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Camp Excel: Estes Hills Elementary

Estes Hills Elementary, 500 N. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Camp Excel, formerly known as Camp High Hopes, is operated through the Chapel Hill - Carrboro YMCA. It is a fully subsidized summer day camp for children in select neighborhoods and communities in Orange County, or who qualify on a needs basis.

At Camp Excel, campers can choose their activities. We offer sports, swim lessons, character development activities, literacy instruction and traditional camp activities such as arts & crafts and outdoor games.

Children are fed breakfast and lunch through YMCA partnerships.

Camp Excel, formerly known as Camp High Hopes, is held at Estes Hills Elementary School and is open to rising grades K - 10.

Theme Day Date Time Prices Ages
Mission: Impossible
Mon - Fri
Jun 24 - Jun 28 7:30 am - 6:00 pm 4 - 15
Holiday Hoopla
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri
Jul 1 - Jul 5 7:30 am - 6:00 pm 4 - 15
Master Chef Week
Mon - Fri
Jul 8 - Jul 12 7:30 am - 6:00 pm 4 - 15
Under the Sea/Messy Week
Mon - Fri
Jul 15 - Jul 19 7:30 am - 6:00 pm 4 - 15
Safari Week
Mon - Fri
Jul 22 - Jul 26 7:30 am - 6:00 pm 4 - 15
Hollywood Week
Mon - Fri
Jul 29 - Aug 2 7:30 am - 6:00 pm 4 - 15

Preparing for Camp

Each day is an adventure at YMCA Summer Day Camp. We want to make sure you and your camper are ready for all the fun. Find out what you need to bring to day camp and what to leave at home. 

Our Counselors

YMCA Summer Day Camp Counselors are hired based on their enthusiasm, energy and maturity. All counselors receive training in everything from managing a group of energetic kids to basic first aid. 

Character Counts

At YMCA Summer Day Camp, we reinforce good behavior, model positive character traits and help children grow into responsible adults. 

At Camp, Character Matters

At YMCA Summer Day Camp, campers earn beads for exemplifying our five character traits: Honesty, Respect, Caring, Responsibility and Faith. Campers can earn beads daily by being a good friend, picking up after themselves or leading a camp prayer.