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Camp Central

Welcome to Camp Central at the Brace 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!



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 having your child here on time. Know that we serve a high volume of campers, and we ask for your patience as we help children to their cars during rides out. Here are some important procedures to keep in mind, but be sure to read our policy and schedule details. 
  • All camps begin by 8:45 AM for all programs except Camp Boomerang which should be here by 9:30 AM
  • If you are dropping off after 9:00 AM, please drive to the top of the hill, park in the gravel lot and bring your child to our Camp Program Office
  • If you are picking up before 12:45 PM for half-day programs and 4:00 PM for full-day programs please notify the Camp Program Office either by e-mail of phone call with at least 30 minutes notice so that your child will be ready for you when you arrive
  • Since most kids at camp are being picked up between 4:30 PM and 5:45 PM, we ask for your patience as your wait time can be between 5-10 minutes.
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
  • 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

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. Label everything!
  • For AM camps: 1 snack, 1 lunch and 1 refillable water bottle
  • For PM camps: 1 snack 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 camp looks like typically for morning, afternoon and full day sessions:
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Drop-off
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Opening assembly, devotion, AM morning snack/water/bathroom break
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Specified camp activities and elective choice activities
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch and camp songs/skits, PM water/bathroom break
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Group games/swim time on assigned swim days
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Specified camp groups and activities
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Afternoon snack/water/bathroom break and head to closing ceremony
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Closing ceremony/songs
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Pick-up and large group games

An example schedule for our Aquatics Camps can be found below:
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM: Drop-off
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM: Transition to pool, get ready for lessons
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM: Pool Activity 1
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Snack and Arts/Crafts
11:15 AM - 11:50 AM: Pool Activity 2
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM: Lunch
12:45 PM - 1:15 PM: 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
Be sure to check out photos of our camp located on our Facebook Page: Brace Family YMCA >>
Still have questions? Get answers to our most frequently asked questions about day camp at the Brace 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 >>

Mike Jones, Hemby Program Director
mike.jones@ymcacharlotte.org | 704 716 4329

Steven Crespo, Sports Director
steven.crespo@ymcacharlotte.org | 704 716 4228

Rachel Jewell, Aquatics Director
rachel.jewell@ymcacharlotte.org | 704 716 4261

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For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 4200