Discovery awaits

Camp E.L.K.

P.O. Box 2828 Wrightwood, CA 92397

(760) 249 – 3822

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.

Camp Sessions

Homeschool Winter Science Camp

icon-child-care 2018 Homeschool Winter Science Camp Dates:

January 12-15th, 2018


Price: $300 per person (ages 8-14)

Meet new friends and have a weekend of fun, exploration, and discovery. Winter science camp will focus on developing knowledge of Earth and the Solar System with activities, workshops, and games that engage the mind and spirit.

Educational Topics:
• Ecosystems
• Stargazing
• Earth & Solar System Education
• Earth and Human Activities, and more

• $300 includes transportation, snacks, meals, and activities
• Bus transportation to and from camp – Orange County drop off/Pickup point
• Financial Assistance available to those who qualify

Winter Youth Overnight Camp

icon-snowflake  Upcoming Sessions: FULL

December 27, 2017 – January 1, 2018


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.

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. For more group rental information click here.

Outdoor Science Camp Opportunities

icon-family  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.

Educational Topics:
• Botany
• Geology
• Astronomy
• Meteorology & The Water Cycle
• Ecology
• 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.

Summer Youth Overnight Camp

icon-sun  Summer 2018 Sessions:

Register before April 1st and receive a Free Camp ELk Hoodie!

  • Week 1 – June 24-29th (8-14 years-60 spots)/L.I.T. Camp (15-17 years-20 spots) – It’s a Pirate/Pixie Life for Me Camp
  • Junior Camp – June 30-July 4th – (5-8 years-40 spots) – Disney Theme
  • Week 2 – July 8-13th – (8-14 years-80 spots) Space Theme
  • Week 3 – July 15-20th – (8-14 years-80 spots) Creative Expressions “The Art’s” Camp
  • Week 4 – July 22-27th – (8-14 years-80 spots) – Time Travelers Tech Camp (Robots, STEM, time capsule, etc.)
  • Week 5 – July 29-August 3rd – Week 5 (8-14 years-80 spots) – Ultimate Sports Theme

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.

Family Overnight Camp

icon-child-care 2018 Family Camp Dates:

October 19th – 21st

October 26th – 28th

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.

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!


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.


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?

Camp Activities

  • Archery
  • Hiking
  • Campfire
  • Ropes Course
  • Rags & Leather Program
  • Star Gazing
  • Orienteering
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Crafts
  • 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)

Meet the Director

Anne Jeffrey

Anne has been with Camp E.L.K. for the past two summers, she is excited that Camp E.L.K. continues to develop, change expand and thrive on a daily basis!  She has been a part of camper’s incredible strides at Camp E.L.K. gaining independence, self-confidence and responsibility.  Anne has a team of experienced and dedicated camp professionals who return to Camp E.L.K. seasonally.  She is proud of the relationships Camp E.L.K. has built with the community and within YMCA of Orange County.  Anne believes Camp culture has provided the perfect place to optimize development in any individual helping them gain a powerful identity and feeling confident in themselves with many others by their side.  It might at be Summer Camp skit night, or a Family Camp costume contest or best yet Winter Camp when the mountain is covered in fresh snow, you will likely see Anne alongside the campers having as much fun as they do!

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