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Camp Central

Welcome to Camp Central at the Simmons YMCA!

At the Y, we work hard to develop safe and exciting day camps that help children thrive. Camp Central is your one-stop information center providing all the camp details and information you need to be prepared and know what to expect. Our hope is to create a worry-free experience where parents feel secure about their children in our care. We hope day camp at the Y will be one of the best parts of your child’s summer!




Drop-Off and Pick-Up

What to Bring/Wear

Lunch Information

Camp Schedule

Medical Authorization Form​

Swim Assessment

Heat Advisory

Sunscreen Application

Camp Photos

Parent FAQ’s

Contact Us
Parent Handbook
This is your go-to guide for everything you and your camper need to know to be prepared and have an awesome camp experience! Read the Parent Handbook >>
Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Drop-off and pick-up is located at our outdoor pavilion. When you enter the branch take a left and up the very slight hill. The outdoor water park will be on your left and you will see camp staff by our mailbox ready to greet you. Parents please do not leave you vehicle we will open car doors to receive children. On raining days, drop-off and pick-up is located in the main building. Staff will be outside with umbrellas to greet and direct parents. Again, please remain in their vehicle. Read more about our safe arrival and departure procedures in our Parent Handbook. 

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Check the weather daily and dress your camper accordingly — the camp day will continue rain or shine! Be sure to label EVERYTHING you send to camp with your camper and check the camp’s lost and found at the end of the week before items are donated.
  • Children should dress comfortably in clothes that can get dirty
  • Pack a healthy lunch, water bottle and 2 snacks for morning and afternoon
  • Swimsuit and towel with sandals to walk to the pool and back from the changing area
  • Plastic bag for the wet swimsuit and towel
  • Spray sunscreen and bug spray
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Day pack or small book bag to hold all belongings that your child can comfortably carry
  • Campers will be outdoors 90% of the day so be prepared for hot weather days
  • Please dress your kids in cool clothing for hot weather days (light colors, light fabric, hat and visor)
  • We strongly recommend kids wear tennis shoes to protect their feet during camp activities
  • Good attitudes
What to leave home: All electronics, cell phones, toys (stuffed animals, bey blades, action figures, etc). The YMCA will not be held responsible for lost items.

Campers are very active and will get hungry! Pack a healthy, satisfying lunch every day. We aren’t able to refrigerate lunches, so please pack them in a small cooler/lunch box with ice packs or frozen water bottles. Label everything!
  • For AM camps: 1 snack, 1 lunch and 1 refillable water bottle
  • For PM camps: 1 snack and 1 refillable water bottle
  • For full-day camps: 2 snacks, 1 lunch and 1 refillable water bottle
Chick-fil-A can be purchased the weeks of: 6/12, 6/16, 8/7, 8/14 for $6.00
Food Truck Friday can be purchased the weeks of: 7/14 and 8/25
Kona Ice every Wednesday cost is: $3, $4 and $5 

Camp Schedule
While individual camp agendas vary, here’s generally what a typical day at camp looks like at the Simmons Y:
7:30am: Camp opens, small group activities
9:00am: Opening assembly
9:30am: Daily devotional time
10:00am: Recreational swim (free play or games)
11:00am: Morning snack
11:20am: Field games
12:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm: Swim instruction / group activity/ summer reading
2:00pm: Small group games at the pavilion
2:40pm: Afternoon snack
3:00pm: Arts and crafts
3:40pm: Huddle discussion time
4:00pm: Recreational swim
4:40 pm: Closing assembly
5:00pm: Start rides out
6:00pm: Camp closed
*Schedule varies daily and based on huddle assignment

Medical Authorization Form
Does your child need to take medicine during the day? If so, use our form to give us your permission and the specific details about your child’s medication. Print and complete form >>

Swim Assessment
Before swimming at camp, all campers are swim tested in the pool under the direct supervision of certified lifeguards and camp staff. Parents can help speed up our swim testing by having your child swim tested before camp begins. Swim tests can be given at any YMCA of Greater Charlotte branch. If you are planning to have your camper take the swim test prior to his or her session, it must be completed by close of business the Wednesday before the session begins. Certified Life Vests are available for any child not able to successfully pass our swim test. Learn more >>
The safety and comfort of our campers is always our top priority and we want you to be aware of the changes we will make to our camp schedule with the heat is on. Read our policy >>
Sunscreen Application
Protecting skin from the sun’s damaging rays is important. If you have specific questions about sunscreen application or if you have a child with a sunscreen allergy, please contact your branch camp director. 
  • Apply sunscreen to your child before arriving at camp — we can assist in reapplying as needed
  • Send your preferred sunscreen labeled with your child’s name on it
Camp Photos
Log on to our Y Camp Life portal to check out fun photos of your camper in action! Visit Y Camp Life >>
Parent FAQs
Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions about day camp at the Simmons Y.
  • Does the Y provide lunch?
    • Chick-fil-A can be purchased the weeks of: 6/12, 6/16, 8/7, 8/14 for $6.00.
      Food Truck Friday can be purchased the weeks of: 7/14 and 8/25
  • Should we put our name on our child’s belongings?
    • Yes! Please label ALL items you are sending with your child to camp. Check the camp’s lost and found at the end of the week before items are donated.
  • Do we update pick up information or other personal information at the front desk?
    • Yes, to ensure the safety of all children in our programs, we need your most current information. The quickest and easiest way is to go to your account on the website and update your information online. You can also update your information at the branch.
  • Who is caring for my camper while he/she is at camp?
    • Well-trained and energetic staff! Out counselors, camp staff and lifeguards are required to complete 30 hours of pre-camp training including CPR, First Aid, AED and Child Abuse Prevention. We conduct background checks and drug screenings on all camp staff and employees. Our counselors also learn child development best practices as well as techniques to encourage all campers to be inclusive and celebrate our differences.
  • What is your counselor to camper ratio?
    • How many campers is one staff member responsible for?
    • For our Pre-School Aged Camps, our ratio is 1:8
    • For our School Aged Camps, our ratio is 1:10
    • For our Teen Camps, our ratio is 1:12
Contact Us
Sandra McPhaul
Day Camp Director
Angela Perry
Day Camp Coordinator
Asa Williams
Day Camp Lead
Travis Hurt
Sports Lead
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