Armed Services YMCA



Helping You Navigate Military Life. That is How We Strengthen Military Families.

The Armed Services YMCA provides innovative, interactive programs and services designed for service members, their spouses and their children - all who sacrifice so much for us and our country.

Our core programmatic focus is on the resiliency of military families. Military life presents unique challenges for the family unit and each individual member. That's why we provide experiences to help navigate military life amidst transfers, deployments, increased child care needs and financial burdens. Programs are offered at no or low cost and require no membership fees. 

We work closely with the Department of Defense and installation commands to identify opportunities and augment service areas to help young military families come together, stay together, and thrive together.

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The Armed Services YMCA provides a wide array of programs for children of services members including hourly childcare, parent & child classes, after school enrichment programs, and summer camps. Our programs are designed with the needs of service members and their families in mind. All of our programs incorporate our core values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. 

Programs include:

  • Operation Hero
  • Operation Little Leaners - Preschool
  • Fisher Children's Center
  • Summer Camp
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The Armed Services YMCA holds a variety of events each year to help support military families and single service members. Our events are tailored to meet the specific needs of Camp Pendleton's military communities.

Most of our programs and events are supported with the help of volunteers.

Events include:

  • Father Daughter and Mother Son Dances
  • Ball Gown Giveaway
  • Secret Santa
  • Santa's Workshop
  • Concrete Beach


The Armed Services YMCA Camp Pendleton provides support services to our military community to help bolster comfort and morale, increase engagement with the community and fellow service members, and provide respite and camaraderie building opportunities for young Marines.

Programs include:

  • Operation Kid Comfort
  • Temporary Emergency Assistance Program
  • School of Infantry Recreation Center
  • Project Liberty Call
  • Neighborhood Exchange
  • Operation Ride Home

Youth Programs

Fisher Children's Center


The Armed Services YMCA Fisher Children's Center offers full-time childcare services for active duty military families ages 6 weeks - 5 years old. Fisher Children's Center has adapted to support military families during the pandemic by increasing hours of operation, offering full-day care, and discounting weekly rates. Our center is fully accredited through National Early Childhood Program Accreditation.

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 offers parent/child interactive classes, low cost field trips, holiday parties, and additional activities such as Kids in the Kitchen and Daddy and Me. This program allows parents to network with one another while being guided by Armed Services YMCA pre-school teachers. The classroom format provides tools that show parents how to begin and sustain their young child's education. Located in centers on base, this program serves children 18 months to 5 years of age and meet twice a week through the school year.

Operation Hero


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.

Summer Camp


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 opportunities include: Operation Appreciation, Overnight Camps, Camp Hero, Paintball Camp, Fishing Trips, and Camp Flasshhh.

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.

Events and Volunteering


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We host events throughout the year including:

  • Father Daughter and Mother Son Dances which provide memorable experiences for military families
  • Ball Gown Giveaway provides military spouses an opportunity to choose from a selection on formal wear & men's suits. This FREE event is held every fall just prior to the Navy and Marine Corps Birthday Balls
  • Secret Santa is our holiday program that anonymously matches active duty military families with community members who sponsor the family's gifts during the holiday season. (This event is free and by referral only).
  • Santa's Workshop is a toy shop that allows parents to 'shop' for their children's holiday gifts. (This event is free and by referral only).
  • Concrete Beach is a barbecue event that is hosted for Marine graduates at the School of Infantry. 


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We rely heavily on our volunteers and cannot run certain programs or events without the help of our dedicated volunteers. We offer a wide variety of programs and events year round at locations both on and off base. Age requirements range from 15 years to 21 years of age depending on the program, event, and volunteer position. Between all our programs and events, we have positions every day of the week from 0800 to 1800.

Support Programs

Neighborhood Exchange


The Neighborhood Exchange is a monthly food and diaper distribution. We partner with Jewish Family Service and San Diego Food Bank to offer a free food & diaper distribution, plus resources and giveaways from community partners. Food selections range from fresh fruits and vegetables to meats, canned and dried foods. the event takes place on the fourth Friday of each month. 

Registration opens the Monday before the event.

Operation Kid Comfort


Operation Kid Comfort provides quilts to children of deployed service members within 8 weeks before or after deployment. Working with a group of quilters, families can request a quilt for their child. 

Temporary Emergency Assistance Program


The Temporary Emergency Assistance Program (TEAP) focuses on junior enlisted families (E-5 and below with children) for short-term emergency financial support with food and gas gift cards to respond to short-term emergency situations. This support is normally provided for two-months and is by referral. 

Referral can be requested through EFMP, FAP, New Parent Support, or Command. 

Contact Megan Martinez at for more information on how to be referred. 

School of Infantry Recreation Center


The Armed Services YMCA recreation center consists of 2-buildings with television rooms, large electronic gaming rooms with game consoles, a kitchen, outdoor patio area with televisions, 30 computer lab, and table games. Open only on the weekends, it provides a facility for students to relax and recharge. 

Project Liberty Call

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Project Liberty Call is designed to provide activities and giveaways as they are donated to the Armed Services YMCA. They can include things like: tickets to football games, gift baskets, and commissary gift certificates to buy holiday meals. Project Liberty Call was created due to community members, organizations and businesses expressing a desire to be able to support Camp Pendleton families throughout the year. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for giveaway alerts. 

Operation Ride Home

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Since Jack Daniel's Operation Ride Home program began in 2011, the partnership has generated a total of more than $1.8 million in donations and sent a total of 8,583 individual junior-enlisted service members and their families home when it mattered most. Servicemen and women from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard have been assisted with travel to all 50 states.

Reconnecting military families during this special time of year is one small way Operation Ride Home is strengthening military families.  Operation Ride Home is open to active duty E-5 and below, both single and married, who might not otherwise financially be able to travel home. Plane tickets and pre-paid debit cards are given to assist those traveling.

Check back in late summer or early fall for application period.