At an elevation of 6800 feet on the shore of Big Bear Lake’s Boulder Bay, YMCA Camp Big Bear offers year round access for all seasons of mountain activity.  Your organized group can relax and enjoy the cool mountain air, and in the winter our snow sliding hill and short drive to downhill skiing and snowboarding provides hours of outdoor fun for all ages.  It is an ideal setting for organized youth, adult and family groups to grow in spirit, mind and body, and create memories that last a lifetime.



Our camp facility has several options for you whether it’s a group of 30 or up to 200.  Our recently remodeled and winterized bunkhouse provides year-round bunk style sleeping for up to 96 people, including multiple interior bathrooms and showers.  The second winterized bunkroom sleeps up to 26 people with a single gender, multiple-person bathroom and shower facility.  We also have 9 (Summer only) cabins which each sleep up to 12 people.  These cabins include a separated centralized bathroom and shower facility.

Big Bear Camp - Pool Quad

Facility Activities

Swimming Pool, Archery Range, Sand Volleyball, Basketball, Disc Golf Course, Horsehoe Pits, Gaga Ball, Ping Pong, Tetherball, Campfire Bowl, Team Ropes Course and Crafts Shed are where campers have the opportunity to enhance their spontaneous creativity while having relaxed social interaction with their peers.  Lakefront activities include Swimming, Kayaking, Canoeing, Row Boating, Pedal Boats, Stand-Up Paddle Boards,  Tubing Behind a Boat, or just sunbathing in the beautiful sunshine.  Your group will have a great time!  Overlooking  Boulder Bay, our open air amphitheater makes an evening at the campfire an event  to remember where spirits soar!

Big Bear Camp - Trail


Nearby  trails offer hikes to the ridge tops surrounding Big Bear Lake.  The Castle Rock Trail is accessible by foot from Camp Big Bear and access to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is just a short drive the the North Shore.  You may also enjoy a walk of the camp grounds with multiple locations of awe inspiring vistas over Big Bear Lake.  It offers the perfect opportunity for personal reflection, counsel with a close friend, or small group discussion.

Big Bear Camp - Dining Hall

Food Service

The ridgetop location of our spacious Dining Hall offers a relaxing panoramic view overlooking Big Bear Lake.  We serve all meals buffet style assuring freshness with balance nutrition.  A salad bar accompanies each lunch and dinner, with fruit and cereal bar at breakfast.  Meatless entree alternatives are available to assure all persons attending camp will have a satisfying meal.

Big Bear Camp - Outdoor Seating

Indoor Meeting Lodge

An indoor meeting space with fireplace, large enough for 30-40 people is available and convenient for staff meetings, conferences, and for youth to hang-out and play board games.

For Information and Reservations

Contact Santa Monica Family YMCA
Camp Big Bear
PO Box 2882
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315-2882
Tel: (909)866-3977
Email: campbigbear@ymcasm.org