About Us

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About Us

The YMCA of the East Bay operated a traditional summer camp in the Pescadero Valley since the early 1900s.  In 1937, Camp Loma Mar became the permanent home for this program, and has offered a rich tradition of values programming in a wonderful outdoor setting in San Mateo County. Loma Mar is located among the redwoods in the Pescadero Valley, 15 miles south of Half Moon Bay and just 10 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean.

The YMCA bought the 100-acre parcel of land in 1937. Today, it provides a natural setting of open spaces, recreation fields, oak trees and majestic redwoods along the banks of Pescadero Creek. The program is accredited through the American Camping Association. We have hiking trails, a swimming pool, a low ropes course, arts and crafts, basketball and volleyball courts, a campfire bowl and stage, and a climbing wall. 

Generations of campers have enjoyed the fun and excitement and the great outdoors in this beautiful, pristine setting. Camp provides children new and exciting experiences, positive role models, an opportunity to challenge themselves, and a chance to spend a portion of their summer actively learning in a fun and safe outdoor environment. Thomas "King" Caldwell, Program Director for the Oakland Y Camp in the early 1900s, created the YMCA Rag Program in 1914. A program that encourages growth of charcter through goal-setting and personal challenge, it spread across the country and thousands of adults attirbute the program to helping them become the person they are today.

Our campers come from around the country and outside the U.S. However, most of them are children of diverse backgrounds from the East Bay Area.

Goals and Plans
Camp Loma Mar’s goals and plans focus primarily on capital improvements that will permit us to provide even greater service to the community. We are making progress on a master plan for camp and renovations on the old dining hall, now called the Legacy Lodge, are nearing completion.  Future improvement plans include:

  • Rebuild the Flagpole Village and update the East Village
  • Improve and enhance the picnic area
  • Renovate the climbing tower
  • Improve the camp entrance

    “The best thing about Camp Loma Mar is you can be yourself.”
    Loma Mar camper

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Who We Serve

In 2007, we served:  

  • Children ages 0-5                 1%  
  • Youth ages 6-11                 26% 
  • Youth ages 12-17               28%  
  • Young Adults ages 18-29   1%  
  • Adults ages 30-54                3% 
  • Adults ages 55-64                1%  
  • Adults 65 and older         0.38% 
  • Youth-Exploring New Horizons 38% 

Funding Sources
In addition to camp income and rental fees, our funding comes from:

  • The Guardsmen
  • Lowell Berry Foundation
  • Contributions from individuals

Community Partners
We work closely with several community partners, including:

  • Exploring New Horizons
  • Youth Enrichment Strategies
  • The Guardsmen
  • Lowell Berry Foundation

“Camp Loma Mar is a place where kids can come learn about who they are.”

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Senior Staff
Bria Cartwright, Executive Director, Camping Services
Bryan Cook, Operations Director
Don Rea, Facilities Director
Leta Walker, Kitchen Manager
Daniel Alpers, Program Director

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