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Camp Central

Welcome to Camp Central at the Lincoln County 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
Please help us keep camp on schedule by dropping off and picking up your child on time. Read our Drop-Off and Pick-Up Policy >>
  • Drop-off and pick-up location is located at bottom left corner of the parking lot
  • When you enter, use the second parking lot entrance closes to the playground 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 at the front of the Main building and staff will be outside with umbrellas to greet and direct parents
See map >>
What to Bring/Wear
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.
Daily needs:
  • Bathing suit and towel for full-day camps on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
  • Lunch, if you choose not to take a lunch donated to our camp
  • Two snacks if full day, one snack if half day
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen and a permission note if the child needs help applying sunscreen
Possible other items depending on child:
  • Daily medication with release form
  • Epi-pen if allergies with release form
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses

Campers will be able to receive lunch for FREE through the Summer Feeding Program, a partnership with the YMCA and Lincoln County School Child Nutrition. Lunch menus will be available at the start of camp. Check with the camp office for details. We don’t provide snacks, but we do provide, free of charge, unlimited water during lunch for all campers.
Packing lunch from home:
  • If you choose to pack a nutritious lunch for your camper, include a healthy drink
  • Camp does not have refrigeration for lunches
  • Please do not send milk or mayonnaise based products
  • A small, labeled cooler with ice packs or a frozen water bottle works best for packing lunches and drinks
  • Hydrating drinks are recommended instead of carbonated drinks
  • Do not send microwavable items
All campers need to bring snacks:
  • Each day there will be two snack periods: one will be in the morning and one in the afternoon
  • Please remember to pack a snack (one healthy drink, one snack item) for each snack time
  • Preschool campers will only need one snack and a lunch
  • Send all items in a labeled lunchbox or small cooler with ice packs 

Camp Schedule
Our program is designed to provide a variety of activities throughout each day. Each day is consistently programmed to ensure special care to all campers. While individual camp agendas vary, here’s generally what camp looks like:
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Drop-off (“Rides In”) and supervised activities
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM: Gather for opening and bathroom break
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM: Opening assembly, devotion and snack
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM: Activity hour 1
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Lunch/transition
12:30 PM – 3:45 PM: Rotation of swim time  
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Group time and special guests
1:30 PM – 3:45 PM: Activity 2 & 3
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM: Closing assembly and afternoon snack
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Pick-up (“Rides Out”) and supervised activities 

Medical Authorization Form
Please administer all medications at home before arriving at camp. If your child needs to take medicine during the camp day, a “Medication Authorization Form” must be filled out and provided to the camp office staff. All medication (including over the counter items) must be dispensed by the camp office personnel. Please contact the camp director if your child has an allergy that requires special attention. These guidelines are for your child’s safety. 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
Be sure to thoroughly read our Parent Handbook as it will likely answer most of your questions. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about summer day camp at the Y:
  • 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
  • How do I get my child to an afternoon class if I have registered him for an AM and PM camp on the same day?
    • Campers registered for BOTH an AM and PM camps will be transitioned by camp staff between camps. 
Contact Us
Lance Friday
Program Director
Office: 704-716-4505
Mobile: 704-840-0694
Jenny Drennen
Sr. Program Director
Raxel Leiton
Program Coordinator
Raxel.Leiton@ymcacharlotte.org (P) 704-716-4505 (Camp Cell Phone 704-840-0694)
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