"If you somehow positively impact one child and they get a sense of self and confidence and even just happiness, and they bring that back to their family and their school, camp can affect millions of people." - A Y camp counselor


Camp changes lives! Camping is about learning skills, developing character, and making friends. Few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a family and community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group. They engage in physical, social and educational activities. Camping teaches a love for nature and the outdoors and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership for a lifetime. This is all delivered amidst the fun of camp fires, bugle calls, canoeing, archery, talent shows, and enriching relationships.

Day Camp

Join us outside as we play all day long! Day Camp is a perfect break away from our regular routines. Campers will engage in exciting experiences that will stretch imaginations and build positive values.

Fun is found through being active all week long! Daily field trips take us to local area playgrounds and parks, spirited games of bowling, fun and exciting movies, or exploring our local caves. The days conclude with our trips to the YMCA Outdoor Center where we can swim for hours and explore water activities with kayaks and canoes.

Every day we get to share with each other through camp skits and songs that aid in building friendships. Games at camp keep us active at play all day long while promoting team building. Along with all the fun, we will have healthy and tasty lunches daily for each camper.

Daily Schedule - Day Camp:

  • 7:30 AM : Early Drop-off & Active Play
  • 8:30 AM : Opening Ceremony
  • 9:00 AM : Transportation to Daily Special
  • 9:30 AM : Morning Small Group Activities
  • Noon : Lunch
  • 12:30 PM : Group Songs & Skits
  • 1:00 PM : All Camp Games
  • 1:30 PM : Afternoon Small Group Swimming
  • 3:30 PM : Transportation to Y
  • 4:00 PM : Closing Ceremony & Fun
  • 4:30 PM : Sign Out & Active Play
  • All campers are picked up by 5:45

Summer Schedule:

  • June 1-5 : Session A
  • June 8-12 : Session B
  • June 29-July 3 : Session C
  • July 6-10 : Session D
  • July 13-17 : Session E
  • August 3-7 : Session F

Location: Bristol Family YMCA
Ages: 5 - 12 year olds
Daily Drop-off: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Camp Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Daily Pick-up: 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Session Fees:

  • Y Members: $100 if you register by April 1 / $110 for any registrations after April 1
  • Program Members: $110 if you register by April 1 / $120 for any registrations after April 1
  • Financial Assistance is available through the Scholarship Program

Parent Handbook
Permission to Administer Medication Form
Online Registration

Resident Camp

Come away with the Y for a week of fun and adventure in the Cherokee National Forest. Sleeping in cabins, preparing meals over a campfire, exploring nature, and creating friendships to last a lifetime are on the agenda for the week!.

A wide range of activities will keep us moving all day long. Mornings start with devotions and are full of discovery by hiking through the many acres of forest. Afternoons are spent in activities and on the water exploring the creek or tubing down the river. We learn new skills like archery and also create memories of our week with arts and crafts. There are also games between the cabins to help promote team building and long-lasting friendships while having fun. We cannot forget about the traditional raising and lowering of the flag ceremonies or the evening campfire where we can reflect on the day and share from our experiences.

Daily Schedule - Resident Camp:

  • 7:15 AM : Rise ‘n Shine
  • 7:30 AM : Polar Bear Swim
  • 8:15 AM : Flag Raising & Pledge
  • 8:30 AM : Delicious Breakfast
  • 9:15 AM : Cleanup
  • 9:30 AM : Morning Devotion
  • 10:00-noon : Small Group Activities
  • 12:45 PM : Cleanup
  • 1:00 PM : Cabin Family Time
  • 1:30 PM : Small Group Activities
  • 3:30 PM : Swimming
  • 5:00 PM : Family Dinner
  • 5:45 PM : Cleanup
  • 6:00 PM : Evening Activity
  • 7:30 PM : Campfire & Vespers
  • 9:15 PM : Cabin Family Time & Showers
  • 10:00 PM : Lights Out

Summer Schedule:

  • June 15-19 : Session 1
  • June 22-26 : Session 2
  • July 20-24 : Session 3
  • July 27-31 : Session 4

Location: c/o Camp Ahistadi, 9863 Highway 91, Laural Bloomery, TN 37680
Ages: 8 - 14 year olds
Monday Drop-off: at Bristol Family YMCA at 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Friday Pick-up: at Bristol Family YMCA at 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Session Fees:

  • Y Members: $110 if you register by April 1 / $125 for any registrations after April 1
  • Program Members: $110 if you register by May 19 / $135 for any registrations after April 1
  • Financial Assistance is available through the Scholarship Program

Resident Camp Parent Handbook
Permission to Administer Medication Form
Frequently Asked Questions
Packing List
Online Registration

Things to Remember about Camp

  • Space is limited to spaces available.
  • Register early to guarantee your spot.
  • Payment is accepted in full at time of registration.
  • Payment can be made by cash, check, credit or debit card.
  • Early registration ends April 1.
  • Registration for each session ends at noon on the Friday prior to the session.
  • Register online at or stop by the YMCA to register.
  • Financial Assistance is available.


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