About Us

Welcome to Camp Hanes

At YMCA Camp Hanes we love our summer campers, conferees, and Outdoor Education students, chaperones and teachers. We are committed to ensuring every experience is helping campers Be Their Best Self!  We do this through developing achievement, belonging and building relationships.  We use our mission and our values of honest, caring, respect, responsibility and faith to help guide us.   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! Over ninety years later more than over 15,000 year round participants come to YMCA Camp Hanes to experience the great outdoors, make lifelong friends and create lasting memories at the “400 Acre Memory Maker” YMCA Camp Hanes.

We listen and want to hear from our campers, parents, teachers, conferees, donors and board members. We see our partnerships making us better  every year and providing great service to our guest. Our board and staff have a bold vision for Camp Hanes and welcomes your input.  

I want to invite you to partner with us and give a gift through our Annual Impact Fund and help Kid to Camp to help families provide positive lifelong memories for their child at YMCA Camp Hanes. I want you to know that every participant receives our very best and we are making a positive impact in thousands of lives every year. Thank you for your support and working with the YMCA to “Help all people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body”.

Please communicate with us and let us know how you feel about your YMCA Camp Hanes experience and what we should do together. You can reach me via e-mail at jen.deridder@ymcanwnc.org and by phone at 336 983 3131.

Yours in Camping,

Jen de Ridder
Executive Director
YMCA Camp Hanes