Life at Camp

Life at YMCA Camp Harrison is packed with tradition and activity which all center around building friendships and confidence that lasts a lifetime.

Campers create memories with their friends and our staff in daily camp life, cabin times, devotions, evening programs, campfires and more.


Daily Schedule

While each day includes special moments, a typical day includes the following routine:

7:00 AMRise & Shine - Reveille
7:30 AMCabin Clean Up
7:50 AMFlagpole - Morning Watch - Blessing
8:00 AMBreakfast
9:00 AM - 11:45 AMA or B Day Land Activities
12:00 PMLunch
12:45 PMRest Time
1:45 PMCanteen
2:00 PM - 5:30 PMWater Activities
5:30 PMReturn to Cabins
5:55 PMFlag Lowering
6:00 PMDinner
7:00 PMCabin Activities
7:30 PMEvening Programs
8:45 PMVespers
9:30 PMCabin Devotions
10:15 PMLights out - Taps


On Fridays, we host traditional camp activities as well as animal feeding, bee keeping, and sports tournaments. Friday Free Day allows campers to try activities of their choosing.



Morning Watch & Vespers
Our Morning Watch before breakfast and Vespers after the evening program highlight our Christian theme and bring the camp community together to honor God and Country.

Cabin Devotions
This special time allows campers to discuss Christian topics with their individual cabin groups in an age appropriate situation.

Evening Programs
Campers gather for large group activities like camp-wide games and camp hikes that foster teamwork.

A summer camp tradition. Sparks of light, singing, sharing, s’mores.

Skit and Talent Night
Drama, music, poetry...showcase your talents on this special night.

For ages 6 & 7
Our younger campers travel as a group with dedicated staff throughout the entire day. Parents indicate whether they want their campers to choose their own activities or be involved in the S’mores program. S’mores campers try most of the activities at camp. This unique opportunity sets them up for confident activity choices in the future.

YMCA Ragger Program
For ages 12+
This goal setting program challenges our camper’s personal and spiritual growth. Campers who choose to participate earn Rags which are an outward symbol of the acceptance of an inner challenge for growth. Each Rag comes with a specific challenge and personal growth goal developed by the camper. This program helps campers take a closer look at their own strengths, weaknesses, religious beliefs and the people around them.

Dining Hall

No one goes hungry at YMCA Camp Harrison!

Our dining hall hosts family style dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Family style allows campers to relax and enjoy fellowship for a short bit during their busy schedule.

Healthy eating is a priority. Our Food Service Manager consults with a nutritionist to approve all menus. We offer a variety of fresh fruit, hot & cold cereals, vegetables and many kid friendly options every day. We open a salad bar for lunch and dinner. Vegetarian options are always available.

At mealtime, our mature and knowledgeable counselors gently guide campers towards healthy and appropriate choices. We ask our staff to ensure that all campers' dietary needs are met before sitting down to their own meal.

Please contact us to discuss your child’s dietary needs and food allergies as well as indicating it on the camper health history.

Camp Office (704) 716-4330


Cabins become a home-away-from home within a surprisingly short time.

Our campers live in modern, log cabin style buildings with air conditioning, bathrooms and showers. It does not take long for your child and their cabin mates – from different cities, states and countries - to recognize that having fun doesn’t require lots of stuff or lots of inside space. Sharing living quarters and responsibilities with same-aged campers builds and grows long-lasting friendships.

We assign cabins by gender, age and grade level. Our camp counselors serve as excellent role models and focus on the needs of campers in each cabin. With a 4:1 camper to camp staff ratio, our cabin leaders meet one-on-one daily with each camper to ensure that they thrive at camp.