Today, day camp is more vital than ever. To deliver on the Y’s commitment to nurture the potential of every child and teen, day camp fosters achievement, relationships, and belonging. These are essential dimensions of well-being that the Y cultivates through day camp: Discovering skills (achievement). Campers experience achievement when they try different activities, learn what they like, and discover what they are good at. Building friendships (relationships). Campers have the opportunity to form healthy relationships with other children, caring adults, and role models, which helps them feel good about themselves and learn to get along with others. Finding a place to belong (belonging). Campers connect through significant camp traditions and rituals that create a sense of belonging, so they feel included, accepted, and part of a community.​ 

Camp Schedule & Activites

Each age group will have a weekly schedule that will include the following activities below. Daily schedules create an intentional and well-paced experience for campers.

Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Acknowledging the start and end of each day with a ritual gives campers the chance to assemble as one large group, participate in fun and engaging routines, recognize and celebrate campers and counselors, and experience an inclusive and positive social environment.

Huddle Group. Getting to know campers’ names, interests, and qualities during small-group interactions creates a positive social environment, promotes friendships among campers, and reduces and resolves behavior conflicts and bullying.

Variety Activities. Exploring a range of activities throughout the camp session allows campers to discover their interests and talents. Variety activities tend to be more general than mastery activities, focused less on skill building and more on trying new things and connecting with others.

Crew Service. Cleanup time or other responsibility activities encourage campers to feel a sense of ownership for maintaining the camp. Crew activities offer a simple and fun way to build character through the Y’s core values: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Mastery Activities. Giving campers a chance to select an activity to practice at least three times during a camp week helps them build a sense of achievement. When campers return to an activity with a clear goal in mind, they are able to build skills in that activity.

Kids Choice Mastery Activity Options

At the beginning of each week, campers will have the opportunity to pick their favorite mastery activity to build on & have fun with! Kids will write down why they picked the activity they did, and will have the chance to reflect on learnings made at the end of each mastery activity. Specific weekly offerings and activities chosen will be communicated to parents the week prior to. Potential activities offered are listed below.​

  • Active Arcade / Games
  • Air & Space Science
  • Art-rageous
  • Beads & Bracelets
  • Beauty School
  • Biking
  • Cartooning
  • Challenge / Obstacle Course
  • Chess
  • Creative Crafts
  • Creative Drama, Poetry & Writing
  • Coding
  • Competitive Team Sports
  • Delicious Delights
  • Digital Photography
  • Duct Tape Creations
  • Full STEM ahead
  • Gymnastics (offered each week)
  • LEGO Learning
  • NERF active play
  • Outdoor Recreation & Living Skills
  • Recreational Sports
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Swim
  • World Culture

Weekly Themes & Field Trips

Week 1 (June 11-15): Around the World | Field Trip– TBA

  • Learn about culture, diversity and all of the different places in the world!

​Week 2 (June 18-22): Out of this World | Field Trip-Imperial Center

  • Take a look at the stars and planets above us as we fly into learning about astronomy and space!

Week 3 (June 25-29): Science Rocks! | Field Trip– Aurora Fossil Museum

  • Keep your eyes open as we explore all things science!

Week 4 (July 2-6): Artful Expression & Color Run!

  • Discover your creative side with paint, clay, duct tape and more! Get colorful with the Camp Color Run!

Week 5 (July 9-13): What’s Cooking | Field Trip– Blueberry Farm

  • Chop, whisk, roll and bake while we learn about food and all of it’s nutritious and delicious importance for our minds and bodies!

Week 6 (July 16-20): Back in Time | Field Trip-Country Doctor Store

  • Enter our time capsule, as we learn how things have evolved throughout time with some history!

Week 7 (July 23-27): Into the Wild | Field Trip– Carolina Tiger Refuge

  • Discover the different amazing species of animals in the world!

Week 8 (July 30-Aug 3): Lights, Camera, Action! | Field Trip-Tarboro Movie Theater

  • Put your creative thinking caps on as we learn about drama, theater and the arts!

Week 9 (Aug 6-10): On the Farm | Field Trip-TBA

  • Explore and create with the world around us in this week’s nature camp.

Week 10 (Aug 13-17): Water Works | Field Trip-Hillsborough Sports Complex

  • Get ready for a week filled with splashes of fun and water!

Week 11 (Aug 20-24): Giving Back | Field Trip-Fire and Police Department

  • Learn about social responsibility as we hear from those who do it best!


  • Harrison Family YMCA
  • Coopers Camp location is no longer available, due to low registrations. Please contact our Camp Coordinators with questions.

When Available

  • June 11th-August 25th | Mondays-Fridays | 6:30am-6:00pm (YMCA Location)

Weekly Fees

  • YMCA Plus Account Members: $135
  • Non-Members: $150

Daily Drop-In Fees

  • ( 1 day) YMCA Plus Account Members: $40
    • ​(2 day) $75
    • (3 day) $100
  • (1 day) Non-Members: $45
    • ​(2 day) $90
    • (3 day) $135

*You may register online OR fill out the filleable PDF registration form below ahead of time and print to bring into the Y or you can fax, or email it to Tracy Dodrill. PLEASE MAKE SURE you download the form and save it to your computer first if choosing this option. THEN fill out the saved file and re-save to your computer, before you email it. This will ensure that the completed information has saved. When registering online as a Plus Member, the member discount will be applied in the back office.

For more information, contact Camp Coordinators below.

  • Tracy Dodrill, Child Care Administrator | 252-972-9622 x.239 |
  • Adam Crider, Youth Development Coordinator | 252-972-9622 x.227 |
  • Fax #: 252-972-3580

Camp Information & Forms

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance Application

Summer Feeding Resource

Weekly Camp Newsletters