Summer Resident Camping is a YMCA tradition without equal. We offer a traditional Summer Resident Camp program with all of the classic Summer Camp activities. Children learn about the outdoors, build meaningful and lasting friendships, and develop memories that will last through the years.

YMCA Camp Oakes Programs:

Camp Oakes: Ages 8-13

Camp Oakes, located in the San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear City, features the best in resident camping with swimming, kayaking and canoeing on the lake, archery, nature lore and low and high Ropes Courses to teach teamwork and self-confidence. All campers join in the fun at Camp Oakes’ famous Campfire program with songs, skits, and crazy stunts.

Camp Oakes Leadership: Ages 14-16

The West End Y’s Leadership training program offers younger teens the opportunity to learn leadership skills in a resident camp setting. Leadership campers participate in all regular camp activities while learning about leadership techniques, problem solving, and camp skills. These programs are a great stepping stone for future camp counselors.

Camp Schedule and Fees:

  • 2017 Camp Dates:
  • June 24 - July 1, 2017
  • Camp Fees:
  • $540 for YMCA Members
  • $570 for Non-Members


Camp Oakes 2017 Registration Form

Camp Activities Include:

Swimming, Canoeing, Archery, Fishing, Arts & Crafts, Nature Hikes, High Ropes Course, Low Ropes Course, Zip Line, Frisbee Golf, Themed Meals, Twilight Activities, Observatory, Nightly Campfire, and much more!

Note: Some activities (including Zip Line and High Ropes) have weight/age/size minimums.

Financial Assistance:

Financial Assistance is available to assist families who qualify in managing the cost of camp fees. Applications can be obtained from all West End Y branches. For your child to be considered for Financial Assistance, an application, along with a $20 deposit (per child) must be received no later than May 26th, 2017.