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Day Camp


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 Guide

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

What_to Bring/Wear

Lunch Information

Camp Schedule

ations/Health Center 

Swim Assessment

Heat Advisory

Sunscreen Application

Camp Photos
Contact Us

Parent Guide

This is your go-to handbook for everything you and your camper need to know to be prepared and have an awesome camp experience! Read the Parent Guide >>
Arrival and Departure
Camp Address
One Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie, SC 29710
Arrival to Camp
  • Please bring your children to camp between 7:30am and 8:30am for curbside service in cars
  • Opening ceremony begins promptly at 8:30am
  • Optional Bus Arrival - Please arrive at Church of Charlotte parking lot between 7:15 and 7:40 AM
Departure from Camp
Parents and authorized pick-up individuals will be responsible for providing the correct identification, a Driver’s license, when signing out their camper. To ensure the camper’s safety, YMCA Camp Thunderbird reserves the right not to release a camper to “unauthorized” individuals.
  • Normal daily pick-up time is between 5:00 - 6:00 PM
  • Optional Bus Pick up time is 5:30 - 6 PM at Church of Charlotte - Register for bus service >>
Early Pick-Up
  • Parents who wish to pick up their camper early may do so at the camp office PRIOR TO 4:15 PM
  • The camp property is very large so please send a note with your child in the morning or call ahead, so we may arrange to have your camper waiting for you
  • Without a prior note or calling ahead, please be prepared to wait at least 20 – 30 minutes in order to gather your camper and their belongings for departure
Late Pick-Up
  • Staff are scheduled until 6:00 PM, but staff will not leave a camper unattended
  • $1 per minute will be charged per camper for every minute that a camper remains after 6:00 PM and payment is expected upon pick-up
  • Chronic late pick-up may be grounds for dismissal from the program
See map >>
We suggest packing an inexpensive backpack for campers to keep personal items together. Label all clothing / swim items plus backpack, cooler, lunch box, towel, sunscreen and water bottle with camper’s name.
Pack a swimsuit that is designed for active wear and one that provides complete coverage and fastens securely
We also have a fun day camp care package that can be delivered to your camper with a Thunderbird tshirt, water bottle and string bag. Order swag bag >>
What to wear
  • Dress for the weather — day camp continues rain or shine
  • Campers play hard and may get dirty —please choose comfortable appropriate play clothing, free of offensive slogans or symbols
    Make sure your child wears sneakers and socks to camp daily
  • For safety reasons, sandals and Crocs are not permitted during activities (Campers may wear sandals to and from water activities only)
  • Pack a poncho or raincoat in case of rain
  • Swimwear should provide complete coverage, fasten securely and be designed for active wear
  • Two piece suits are allowed if they have one tie, accompanied by another fastener (no triangle bikini tops and bottoms that tie are allowed)
What Not to Bring
Counselors will give any of the following items to directors if they are brought to camp. These personal belongings will be returned to campers’ parents during evening pick-up. Please leave these
items at home:
  • Toys, radios, iPods/mp3 players, electronic games, cellular phones, and other electronics do not fit into this setting
  • Firearms, fireworks, knives, matches, lighters, tobacco products and illegal drugs
  • Expensive items, money, and trading cards at home
  • Canned repellent is not allowed at camp (insect repellent must be in the form of lotion or wipes)
  • Aerosol cans become a safety hazard around other children and the campfire.
  • Do not send money to camp
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. Water fountains are located throughout camp for refills.
Label everything!
Lunch from home:
  • Pack a nutritious lunch for your camper, including a drink
  • A refillable water bottle is recommended — water fountains are located throughout camp
  • Camp does not have refrigeration for lunches (please do not send milk or
  • mayonnaise based products)
  • A small cooler with the camper’s name works best for packing lunches and drinks 
Purchase camp lunch option
No time to pack lunches? We offer a nutritious hot lunch option for the entire session. Registration and payment for lunch is online and must be completed by the Monday prior to the Session of attendance. Lunch registration and payment form >>
Snack / Canteen
The Camp Canteen will be open every afternoon for campers.
  • Lemonade, water, chips, pretzels, hummus, cheese sticks, and fruit are some of the snack options for campers
  • Campers are limited to one snack item and one drink per day at the Canteen
  • Camper’s special dietary and food allergy needs will be met when necessary
  • Please be sure to note these on your camper’s health form and confidential form to help your child’s counselor and the Health Center staff know your child’s special needs
Camp Schedule
Our Younger Camp program (ages 6 - 8) has activities that are progressively structured to challenge each child according to their age. The program is planned to give children an introduction to a wide variety of camp activities, along with providing them the opportunity
for creative expression.
Campers (ages 9-12) participate in the Older Camp program. The program allows for group team building and individual skill development in a variety of fun and motivating activities.

We have the option to spend Friday night if you’re registered for the weeks ending June 16 or 30 or July 14 or 28th. Extend your session to include an overnight >>
Day Camp Schedule                             
7:30-8:30 AM: Drop-off / curb-side service in cars            
8:30-8:55 AM: Opening ceremony and devotion
8:55-9:05 AM: Group time and attendance
9:15-10:15 AM: Land activity period 1 — Archery, Arts & Crafts, Group Games, Sports, Nature, Riflery, Low Ropes, Fishing, Challenge Course (ages 7-12), Slingshots (9-12)
10:20-11:20 AM: Land Activity Period 2 — Same as above
11:30-12:00 PM: Lunch
12:00-12:30 PM: Change for Water Activities
12:30-1:30 PM: Water activity period 1 —Banana Boat, Water Toys, Water Slide, Canoe and Kayak, Free Swim, Sailing (ages 9-12), Stand Up Paddle Boards (ages 9-12)
1:35-2:35 PM: Water activity period 2 — Same as above
2:35-2:45 PM: Change for electives
2:50-3:10 PM: Canteen (Snack)
3:15-4:10 PM: Electives campers selected
4:10-4:25 PM: Group Scoop Group time for reflection and daily recognition
4:30-5:00 PM: Closing ceremony
5:00-6:00 PM: Camper Pick-up / curb-side service in cars
Medications/Health Center
The Health Center is staffed and open for urgent medical situations. To ensure good health and ability to enter into normal camp activities, the health history form on CampDoc.com must be completed by June 1st. Accident insurance is not included in the camp fee. Please read our full medical policy and Health Center information on page 6 in the Parent Guide >>

Registering with CampDoc.com
Details for registering with CampDoc.com and completing the necessary medical forms will be available upon registration. Camper parents will receive a welcome email detailing instructions for completing camper health care information at this time. Learn more about our partnership with CampDoc.com >>
Prescription Medications
For campers who will take medications during camp, parents are required to provide the medication on Day 1 of the session at drop-off. The medicine must be in an original container with the prescription.
Over the Counter Meds
  • Unless a medication, vitamin, supplement is prescribed by a physician; we ask that campers refrain from taking over the counter substances while at camp
  • Please do not bring OTCs to camp
  • If your camper require an OTC while attending camp, an OTC may be provided at the Health Center and administered by one of the camp nurses
For specific questions please contact our Health Center Administrator at camp. 
Swim Assessment
Before swimming at camp, all campers are swim tested in the pool under the direct supervision of certified lifeguards and camp staff and receives a swim band on the first day of camp that they wear as a necklace at the pool. This is a safety procedure that helps staff distinguish between swimmers and non-swimmers. Please make sure that your child wears their swim band to camp every day.
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 >>