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Camp Central

Welcome to Camp Central at the Steele Creek 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 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
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 Parent Packet >>

Please help us keep camp on schedule by dropping off and picking up your child on time.

Preschool AM Camp
  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: early drop-off - Christ the King Church (CTK)
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00PM: camp is in session - Christ the King Church (CTK)
  • 1:00 PM: pick up: *there is no late pick-up - Christ the King Church (CTK)
Preschool PM Camp
  • 1:00 PM: drop-off *there is no early dropoff - Christ the King Church (CTK)
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM: camp is in session - Christ the King Church (CTK)
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: late pick-up - Christ the King Church (CTK)
Day Camp (Trekkers, Pathfinders, Discoverers, Navigators, Trailblazers, Teens, L.I.T.), Basketball Camp, Cooking Camp and Cooking Camp: Baking
  • 7:00 AM - 9:00AM: drop-off - early drop-off times - Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church (YPC)
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Program starts at 9:00 AM please drop camper off before camp session starts - Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM: late pick-up - Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church (YPC) 
Specialty/Sports/Theme Camps
  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: early drop-off times - Steele Creek Church of Charlotte Berewick Campus
  • 9:15 AM - 3:30 PM: Camp is in session - off site facility
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM: late pick-up - Steele Creek Church of Charlotte Berewick Campus
  • Basketball, Cooking Camp and Cooking Camp: Baking will take place at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church

See map (YMCA at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church) >>
See map (Steele Creek YMCA at Christ the King Church) >>

Please dress your child appropriately. You should take into consideration the weather forecast and the camp activities. Campers must wear play clothes to camp and tennis shoes as your camper will be participating in outdoor activities.  Campers should also bring a swimsuit and towel each day. For sanitary reasons, campers should not come dressed in their bathing suits. Also, for safety reasons, sandals are not permitted at camp.  

Camp is a natural setting to retreat from the amenities of electronic technology and get more in touch with peers. Toys, radios, electronic games, cellular phones, and iPods do not fit into this setting. Please have camper leave those items at home. In addition please leave firearms, fireworks, knives, matches, lighters, tobacco products, expensive items, illegal drugs, money, trading cards and bad attitudes at home.  

Campers in traditional Day Camp will be able to receive lunch for FREE through the CMS lunch Program (Sessions 2 - 9). Lunch menus will be available in June. Please check with the camp office to the dates this program will begin. If you choose to do the CMS lunch please send your camper with two snacks and a refillable water bottle. 

If you choose to pack lunch, please pack a nutritious lunch for your camper and include a healthy drink. Camp does not have refrigeration for lunches. Please do not send milk or mayonnaise based products. A small cooler with the camper’s name works best for packing lunches and drinks. A (frozen) water bottle is recommended. Also, hydrating drinks are recommended instead of carbonated drinks. Please do not send microwavable items. 

Please note: Day Camp does provide, free of charge, unlimited water during lunch for all campers. Please send camper with a refillable water bottle.
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:

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Drop-off and supervised activities
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Opening camp assembly (Day Camp Only)
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM: Morning snack/ bathroom break
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Group activities 
12:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Lunch/bathroom breaks
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Group activities
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Afternoon snack/pick-up out prep
3:30 PM - 4:00PM: Closing assembly (Day Camp Only)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Pick-up and supervised activities

The Steele Creek YMCA Day Camp prefers that all medications be administered at home before the camp day. However, if medication needs to be administered, all prescription medication must be in the original container that identifies the prescribing physician, the name of the medication, the dosage, and the frequency of administration. All medication, including over the counter items (vitamins, creams, lotions, etc.) must be dispensed by the camp office. Check all medications in at the camp office on the first day of each session. Please make sure camper’s name is on all items. Refrigeration will be provided if necessary. DO NOT PACK MEDICATION IN BACKPACK OR IN LUNCH. Medication must be given directly to staff at drop-off along with the "Medicine Consent" form. Print and complete form >>

Safety is our top priority at the pool.  Prior to entry into the pool all swimmers 12 years and younger will have their swimming ability tested and will be placed into one of three swimming categories designated by Green Band, Yellow Band, or Lifejacket.  This test can be done during parent orientation or during camp.  Swim tests are conducted on Wednesdays during the student’s regular swim time. 

There are three levels of swim test: 
  • Non Swimmers: 12 year and younger who cannot demonstrate the Green or Yellow Band skills will be required to wear a lifejacket.
  • Yellow Band: Float horizontal on the back and front and regain a vertical position. Swim unassisted 15 feet, without rest.
  • Green Band: Complete skills for the yellow band and swim 25 yards unassisted and without resting while maintaining a positive body position.  Swimmer jumps into water over his/her head and easily returns to the surface. Tread water one minute.
Swimmers will receive a swim band before they enter the pool.  Any swimmer that is seems to have difficulty after receiving a yellow or green band, may be retested.
Campers in Traditonal Day Camp and Sports Camps are outside majority of the day. Groups have times during the day where they spend time inside doing camp activities. If temperatures reach over 90 degrees groups will limit the amount of time they spend outdoors. If temperatures reach over 95 degrees campers will go inside until weather permits for them to return outside. During this time campers will still participate in engaging activities.
Since kids spend majority of the time outdoors, we are committed to keeping your child safe from the sun. To help prevent sunburn, it is recommended that parents apply sunscreen prior to arriving at camp. Our day camp spends a large amount of time in outdoor activities. Please apply 8-hour sunscreen that will last all day, before arriving at camp each day. In addition, parents should provide campers with sunscreen to keep with them throughout the day. This can be sent in a zip lock bag labeled and given to the counselor or camp director. As needed, staff will aid children in applying sunscreen.  
Log on to our Y Camp Life portal to check out fun photos of your camper in action! Visit Y Camp Life >>
What to bring/what to wear:
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. Information specific to your camp program will be sent out in an email the Friday before camp begins. 

Campers should:
  • Dress comfortably in clothes that can get dirty.
  • Wear closed-toe tennis shoes to protect their feet during camp activities.
  • Pack a healthy lunch, refillable water bottle and 2 snacks for morning and afternoon.
  • Bring any spray sunscreen or bug spray they  might need (labeled!)
  • Pack an extra change of clothes.
  • Come with a backpack they can carry full of the things they’ll need that day. 
If your child is in Day Camp and Sports Camps:
Campers will be outdoors 90% of the day, so they need to be prepared! Please dress your kids in cool clothing for hot weather days (light colors, light fabric, hat or visor).

Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions about day camp at the Steele Creek YMCA. Want to learn more about child safety at the Y? Here is our commitment to ensuring the protection of every child. Learn more >>
Dylan Johnson, Day Camp Director
campsteelecreek@ymcacharlotte.org | 704 716 4915
Olivia Gant, Specialty Camp Director
704 716 4900
Jasmine Young, Preschool Camp Director
704 716 4900
Chris Goodrum, Senior Program Director
704 716 4900
Olga Rivera, Registrar | Financial
olga.rivera@ymcacharlotte.org | 704 716 4900

For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 4900