Summer Camp



A True Summer Experience When Children Need it Most

Summer will look different for many of us this year and children will seek socialization at a safe distance in more ways than before as a result of how COVID-19 has changed our world. As families continue to plan for the upcoming season, the Y wants to be a resource for you.

Our summer day camp model has been modified to put the health and safety of our campers and staff first as we strive to capture the magic of summer amidst all of these additional steps.

With guidance from Y-USA, the American Camping Association and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are following COVID-19 safety precautions within our programs that include practices such as lower staff to camper ratio, social distancing, frequent handwashing and enhanced sanitation practices.

We have also updated our check-in and check-out procedures, added daily health screenings and adjusted activity schedules. Additionally, we have hired more staff that are exclusively responsible for disinfecting and cleaning our facilities. To provide the safest environment possible, we have also developed Coronavirus-specific staff training, and campers will now stay in smaller groups as determined by state and local guidelines.

Despite all of these changes, at the foundation of our summer day camp program, we still believe in each child’s individuality and continue to focus on three areas of development: friendship, accomplishment and belonging. It is important that all campers have the chance to experience our core values: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith.

One of the most fun parts of growing up is trying something new and loving the experience. Every single week at summer camp offers so many unique themes and opportunities for the children in our community.  Our priority is to give every child the chance to unplug and grow during summer camp, all with your family’s safety in mind.

Summer Camp with the Cherryville YMCA is a limited program. Information can be found here.

Program Details for Summer Camp at the Pharr Family YMCA:

The Gaston County Family YMCA is offering a traditional summer day camp experience for rising 1st through 8th graders (Ages 6 through 14 years). Throughout the summer, campers will have the opportunity to participate in various activities both in and outdoors, and in a healthy environment that is focused on fun & enrichment. Our campers will be placed in small family groups called Huddles, will be programmed in specific spaces, and will be led by consistent, caring counselors.


Dates Offered: Weekly from June 8th – August 15th

Ages served:  6 to 14 years (Rising first – Rising 8th)
Location:  Pharr Family YMCA, 208 Main St, McAdenville, NC 28101
Hours of Operation:  7:00am – 6:00pm
Rides In: 7:00am – 9:00am
Camp Day: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Rides Out: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Map overview of rides in and out
Breakfast and lunch is provided by the Gaston County Schools Summer Feeding Program.

What to Pack and How to Prep:
• Parents will need to pack 2 snacks and a sturdy, re-fillable water bottle daily.
• Sunscreen your children daily prior to the camp day, and send them in clothes that can get dirty.
• Label everything that you send to camp.

What to Expect with New COVID-19 Guidelines

• Campers will be provided with a buff and expected to wear it as a face mask during inside camp activities.
• Stringent handwashing and cleaning procedures will be put in place.
• Social distancing practices will apply during the camp day.Please review the Camp Guide for complete details on what to expect with COVID-19 expectations.

Weekly Themes:

Week Of Theme: A Summer of Heroes
June 8 Heroes of Character
June 15 Superheroes don’t always wear capes (Recognizing our “community” first responders.)
June 22 Heroes through the Decades. (Recognizing those who have made significant impacts over the decades.)
June 29 Olympic Heroes
July 6 Young Environmentalists  (Recognizing our heroes of conservation.)
July 13 Make it GREAT! (Recognizing culinary masters)
July 20 Out of this World!  (Recognizing the heroes of exploration.)
July 27 Pioneers of the Arts (Recognizing the heroes of the visual and performing arts fields)
August 3 Survivor (Be your own hero!)
August 10 Going out with a BANG! (Recognizing the impact of your own heroic deeds!)



Weekly payment is due the Friday prior to the camp start date.

• YMCA Member (Traditional) $160 per week
• Program Participant (Traditional) $200 per week
• YMCA Member (Year Round) $96 per week
• Program Participant (Year Round) $132 per week


Complete Day Camp Guide
Map overview of rides in and out
2020 Summer Camp Parent Handbook
Heat Advisory

We know we have the best staff in town. Our team is as diverse as our children and is comprised of men and women who are content experts and professionals in their fields. Our staff team is made up of college students, working professionals, and exceptional teens. Our staff undergo extensive training, are back-ground checked and participate in regular risk management drills.

Online registration only. Each week of camp requires a non-refundable $10 deposit per child being registered. Spaces are held on a first come-first served basis. (Spaces are limited.) Registration closes the Friday PRIOR TO each week of camp.

Cancellations require written notice 1 full week (7 days) prior to the start of that week or session, and are processed by our business office staff only.  If you need to cancel your registration in a week of camp, please send an email to Kelly Davis at  Please include child’s full name, birth date, session you are cancelling and the reason you are cancelling.

If your cancellation request is made within the 7 day window, or if you don’t cancel prior to the start of the session, you will be responsible for the full payment.




If you have questions please contact us here. Please give us 48 hours to reply.