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Camp Central

Welcome to Camp Central at the Lowe's 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 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. Please note that preschool camps and half-day camps do NOT have early drop-off or late pick-up. 

  • School age Summer Camp: 7:00-9:00am
  • Preschool camp: 9:00am 
Pick- Up
  • Preschool Camp 1:00pm
  • Full day camp: 4:30-600pm
Driving Instructions:
  • Enter the Lowe’s YMCA at Joe V Knox Ave.
  • Pull by front door and the staff will come out to your car at drop off and come out to your car at pick up to take and bring your children to and from camp.
  • Exit out of Hope Park entrance onto Morrison Plantation Dr.

See map >>

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.
  • Children should dress comfortably in clothes that can get dirty
  • Pack a healthy lunch, water bottle and 2 snacks for morning and afternoon
  • Swimsuit and towel with sandals to walk to the pool and back from the changing area
  • Plastic bag for the wet swimsuit and towel
  • Spray sunscreen and bug spray
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Day pack or small book bag to hold all belongings that your child can comfortably carry
  • Campers will be outdoors 90% of the day so be prepared for hot weather days
  • Please dress your kids in cool clothing for hot weather days (light colors, light fabric, hat and visor)
  • We strongly recommend kids wear tennis shoes to protect their feet during camp activities
  • Please label everything

Please pack your child’s lunch; however, we are a nut free facility. 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! Please pack a water bottle daily with your child’s name on it. Also, please pack two snacks.

Camp Schedule
While individual camp agendas vary, here’s generally what a typical day at camp looks like at the Lowe’s Y:

Full-Day Camp
7:00-8:45am: Drop-off car line, combined group games
9:00-10am morning snack and morning assembly
10:00-12:00pm: Split into specific camps for activities
12:00-1:00pm: Lunch
1:00-4:00pm: Swim groups on M,W,F. If not swimming, and on non-swimming days, campers are in their camp groups doing activities based on their specific camp / afternoon snacks in group
4:00-4:30pm: Afternoon assembly, groups all combine
4:30-6:00pm: Combined group games, pick-up car line
Preschool Camp
9:00am: Drop-off
9:00-10:00am: Morning snack and morning activities
10:00-12:00pm: Split into specific camps for activities
12:00-1:00pm: Lunch

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 on extremely hot days. 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
Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions about day camp at the Lowe’s Y.
  • Does the Y provide lunch?
    • Due to many families not enjoying the free lunches that were provided, we are not longer getting lunches donated. You must pack a nut-free lunch, two snacks and a water bottle daily. 
  • Is there swimming at camp?
    • Campers will swim on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, in separate groups between the hours of 1pm and 4pm. Preschool campers DO NOT swim throughout their camp week.
  • Should we put our name on our child’s belongings?
    • Yes! Please label ALL items you are sending with your child to camp. Check the camp’s lost and found at the end of the week before items are donated.
  • Do we update pick up information or other personal information at the front desk?
    • Yes, to ensure the safety of all children in our programs, we need your most current information. The quickest and easiest way is to go to your account on the website and update your information online. You can also update your information at the branch.
  • Who is caring for my camper while he/she is at camp?
    • Well-trained and energetic staff! Out counselors, camp staff and lifeguards are required to complete 30 hours of pre-camp training including CPR, First Aid, AED and Child Abuse Prevention. We conduct background checks and drug screenings on all camp staff and employees. Our counselors also learn child development best practices as well as techniques to encourage all campers to be inclusive and celebrate our differences.
  • What is your counselor to camper ratio? How many campers is one staff member responsible for?
    • For our Pre-School Aged Camps, our ratio is 1:8
    • For our School Aged Camps, our ratio is 1:10

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

Contact Us
Email us with any questions at lowesdaycamps@ymcacharlotte.org
Or contact our director directly:
Danielle Crimi
Family Services Director, Camp Director
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For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 4000