learn more.
- Meteorology & The Water Cycle
- Habitats & Adaptations
- Energy & Nature Conservation
Each science activity is based on the State Board of Education Science Framework. All YMCA Camp E.L.K. staff are trained professionals – dedicated and experienced in the work that they do.
Check out our flyer for more information.
At the YMCA, your child’s safety is our top priority and we have strict protocols in place to maintain a safe and secure environment. All our camps are ACA, American Camping Association, accredited and participate in a Child Abuse Prevention Assessment every other year by Praesidium.
If you would like to view our full screening and safety policy and procedures, you can inquire with our camp staff anytime and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Below are the key highlights of our safety protocol:
- Conducts criminal background checks (includes Department of Justice and FBI), sex offender registry checks and reference checks on all staff prior to hiring
- Conducts criminal background checks and sex offender registry checks on all volunteers
- Requires all staff and volunteers to complete training on recognizing and preventing abuse
- Prohibits staff and volunteers from being alone with a child where they cannot be observed by others
- Restricts staff contact with children outside of YMCA programs
- Educates parents on how to recognize and prevent abuse
- Reports any allegations or suspicions of abuse to law enforcement