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Camp Central

Welcome to Camp Central at the Simmons 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
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 is located at our outdoor pavilion. When you enter the branch take a left and up the very slight hill. The outdoor water park will be on your left and you will see camp staff by our mailbox ready to greet you. Parents please do not leave you vehicle we will open car doors to receive children. On rainy days, drop-off and pick-up is located in the main building. Staff will be outside with umbrellas to greet and direct parents. Again, please remain in their vehicle. Read more about our safe arrival and departure procedures in our Parent Handbook. 

For school-aged campers drop-off is between 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM. Pick-up begins 30 minutes prior to campers’ scheduled pick up time that parents registered for. Pick-up times: 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM

Rides-In ends promptly at 9:00 AM. If you arrive after rides-in are completed, please park and walk your camper to the Camp Office located at our Outdoor Water park. This is done as a safety precaution to ensure that we have accurate attendance. Campers must be signed in by a parent or guardian. Children cannot sign themselves in.

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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 not to bring to 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.

What to wear to camp
  • 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.

If you pack your child a lunch 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 2 – 8:
  • Lunch will be provided through (CMS) Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (Optional Parents can provide Healthy Lunch)
  • Parents are asked to provide a healthy lunch every day if they chose not to take the lunch being provided
Snack Options | Weeks 1 – 11:
  • Healthy afternoon snack is provided daily for Day Camp and Teen Camps. Parents are required to provided extra snacks for children. We have two snack periods.

While individual camp agendas vary, here’s generally what a typical day at camp looks like at the Simmons YMCA:

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Arrival
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Opening Ceremony
9:30 AM - 11:15 AM: Group Activities
12:00 PM: Lunch
12:3 PM - 3:15 PM: Group Activities
3:45 PM: Closing Ceremony
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Departure
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 >>

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 on extremely hot days. Read our policy >>
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
Log on to our Y Camp Life portal to check out fun photos of your camper in action! Visit Y Camp Life >>
Still have questions? Get answers to our most frequently asked questions about day camp at the Simmons YMCA.

Want to learn more about child safety at the Y? Here is our commitment to ensuring the protection of every child. Learn more >>

Simmons YMCA Day Camp Officel

Sandra McPhaul, Senior Program Director
sandra.mcphaul@ymcacharlotte.org | 704 716 6616
Angela Perry, Family Experience Coordinator
angela.perry@ymcacharlotte.org | 704 716 6627
Maria Medina, Sports Director
maria.medina@ymcacharlotte.org | 704 716 6606

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Sales & Service Center | 704 716 6600