May 11, 2017

Smarty Summer Day Camp: Summer at the YMCA

Summer Day Camp at the Y is one of the best places to be this summer. Day camps for kids ages 1 to 16 run from May 30 until September across 14 + locations in the greater Charlotte area. The Y offers a huge variety of camp experiences to spark your child’s interest, excitement and creativity. Check it out:

What you might know about day camps at the Y …

You probably know the Y is a fun and safe place offering traditional day camps with tons of fun activities indoor and out for preschool and elementary ages and pre-teens and teens — and you don’t have to be a member to attend.

And because the Y stands for youth development, health and fitness, it’s a given they’d offer sports camps for baseball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and swimming — and even dance and cheerleading. All camps are led by well-trained and energetic counselors who are great with kids.2014-06-27_AOF_15493_CMYK

What you gotta see to believe …

One thing that makes Summer Day Camp at the Y stand out among other day camps is the huge number of camps the Y offers — more than 500 day camps this summer across 14+ locations around Charlotte and at their two wilderness camps: YMCA Camp Harrison in the beautiful mountains near North Wilkesboro, NC and the 100-acre YMCA Camp Thunderbird on Lake Wylie. Wow, that’s a lot of camps!

Aside from traditional and sports camps the Y offers, and specialty-themed camps that are so creative and fun sounding, we had to pull a handful from their website just to show you:2016-10-Y_BSE-SHOT3B_0607

– Mad Scientist
– Super Hero
– American Girl
– Air and Space
– Pokemon Trainer
– Dinon Daze
– Animal Kingdom
– Knights and Ninjas
– Princess
– Lego
– Pokemon Madness
– Teddy Bears
– YouTubers Filmmaking
– Grossology
– Art Attack
– Roadtrippin
– Slime
– Spy
– Ultimate Disc Golf
– Drama
– Ecology
– Paint Party
– Ski Boat Wakesurf
– Whew, and more!

It’s easy to search on the YMCA Camp Central website for some great camps at branches near you. You can filter by age, date, price, location and theme / interest.

Creative, fun, friendly, convenient and affordable — How can you pick just one camp?

Seriously. How much fun do those camps sound?! Lots of families register their kids for several camps across the summer — especially with affordable rates starting as low as $100 for a full week of camp. You don’t have to be a member of the Y to register your kids, though you’ll get a discount if you are.2016-10-Y_BSE-SHOT5_0196

To accommodate a lot of different schedules, the Y has flexible early morning drop off at 7:30 and late pick up until 6 pm in some locations. Speaking of convenience, you can also opt in to have lunches provided. Additionally, there are half-day camps, and even 1, 2, 3 and 4-day camps to fit into your child’s and family’s summer schedule.

Meaningful activities and experiences in a nurturing environment

As fun as the Summer Day Camp at the Y is, you’ll love knowing the camps are really centered around improving the well-being of children. They take a strong stance in encouraging each child’s individuality and intentionally focus on three areas of development: friendships, accomplishment and belonging. Kids feel welcome and free to express who they are, and are challenged to be their best. Campers have fun exploring, discovering new talents, gaining independence and meeting new friends.

See you at the Y!

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