Outpost was founded in 2002, and we are celebrating our 21st summer in 2023! Outpost Summer Camps is a family-owned small business privately owned and operated by Stuart and Kelly Jones as a part of Outpost Recreation and Education, Inc. Stuart and Kelly welcome new parents to read more about 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, 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 they belong to the group and are a special, unique part of it. 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 9:00 to 3:00 each day), Junior Outpost (for campers entering grades K-2, operating from 9:30 to 1:30 each day), and Senior Outpost (for campers entering grades 6-9, operating from 9:00 to 3:00 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. Please feel free to contact us with any questions at all!