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Camp Central

Welcome to Camp Central at the Keith Family 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!
 

CAMP INFORMATION 

 

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
     
     
   
Parent Tips
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 >>
 
Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Please help us keep camp on schedule by dropping off and picking up your child on time.
 
Drop-off for all campers is between 7-9am
Enter the Keith Family YMCA at the Old Mallard Creek Road entrance. Take the first right into the parking lot, continue down (following the rides in/out signs) to the end of the parking row and turn to the left. You will continue through the stop sign, following the cones, to the rear of the parking lot for camp drop off prior to 9am. If it is past 9am, please continue around the parking lot to the side of the building. Please park and walk your child into the Camp office.  The office is located just inside the side entrance door to the left. Please exit out through the front exit drive back onto Old Mallard Creek Road.
 
Pick-up for all campers pick up is between 4-6pm
Enter the Keith Family YMCA at the Old Mallard Creek Road entrance. Take the first right into the parking lot, continue down (following the rides in/out signs) to the end of the parking row and turn to the left. You will stop for an identification check with camp staff at the table located before the stop sign. Once you have been verified, you will continue along the cones for either line 1 or line 2 as instructed by camp staff. Line 1 will have you cross midway through the parking lot to the side of the building for camper pick up, and line 2 will take you down and around the rear of the parking lot to our rear exit for the Gymnasium for camper pick up. Please exit out through the front exit drive back onto Old Mallard Creek Road.

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. Please see the “Welcome to Camp email” the Friday before your child’s week of camp for any details specific to each individual camp.

What to wear to camp
  • Shorts
  • Light-weight top
  • Hat and/or sunglasses
  • CLOSED-TOE SHOES
What not to wear to camp
  • Halter tops         
  • Jeans (Athletic clothes recommended)
  • Black or dark clothing
  • Open-toe shoes or flip flops
  • Expensive clothing, dresses, jewelry, etc.
Leave at home
  • Electronics
  • Toys
  • Anything expensive or that you would be sad to lose
We understand there are times when you need to get in touch with your child; we ask that you DO NOT send a cell phone with your child, including teen campers. You may contact your child through the program office. YMCA staff will have cell phones when offsite. The YMCA is not responsible for items that are lost or broken at camp. 
 
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Summer Feeding Program provides lunch to any camper at no charge. This service is ONLY offered during Camp Weeks 2 to 9. You can still pack your child’s lunch if you choose; however, we cannot refrigerate or heat lunches for campers.

Camp Schedule
Every day is different at camp. Activities are designed around the theme and/or the specialty, and around camper interest. In general, a daily schedule looks like this:
 
Full-day campers
7-9am: Drop off car line, group games all combined
9-10am: Morning snack and morning assembly
10-12pm: Split into specific camps and doing activities based on which camp they are in
12-1pm: Lunch
1-3:30pm: Rotations (including swimming, gaga, field games, indoor time, gym time, classroom activities, kickball, archery, etc.)
3:30-4pm: Afternoon assembly, groups all combine, snack and rotate to rides out locations
4:30-6pm: Groups games all combine, pick up car line
 
Preschool Campers
9am: Drop off
9-10am: Morning snack and morning activities
10-11am: Pool time
11-12pm: Outdoor activity/playground
12-1pm: Lunch time
12-1pm: Rest time
1-2pm: Time on the play pad or activity on the grass
2-3pm: Time in the child watch play center
3-4pm: Craft time/snack
4-6pm: Group games and additional craft fun, pick up car line

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

Does the Y provide lunch?
  • Yes, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Summer Feeding Program provides lunch to any camper at no charge. This service is ONLY offered Camp Weeks 2 to 9.
  • You can still pack your child’s lunch if you choose; however, we cannot refrigerate or heat lunches for campers.
Do we swim during the camp day?
  • Yes, campers will have pool time everyday of camp, weather permitting.
What should you pack for your camper each day?
  • Lunch (preferably non-perishable packed in cooler) (No refrigerators and/or microwaves are available for campers)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • 3-4 drinks (H2O encouraged)             
  • Swim bag packed with towel and swimsuit, clearly labeled
  • Sunscreen (please apply prior to arriving at camp; staff can assist campers with spray sunscreen only for reapplication)
  • Snacks for morning and afternoon
What time is drop off and pick up car line?
  • For all campers drop off is between 7-9am. For all campers pick up is between 4-6pm. 
Should we put our name on our child’s belongings?
  • Yes! Please label all items you are sending with your child to camp.
Do we need to update any pick up information or other personal information at the front desk?
  • Yes, please make sure all pick up’s and personal information is accurate before your child begins a camp week. We want to ensure the safety of all children in our programs and doing it through our Personify system in the branch or online, is your safest option. 
What should my child wear to camp:
  • Shorts
  • Light-weight top
  • Hat and/or sunglasses
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • We would prefer if all campers arrive in their swim suit under their clothes. In our preschool camps, we require campers arrive wearing their swim suits. Campers will change into dry clothes after swim time.
Possible other items depending on child:
  • Daily medication with release form
  • Epi-pen for allergies with release form
  • Sunglasses
Still have questions? Get answers to our most frequently asked questions about day camp at the Keith Family Y. Browse FAQs >>

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

For more information:
Day Camp Office
704 716 6702 | universitycitydaycamp@ymcacharlotte.org