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.

2018 Camp Dates:

December 27-January 1st, 2019

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.

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.

View flyer here.

Summer 2019 Sessions:

  • 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)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Camp- July 7-12th (8-14 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)


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.

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
  • Hikes
  • Stargazing
  • Archery
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Team Building
  • Gaga Ball
  • Chapels & Campfire
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • 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.

Camp Details

  • 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)
  • 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)

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.

Check out our flyer for more information.


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 campers’ 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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