Summer Day Camps

Summer Day Camps at the Y

We are excited and ready to take care of your child at the YMCA Summer Day Camp. Camp is going to look and feel different this summer due to new guidelines from DCDEE, DHHS and the CDC. We have been running emergency child care since March, and feel confident in keeping up with the Phase I and Phase II guidelines. The changes below comply with Phase II guidance from DHHS and the CDC. Sign up today!

Discovery Camp (rising 1st-rising 6th graders - Age 12)

Explorer Camp (Ages 4-13)

Adventure Camp (Ages 10-14)

Counselors in Leadership Training (Ages 13-15)

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Summer Camp Basics (Phase 2)

  • Due to the implementation of health screenings, no campers will be admitted after 9 a.m.
  • Pick up by 6 p.m.
  • Rides in and out in car loop
    • Parents will stay in the car; kids will have health check outside by YMCA staff who sign the child in and out
    • Parents need to show ID at pick up
    • Pick up only for those listed on the child file
    • Before pick up, please call or text when and we will bring your child to meet you at your car.
  • Health screen will consist of exposure questions, temperature check, and assessment of symptoms
  • Health screen will be repeated periodically throughout the day.
  • If your child becomes ill during the day, you are expected to pick them up immediately
  • If your child has any medications, please bring in original packaging; there will be additional forms to complete

Ongoing Health Precautions

  • Health screenings for all staff and participants
  • Rides in/out health screenings
  • Hand washing scheduled and offered throughout the day
  • Social distancing practices
    • Ratio of 12:1
    • Kids remain in same group with same staff, no gatherings of more than 25
    • Individual activities
    • Modified games to encourage social distancing
    • No sharing of toys, food, etc.
  • Face coverings for children and staff
    • We will provide buffs to all campers to use while indoors. They will be sent home at the end of the day to be cleaned and worn to camp the next day.
  • Sanitizing high use areas and materials throughout the day and at the end of every day

Program Changes

  • Outdoor Camp Day - Camp will be primarily outdoors! We will play in the rain and sun
    • Indoor spaces will be used during severe weather like thunderstorms
    • Each group will be assigned to one indoor area, and only that group will use that space to limit the number of children your child will come in contact with
  • Special events/guests will occur outside where campers can maintain social distancing
  • No field trips due to transportation restrictions

What to Bring to Camp Every Day


  • Backpack
    • Campers will carry their backpack with them all day. There will be no storage of personal items inside the building.
  • Water bottle
    • Water bottles are mandatory. Children will not be allowed to stay unless they come with a refillable water bottle.
  • Craft pouch – glue, scissors and markers (we will not share high touch items)
  • Towel (washed daily)
  • Face coverings (washed daily)
    • Buffs are mandatory. Child will not be allowed to stay unless they come with their buff.
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Book

Parent Handbook

See the Child Care Services Parent Handbook to learn more about the YMCA day camp experience. 

Download our Child Care Services Parent Handbook in Spanish.

Financial Assistance

Thanks to the support of generous donors to our annual campaign, the Y offers financial assistance based on need and available funds. 

Contact the Buncombe County Child Care Services Subsidy Unit or the McDowell County Child Care Services Subsidy Unit for voucher services. Subsidy is not available at all locations. Call YBC for locations that accept subsidy vouchers.

The Y-Access financial assistance program provides funds based on available resources. Assistance is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available at the Y Business Center at 40 North Merrimon Ave., Suite 301, Asheville, NC or below. Applicants must first apply for the subsidy/voucher program through the Buncombe or McDowell County Child Care Services Subsidy Unit, if applicable. Applicants must also be working a minimum of 30 hours per week or be a full-time student. 

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