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Camp Central

Welcome to Camp Central at the Steele Creek 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!



Parent Tips

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 Tips
We are committed to giving you all the information you need to be prepared and have an awesome camp experience! You’ll receive a “Welcome to Camp” email with detailed camp information the Friday before your child’s camp begins. Please read through it thoroughly. If you do not receive an email the Friday prior to camp starting, please email us

Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Please help us keep camp on schedule by dropping off and picking up your child on time.

Preschool Camps
  • All preschool camps are held at Christ the King
  • Drop off begins at 8:00am for our morning camps and at 1:00pm for our afternoon camps
  • Pick Up runs until 1:00pm for our morning camps and until 6:00pm for our afternoon camps 
School-aged and Teen Camps
  • All camps are held at the Youth Program Center at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church
  • Drop-off begins at 7:00am and ends at 9am
  • Pick-up runs until 6:00pm
See map (YMCA at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church) >>
See map (Steele Creek YMCA at Christ the King Church) >>
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. Please see the “Welcome to Camp email” the Friday before your child’s week of camp for any details specific to each individual camp.
Send with your camper:
  • Comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes that can get messy
  • Sturdy, refillable water bottle (athletic type, NOT disposable)
  • Lunch and 2 snacks
  • Spray Sunscreen
  • For Preschoolers – an extra full set of clothes 
Leave At Home:
  • Electronics
  • Toys
  • Anything expensive or that you would be sad to lose 

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! View our lunch menu >>
  • 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
Camp Schedule
Every day is different at camp. Activities are designed around the theme and/or the specialty, and around camper interest. Field Trips happen throughout the week for different camps/age group. Swimming days are Wednesdays and Fridays.
In general, a daily schedule looks like this:
  • 7:00-9:00am – Drop-off / group games
  • 9:00-9:30am – Camp day begins with morning assembly
  • 9:30-9:45am – Morning snack and bathroom break
  • 9:45-12:00pm – Activity time
  • 12:00-12:45pm – Lunch
  • 12:45-3:00pm – Activity time
  • 3:00-3:30pm – Afternoon snack and bathroom
  • 3:30-4:00pm – Camp day closes with afternoon assembly
  • 4:00-6:00pm – Pick-Op / group games

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
Still have questions? Get answers to our most frequently asked questions about day camp at the Steele Creek Y. Browse FAQs >>
Contact Us
Email us with any questions at campsteelecreek@ymcacharlotte.org

Or call us:

704-996-6106 – for all operational questions
704-716-4900 – for all registration, billing and payment questions

For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 4900
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For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 4900