About Us

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About Us

Since 1914, Camp Loma Mar has offered a rich tradition of values programming in a wonderful outdoor setting in San Mateo County. Loma Mar is located in the Santa Cruz Mountain range, 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. Camp Loma Mar held the earliest “ragger” programs, a leadership development activity that teaches values and builds character.

Our campers come from around the country and outside the U.S. However, most of them are children of diverse backgrounds from Oakland, Pleasanton, Fremont, Newark, Loma Mar and Pescadero.

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 volunteer-led restoration project – including renovation of the chapel, many cabins and restrooms – we still need to:

  • Upgrade the new lodge and replace the old lodge
  • 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
Don Rea, Facilities Director
Leta Walker, Kitchen Manager
Daniel Alpers, Program Director

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