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Summer Camp Registration opens in March

YMCA Summer Camp at Camp Edwards

Located only 45 minutes from Redlands Family YMCA and a mere two hours from Los Angeles, Camp Edwards offers a traditional camp environment for all in the San Bernardino Mountains. Perfect for children and families, Camp Edwards is a special place where memories of a lifetime are made and life-long friendships are formed.

Camp Edwards staff, volunteers and camp committee strive to maintain the highest standards in providing a quality camping experience for all ages. We are accredited by the American Camp Association and all camp counselors are CPR certified and receive training in first aid and lifesaving.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and is operated under special use permit with the San Bernardino National Forest.

Camp Edwards Summer 2023

Whether your camper has never been away from home or is on a quest to have a summer of adventure, the Y’s Camp Edwards has a session fit for them.

girl on tree stump with rock climbing helmet at summer camp

Camp Eddie

Camp Eddie week is perfect for your camper that has never been away from home. This shortened week is a 5- day, 4-night traditional camp experience with arts & crafts, archery, and more. Although there are adventures to be had, we provide many opportunities for rest and relaxation across our beautiful campsite as well as art and craft activities.

 Ages 6 – 9 | Grades  1 – 5

summer camp zip line

Traditional Summer Camp

For our campers looking for a big adventure, our traditional summer camp is the perfect fit! For students from 1st to 9th grade, our overnight summer camp is a 6-day, 5-night camp experience with arts & crafts, archery, and more. Although there are adventures to be had, we provide many opportunities for rest and relaxation across our beautiful campsite as well as art and craft activities.

Ages 6- 17 | Grades 1 – 12

Specialty Summer Camp

Whether you are looking to learn a new talent or hone your skill the Y Circus will be an adventure like no other! Learn basic skills such as tumbling, unicycling, diabolo, aerial, and so much more.

You don’t have to run away to join our Circus. The Great Y Circus™ is a community circus that trains participants to perform out-of-this-world acts. Our Circus camp is perfect for those new to the Y’s Circus program and seasoned performers that want to sharpen their skills.  Circus camp offers many of the camp activities, including rock climbing, and archery.

 Ages 6 – 17 | Grades  1 – 12

Any Questions Email Camp Edwards at CampEdwards@ymcaeastvalley.org

Review our membership policies and guidelines here.

F.A.Q.s

Why is camp registration online?

Camp registration moved online this year! We know that the transition can be a bit tough but this is all for the safety of our campers.

In past years, paper applications could easily get misplaced, damaged, or turned in without all necessary information. With our online registration, we keep a secure database of information about your camper and can access important information, like medications/allergies/etc, much quicker than a paper application.

Not only did we digitize the camp registration, we also streamlined questions for a quicker application process.

If you need assistance completing your online application, please give the YMCA a call at 909-798-9622 and a member of our team will be able to help.

Where is the drop off/pick up spot for camp?

All campers get shuttled from our Highland YMCA branch and will be dropped off there as well.

Drop off is from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on the first day of camp.

Pick up is at 12:00 p.m. at the Highland YMCA

The Highland YMCA is located at 7793 Central Ave, Highland, CA 92346

Can my child bring a cell phone/tablet/laptop to camp?

Nope! Camp Edwards is a technology-free zone and is the perfect chance for our campers to unplug and enjoy time spent away from screens.

Should there be a medical or special need regarding technology, please indicate upon registration.

How can I communicate with my camper?

Sending your child mail will make their day!  Being away from home can be a challenge and receiving notes or pieces of home can lessen the degree of homesickness that some campers experience. Based on our several years of dealing with mail for a short week at camp, here is how to best send mail to your camper so it arrives while they are at camp and not after they leave.

On the Thursday or Friday before your child leaves for camp, mail your letter or package. Mailing an item on this day will allow enough time for the item to arrive before your child returns home. Please do not send packages that require signatures to be obtained from the camp staff. Send your mail (US Postal or UPS) to:
Campers name
Camp Edwards
(dates they will be at camp)
42842 Jenks Lake Road East
Angelus Oaks, CA 92305

Please make sure that your return address is clearly written in case it arrives late and we need to return the letter/package. So that your child can send mail to you, provide them with paper, pen, and a couple of stamped, pre-addressed envelopes.

Please note: There is no regular mail service from the Redlands, San Bernardino or Highland YMCA’s. Please do not leave packages at any of the branches.

Where is Camp Edwards located?

Camp Edwards is the YMCA of the East Valley’s residential camp located in Angelus Oaks, California. From our Highland YMCA branch, it takes about an hour to reach our camp.

What is the Camper to Counselor ratio?

Our Camper to Counselor ratio is 10:1; 10 campers to every 1 counselor.

My child has a medication/allergy/special request

Please include medications, allergy information, or any special requests when you register your camper for Camp Edwards. If you need additional space than what is available during registration, please email Mark at mthompson@ymcaeastvalley.org

Summer Camp Activities at Camp Edwards

Hiking

Nature hikes are an experience that features hiking safety lessons and age-appropriate hikes.

Swiming

Campers will enjoy swimming time as well as basic swim safety and lesson instructions at the camp pool.

Fishing

Fishing is perfect for beginner campers that want to learn fishing basics and best practices.

Cooking

Camp cooking will introduce campers to healthy eating basics and new recipes they can use at home.

Geocaching

Geocaching – the treasure hunt style adventure that uses GPS to find items – is an exciting experience for campers.

Birding

Birding is perfect for wildlife lovers. Campers will enjoy lessons on local birds and have opportunities to search and identify local birds.

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