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Camp Excel: Wakefield Elementary School

2400 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614

Camp Excel, formerly known as Camp High Hopes, is operated through the Kerr Family YMCA in Wake Forest. It is a fully subsidized summer day camp for children in select neighborhoods and communities around northeast Wake County and the Wake Forest area, 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 the YMCA's partnership with Wake County Public Schools.

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


Theme Day Date Time Prices Ages
Week 1
Mon - Fri
Jun 10 - Jun 14 8:00 am - 5:30 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.