Armed Services YMCA

ARMED SERVICES YMCA OF CAMP PENDLETON

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS 

The mission of the Armed Services YMCA Camp Pendleton is to enhance the lives of military members and their families in spirit, mind, and body through programs relevant to the unique challenges of military life. Every program and service that our organization provides has the goal of supporting and nurturing our active military members and their families.

We are deeply committed to providing affordable, safe, and nurturing programs for our military children. Our accessible youth development programs provide educational lessons, incorporate opportunities for social and emotional engagement, and ultimately support resiliency and economic advancement among military families.

Fisher Children's Center

Essential childcare is provided at our Fisher Children's Center. 

The Armed Services YMCA Fisher Children's Center offers fill-time childcare services for active duty military families ages 6 weeks - 12 years old. Fisher Children's Center has adapted to support military families during the pandemic by increasing hours of operation, expanding school-age support initiatives, offering full-day care, and discounting weekly rates. Our center is fully accredited through NECPA.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 0700-1600

Address: Building 160101 11th Street, Camp Pendleton, CA 92055 (the corner of Vandegrift and 11th on Main Side)

Please contact the Fisher Children's Center for additional information at (760) 725-0845

Operation Little Learners

Operation Little Learners is a parent and child class that promotes socialization, child development, motor skills, developmentally appropriate practices, kindergarten readiness, and positive parent/child interactions.
Classes will resume in person this fall.

Operation Hero

At this time Operation Hero is on hold due to COVID-19.

Operation Hero is a free program that meets twice weekly for 2.5 hours during a ten week period. In Operation Hero a small group of eight children learn to work as a team. The Operation Hero Facilitator leads the children in group discussions about who they are and how they fit in at home and school. They discuss how to manage feelings and friendships as well as practice conflict resolution skills.


The focus of the program is on personal responsibility, enabling the children to find success in their school and home lives. Operation Hero facilitates a positive environment, encourages responsible behavior and provides the support the children need to get back on track in school. In the end, the students find there are “heroes” inside each of them.

Children's Waiting Center

At this time Children's Waiting Center is closed due to COVID-19. 

This program provides a drop off child watch for military families at Camp Pendleton's Naval Hospital. Utilizing Austin's Play Room on the second floor, we provide child watch for families who have medical appointments. Adults may leave their children to be watched while attending their adult appointment. Availability is first-come, first-served. Walking children must have shoes and non-walkers must have socks.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 0800-15000, Friday 0800-1400; closed for lunch 1200-1230.

For additional information please contact Child Watch at (760) 719-3706

Operation Kid Comfort

Operation Kid Comfort provides quilts to children of deployed service members within six months before or after a deployment. Working with a group of quilters, families can request a quilt be made for their child.

The family provides photos of the deployed family member that are copied onto fabric and sent to the quilters. The quilters use their materials and incorporate the photos into the quilt.

Summer Camp

Summer Camp information will be announced in the next few weeks. Please watch our Facebook for when registration opens. 

Each summer the Armed Services YMCA works to provide day camp activities to military children at Camp Pendleton by offering week-long day camps from local community YMCA's and other community organizations.

Camp Flashhh

Summer Camp information will be announced in the next few weeks. Please watch our Facebook for when registration opens. 

Each Summer, our branch supports the Marine Corps' Exceptional Family Members Program and special needs children at Camp Pendleton with Camp Flashhh (Families Laughing and Sharing Hugs, Hope, and Happiness).

Camp Flashhh provides field trip opportunities for the families from June through August.

Please contact your EFMP case worker for further information.