Editor's Note: Sleep-away camp has truly been one of the greatest gifts I feel like we have given our children. All 3 of my children have developed lifelong friends from their summers away. Beyond the relationships, the confidence they have come back with is something you can only get from being away. Each child gets something different yet meaningful from having the chance to be away. Camp Harrison offers a beautiful location for children to learn to build relationships, try new things, push themselves out of their comfort zones and more than ever have a chance to just disconnect and be a kid~ Rebecca
Although some things will look different this summer, kids will still form deep bonds, explore the outdoors, and have exciting experiences! In 2020, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte successfully operated their two Overnight Camps and in 2021, they plan to do the same.
Just 90 minutes from Charlotte, YMCA Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge offers the serene backdrop of the Brushy Mountains and the placid waters of Lake Broyhill. YMCA Camp Harrison is a leader in the summer camp industry when it comes to maintaining the highest safety protocols while offering a traditional camp experience.
At YMCA Camp Harrison, campers discover their best self and enjoy God’s creation in the mountains of North Carolina. Set on over 2,000 acres of land, streams, and trails, campers get to experience activities like:
- Beanstalk Mountain Climbing Wall
- Paddle Boarding
- Mountain Biking
- Water Toys
- Arts & Crafts
- Target Sports
- Adventure Hiking
- Mountain Scooters
Campers Will Have Fun While Staying Safe
The YMCA of Greater Charlotte has been adaptable and innovative to ensure their camper’s safety. YMCA Camp Harrison has implemented:
- Facility Sanitation: The Y has hired extra staff to perform a thorough cleaning of all of their facilities. They will even disinfect every item that campers are going to share between each use.
- Coronavirus Training for Staff: Every staff member participates in coronavirus-specific training during their 30-hour training plan.
- Frequent Camper Health Checks: Campers will be monitored when they first get to camp and each day after that.
- Personal Protective Equipment: All staff will wear face covers when indoors and when six feet of distance isn’t possible outdoors.
- Handwashing Stations: Handwashing stations have been installed all around Camp Harrison.