Sun-kissed mountain peaks and crisp starry nights. Forests filled with homemade forts and magic (and the occasional gnome!). The happy song-filled chaos of dinner followed by quiet moments around the campfire.

YMCA Camp Watia is a place for children to unplug from devices and connect with the outdoors, new friends, and caring counselors. Fun, meaningful activities are carefully planned to help them explore new interests and build confidence. Campers learn what they can achieve with courage, perseverance, and support from those around them.

Make this summer special. Sign your child up for YMCA Camp Watia today.


Discover how your child can make lasting memories at YMCA Camp Watia.

Each overnight camp session is filled with friends new and old, adventures big and small, and connections that will last a lifetime. Our camp programs are led by positive role models and filled with opportunities for your child to grow, and of course are full of fun and exciting activities! We are here to help your camper discover their best self. To learn more about a day in the life of a YMCA Camp Watia camper, click here.

During their time at YMCA Camp Watia, campers live in cabins with their fellow campers of the same gender and similar age. Each cabin is led by our highly trained and passionate college-aged counselors, with a staff to camper ratio of 1:6. Our waterfront and specialized program areas are led by trained and certified counselors. To learn more about safety at YMCA Camp Watia, please click here. 


2017 Dates & Rates

YMCA Camp Watia is open to campers ages 7–15. Youth ages 16–17 may sign up as counselors-in-training (CITs). Financial aid and payment plans are available.

Weekly camper sessions

Session 1: June 11–June 16
Session 2: June 18–June 23
Session 3: June 25–June 30
Session 4: July 2–July 7
Session 5: July 9–July 14
Session 6: July 16–July 21
Session 7: July 23–July 28
Session 8: July 30–August 4

The following registration dates and pricing are for returning families only:
October 1–31, 2016: $400

The following registration dates and pricing are open to all:
November 1–December 31, 2016: $500
January 1–April 30, 2017: $598
May 1–Start of Camp: $650

* If a camper is staying for consecutive weeks, a $25 fee will be applied per Saturday stay.

This year we will be offering two CIT sessions. The price for each is $885, regardless of registration date.
Prospective CITs must apply for acceptance before registering. Please click here for the CIT Application Packet.
CIT Session 1: June 18-July 7
CIT Session 2: July 9-July 28

The YMCA also has a variety of great day camps. Learn more at ymcawnc.org/camp.




For more information, please contact Ryan Hove, executive director of YMCA Camp Watia, at [email protected].


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