Middle School Programs

The YMCA offers after school and summer programs at no cost for students grades 5 – 8 in Buncombe County. Y Horizons and Camp Horizons both receive grant funding from the 21st Century federal grant, United Way grants, YMCA Annual Campaign funds, and other community grants, to make these programs no cost to families.

Y Horizons

Horizons provides a safe and challenging environment for middle school students in an after school setting. The program is designed to engage students in hands-on activities that promote health, wellness, academic growth, leadership skills and confidence. Each day youth get a snack, homework help and participate in activities facilitated by Y staff, community partners and volunteers.

Horizons partners with numerous community organizations to provide fun and engaging activities for middle schoolers. Youth in Horizons get to cook with FEAST or Bounty and Soul, enjoy STEM activities with the Asheville Museum of Science, participate in Bike Club with Adventure Kids WNC, and perform in the LEAF Festival with LEAF in Schools and Streets. Horizons also offers additional clubs including sports, art, surviving the zombie apocalypse, and more. There’s something for every youth at the Horizons program.

Horizons Dates of Operation:
Monday – Thursdays until 6:30PM
October – May

Horizons serves Enka Middle, Enka Intermediate, Reynolds Middle, North Buncombe Middle, Erwin Middle, Owen Middle, Valley Springs Middle and Cane Creek Middle. Horizons is located on site at most schools.

To Enroll:
You can pick up an enrollment form in any school office where programs are located, fill it out and turn it in to the school office. You can also download an enrollment form below, fill it out and email it to achandler@ymcawnc.org

Download the Y Horizons Enrollment Form

Camp Horizons

Camp Horizons is a summer day camp for middle school age youth in Buncombe County. Camp Horizons operates 6 weeks during the summer, 5 weeks of day camp and 3 days/2 nights at YMCA Camp Watia for the last week of camp. Camp Horizons offers youth breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack, provides hands-on engaging activities such as Robotics, Escape Rooms, Bike Club, Chess Club, Swimming, Sports, Hiking, Archery and more. Camp Horizons is grant funded and no cost to families. Youth enrolled in Y Horizons during the school year get first spots in our summer camp.

Dates of Operation:
July 9 – Aug. 15, 2019
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

A.C. Reynolds Middle School
(shuttle buses available from other school locations)


For more information, please email Angel Chandler.