Camp is where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group, engaging in physical, social and educational activities.


Register early and receive a free limited edition Camp E.L.K. hoodie! Offer ends April 1, 2020.

Summer Camp

Summer 2020 will mark the 20th summer of YMCA camping at Camp E.L.K. and we have some fun and exciting events and activities planned. Summer camp is an experience for youth ages 8-17 to connect with nature, themselves, each other, and great role models. Campers will get the full camp experience starting with bus transportation up to camp, a week of activities like archery, rock wall, ropes course and swimming, and back home again to share campfire memories and songs. For our anniversary season, we will be giving all campers a chance to leave their mark by participating in our time capsule.

Camp Dates
Week 1 June 21 – 26
Week 2 June 28 – July 3
Week 3 July 12 – 17
Week 4 July 19 – 24

Cost: $575 per child (Includes transportation to and from camp, meals, t-shirt, group photo, and all activities.) $100 deposit required. Sibling discount and financial assistance available to those who qualify.

Leadership Training – Counselor in Training:Youth ages 15-17 (entering 10th-12th grade) enjoy all the excitement and fun of summer camp in addition to gaining invaluable leadership and life skills. Call camp office for more information.

View/Download Summer Camp 2020 Flyer

Family Camp

Family Camp if for the whole family! This is an opportunity to everyone in the family to enjoy a weekend away to bond and connect with other families. 2020 Family Camp information coming soon!

Winter Camp

Winter Camp gives kids the opportunity to spend their winter school break enjoying the great outdoors with friends and learning new things. 2020 Winter Camp information coming soon!

Group Rentals

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. We can host your next:

  • Corporate Retreat
  • Church Group
  • Leadership Outing
  • Work Conference
  • Family Reunion
  • Youth Group
  • Science Camp
  • School Field Trip

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.


  • 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)

Camp Activities

  • Archery
  • Hiking
  • Campfire
  • Ropes Course
  • Rags & Leather Program
  • Star Gazing
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Orienteering
  • Swimming
  • Regatta
  • 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)

Science Camps

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.

Camp Safety

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. 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. Additionally, all camps 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

Where is Camp E.L.K.?

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.