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Camp Central

Welcome to Camp Central at the McCrorey 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
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.

View our comprehensive Parent Handbook >>
Camp programming begins at 7:00 AM. Campers MAY NOT be dropped off at camp prior to 7:00 AM. This allows the camp staff to properly prepare for the day without interruption. Camp Staff will be ready to greet your campers promptly at 7:00 AM. Please help us keep camp on schedule by dropping off and picking up your child on time. See driving instructions >>
Curbside services will be offered to our families. We ask that parents come in through the main parking lot. A counselor will record your time, and your child will be walked to their respective group.
Curbside services will also be offered at the end of the day. Children will only be released to legal guardian or responsible adult listed on the registration form. Every authorized individual must present a photo ID at rides out. In the event that a child will be picked up by an adult not listed on the registration form, a parent note (including the person’s name as it appears on their photo ID) is required and a photo ID must be shown during rides out.

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
  • McCrorey YMCA provides breakfast, lunch and a snack for all campers. You may pack your child a healthy lunch, water bottle and two snacks for morning and afternoon.
  • Water, water, water, water — we encourage a refillable water bottle
  • 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
Breakfast, lunch and snack will be provided for all campers everyday. Campers may bring a bagged lunch and/or snack daily. Please note, we are a peanut free facility. Also, campers may not bring lunch that requires heating.

While individual camp agendas vary, here’s generally what a typical full day at camp looks like:
7:00 AM: Drop-off begins / Small group games
9:00 AM: Opening assembly. Drop-off closed. No late arrivals admitted after 9:00  AM
10:00 AM: Activity Rotation 1
11:00 AM: Activity Rotation 2
12:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM: Activity Rotation 3         
2:00 PM: Activity Rotation 4
3:00 PM: Snack
3:30 PM: Rotation 5
4:30 PM: Pick-up begins / Rotation 6
5:30 PM: Closing assembly
6:00 PM: Camp Closed

View our schedules >> Summer Camp Schedule

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 >>
The sun at camp is always a concern for us. We want you to know that we are committed to making sure your child is safe from the sun. We strongly encourage you to pack your camper with SPRAY ON SUNSCREEN. In addition we ask that you provide a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 that is labeled “All Day” and “Waterproof”. Campers should arrive to camp with sunscreen on – they will be reminded throughout the day to reapply. We will assist our youngest campers in applying sunscreen during each sunscreen break. However, campers 8 years old and up will be responsible for applying their own sunscreen during the day (with plenty of reminders from their counselors). If sun exposure is ever a problem – please notify the director immediately so that extra precautions and applications can be made.
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 the McCrorey YMCA.

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! Our 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 mccroreycamps@YMCACharlotte.org

Or contact our camp leaders directly:

Jemarion Young
Senior Program Director (Day Camp and Teen Camp)

SaTashia McKinney
Early Education Coordinator (Preschool Camp and Art Camp)

DeNorris Johnson
Sports Coordinator (Sports Camp)

Sunny Anderson
Aquatics Coordinator (Swim Camp)

For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 6500