Discovery Camp

Great summers start here

Located in Buncombe and McDowell counties, our Discovery Camps offer licensed childcare to rising 1st through rising 6th graders. Campers participate in a variety of theme-based weeks.

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




Southside: Glen Arden Elementary

Eastside: Black Mountain Primary

Westside: Hominy Valley Elementary

McDowell: Pleasant Gardens

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.