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Camp Central

Welcome to Camp Central at the Harris 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!
 

CAMP INFORMATION 

 

Parent Handbook

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 >>

Quick tips for parents:
 
General Camp
  • Apply sunscreen prior to coming to camp.
  • Label everything!
  • Wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes
  • Bring a water bottle, swim suit (for camps that swim), and snacks.
  • Campers registered for BOTH an AM and PM camps will be transitioned by camp staff between camps.
  • Campers who arrive without a lunch will provided a camp lunch at a charge of $10 per lunch.
Preschool & Education
  • All children must be potty trained. (Exception-Summer Safari Campers)
  • Traditional Preschool Campers will visit the Splash Park daily.
  • Summer Safari Campers will have WATER WEDNESDAYS!
  • Themed preschool camps do not swim.
  • American Girl Campers - ONLY bring your doll. No accessories as they tend to get lost.
  • American Girl Camp cooks daily.
  • Education Camp Campers will receive two hours instruction from a certified teacher. Please try not to pick up during the instructional time.
 
Drop-Off and Pick-Up  
Beverly Woods Elementary
(parking lot off Heathstead Place located across the street from the Harris YMCA) All Sports, Teen All Sports, Basketball, Dodgeball, Flag Football, Soccer, Track and Field, Game On, Game On (Full-day) and Ultimate Sports drop off/pick up here.
 
Cato Education Center (at the Harris YMCA) Preschool Sports
 
Harris YMCA Teen Center/Upper Track Entrance Sports and Swim Camp.
Bottom of the Sports Fields (south of Education Center at the Harris YMCA) Baseball, Golf and Lacrosse Camps
 
After week eight, all Harris camps will be at the Harris branch

See map >>
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.
 
Preschool and Education:
  • Traditional Preschool Campers: Send your child to camp in a bathing suit (no towel needed)
  • All campers need a change of clothes in a labled ziplock bag
  • Preschoolers should wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty
Gymnastics:
  • Comfortable clothes, no snaps or zippers
  • Leotards are encouraged but not required
General Camp:
  • Wear comfortable clothes with closed-toe shoes
  • Bring a swim suit for all camps that swim (towels are provided at the outdoor pool)
  • Supply sun screen for all camps
  • Bring a snack for the morning and afternoon

Lunches from home:
Campers are very active and will get hungry! Pack a healthy, satisfying lunch every day if not purchasing lunch through camp. 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!
  • Please refrain from packing peanut or peanut butter products
  • Please do not send frozen food items or items that require cooking. Campers do not have access to a microwave or oven
Purchased lunches:
Chick Fil A and Jersey Mike’s Lunches are available for purchase through the Harris YMCA. These lunches must be purchased by 7pm on the Saturday prior to the start of the camp. Lunches are $8 each and can be purchased in M/W/F, T/TH, or All Week packages.
  • Chick Fil A (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) – Chicken Sandwich, Chips, Fruit Snack, and Juice
  • Jersey Mike’s (Tuesday and Thursday) – 4 inch Turkey and Cheese sub, Chips, Cookie, and Juice. 

Camp Schedule
While individual camp agendas vary, here’s generally what camp looks like for morning, afternoon and full day sessions:
 
Traditional Preschool Camp (AM)
7:30-8:30  Rides In (Playground)
8:30-8:45 Playground Fun (bathroom breaks)
8:45-9:00 Opening Assembly (songs, bible verse, cheers)
9:00-9:30 Field Games
9:30-9:40 Water Break/Back to classroom
9:40-10:20 Story time, games & crafts (get ready for pool)
10:30-11:00 POOL TIME
11:00-11:20 Field Games
11:20-11:45 Centers, crafts (change into dry clothes, bathroom break)
11:45-12:15 LUNCH
12:15-12:30 Closing assembly (songs, stories, cheers)
12:30-1:00 Rides Out
 
Themed Preschool Camp (AM)
7:30-8:30  Rides In (Playground)
8:45-9:00 Playground Fun (bathroom breaks)
9:00-9:15 Opening Assembly (songs, bible verse, cheers)
9:15-9:45 Activity 1
9:45-9:50 Water/bathroom/transition
9:50-10:20 Activity 2
10:20-10:30 Water/bathroom/transition
10:30-11:00 Activity 3
11:00- 11:30 Activity 4
11:30-11:45 Clean up, bathrooms, wash hands
11:45-12:15 LUNCH
12:15-12:30 Clean up, finish projects and listen to stories
12:30-1:00  Closing Assembly and Rides Out
 
Themed Preschool (pm)
1:00-1:30  Rides In (Playground)
1:30-2:00  Opening Assembly and games (songs, bible verse, cheers)
2:00-2:30  Activity 1
2:30-3:00 Activity 2
3:00-3:30  Activity 3
3:30-4:00 Activity 4
4:00 –4:30 Clean up, bathrooms, wash hands, snack
4:30-5:00  Playground
5:00-5:30 Clean up, finish projects and listen to stories
5:30-6:00 Closing Assembly and Rides Out
 
Summer Safari CAMP (AM)
9:00-9:15 Opening Assembly (songs, bible verse, cheers)
9:15-9:40 Story time and music
9:40-9:50  Snack
9:50-10:50 Crafts and Centers
10:50-11:30 Outside time- water play (Wednesdays) , games and playground
11:30-12:00 LUNCH
12:00-12:30 Free play and crafts
12:30-1:00 Music and Movement, (songs, stories, games)

EDUCATION CAMPS 
1:00-1:30 Rides In
1:30-1:45 Opening Assembly songs, bible verse, cheers)
1:45-2:00 Intro to Activity (story, directions, Goals of the day)
2:00-4:00 Instructional Time
4:00-4:15 Snack
4:15-4:45 Field Games and Playground Time
4:45-5:15 Crafts and/or Games to go with instruction
5:15-5:30 Closing Assembly and Review
5:30-6:00  Rides Out
 
AMERICAN GIRL CAMP
1:00-1:30 Rides In
1:30-1:45 Opening Assembly (songs, bible verse, cheers)
1:45-2:00 Intro to activity (story, directions, Goals of the day)
2:00-4:00  Crafting and American Girl activities
4:00-4:15 Snack
4:15-4:45 Field Games and Playground time
4:45-5:15 Crafts and American Girl activities
5:15-5:30 Closing assembly
 
Sports AM Camp:
7:30-8:45  Rides In
8:45-9:00 Opening
9:00-9:30  Activity 1
9:30-9:45 Water Break
9:45-10:15 Activity 2
10:15-10:45 Snack- Sunscreen
10:45-11:15 Activity 3
11:15-11:30  Water Break
11:30-12:00  Activity 4
12:00-12:30  Closing/Lunch
12:30-1:00 Rides Out
 
Sports PM Camp:
1:00-1:30 Rides In
1:30-2:00  Opening Ceremony
2:00-2:30  Activity 1
2:30-2:40 Water Break
2:40-3:10  Activity 2
3:10-3:40  Snack
3:40-4:10  Activity 3
4:10-4:20  Water Break
4:20-4:50  Activity 4
5:00-5:30  Closing
5:30-6:00  Rides Out
 
Gymnastics (AM) camps                                                 
8:45-9 huddle and stretch                     
9-9:40 station 1                                     
9:40-10 snack                                        
10-10:40 station 2                                          
10:40-11:20 station 3                           
11:30-12:00 lunch                                          
12:00-12:30 open gym time                  
 
Gymnastics (PM) camps
1:30-1:45 stretch and huddle
1:45-2:30 station 1
2:30-3:15 station 2
3:15-3:45 snack
3:45-4:30 station 3
4:30-5:00 station 4
5:00-5:30 game and open gym
 
Traditional (AM) Camps
7:30am – 8:30am Drop Off
8:30am – 9:00am Snack and Morning Devotion
9:00am – 9:45am Huddle Time (Camper Recognition, Group Games, Get to know you’s, and crafts)
9:45am – 10:30am Swimming/Archery
10:45am – 11:30am Swimming/Tower/Field Games
11:45am – 12:30am Field Games/Playground/Gym Time
12:30am – 1:00pm Pick Up/Lunch
Note: Camp will swim ONCE per day but time may change week to week and depending on grade level.
 
Themed (AM) Camps
7:30am – 8:30am Drop Off
8:30am – 9:00am Snack and Morning Devotion
9:00am – 9:45am Activity 1
9:45am – 10:30am Activity 2
10:45am – 11:30am Activity 3
11:45am – 12:30am Activity 4
12:30am – 1:00pm Pick Up/Lunch
Note: Activities will vary based on type of camp. These activities are specific to the “theme” of the camp and can include crafts, games, trips, and projects.
 
Traditional (PM) Camps
1:00pm – 1:30pm  Drop Off/Transition from AM camp
1:30pm – 1:45pm Rostering & Devotion
1:45pm – 2:30pm  Swimming/Archery
2:45pm – 3:30pm Swimming/Tower/Field Games
3:45pm – 4:30pm Afternoon Assembly/Arts & Crafts
4:30pm – 5:15pm Airnasium/Playground/Snack
5:30pm – 6:00pm Pick Up
Note: Camp will swim ONCE per day but time may change week to week and depending on grade level.
 
Themed (PM) Camps
1:00pm – 1:30pm  Drop Off/Transition from AM camp
1:30pm – 1:45pm Rostering & Devotion
1:45pm – 2:30pm  Activity 1
2:45pm – 3:30pm Activity 2
3:45pm – 4:30pm Activity 3
4:30pm – 5:15pm Activity 4
5:30pm – 6:00pm Pick Up
Note: Activities will vary based on type of camp. These activities are specific to the “theme” of the camp and will include crafts, games, trips, and projects.
 
Traditional (Full Day) Camps
7:30am – 9:00am Drop Off
9:00am – 9:30am Morning Assembly
9:45am – 10:30am Huddle Time (Camper Recognition, Group Games, Snack, Get to know you’s, and crafts)
10:45am – 11:30am Swimming/Tower/Field Games/Camper Choice/Arts & Crafts
11:45am – 12:30am Swimming/Tower/Field Games/Camper Choice/Arts & Crafts
12:30am – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 1:45pm  Swimming/Archery/Indoor Enrichment Time/Woods
2:00pm – 2:45pm  Swimming/Archery/Indoor Enrichment Time/Woods
3:00pm – 3:45pm Swimming/Archery/Indoor Enrichment Time/Woods
4:00pm – 4:30pm Afternoon Assembly/Snack
4:00pm – 6:00pm Pick Up
Notes: Rising 2nd & 3rd Grade will have Camper Choice activity on Wednesday, Rising 4th & 5th Grade will have Camper Choice activity Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Rising 4th & 5th Grade will also have a field trip every Wednesday. Campers swim ONCE per day and times will vary week to week and depending on grade level.
 
Themed (Full Day) Camps
7:30am – 9:00am Drop Off
9:00am – 9:30am Morning Assembly
9:45am – 10:30am Huddle Time (Camper Recognition, Group Games, Snack, Get to know you’s, and crafts)
10:45am – 11:30am Activity 1
11:45am – 12:30am Activity 2
12:30am – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 1:45pm  Activity 3
2:00pm – 2:45pm  Activity 4
3:00pm – 3:45pm Activity 5
4:00pm – 4:30pm Afternoon Assembly/Snack
4:00pm – 6:00pm Pick Up
Notes: Activities will vary based on type of camp. These activities are specific to the “theme” of the camp and will include crafts, games, trips, and projects.

Teen (Full Day) Camp Daily Schedule
7:30am – 9:00am Rides In
9:00am – 9:15am Snack
9:15am – 9:30am Devotion or Counselor Challenge
9:30am – 10:00am Group Time
10:00am – 10:30am Camp Activity 1
10:30am – 11:00am Camp Activity 2
11:00am – 12:00pm Challenge Activity
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch
12:30am – 1:00pm Afternoon Assembly
1:00pm – 3:00pm Kid’s Choice Activity
3:00pm – 3:45pm Swimming
4:00pm – 6:00pm Rides Out

Teen (AM) Camp Schedule
7:30am – 9:00am Rides In
9:00am – 9:15am Snack
9:15am – 9:30am Devotion or Counselor Challenge
9:30am – 10:00am Group Time
10:00am – 10:30am Camp Activity 1
10:30am – 11:00am Camp Activity 2
11:00am – 12:00pm Challenge Activity
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm – 1:00pm Rides Out

Teen (PM) Camp Schedule
1:00pm – 1:30pm Rides In
1:30pm – 3:00pm Kid’s Choice Activity
3:00pm – 3:45pm Swimming
4:00pm – 6:00pm Rides Out

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
  • Sunscreen sent to camp with your child must be spray on and/or a stick.  Counselors will not apply rub on sunscreen.
 
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 Harris 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.
  • How do I get my child to an afternoon camp 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
Harris Day Camp
harrisdaycamp@ymcacharlotte.org
 
Preschool & Education Camps: 
Celeste “Firefly” Bailey
704-716-6851
celeste.bailey@ymcacharlotte.org

Cameron “Smurf” Abrams
704-716-6851
cameron.abrams@ymcacharlotte.org

Sports Camps: 
Jess Hudson “Jamz”
Associate Sports Director
jessica.hudson@ymcacharlotte.org 

Sarah Morabito “Torch” 
Associate Sports Director
sarah.morabito@ymcacharlotte.org

Harris Sports
harrissports@ymcacharlotte.org

Justin Lugo – Sports Coordinator
justin.lugo@ymcacharlotte.org 

Gymnastics Camps: 
Marta Clarkson
Gymnastics Director
marta.clarkson@ymcacharlotte.org 

Josh Langdon
Associate Gymnastics Director
josh.langdon@ymcacharlotte.org 

Dance Camps:
Margaret Rhodes
Performing Arts Director
margaret.rhodes@ymcacharlotte.org 

Aquatics Camps:
Rachel Jewell
Swim Camp & Safety Training Coordinator
rachel.jewell@ymcacharlotte.org 

Traditional & Themed Camps:
JJ Woodruff
Senior Program Director
jj.woodruff@ymcacharlotte.org

Courtney Stein
Associate Youth Services Director
courtney.stein@ymcacharlotte.org
    
Teen Camps:
Tim Jordan
Teen Director
tim.jordan@ymcacharlotte.org 


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