Camp Hanes Makes Memories In 2024

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YMCA Camp Hanes, located only 30 minutes from Winston-Salem, has been a destination for making outdoor memories for children since it opened in 1927. It is North Carolina’s longest-running recreational camp. They are committed to ensuring every experience encourages campers to be their best self, living up to their mission of “Helping all people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body.”

On its over 400 acres nestled on the side of Sauratown Mountain, not only does Camp Hanes offer the traditional summer resident camp experience, but it also has day-camp programs, outdoor educational programs, weekend winter camps, and it welcomes conferences and group retreat events.

Circle of happy kids with heads together shot looking up from the ground.
Meeting new friends and connecting with existing ones is one of the many activities offered at YMCA Camp Hanes.

Summer Overnight Camp

For ages 6-15, these traditional camp programs broken down into age groups are what memories are made of! Children experience various activities and adventures and learn to live, eat, work, and play together in a positive Christian setting. They share sleeping quarters with children their age and two qualified adult role models.

Climbers – Ages 6-9

These are rising 1st to 4th graders. The young campers will stay with their cabin groups and try a variety of activities to learn their interests, including swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, water zip lines, crafts, archery, water slides, and more. The ratio of campers to staff is smaller for this group.

Mountaineers – Ages 10-12

These are rising 5th to 7th graders. The campers will spend half their day in cabin activities, and the second part will be participating in one of the four activities they will choose. Many activities will have levels of skill or experience they can earn. They will meet friends within their cabins and outside who have similar interests and goals.

Explorers – Ages 13-15

These are rising 8th to 10th graders, the oldest group in the camp’s traditional program. Campers will participate in classes of their choice to work on skills and toward new levels of progress. Explorers also have more time as a group to experience more camp activities. Explorers also end their day later, and the program focuses on interacting with friends in a positive social atmosphere.

Leadership Camps (Rising 10th-11th grade)

The camp also offers Leadership Programs and Counselor In Training Programs. See Leadership Camps for more info.

Dates And Rates For Overnight Summer Camp

Sessions: June 16-21; June 23-28; July 7-12; July 14-19; July 21-26; July 28-August 2. Rate: $1010 per session.

Day Camp

Day Camp allows children ages 6-12 to enjoy a wide variety of activities and fun for a week-long session. Children will be placed in appropriate age groups, and well-trained staff members will stay with the children throughout the week. Their goal is to provide a safe, positive environment where children can continue to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Activities may include (age requirements on some activities) archery, canoeing, lake slide, water zip line, hiking, field games, sports, nature fun, reading/writing, climbing, pool slides, and water sports.

The day camp fee includes all activities, breakfast, lunch, a snack, and transportation to and from the Y.

Dates And Rates For Day Camp

Sessions: June 17-21; June 24-28; July 1-5; July 8-12; July 15-19; July 22-26; July 29-August 2; August 5-9. Rates: $405 potential member, $385 Member per session.

More Camp Programs

Adventure Camp Ages 13-15

Campers ages 13-15 have another option for an exciting summer adventure. You will be sleeping in a tent all week, both at Camp Hanes and off-site at another location. From Monday through Wednesday evening, you’ll be off-site in Tennessee to raft down the Nolichucky River and explore Worley’s Cave before returning to camp for the week to join in on some traditional activities. Are you ready to try something new that’s both mentally and physically demanding? This may be for you. Dates June 23-28; July 7-12. Rates: $1400 per session. More info for Adventure Camp.

Family Camp

Family Camp is a wonderful opportunity to have a camping experience with your family. You will all stay the weekend in an air-conditioned cabin at Camp Hanes. The restrooms and showers are attached to the cabin. You will need to bring your bedding, toiletries, and towels. You are welcome to join in activities or take time to relax. If there is an activity you are interested in doing, be sure to ask. You may bring lawn chairs and games. A fire pit is outside each cabin, so bring fun things for roasting. Activities will take place rain or shine, so dress appropriately. You will move inside to the gymnasium if the weather requires. Dates: May 10-12 (Mother’s Day Weekend); August 30-Sept 1 (Labor Day Weekend). Rates: $180 per person (children 5 and under, no cost). See YMCA Camp Hanes Website for more information.

Spring Break Camp

Spring Break Camp is the perfect way to spend your time when school is out for the week. It is a day camp where campers participate in the fun activities Camp Hanes offers, such as archery, canoeing, zipline, hiking, field games, sports, nature fun, arts and crafts, and more. Children receive breakfast, lunch, and a snack and take part in 4 activities a day. Transportation to and from the Y is also provided. Dates: Tuesday, April 2 – Friday, April 5, 2024. Rates: $280 for potential members, $260 for members. See Spring Break Camp for more information

Discounts For Summer Overnight Camp

  • Sibling campers will receive a $50 discount.
  • Current, active members of the YMCA of North West North Carolina receive a $50 discount.

For more information visit YMCA Camp Hanes Website.

More Outdoor Fun

Winston-Salem is fortunate to have a large number of recreational facilities throughout our city. This offers many opportunities for outdoor play and activities. Read all about our great parks and walking trails and find one close to you.

Do you have good memories of a summer camp experience? Tell us in the comments.

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