OSC was founded in 2001, will be celebrating its 20th summer in 2022, and is privately owned and operated by Outpost Recreation and Education, Inc. Stuart and Kelly Jones are the Executive Directors, and they welcome new parents to our organization, the inspiration of which came from Stuart’s childhood camp: Tom Sawyer Camps in Altadena, CA.
Our philosophy on children and their development is foundational to everything we do. What children want most is to belong; to be accepted by a group of peers and the adults that lead their group. At Outpost Summer Camps, this is a central theme of all of our programming. We call this “group-centered camping,” and the focus is on creating an environment in which each camper feels like he or she belongs to the group. This in turn fosters confidence, creativity, social skills, and a positive sense of self and of community.
We offer three summer camp programs: Day Camp (for campers entering grades K-5, operating from 9AM to 3PM each day), Junior Outpost (for campers aged 5-7, operating from 9:30AM to 1:30PM each day), and Senior Outpost (for campers entering grades 6-9, operating from 9AM to 3PM each day). Our camps are all based at Canyonside Community Park in Rancho Penasquitos, adjacent to Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, a 3700 acre wilderness preserve jointly operated by the City and County of San Diego.
We operate between mid-June and August each summer, employ college students and child development professionals on our staff, and offer a wonderful junior counselor leadership program for high school students.
Most of our information can be found within this website. And please feel free to contact us with any questions at all!