The Armed Services YMCA of Camp Pendleton provides a wide array of programs to support military families and children to allow them to survive the stresses of military life and thrive
We provide hands-on, innovative, specialized programs and support services to military service members and their families with a particular focus on junior-enlisted men and women — the individuals on the front lines of defending our nation. Programs are offered at no or low cost and require no dues or membership fees.
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 the "heroes" inside each of them.
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.
The Kindertyme preschool is based on a Mommy and Me format for children 18 months to 5 years.
Located in four centers on base and two off base (Oceanside and Murrieta), it provides parents with quality time to bond with their children, learn how to continue the learning process at home, and to network with the other military families.
Our activities include Kids in the Kitchen, Daddy and Me, and holiday parties for those enrolled in the class.
Fisher Children's Center offers hourly care for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years. Fisher's hourly care is for parents who volunteer, have appointments, or other scheduled obligations. Reservations for Fisher are available up to one week in advance. The center also offers part day programs for children 2-5 years old.
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 0700-1500
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.
This program provides a drop off child watch for military families at the 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.
Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 0800-1530, Friday 0800-1400; closed for lunch 1200-1300.
For additional information please contact Child Watch at (760) 719-3706.
This program focuses on junior enlisted families (Corporal E-4 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 designed to allow a military family to overcome stress and get back on their feet. Families must be referred by Base advocay organizations or their unit.
This program receives and distributes tickets and other special event opportunities that are provided by the community throughout the year to all active military and military families, as available. Ticket distributions are announced on the Armed Services YMCA Facebook.
For information about ticket availability, "LIKE" the Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA Facebook page.
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 YMCAs and other community organizations. Availability is announced on the Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA Facebook.
We continue the preschool program into the summer with a six-week summer segment for preschool age children 18 months to 5 years.
Each of the six sites selects a theme (insects, Native Americans, oceans, or dinosaurs) for the class to focus on.
The program begins after preschool graduations, on 13 June and is concludes on 27 July, only on Tuesdays and Thursdays on base, and Mondays and Wednesdays at Muirreta YMCA.
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.
Hosted each spring and open to all daughters and their fathers on base, however with some fathers deployed, other family members may escort attendees to the dance. Dinner, dancing, family photos, and raffle drawings make this evening complete.
The next dance will be Spring 2018.
In late October, the Armed Services YMCA holds its annual Mother Son Dance.
Since the dance is close to Halloween, the event includes a costume contest, dinner, dancing, family photos and prize drawings to make the evening complete.
Registration for the 2017 dance will be announced in September on Facebook and our website, with the dance held on October 27, 2017.
Each September the Armed Services YMCA holds an annual Ball Gown Giveaway to provide evening gowns and accessories for the ladies to attend the Navy and Marine Corps Birthday Balls. We provide suits, shoes and accessories for male spouses, as well.
Following the event, the remaining gowns and accessories are shared with Twenty-nine Palms, Miramar, MCRD San Diego, and Yuma for their separate events.
We are currently accepting evening wear and accessory donations through the end of August.
Sign-ups for the sorting parties will be announced in July and all active duty spouse or active duty volunteers will receive a free gown at the Giveaway.
The Ball Gown Giveaway date is coming soon and registration will be announced a month prior on our website and Facebook.
This Christmas program matches San Diego County businesses, civic organizations and community members with junior enlisted families needing help during the holiday season. Secret Santa provides the community with an unique opportunity to personally give back to Camp Pendleton's military families. We are grateful to our community sponsors providing toys and bicycles in order to make our family's Christmas possible.
Community members may sign up to sponsor a family in October. Please check back for more information in Fall 2017.
Santa's Workshop differs from the Secret Santa in that it is open to all ranks who need a little extra help and support during the holidays, however families must be referred.
Families are identified to the Armed Services YMCA by Camp Pendleton family advocacy organizations (hospital case workers, MCCS counselors, New Parent Support Program, EMFP program, and Family Readiness Officers).
If you wish to donate toys, please contact us for a list of most-sought-after toys for 2017.
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 computers, large screen televisions, and table games. Open only on the weekends, it provides a facility for students to relax and recharge.
If you wish to volunteer at the Recreation Center, please complete a volunteer application.
The Armed Services YMCA conducts weekly Concrete Beach barbeques for students in the Infantry Training Battalion and Marine Combat Training Battalion. This program increases student and instructor morale, provides a relaxing lunch, and for the instructors, allows some "down time" from their students.
If you wish to volunteer at Concrete Beach, please complete a volunteer application.
Each Thanksgiving, this program allows the Marine students an opportunity to be adopted by a local community family. They share a home cooked meal, see local communities, and spend a day enjoying new friends off base. In most cases, this is the first holiday away from home for these Marine students and many of these friendships last through the Marine's career.
Community members who wish to bring home two or more Marines may sign up in September. Please check back for more information in Fall 2017.