For parents

OVY Camp can cost as little as $25.00 for an entire week!

OVY Camp is open to all Bay Area youth entering 5th - 9th grades. Click here for volunteer opportunities!

What’s included in your camper’s experience:

  • 6 days/5 nights (Sunday Afternoon thru Friday Morning for most sessions of OVY Camp)

  • breakfast/lunch/snack/dinner every single day (always organic and local when possible)

  • a day-trip to Pescadero State Beach

  • an official OVY Camp T-shirt

  • swimming pool time every day

  • daily opportunities for arts & crafts, skits, games, archery, and nature hikes

  • campfires and camping

  • spend a night in a real teepee

  • Frequently asked questions? See Below

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“In a day when kids are so electronically focused, the OVY Camp experience really gives kids the chance to enjoy the stars, fresh air, and the opportunity to learn new things and meet new friends”

OVY Camp Parent

Meet the staff

OVY Camp 2019 has a talented and diverse staff ready to provide safe, educational, and memorable experiences for each camper.

OVY Camp 2019 Leadership Team

OVY Camp 2019 Leadership Team

Important Reminders for OVY Camp 2019

Important Dates and Times: Please make sure that your camper arrives on Sunday between 1-3pm and is picked up on Friday at 10am. *Remember that Session 3 ends on Thursday - pick up time is still 10am.

Packing List: A recommended Packing List for all campers can be found on our website:

Address: 5360 La Honda Rd, San Gregorio, CA 94074

Camper Medications: All camper medications must arrive in their original container and with instructions. Please put the medications in a zip-loc bag with your camper's name written on the bag in permanent marker. A doctor's note is absolutely necessary for all prescription medicines.

Allergies or Dietary Restrictions: If your camper has any allergy or dietary restriction, please notify OVY Camp as soon as possible to ensure your camper receives the best care possible.

Camper Mail: If you would like to send mail to your camper, please send a letter to OVY Camp addressed to your camper's name by Monday of your camper’s session.


How does OVY Camp provide such an affordable summer camp program? 

Optimist Volunteers for Youth, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are 100% tax-deductable. OVY Camp fundraises all year long in order to make the summer camp program so affordable. There are 3 main fundraising strategies:

First, OVY Camp is made possible by the generous donations from Optimist Clubs, businesses, and individuals that sponsor campers attending OVY Camp.

Second, there is a weekly Bingo game on Thursday nights at the American Legion Hall 564 in Santa Clara, CA. All proceeds from the weekly games help make OVY Camp possible.

Last, OVY Camp rents out its facilities to other groups throughout out the year such as: non-profit programs (Vida Verde and Camp Phoenix), weddings, retreats, and reunions. Click here to check out our facilities.

Does OVY Camp provide any financial aid?

All families qualify for financial aid at OVY Camp. The pricing structure is based on the actual cost of camp. It is based on the honor system so no paperwork or verification is required; simply select the rate appropriate for you. This information is kept confidential. Please select the cost per child that is appropriate for your family’s current financial situation. 

Tier 1 = $500       Tier 2 = $250         Tier 3 = $100        

Tier 4 = $50          Tier 5 = $25

May a camper attend more than one session?

Due to the high demand for spaces and our commitment to providing opportunities for lots of children from all over the San Francisco Bay Area, campers may attend only one session per summer.

Can my child call home or send emails?

OVY Camp fosters a supportive and positive atmosphere. We encourage growth, independence, and confidence-building. Therefore, we prefer that our campers spend their time enjoying nature, making friends, and trying new things, rather than emailing or making phone calls. Families are encouraged to send letters to their campers. Campers are encouraged to send letters to their families back home.

What kind of food do the campers eat?

Our Kitchen Staff is amazing! Meals at camp are nutritious and kid-friendly. A variety of choices are offered for each meal, and a vegetarian option is always available. When possible, we try to use organic and local ingredients. Our Staff is trained to be accommodating of food allergies.

What about medical attention?

If your camper takes medication(s), has allergies, or has any health issues, please provide as much information as possible when registering online. If necessary, contact OVY Camp by calling (650) 747-0321.

On the first day of camp, families will check in with the Executive Director and Medical Staff upon arrival. At that time, adults have the opportunity to discuss special medical needs, allergies, medications, and any other health issues before they leave their child at camp. Medications brought to OVY Camp must be in their original containers. All prescription medications (including Epi-pens and Inhalers) must be accompanied by a Doctor's Note, which can be uploaded onto the online registration profile.

The Executive Director and Medical Staff will be available to speak to families by phone throughout the session regarding any concerns they may have.

How are OVY Camp Counselors selected?

Our amazing summer Counselors are selected because they exhibit high levels of responsibility, create inclusive environments for the campers, and are passionate about the OVY Camp mission statement. They are hired as a result of an extensive application and interview process, which includes references. Once hired, our counselors are required to be background-checked. All staff members are CPR and First Aid Certified. Our camper to counselor ratio is often 3:1.

Many of our Counselors are former OVY Camp volunteers (aka Counselors-in-Training or CIT's). This means OVY Camp made such an impact on them that they wanted to return and re-create the same experiences for a new generation of campers.

Where do campers sleep at night?

For all but 1 night, campers sleep in our cozy cabins with blue roofs (boys with boys, girls with girls). 

For 1 night, campers camp out under the stars or sleep in a real teepee (again, boys with boys, and girls with girls).

What kind of program does OVY Camp offer?

From the moment campers arrive at OVY Camp, they are treated with respect and positivity by the staff and volunteers. Modeling the behaviors that we expect from the campers is at the core of OVY Camp's culture. 

Campers are divided by gender and age into cabin groups. Campers will have daily opportunities to meet and see other campers outside of their cabin groups at pool times, meal times, and during free-choice activities.

What happens if my child is on the Waitlist?

If your camper is put on the Waitlist, DON'T WORRY! There is a good chance that we will be able to accommodate your camper into a week at OVY Camp. We will contact you by phone or email if a spot becomes available. Sometimes, spots become available on the first day of camp.

Can friends come to camp together?

If your camper would like to be placed in the same cabin as another camper, BOTH campers must indicate each other's names in the Cabin Mate Request Section of the online registration. We will try to accommodate each and every request, although it is not guaranteed. 

When can my camper become a volunteer (Counselor-in-Training?

If your camper is no longer entering 5th - 9th grades, he or she can consider applying to be a volunteer, a Counselor-in-Training (aka CIT). Click here to check out how to become a CIT at OVY Camp 2019!

Register your child today