Fiesta Island Youth Aquatic Center

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Youth Aquatic Center at San Diego (AKA: Camp Fiesta Island) is one of scouting's rare west coast sea bases. This summer scout camp is operated by the San Diego-Imperial Council and is located in beautiful, sunny Mission Bay Park in San Diego County, California.


Scouts camps on the beach need big stakes to withstand daily ocean breezes.

Nestled in a protected cove on Fiesta Island in the heart of Mission Bay Park, is a beautiful facility surrounded by sandy bay front beaches with access to the Pacific Ocean. Boy scouts get to camp right on the beach. The center is available for use by youth groups and can accomodate special events for up to 250 people.

At the Youth Aquatic Center you'll be able to take advantage of instructional and recreational opportunities in sailing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, swimming and windsurfing. The Center's facilities include a sandy beach perfect for swimming, a boat ramp, overnight dormatories, meeting and program rooms, a kitchen and open-air courtyard, as well as marine biology labs.

The City of San Diego operates the Fiesta Island Youth Camp, (CFI) which is adjacent to the Youth Aquatic Center. The campsites holds up to 250 campers in 25 campsite clusters. Each site includes a barbeque, fire pit and picnic table. A centrally located restroom has drinking water and rinsing showers. An amphitheatre and bonfire ring are great for large group campfires.

  • Year round campsite reservations, contact the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department at 619.235.1169.

Extended Days

Want to Extend Your Stay in San Diego?

Extend your adventure with our new "Camp San Diego" option! Pitch your tents near by at the 15-acre Camp Balboa, located next door to the world famous San Diego Zoo. You can add days before or after your Fiesta Island week to enjoy the Zoo, Sea World, a Padres game at Petco Park, the the USS Midway aircraft carrier and more!

Aquatics Program

The Center's fleet of boats includes aluminum canoes and rowboats, sit-on-top and touring kayaks, sailboards, 12 and 15 foot sailboats, and catamarans. For YAC facility or equipment resevrations, use the "Reservations" link to the left.

Try Survivor CFI Style!

Our Nautical Survival program combines the best of Scouting's outdoor tactics. Start with the popular Wilderness Survival merit badge, toss in a simulated "shipwreck", add lifesaving skills, and build your own raft to escape the island!

Surf and Snorkel Adventures!

Hit the waves or head to a prime dive spot for an adventure you won't forget. Our expert staff will teach you the skills required to enjoy these great aquatic activities.

Free Day Tours

This Fiesta Island Dragon Boat sits a 16-man canoeing team

Wednesday is a "Free Day" at Fiesta Island Summer Camp. Scout Troops should plan ahead what special activity they want to do this day. Popular activities includes these venues all less than 20 minutes away:

Eagles Camp

During this uniquely programmed week held during Spring Break, Scouts who are Star Scout and above, will be able to complete the majority of the Eagle Required Merit Badges with minimal prerequisites. Rather than a traditional class or group model, Eagle’s Camp will be a resource opportunity for young men who are serious about making significant strides towards Eagle to work independently or in teams to complete requirements. Scouts register individually.

SDIC Council


This district is part of The San Diego-Imperial Council, headquartered in San Diego, California, and serves youth members and volunteer leaders through Scout units in San Diego and Imperial counties of Southern California, as well as a small portion of Southwest Arizona. It is a local council (#049) of the Boy Scouts of America. All youth are invited to join scouting.

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