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PREPARE FOR CAMP

Preparing for day camp involves activity choices, forms, arrival / departure, what to bring and more. 

Please read our Parent Guide and this section carefully for all the important details which help ensure a successful camp experience. View / Download Our Day Camp Parent Guide >>
 
Health & Safety Forms
 
Complete all medical forms through our partner, CampDoc.com (pdf) >>
 
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.
 
SWIM BAND: Your child 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.
 
What to Bring
 
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.
 
LUNCH
Pack a nutritious lunch for your camper including a drink in a small cooler separate from your camper’s backpack. Lunches are stored in a cool place, but not refrigerated. A frozen water bottle is recommended. Water fountains are located throughout camp for refills.
 
No time to pack lunches? We offer a nutritious hot lunch option for the entire session. Registration and payment online >>
 
SWIM ITEMS
Pack a swimsuit that is designed for active wear. Swimwear must provide complete coverage and fasten securely.
 
Campers may wear sandals to and from water activities.
 
Don’t forget the towel!
 
SUNSCREEN
To help prevent sunburn, it is required that parents apply sunscreen prior to arriving at camp. In addition, please pack sunscreen. Staff assist children in applying sunscreen before water activities and as needed throughout the day.
 
RAIN GEAR
Pack a poncho or raincoat in case of rain.
 
Arrival and Departure
 
ARRIVAL: Please bring your children to camp between 7:30 - 8:30 AM. Opening Ceremony begins promptly at 8:30 AM.
 
DEPARTURE: Normal daily pick-up time is between 5:00 - 6:00 PM. We require proper identification for authorized individuals to pick up campers.
 
EARLY PICK UP: If you need to pick up your camper before 4:15 PM, please give a note to the counselor at check-in or call ahead.
 
Camp Communication
 
PRIOR TO CAMP: Within two weeks of registering for camp, parents receive a welcome e-mail confirmation. The Wednesday and Friday before your child's session, you receive an additional email with helpful reminders to ensure a successful positive experience for your camper.
 
FIRST DAY EMAIL: We send an email to all parents mid-day on the first day of camp. This includes helpful reminders, the theme for the week, merchandise order form and instructions / secure access code that allows you to see pictures of your child at camp.
 
PICTURE POSTCARD: After camp, you receive a picture of your camper's group with a handwritten note from their counselor.
 
EVALUATION: We value your feedback. We are committed to providing the best experience possible to you and your camper.  Our Camp Directors and Senior Counselors are available at any time to answer your questions or concerns.
 
Some families may receive a phone call or email survey to collect feedback. Your participation in this survey is crucial to our continued success in meeting the needs of your children.
 
Session Photos
 
During camp parents can login to their YMCA of Greater Charlotte account to view photos of their campers in action.
 
Session Newsletter
 
Read about what’s happening at camp >>