The memories and impacts of camp last a lifetime

The Y’s Camp Thunderbird is a local institution on Vancouver Island, offering a structured outdoor experience in nature and developing young leaders since 1935.  We regularly hear from parents how Camp Thunderbird has transformed their children with opportunities to challenge themselves, build confidence, connect with others, appreciate the natural environment, and unplug from technology. 

Now, more than ever, we need your support .

In a typical year, we welcome over 1,200 children and youth to our overnight and day camps, with another 2,000 through school programs, representing a huge cross section of our community.

After cancelling 2020 summer camp programs due to COVID-19, we later offered an adapted program for Day Camps. Starting mid-summer and supported by several private donations, it was a different camp experience, but completely worth it for those who participated.

This year we have planned an expanded set of Day Camps for 600 participants – more than 3 times last year’s count.  While overnight camping in cabins will not be possible again this year, we are excited about the program.

To accommodate more campers in 2021 and keep prices accessible for all campers, we are asking you to support Camp Thunderbird.

  • Transportation costs have increased to allow for greater distancing on buses
  • With much fewer participants, the cost per camper increases
  • Ongoing site preparation and maintenance of camp infrastructure continues
  • Additional cleaning protocols and materials to address new health authority requirements

Andrew Beckerman, long time Y supporter and recent recipient of the BC Medal of Good Citizenship, offers this challenge to other donors:

“As the pandemic continues to negatively impact the mental and physical health of our youth, it is critical that kids in our community have this opportunity.  I have increased my annual donation to Camp Thunderbird by 50% and I challenge you to match my increase with your donation this year.”

Learn more about Camp Thunderbird programs, click here.


As one of nearly 300 sport and recreation organizations across Canada to receive grant funding from Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund this year, the continued need for support is apparent.

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