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. We will follow all local and state health guidelines. Registration for summer 2021 now open. 

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

Explorer Camp (Ages 4-13)

Adventure Camp (Ages 10-14)

Campers in Leadership Training (Ages 12-14)


Safety precautions

To protect the health and safety of children, staff, and families, the Y has implemented additional safety measures in accordance with local, state, and federal orders and guidance:

  • Health screenings for all staff and participants
  • Rides in/out health screenings
  • Hand washing scheduled and offered throughout the day
  • Social distancing practices
  • Modified games to encourage social distancing
  • No sharing of toys, food, etc.
  • Face coverings for children and staff
  • Sanitizing high use areas and materials throughout the day and at the end of every day

Summer Day Camp is Safe, Duke Study Says

Parents may wonder if it is safe to send their children to summer day camp this year. According to a Duke analysis in conjunction with the YMCA of the Triangle, the answer is yes – with strong protections and modified programming in place. The study was published online in the journal Pediatrics. Learn more here. 

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. 

Apply for Child Care Financial Assistance