Sleepaway Camps in California

Where youth have an old-school summer camp experience that they will learn from and cherish for the rest of their lives.

Get Outside at
Camp E.L.K. this summer!

Join us in the Angeles National Forest for a week of adventure, fun outdoor activities, campfires, friendship, memories and more!


2024 Camp Dates & Details



(Entering 3rd-12th grades)


Cost includes: 6 days/5 nights at YMCA Camp ELK, 3 meals/day, Transportation, Camp T-shirt, Photo Yearbook, and all activities

$100 nonrefundable deposit required to secure your child’s space

$725 – Standard rate
(after 2/16/2024)


Session #1: July 07 - 12, 2024

Session #2: July 14 - 19, 2024

Session #3: July 21 - 26, 2024


  • Archery
  • Star Gazing
  • Archery
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Team Building Activities
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Nature Hikes
  • Swimming
  • Nature Hikes
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Improv/Drama Activities
  • Arts & Crafts
  • GaGa Ball
  • Basketball
  • 9-Square in the Air
  • Chapel & Campfire Activities
  • Volleyball
  • Scavenger Hunts

*We also work with many local vendors who can provide services during your stay including including photographers, tours, and ski/tubing packages at Mountain High Resort.


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.

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
  • Health Center personnel on site 24 hours a day during YMCA overnight youth camps to dispense all medications and provide for all healthcare and first aid needs.

at Camp Oakes

Pack your bags for a week of fun and game-themed excitement at Camp Oakes! Have fun with friends while exploring nature, experiencing adventures, and engaging in activities that are sure to have campers learning something new and creating memories to last a lifetime.

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  • Zip Line
  • Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Crafts
  • Archery
  • BB Guns
  • Gaga Ball
  • Fishing
  • Slingshots
  • Low Ropes
  • Astronomy
  • Campfires
  • Climbing Tower
  • Mine Chute Slides


Where is Camp Oakes?

Camp Oakes is located just two hours from Orange County and Los Angeles, near Big Bear in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains.