Summer Camps


Our goal is to provide a safe, stimulating, and fun environment for children in grades K-8th. We incorporate the basic Christian values: Honesty, Responsibility, Respect and Caring into our activities. Through activities like field trips, songs, large and small group games, summer reading, and devotions, our program is designed to enhance your child’s day.


YMCA of Upper Palmetto is committed to providing the highest quality care possible. We are excited about the unique opportunities provided by our program. We strive to develop the whole child through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. At the YMCA, we want our children to learn, grow and thrive!

Click here for the Parent Handbook


YMCA Camp Counselors are a carefully selected group of individuals who are enthusiastic and demonstrate a love and an ability to work with children. They have a passion for serving others, working at camp and building great relationships with all of the campers. The YMCA counselors are fully trained to do the best job possible. We are committed to a thorough recruitment process, which includes comprehensive training and background checks. Your camper is in good hands!


  • January 3 – Current afterschool participants
  • January 10 – All YMCA Members
  • January 17 – General Public

Summer Day Camps


You may reserve a space for your child by paying the full camp fee or with a non-refundable $25 deposit for each week of camp. The remainder of the payment is due the Saturday prior to the week of camp and will automatically be charged to the credit/debit card on file.

All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Credit or debit card drafts occur weekly early Saturday morning prior to the enrolled week of afterschool or camp. In the event of a declined credit or debit card draft, the program fee and up to a $35 service fee will be due. Failure to pay two consecutive drafts will withdraw the child(ren) from the program until full payment of the balance is made. Any changes to your credit/debit card must be made by Friday, prior to the weekly draft.

To withdraw your child from a week of day camp with no payment penalty, a two week written or electronic notification is required in order to not be charged.

If cancelling before a program has started,

  • Cancellations submitted 14 business days or more before the start date of a program will receive a full refund to the original payment method, minus any nonrefundable deposits or registration fees.
  • Cancellations submitted 13 business days or less before the start date of the program will receive a program credit for the full amount, minus any nonrefundable deposits or registration fees. If a credit is due, the credit will first be applied to any past due balances (program fees, membership dues, etc.).

Once a program has started, no program refunds or credits will be offered.

Not attending a program does not entitle you to a refund. When you enroll in a program, you are reserving space, time, and staffing whether or not your child attends the program.

Changes to enrollment may result in a $10 change fee.

Download the YMCA of Upper Palmetto’s Summer Day Camp/After School Parent handbook here.

Day Camp/After School Handbook

A limited amount of financial assistance is available thanks to generous donations to our Annual Campaign. Please complete the application for assistance available at the YMCA or online here. Allow up to 2 weeks for processing prior to the first day of enrollment. Financial Assistance is not granted to outstanding balances. It is only valid from the date approved. If the camper receives Financial Assistance, it may not be combined with any other discount.

If you would like to donate to our Financial Assistance Scholarship Program so other families can participate, you can do so here: Donate

All program, cancellation and refund policies can be found here.

Angie Smith

Angie Smith, is a gifted writer, encourager and loving mother of four. Together with her husband, former NFL player Steve Smith, they established The Steve Smith Family Foundation, which is dedicated to providing hope and inspiration to those in need while advancing causes  close to the family’s heart – Promoting family health & wellness as well as the awareness and prevention of domestic violence.

In 2022, The Steve Smith Foundation and Mecklenburg County partnered to create Charlotte’s first behavioral health urgent care, a 24/7, 365 urgent care facility dedicated to mental health and substance abuse needs.

Angie’s commitment to her family, transparency and unselfishness, by putting other’s needs before her own, is an inspiration to all of us!

Alan Tyson

Alan Tyson is the President Architech Sports and Physical Therapy. He was the former Vice President of Sports Performance and Rehabilitation for OrthoCarolina. He is a physical therapist board certified as a sports clinical specialist, a certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist. He has worked with the Charlotte Knights (AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox) and continues to serve as a consultant to the team. Alan is also a consultant with the Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Eagles.

Alan has spoken regionally and nationally on various training topics including the foot and ankle, spine care, hip and knee rehabilitation, and he has developed two continuing education courses on the shoulder. He has written 3 books and developed specific training programs for the female athlete, the baseball pitcher, and for football players preparing for the NFL combines. Alan is also an associate editor of the National Strength and Conditioning Journal. He co-hosted a weekly radio show “Health Headlines” on 1110AM WBT with Stacey Sims and Dr. Russ Greenfield for 3 years.

Antoinette Johnson

Meet Antoinette Johnson, the inspiring culinary star of “America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation” Hailing from Lexington, KY, she transforms simple, humble ingredients into extraordinary dishes, all while championing the use of fresh, locally-sourced produce. Through her triumph on “America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation,” Antoinette’s unwavering perseverance catapulted her career, proving that with passion and determination, anything is possible. With a heart dedicated to community and a love for supporting local farmers, Antoinette’s journey is a testament to embracing change, fostering growth, and inspiring others to follow their culinary dreams.

Beyond her culinary triumphs, Antoinette is a firm believer in the power of evolution and perseverance. She stands as a shining example of how one can constantly evolve, change, and grow on their journey to success. Antoinette’s story is one of resilience and determination, inspiring others to follow their passions despite any challenges they may encounter.

Now, with a cookbook deal and cash grand prize, Antoinette is forging ahead on her culinary adventure, driven by the desire to prove herself and inspire her daughter.