Summer Day Camps

Summer Day Camps at the Y 

The YMCA of Western North Carolina offers a variety of award-winning summer day camps throughout the region. Science, sports, arts, and adventure—we’ve got a camp for every child. 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+)


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What to Bring to Camp


Campers should bring a backpack with the following items each day: 

  • Water bottle: We encourage you to send an inexpensive, labeled water bottle. Your camper will need to have this with them all day, every day. 
  • Food from home: The YMCA strives to provide a healthy environment for all campers. If you send lunches or snacks from home, please comply with HEPA and federal standards. Lunches must include at least four of the following components: Milk, two fruits or vegetables, meat or meat alternative, and bread or bread alternative. No fried foods or sugar-sweetened beverages are allowed in YMCA programs. Food from home cannot be shared with other campers. 
  • Clothing: Campers should come to camp prepared for active, outdoor play. A swimsuit, a change of clothes, and a towel should be available each day. Shoes, including shoes for water play, must fit securely on child(ren)’s feet. 

Please note: Camp is a time to learn new skills. Campers can learn responsibility by taking care of their own belongings. They do sometimes misplace things, and camp can involve a lot of messy good times, so please do not send your child with expensive items or valuables of any kind. The Y is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Daily Activities

Your camper is going to have a summer filled with memories! No matter which camp they attend, children will enjoy new experiences and have fun with peers and energetic counselors. For more information about specific activities at your child’s camp, please visit  click on the name of the camp above your child will be attending.

Program Operating Hours

Henderson County: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Buncombe County: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

McDowell County: 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

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.