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.

There’s snow place like camp!

Winter Camp Dates
December 27th – 30th, 2019

Activities: Archery, Arts & Crafts, Hiking, Team Building, Stargazing, Campfires & S’mores and more!

Ages: 8 -17

Cost: $375 per child. 10% sibling discount. A $100 deposit is required.
Financial assistance available.

*Bus transportation to and from camp is included.

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Winter Camp Registration Packet

Winter Camp Packing List


Cost: $555 per child (Includes transportation to and from camp, meals, housing, t-shirt, group photo, and all activities.)

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.

Join us up at camp for a weekend of family-friendly activities and connect with nature, each other, and new friends.

Family Camp Dates
Weekend 1: October 18th-20th
Weekend 2: October 25th-27th

Activities: Archery, Arts & Crafts, Rock Wall Climbing, Pumpkin Carving, Campfires & S’mores and more!

All ages welcome!

Cost: $150 per guest (ages 4+). Children under 4 are FREE!

Cabin space may be shared by multiple families. Registration with friends and family is encouraged to secure a group cabin.

*Transportation to camp not included.

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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.

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

General Camp Forms

YMCA Financial Assistance
YMCA Financial Assistance Program – Espanol
Camp Parent Guide
Program Youth Camp FAQ

Summer Camp

YMCA Camp E.L.K. Summer Session Registration Packet
Summer Camp Packing List
Sample Schedule – Youth Camps

Family Camps, Winter Camps, and Rentals

Family Camp Registration Packet
Family Camp Packing List
Winter Camp Registration Packet
Winter Camp Packing List
Camp E.L.K. Adventure Guides Group Rentals


21280 Big Pines Highway
Wrightwood, CA 92397

YMCA Camp E.L.K. is located in the heart of the beautiful Angeles National Forest in California’s San Gabriel Mountains near Mountain High Ski Resort. Camp E.L.K. sits at an elevation of 5750 feet and is approximately 15 minutes from Wrightwood, CA.

YMCA Camp E.L.K. is accredited by the American Camp Association. ACA camps meet over 300 standards for health, safety, staff, and program quality to ensure the best camper outcomes. We encourage you to visit their website www.acacamps.org for camp resources and information.