Here at the Y, we offer an outstanding variety of programs designed to encourage children to grow to their full potential by exposing them to games, arts and crafts, music, and much more. By learning about themselves and others, they learn vital life skills and avenues of expression that they might have otherwise overlooked. Help your child reach his or her full potential by participating in some of the many classes at the YMCA.


Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Ages: Rising Kindergartners – 17 years old

At the Y, we believe that all kids deserve the chance to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why every summer our camps open up to create exciting, safe communities where young people can explore the outdoors, discover new experiences, and build self esteem and social and interpersonal skills. Through outdoor activities, arts programs, youth sports, service projects and more, kids in our community are learning about themselves and making new friends at Y Day Camp. And while they’re at it, they discover skills and values they can use for a lifetime; skills like teamwork, responsibility, respect and sharing.

Members: Varies by camp, see brochure
Program Participants: Varies by camp, see brochure

Registration: February
Season: Summer



 2014 Summer Camp Brochure
 2014 Summer Camp Registration Form
 2014 Summer Camp Parent Handbook

Y – Farm Swim Team

The Y/Farm Summer Swim team participates in the Chapel Hill Summer Swim League. The Farm, a UNC Faculty Staff Recreation Association and the Y are community organizations that believe in encouraging children to swim as a lifelong healthful activity. Our staff is dedicated to creating an environment where swimmers learn the value of striving to be his or her best.  We want our swimmers to learn about swimming this summer, but most importantly we want them to leave feeling confident, accomplished and experienced! The Y’s core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility will be integrated into everything that we do!

This is a member only program, so register at the Y or the Farm as a member and then register for the program itself. Practices begin May 22

Ages: 6+
Registration: April 1, members only
Season: Picnic May 19, Practices begin May 20
Farm Swim Team Registration Form
Farm Swim Team Parent Handbook


After School Care

After School Care

Ages: Kindergarten – 5th Grade

At the Y, we believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. And that’s what Y Afterschool is all about. We’re dedicated to creating a safe, nurturing environment for children to learn, grow and develop social skills. Our afterschool program serves all of the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools from Kindergarten through 8th grade. It includes free time, structured physical activities and crafts, and supervised school work time.


After School Program Brochure
After School Registration Form
After School Parent Handbook

Members: $13 per day, billed monthly
Program Participants: $15.50 per day, billed monthly

Members: Monday, April 13
Program Participants: Monday, April 27

Season: August – June


Y-Guides & Y-Princesses

Ages: 1st – 3rd Graders & Dads

The YMCA Y Guides program focuses on strengthening the
father-child relationship through activities that allow fathers
to spend quality one-on-one time with their daddaughterswimchildren. It’s through
these shared experiences that fathers and their children grow closer and form memories that will last a lifetime.  That being said, Dads, no gift you ever give your son or daughter will mean as much as the time you spend with him or her. And you’ll soon discover that you treasure those special moments as well.

Y Guides is for boys and girls in rising grades 1 – 3 and their dads. Tribes are composed of seven to nine father/child pairs and meet twice a month. One meeting is in a member’s home and the other is a fun outing in the community. Children receive feather awards and patches for their accomplishments.  Upon reaching fourth grade, Little Braves and Princesses may continue in our Trailblazers Program. Tribes are encouraged to meet at least once a quarter and participate in group outings through the year.


The Chapel Hill Tarfoot Nation will be formally joining the Arapahoe Nation Y-Guides program for the 2013-2014 year.  This makes us a part of the largest Nation in the US with dedicated staff members and resources.  We will be retaining some of our unique Chapel Hill events, so check in with  Awesome Possum ( Jess Hanlin) for specific dates and events!


Members: $93 per child (Dads are free!)
Program Participants: $107 per child (Dads are free!)

If you are a new participant: There will be a registration tribe formation event held at 6:00 on Wednesday, September 18th at the Chapel Hill YMCA.   At this event, all new folks will get to form new tribes and select a Chief.

If you are a returning participant: You will still need to register for the 2013-2014 program year along with your tribe.  New participants will not be added into existing tribes (exceptions will be granted this year for pairs that have already been recruited by you to join).  Also, if you have not done so already, you need a Chief!


Parents’ Night Out

Anyone can hire a babysitter. At the Y, you get so much more.  At Parents’ Night Out, supervised fun and interaction with other kids are what your children will remember.  Programs based on Y core values like caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are what you can count on.  Each evening has a unique them and includes games, activities and even dinner and a movie.

Parents’ Night Out is lead by our Leaders Club and supervised by Y Youth Staff.  You can rest easy knowing that your kids will have fun in a supportive and nurturing environment.

3 years – 5th Grade


Members: $22, $12 per additional child in the same family
Program Participants: $27, $17 per additional child in the same family

Downloads: Parents’ Night Out Registration Form




Ages: 4th Grade & up

Our Trailblazers program is a continuation of YGuides & YPrincesses for older children and their fathers.


Program Brochure and Schedule of Events
Registration form

Members: $45 per father/child pair
Program Participants: $55 per father/child pair

Registration: August/ongoing

Season: August – June