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Camp Central

Welcome to Camp Central at the Stratford Richardson 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 having your child here on time. Know that we serve a high volume of campers, and we ask for your patience as we help children to their cars during rides out. Here are some important procedures to keep in mind, but be sure to read our policy and schedule details.

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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.

What to bring to day camp and Teen Camp
  • Lunch (optional; a healthy lunch is provided) or lunch money
  • Afternoon snack (optional; healthy afternoon snacks are provided)
  • Water bottle (labeled with your child's name)
  • Swimsuit and towel (goggles and water shoes are optional)
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Sneakers
What to bring to Sports Performance Training Camp
  • Healthy lunch (required)
  • Water bottle (labeled with your child's name)
  • Towel
  • Gatorade or similar sports drink
  • Cross training &/or running shoes
  • Extra change of clothes
What not to bring to ANY camp
Some of our camps may ask campers to bring specific toys/props for use in the program. Unless your child is specifically asked to do so, we ask that they refrain from bringing any of the following:
  • Money, alcohol, drugs, vehicles, animals or weapons
  • Any valuables
  • Skateboards, scooters, Heelys or bicycles
  • iPods/MP3 players, cell phones or other electronics
  • Electronic games (including Nintendo DS)
  • Toys, balls, playing cards, etc
  • Parents, please help us with these requests. We do not want something precious to your child to be lost or
  • broken. Please note that we are not responsible for any lost, broken or stolen items. Thank you very much.
What to wear to camp
  • Athletic Conditioning Camp: proper workout attire and cross training &/or running shoes
  • Shorts
  • Light-weight top
  • Hat
  • Comfortable, CLOSED TOE shoes
  • Camp T-shirt – field trip days!
What not to wear to camp
  • Revealing clothing (i.e. halter tops) or any clothing with an offensive message/logo
  • Black/dark colored clothing
  • Expensive clothing, dresses, etc.
  • Open toed shoes or flip flops — if your child chooses to wear these please be aware that they may be restricted from participating in certain activities for their own safety

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!

Lunch Options
Weeks 1 – 8:
  • Lunch will be provided through (CMS) Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
  • Parents can pack a healthy lunch with their camper if they wish
Weeks 9 – 11:
  • Parents are asked to provide a healthy lunch every day
Teen Camp:
  • Lunch will be provided through CMS weeks 1-8 when campers are on-site
  • When campers are off-site, parents are asked to provide lunch or lunch money
  • Parents will know the upcoming schedule in advance
Athletic Conditioning Camp:
  • Parents are asked to provide healthy lunch every day
Snack Options
Weeks 1 – 11:
  • A healthy afternoon snack is provided daily for Day Camp and Teen Camps
  • Parents can provide a healthy snack if they choose

Camp Schedule
7:00 AM – 9:15 AM: Drop-off
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Camp in session
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Pick-up

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
  • 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 Stratford Richardson Y. Browse FAQs >>

For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 4800