Discovery Camp

Located in Buncombe and McDowell counties, our Discovery Camps offer licensed childcare to rising 1st through rising 6th graders.  All camps offer traditional activities such as swimming, camp outs, and adventure in addition to themed activities. Lunch is provided. 

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  • Enka: Sandhill Elementary
  • Reynolds: Oakley Elementary
  • Owen: Black Mountain Primary
  • Roberson: Avery's Creek Elementary
  • McDowell: TBD

Summer 2020 Themes

Week Enka McDowell Owen Reynolds Roberson
June 1 Soaring into Summer/Camper's Paradise
N/A Out of this World Slime Your Senses Olympic
June 8 Olympic Week/I Workout Fantastic Voyage Splash Farm to Table Disney
June 15 Multicultural/We are the World Toy Store What a Mess Full STEAM Ahead Superhero
June 22 Global Service/Walking on Sunshine Sticky,Wet,Wild Where the Wild Things Are Inventor's Workshop Survivor
June 29 Cars, Trains, Automobiles/Life is a Highway Christmas in July It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's... Imagination Station Party in the USA
July 6 Oceans/Under the Sea All Things Ball BOO! A Splash of Color Splish Splash
July 13 Outerspace/Walking on the Moon I SPY Blast to the Past Blast to the Past Talent Week
July 20 Local Heroes/Safety Dance Water World Hear me ROAR Spirit of Service Winter in July
July 27 Whimsical/I've got the Magic in Me Under the Big Top Every Little Step I Take No Nurdles for the Turtles Camper Vs. Counselor
Aug. 3 Adventure/Hair Up Dance,Dance,Dance Outrageous Olympics Outrageous Olympics Hollywood
Aug. 10 Big Week of FUN/That's a Rap Heroes Camp Rewind For the Win Camp Rewind
Aug. 17 N/A Camp Rewind N/A N/A N/A

Summer 2020 Field Trips

Week Enka McDowell
June 1 Jets N/A
June 8 Panthers Linville Falls
June 15 Knoxville Zoo Catawba Fun Park
June 22 Waterpark Mount Mitchell
June 29 Bristol Kiwanis Fun Park
July 6 Kids Senses WNC Nature Center
July 13 Fun Factory Linville Caverns
July 20 Fire Department Catawba Science Center
July 27 NC Arboretum Hickory Splash Pad/Park
Aug. 3 Blue Ridge YMCA Blue Ridge
Aug. 10 Flat Rock AMOS Museum
Aug. 17 N/A Corpening Swim 

Summer 2020 Special Events (McDowell Only)

June 8: Cruise-a-Palooza
June 15: Crazy Quest Game
June 22: Messy Obstacle Course
June 29: Jingle Bell Ball
July 6: Staff vs. Camper Basketball
July 13: TACO Mystery Theater
July 20: Luau Social
July 27: Family Night/Circus
Aug. 3: Decades Dance
Aug. 10: Ice Cream Social
Aug. 17: Cook Out

Parent Handbook

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