Discovery Camp

Great summers start here

Sign up for camp in April to save $20/week/child all summer long!

Young girl in blue shirt sticking out tongue and smiling at Discovery Camp

The YMCA knows that summer is a time of discovery. Our Discovery Camp is designed to get your kids moving and making new connections in a safe and fun environment after a long year indoors.

Located throughout Buncombe and McDowell counties, YMCA Discovery Camps offer licensed childcare for school-aged campers (rising first through rising sixth graders). Your kids will have the best summer ever!

Daily activities are designed around weekly themes and meant to nurture the spirit mind and body of young campers. Arts and crafts, field games, teambuilding, local field trips, and swimming (as allowed by state health regulations) will fill their days with enriching and engaging experiences.

YMCA members save $20 per child, per week on Discovery Camp fees when they enroll by April 30.

New members who join the Y in April 2021 will pay no joining fee and save $20 per child, per week on Discovery Camp when they enroll by April 30.



Weekly Themes

Southside Themes

Date Theme Title
6/7-11 5 Senses Slime Your Senses
6/14-18 Outer Space Out of This World
6/21-25 Sports For the Win
6/28-7/2 American History Party in the USA
7/5-9 Environmental Awareness No Nurdles for the Turtles
7/12-16 Art Little Picassos
7/19-23 Holidays A Year in a Week
7/26-30 Olympics Go for the Gold!
8/2-6 Disney The Most Magical Week of Camp
8/9-13 Camp Favorites Camp Rewind


Eastside Themes 

Date Theme Title
6/7-11 Nature Explorers Eco Explorers
6/14-18 Geology/Dinosaurs Can You Dig It?
6/21-25 Pirates/Nautical Pirates vs. Ninjas - The Timeless Rivalry
6/28-7/2 Holiday Celebrations Every Day's a Holiday
7/5-9 Sensory and Messy Fun Slime Your Senses
7/12-16 STEM/Inventions Shark Tank
7/19-23 Wizards and Mythical Beasts, Oh My! Magic in Literature
7/26-30 Outer Space Reach for the Stars
8/2-6 Sports and Team Spirit Smells Like Team Spirit
8/9-13 Camp Rewind That's a Wrap


Westside Themes 

Date Theme Title
6/7-11 NASA, Space Perseverance Through the Stars
6/14-18 Art, Art History MOMA Madness
6/21-25 Harry Potter Mischief Managed
6/28-7/2 Animals and Nature Welcome to the Jungle
7/5-9 LEGO and STEAM Brick Masters
7/12-16 Cultural Appreciation Cultural Explorers
7/19-23 Pokemon Gotta Catch'em All
7/26-30 Serving Others Don't Forget to be Awesome (DFTBA)
8/2-6 Explorers/Mummies/Dinos Lost City of E
8/9-13 Ocean Life and Pirates Under the Sea


McDowell Themes

Date Theme Title
6/7-11 Cowpokes Howdy Partners
6/14-18 Science, Experiments Crazy Concoctions
6/21-25 Travel, Global Learning Around the World in 5
6/28-7/2 Water Play Splashtackular
7/5-9 Games, Talent Show Carnival Crazed
7/12-16 Team Building, Sports Crazy Olympics
7/19-23 Halloween in July Monster Mash
7/26-30 Art, Art History Happy Little Trees
8/2-6 Dance, Evolution of Dance Dance Fever
8/9-13 Summer Celebration That's a Wrap

Parent Handbook

Check out the Summer Day Camp Parent Handbook to learn more about the YMCA camp experience.