Our Services

Camp Mariposa

Camp Mariposa is a free mentoring and addiction prevention camp and program for youth affected by a family member’s substance abuse.

The program is a partnership of San Diego Youth Services and Eluna, a fellow charity supporting children and families impacted by grief or addition.

Youth at Camp Mariposa

Youth ages 9-12 attend transformational three-day weekend camps, with six camps being offered during the year. Last year, 58 youth attended Camp Mariposa.

Campers participate in fun, traditional camp activities combined with education and support exercises led by mental health professionals and trained mentors.

At this Camp, Child of Opioid Addicts Learn to Cope and Laugh
SDYS Voices: Junior, a youth counselor at Camp Mariposa

Youth doing crafts at Camp Mariposa

Camp Mariposa allows youth to:

  • Have fewer feelings of isolation and guilt
  • Meet friends facing similar situations
  • Understand that addiction is a disease
  • Avoid the juvenile justice system
  • Build confidence and coping skills
  • Make positive choices in life
  • Develop relationships with mentors
  • Have fun!

Youth Climbing at Camp Mariposa


Camp Coordinator Nayeli Noyola, (619) 258-6877 x3221

Referrals can be turned in by fax (619) 258-0676 or in person at our Spring Valley and East Communities Campus in the San Diego Youth Services reception, 3845 Spring Drive, Spring Valley, CA 91977.

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