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A true summer experience when children need it most.
Summer Day Camp
Find meaningful activities and fun experiences
Overnight Camp
Camp Harrison
7901 South NC 18,
Boomer NC, 28606
Camp Thunderbird
1 Thunderbird Ln,
Lake Wylie SC, 29710

Find Your Fun


Whether your camper wants to explore endless days full of adventure at one of our branch-based day camps, open-air adventure in the foothills of the Brushy Mountains in Boomer, NC at Camp Harrison or a water-based voyage on the shores of Lake Wylie, SC at Camp Thunderbird, the Y has something for everyone.

Campers Will Have Fun While Staying Safe

As the premier provider of world-class camp experiences, the Y provides an unforgettable summer that campers deserve.

At the foundation of our summer camp programs, we believe in each child’s individuality and continue to focus on three areas of development: friendship, accomplishment and belonging. It is important that all campers have the chance to experience our core values: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith.

One of the most fun parts of growing up is trying something new and loving the experience. Every single week at summer camp offers so many unique themes and opportunities for preschoolers, school-age children and teens.

From athletics and arts to Zumba dancing, there is something for every child at the Y. Our priority is to give everyone the chance to unplug and grow during summer camp, all with your family’s safety in mind.


NEW MEMBER PERK! This fall, we invite members to experience our great YMCA camps firsthand! Visit us at YMCA Camp Harrison in the scenic mountains of Boomer, NC or explore YMCA Camp Thunderbird, perched on the shores of Lake Wylie. Plenty of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, kayaking, adventure activities, & more! Join the fun! 

Majestic Mountain Retreat

Saturdays @ YMCA Camp Harrison

7901 South NC 18
Boomer, NC 28606

September 30
October 7
October 14
October 21
October 28
November 4
November 11
November 18

9:00 am-5:00 pm (arrive by 1pm)
Lovely Lakeside Setting

Sundays @ YMCA Camp Thunderbird

1 Thunderbird Lane
Lake Wylie, SC 29710

October 1
October 8
October 15
October 22
October 29
November 5
November 12
November 19

2:00 pm-5 pm
3:30 pm-6:30 pm (October 8 & 29)

For additional questions, please contact:

  • Camp Harrison: Shawn.baker@ymcacharlotte.org
  • Camp Thunderbird: CampThunderbird@ymcacharlotte.org

Saturdays @ YMCA Camp Harrison
7901 South NC 18
Boomer, NC 28606
Hours: 9 am-5 pm (Please arrive no later than 1 pm)
Parking: Park at the Nature center field; check in at the Nature Center

Members can come visit YMCA Camp Harrison and experience nature’s playground firsthand. Mountain biking, wagon rides, trail hikes, lake tours, open fire cooking, and MORE…join us in beautiful Boomer, NC on Saturdays between September 30-November 18.

Activities will vary, but may include:

  • Climbing wall
  • Zipline
  • Aerial adventure course
  • Paintball
  • Gellyball
  • Wagon rides
  • Mountain biking (bikes provided)
  • Archery
  • Skeet shooting
  • Mountain bounce
  • Guided lake tour
  • Guided trail hikes
  • Bird watching
  • Shelter building
  • Fire starting
  • Fishing clinics
  • Open fire cooking
  • Dutch oven cooking
  • Canning
  • Pickling
  • Gardening

Please note:

  • Outside food encouraged; no snacks or meals provided
  • Bring closed-toed shoes/water shoes
  • Bring a water bottle
  • No alcohol, no smoking, no illegal drugs
  • Speed limit is 10 miles per hour
  • Stay on designated trails
  • Recreational equipment provided; no need to bring your own
  • Pool and lake swimming will be closed
  • No explicit music
  • No golf carts, ATVs, or dirt bikes

Sundays @ YMCA Camp Thunderbird
1 Thunderbird Lane
Lake Wylie, SC 29710
Hours: 2:00 pm-5pm, 3:30 pm-6:30 pm (October 8 & 29)

Visit us at YMCA Camp Thunderbird on the shores of Lake Wylie on Sundays between October 1-November 19 for one of our Camp Fun Days. You can stroll around the lake, hit the hiking trails, play some paintball, or take in the magic of nature. We can’t wait to share the fun with you!

Activities will vary, but may include:

  • Tennis
  • Pickleball
  • Basketball
  • Disc Golf
  • Hiking
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Fishing
  • Kids’ Environmental Education Craft/Activity
  • Archery
  • Sailing
  • Gellyball
  • Giant Slip ‘n’ Slide
  • Canoeing
  • Riflery
  • Alpine Tower
  • Halloween Trail Walk
  • Canoeing
  • Boat Rides

Activities may vary and are subject to change due to weather, staffing, or unforeseen circumstances.