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Camp Registration Opening Day Tips

Registering for camp can be stressful so we’ve come up with our top tips to help the process go as smoothly as possible. While many of our camps will sell out in the first hours of registration opening, these tips will help you understand what to expect to be prepared for opening day.

Waiting Room

The moment camp registration opens (this year March 11, 2024, at 8:30am) there will be many families trying to register at the same time. To prevent server overload (think Taylor Swift Ticketmaster tickets), and to allow for a smooth, error-free process for those currently registering, our software provider has implemented a waiting room. When a certain number of users are allowed in, the system will route additional users to the waiting room to prevent overload. If you are routed to the waiting room page you will need to keep refreshing your browser until there is available capacity. As families complete their registrations, the system will allow more users in. In 2023 the waiting room was active and throttling access from 8:30am-8:40am. After those 10 minutes, users were able to log in without delay. Please be patient and continue refreshing your browser until you are let in.

Waitlist dialog
You may see this message in the minutes after registration opens. Please continue to refresh your browser until you are let in.

Create an Account in Advance

We encourage new users to create an account in advance, and returning users to make sure that they are able to access their existing account in advance of registration day. Once logged in, you can review your Household and Camper Information Forms so you don’t need to update that information on March 11th.

New users: Please note that account creation will be closed 24 hours prior to registration opening at 8:30am on March 11, 2024.

Adding Camps to Your Cart

Once a camp week and activity are added to your cart it is reserved for you and will allow enough time to complete your checkout. Please be aware that if you wait too long (more than 10 minutes) the items in your cart will be released back into the pool of available camps. You shouldn’t feel rushed once your activities are in your cart, but if you wait too long you will receive an error message when you attempt to checkout and will need to remove and re-add those camps from your cart (if they are still available).

Understanding Waitlist Options

If a camp is full you will be given the option to add your camper to the waitlist for that activity. Last summer we were able to add hundreds of campers to camps from the waitlists, so there is still a chance of you getting in if waitlisted. After clicking the “Waitlist” button you will need to select one of two options:

  • Option 1-Waitlist this Item: You want to add your camper to the waitlist for the activity but would also like to register for a different activity that session as a backup option. If you select this option you must make a selection for an alternate activity to complete your waitlist registration. If there are no alternative activities that will work for you, you will need to remove the waitlisted session from your cart and select Option 2 instead.
  • Option 2-Waitlist for Both: You want to be added to the waitlist for that activity and session and only want to register for that session if that activity becomes available.
Waitlist buttons

IMPORTANT: Adding the waitlisted activity to your cart is only the first step in adding yourself to the waitlist. You must then complete the checkout process to complete the waitlist registration. You will receive an email confirmation that you have been added to the waitlist once you have successfully completed the checkout process.

Have Backup Contingencies

In case the camp your camper wants to do is full when you attempt to register them, it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan. Whether you have alternative dates in mind or have discussed which other activities your camper would be happy with, we encourage you to be prepared just in case. We also encourage you to waitlist for the activity that is your top choice. Our past experience is that many families change their plans and spots are filled by those on the waitlist. Additionally, when last-minute spots become available, or no waitlisted families have responded, we typically email the entire waitlist on a first-come, first-serve basis. That means there is still a chance you can get a spot even if you end up far down the waitlist.

Check your school district schedule

There are many different school districts serving San Diego area students. San Diego Unified School District, the largest in the county, is scheduled to resume the school year this fall on August 12th, a week earlier than 2023, and two weeks earlier than 2022. Please keep this in mind as you plan your camp schedule and avoid the weeks of camp that are offered after the start of classes (weeks 10-11). For non-SDUSD students, these later August weeks may be a great time to find an open spot in the camp of your choice!

Recommendations from our provider

The provider of our software has created the chart below to inform you of their best practices. Please review the chart below with their best practices recommendations.

Hopefully, these tips help you to prepare and allow for a smooth registration day. To help ensure that we are available to families experiencing difficulties during registration day, we ask any non-urgent registration questions be submitted by email to in**@wa*************.com (click email address to reveal email), or by phone at a later date at 858-539-2003. If you experience technical issues during registration please reach out at (858) 488-1000.

Please note that we will not be taking any camp registrations in person or over the phone.

Summer camp registration opens Monday, March 11, 2024 at 8:30am at

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