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Camp Central

Welcome to Camp Central at Sally'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!



Parent Handbook

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
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 >>
Please help us keep camp on schedule by dropping off and picking up your child on time.
  • Drop-Off
    • Full-day and half-day camp: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Preschool camp: 9:00 AM
  • Pick-Up
    • Full day camp: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Half day camp: 1:00 PM
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 two 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
  • 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

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. Please refrain from packing peanut or peanut butter products. Campers will not have access to a microwave or oven. Remember to label everything!
  • For AM camps: 1 snack, 1 lunch and 1 refillable water bottle
  • For full-day camps: 2 snacks, 1 lunch and 1 refillable water bottle

While individual camp agendas vary, here’s generally what a typical day at camp looks like at Sally’s YMCA:
Traditional (Full Day) Camps
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Drop-off
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Morning assembly
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM: Field games/Camper choice/Arts and crafts
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM: Field games/Camper choice/Arts and crafts
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM: Field games/Camper choice/Arts and crafts
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM: Swimming/Archery/Indoor enrichment/Woods
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM: Swimming/Archery/Indoor enrichment/Woods
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM: Swimming/Archery/Indoor enrichment/Woods
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM: Afternoon assembly/Snack
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Pick-up
Themed Preschool Camp (AM)
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM: Drop-off (Playground)
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM: Playground fun (bathroom breaks)
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM: Opening assembly (songs, bible verse, cheers)
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM: Activity 1
9:45 AM - 9:50 AM: Water/bathroom/transition
9:50 AM - 10:20 AM: Activity 2
10:20 AM - 10:30 AM: Water/bathroom/transition
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Swimming
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM: Clean up/bathrooms/wash hands
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM: Lunch
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM: Clean up, finish projects and listen to stories
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM: Closing assembly and pick-up

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 >>
Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions about day camp at Sally’s YMCA.

Is there swimming at camp?
Yes. Campers will swim in the afternoons in separate groups between the hours of 12l00 PM and 4l00 PM. Unless they are in a specialty camp like swim team, triathlon, wet n wild, etc. Preschool campers swim at 10:30 AM.

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
  • For our Teen Camps, our ratio is 1:12
Want to learn more about child safety at the Y? Here is our commitment to ensuring the protection of every child. Learn more >>

Email us with any questions at sallysymcacamp@ymcacharlotte.org
Or contact our camp directors:

Lance Friday, Camp Director
lance.friday@ymcacharlotte.org | 704 716 4505 

Ryan Swengros, Senior Program Director
ryan.swengros@ymcacharlotte.org | 704 716 7309
Joe Kovalcheck, Executive Director
joe.kovalcheck@ymcacharlotte.org | 704 716 7311
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For for more information, contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 7300