Find the Best Summer Day Camp

YMCA camp counselor with kids
Friday, February 9, 2018

With many day camps to choose from here in the Triangle, picking the perfect camp for your child can be overwhelming. 

At the YMCA of the Triangle, we have a day camp for every child. From half and full-day traditional camps to specialty camps, to special needs camps to sports camps, we’ve got you covered throughout the Triangle.

Here are some tips to help you find the best fit for your child.

Get THE kids involved

Make choosing a camp fun and let your kids have a say. Is there a new experience they'd like to try? Involve your kids in the decision early and it will help guide your choices.

Focus on your child's Interests

Are your kids interested in archery? There’s a day camp for that. Got a budding basketball or soccer star? You can hone her skills in sports camp. Have a nature lover? Send him to one of our nature camps. Or maybe your child has pervasive development disorders (PDD), autism or developmental delays. Our YMCA offers summer day camps for children with special needs.

With more than 70 day camps across six counties, the Y is sure to have a camp your child will love!

Sessions and Schedules

The best day camp also needs to be convenient for your family schedule. YMCA day camps are held in one-week sessions. Most are full-day programs from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday. We also offer several half-day camps for preschoolers and school-age kids. Each weekly session has a different theme, like “Little Scientists,” “Ultimate Survivor” or “Superhero.”

FAQs about YMCA Summer Day Camps

We know you have a lot of options and questions. Since you’re already here, we’ll go ahead and answer a few questions for you.

How are YMCA staff trained? Here at the YMCA of the Triangle, our day camp counselors attend 30 hours of training before day camp starts. Our training is thorough. Basic first aid, how to be a leader and a role model for kids and training in the YMCA way are all part of those 30 hours.

What is the camper to counselor ratio? We strive to maintain a 10:1 ratio in our YMCA day camps. Our campers are separated into huddles based on age and grade. Each huddle usually has two to three counselors who stay with the campers throughout the day.

What are YMCA day camps like? YMCA Summer Day Camps are filled with swimming, arts and crafts, sports and games. Our goal is to provide a safe, positive, fun day at camp for your child. We want every camper to try a new activity and discover hidden talents and strengths, plus make new friends. The Y teaches and models our character traits: respect, responsibility, caring, honesty and faith in God in programs and activities.

Can we meet camp counselors before our session? YMCA Summer Day Camps host orientation nights before day camp starts for the summer. This is a great opportunity to meet the counselors your child will be with each day, and to talk with the camp director. Connect a face with a name and let them know how excited you and your children are about day camp.

DAy CAMP Resource Center

We've also compiled some helpful information from counselors, other parents and the real experts - kids in YMCA Summer Day Camps. Just visit our Day Camp Resource Center to learn more.

Energize their Summer!

Our day camps run June through August at locations throughout the Triangle. With a variety of camps across the Triangle, it’s easy to find a fun and meaningful adventure to match your child’s interests and maturity level. Energize your child’s summer.

Visit our Camp Finder page to find your camp and register