An Outstanding Camp Experience
For Children Entering Grades K-5*
Thanks for your interest in Outpost! As of 6/11/23, Day Camp is full for all sessions. You are welcome to enroll onto a waitlist.
For campers entering K-2nd grade, we have space in Junior Outpost (9:30-1:30).
Junior Outpost is the same programming, philosophy, and structure as Day Camp without daily swimming which is what shortens the day.
We hope your family can join us this summer or in the near future!
Outpost is an “old-fashioned” day camp completely outside and unplugged. Our Day Camp Program is designed to embrace the creativity and differences of each camper to create an inclusive environment and unique group identity. Located at Canyonside Community Park and the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, our campers get back to the basics of facilitated outdoor play. Each session is two weeks long, five-days-per-week Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM with options for additional hours. Learn more about our dates, rates, and hours here.
*Please note: Our K-2nd grade campers are eligible for two program options: Day Camp (full day) and Junior Outpost (partial day). Please click here to read more about Junior Outpost.
100% Outside and Unplugged
Outpost’s entirely outdoor environment allows our campers to reconnect with nature, get the exercise their bodies need and see their inner creativity spring back to life untethered to devices or at-home comforts. This has never been more important. Hiking, forts, mud and exploration are our foundational principles.
Unique and Customized Adventures
Each group’s experiences are tailored to the ages and personalities of the campers. Our counselors embrace the creativity and differences of each camper to create an inclusive environment and unique group identity.
Strong Sense of Belonging
Each group’s unique sense of identity and inclusivity provides a safe platform for kids to take social risks. Every day our campers develop their physical, emotional and social skills by creating and maintaining positive peer friendships, leading group activities, trying new and silly things, and enjoying themselves outdoors.
We find that campers remember the in-between moments filled with inside jokes, ridiculous games and silly conversations most. From ninja spying on another to group to writing notes to the Leaf People, these are the stories you’ll hear from your campers over dinner.
Our small group sizes and longer sessions give each camper the opportunity to genuinely connect with and keep friends. Many relationships that start at camp last a lifetime!
Groups of the same age and gender* are the focus of our program’s design. Each camper has the same counselor and group for two weeks allowing our staff and campers the opportunity to get to know each other well.
*It is important to us to be inclusive. We invite our non-binary and transgender campers to select whichever program would fit them best – Day Camp Girls or Day Camp Boys. Another option is our partial day Junior Outpost program (for campers entering K-2nd) where groups are not separated by gender.
Swimming, every day!
We swim at Fit Athletic Club each camp day, a highlight of the day for both campers and staff. In addition to cooling off, we have a ton of fun and play many creative games.
Starting the Day Right
Each morning we begin with a high energy welcome we lovingly called “Blitz”. It’s an exciting and engaging game with songs, skits, call backs and other activities combined to set the right tone of silliness, creativity and energy for the rest of the day.
A Life Skills Multi-Vitamin
Each group has their own secret tree fort located in our canyon preserve where facilitated free play encourages campers to get back to basics and simply play outside. This allows campers to learn collaboration, creativity, initiative, leadership and responsibility.
Ending on a High Note
Our closing “Campfire” at the end of each day is an all camp gathering where groups get the opportunity to showcase their unique identity and experiences. There are skits, challenges, flag exchanges, songs and more inspired and created by the campers.