OSC was founded in 2001, is celebrating its 18th summer in 2019, 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.
Our traditional summer camp programs are for children aged 3 – 14, split into three camps: Pre Camp (ages 3-5), Day Camp (grades 1-5), and Senior Outpost (grades 6-9). Our Day Camp and Senior Outpost programs are 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. Our Pre Camp program is located at North City Presbyterian Church in Poway.
Our summer programs are offered between mid-June and August each summer, we employ college students as camp counselors, and offer a junior counselor leadership program for high school students. We also offer door-to-door transportation for the majority of our camp families.
During the school year, Outpost offers two after school enrichment camp programs at local K-8 schools, a Winter Camp program in December, and jointly operates a unique social skills program for children struggling to make and keep friends called FRIENDS.
Most of our information can be found within this website. And please feel free to contact us with any questions at all!