What Is Send a Kid to Camp?

In June of 1927, Harry Long brought a small group of young boys from Winston-Salem to the all new John W. Hanes Memorial YMCA camp to experience the great outdoors! Ninety years later, more than 2,500 young boys and girls come to summer camp at YMCA Camp Hanes to experience the great outdoors, make lifelong friends and create lasting memories at the “400 Acre Memory Maker.”

At the base of the beautiful Sauratown Mountain, YMCA Camp Hanes is a place where kids unplug and explore. Campers encounter adventure along every trail, from water slides to zip lines, to hikes up the mountain. They challenge themselves by choice in the safe, supportive environment. Kids grow at YMCA Camp Hanes. With time just to be a kid, campers become more independent and self-reliant. They face new challenges and form new friendships. They overcome fears. And with each goal they accomplish, kids grow more confident. During every activity campers are living the core values of honesty, respect, responsibility and caring in a Christian camp setting so that they can be their best selves.

Through participation in the Annual Campaign, you can help YMCA Camp Hanes continue our 90 year camping tradition for future generations, insuring none are left out.

YMCA Camp Hanes partners with various groups so that we can affect the lives of Everyone, Everywhere. By doing so, we reach out to children who otherwise would not be able to experience Camp and offer them the opportunity to create lifelong memories.

Our partners for 2016 Resident Camp included:

  • Camp Imagine and the Autism Society of Forsyth County
  • Camp Corral summer camp for children of wounded, ill, injured or fallen military service members
  • The American Diabetes Association’s Camp Carolina Trails serving campers with diabetes
  • Camp MDA and the Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Omega Psi Phi  camp instills discipline and pride in young African-American men, many of whom come from single-parent families


In addition to summer camp partners, we served over 17,000 people in 2016. Our Environmental education program provides schools a hands-on, safe and fun educational experience in a camp environment.  Our conference department serves collegiate, civic, church and corporate groups with meeting and overnight facilities, food service and programming designed to fit each group’s specific needs.

In 2017, we foresee even more requests than in the past for financial assistance for campers to experience the positive influence of YMCA Camp Hanes. Our 2017 goal for our Send a Kid to Camp Campaign is $250,000 and your support is vital to helping us meet that goal.