Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Camp Thunderbird summer programs. We believe this is the socially responsible thing to do and do not take this measure lightly. We know how disappointing this news will be for the 1300+ campers who were looking forward to playing, learning, and growing in the forest at Glinz Lake in July and August. The health of our campers, staff, volunteers and the broader community members is always our priority.

For the FULL UPDATE on the YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island’s response to COVID-19 as it relates to Camp Thunderbird and the Y Outdoor Centre click here.


Summer Camp

Financial assistance scholarships are provided by funds raised through the YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island’s Strong Kids Campaign. Any families whose financial circumstances make them unable to pay the full fee for their  program are eligible. Funding is available for residents of Vancouver Island only.

The YMCA-YWCA uses the Government Low Income Cut Offs (LICO) as a guide to ensure those families in the most need receive assistance, both the LICO and Strong Kids funding available changes from year to year therefore reapplication is required.

Outdoor Education

Funding availability varies from year to year, we encourage all groups and individuals to contribute as much as possible toward their visit to the Y Outdoor Centre.  Clients in areas where fundraising is possible, are expected to attempt to fundraise to cover a portion of their camp fees.  Everyone is expected to contribute towards their Outdoor Education experience.

Other Opportunities for Funding

Every year, the YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island has the privilege of distributing a number of private funds designated to assist children attending summer camp who need extra subsidy. All awards are one time opportunities and announced at the YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island’s Annual General Meeting.

Leadership Development:

Ken Currey Memorial Campership Fund

Ken was a long time Y staff member who made a significant contribution to the growth and development of the YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island and embraced the mission and values of the organization.

Campership Amount: Partial funding of the cost of a Leadership Development Course at the Y’s Camp Thunderbird.based on the available annual income generated from the fund.

Peter McGill Memorial Endowment Fund 

Peter McGill, a long time member and supporter of the YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island was a respected teacher and mentor for 35 years in School District 61.

Campership Amount: Partial funding of the cost of a Leadership Development Course at the Y’s Camp Thunderbird.based on the available annual income generated from the fund.

Eligible Campers and Criteria:  Permanent residents of Vancouver Island under 18 years old registering in a leadership program at Camp Thunderbird who demonstrate the greatest potential in a leadership development opportunity.

To apply:

  1. Financial Assistance Application form
  2. A one page document outlining skills and abilities and how you will benefit from this funding
  3. The name and contact information of at least one personal reference
  4. A copy of your LD1 Camper Evaluation form or Outpost Camper Development form if available
  5. Applicants may be asked to do a telephone interview
  6. Copy of your resume (optional)

Attn: Fione Wilson General Manager, Fund Development 

Prior to April 30th for Summer Opportunities


Eligible Campers and Criteria: All Financial Assistance applicants will be automatically considered for Campership awards and awarded to those with the greatest financial need. No additional application is required.

Mitch Pechet Memorial Fund – “Mitch’s Locker Fund”

Mitch was a businessman, sportsman, coach, and a great family man. Mitch was a daily presence at the Downtown Y for almost 65 years.

Campership Amount: 100% funding for one child each year to attend Camp Thunderbird for campers registering for a 5 day Explorers, Pioneers, or Outpost Base Camp Programs only.

Nicola Benn Scholarship Fund honors a beloved Counsellor at Camp Thunderbird who passed away at a very young age.

Dorothy Hamilton Endowment Fund was started in 2006 to support camperships at Camp Thunderbird. Dorothy was an active Y member, a dedicated runner, and a volunteer Board member for the Y who was very attached to the leadership programs at Camp Thunderbird.

 Campership Amount: Partial funding toward the cost of a summer program at the Y’s Camp Thunderbird.based on the available annual income generated from each of these funds.




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