New Day Camp Programs

We are excited to announce that with the incredible generosity of donors in our community and a lot of careful consideration, planning and care we will be able to open a small day camp at Camp Thunderbird in 2020.


In April 2020, the very difficult decision was made to cancel the 2020 Camp Thunderbird summer programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe this was the socially responsible thing to do, based on the pandemic at that time and the information available.  We did not take this measure lightly. We know how disappointing this news was 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.

To read the Original Update on the closure of summer camp programs click here.

Welcome to the Camp Thunderbird Summer Camp Community

At Camp Thunderbird Summer Camp, our programs are tied together by use of our natural environment, positive and encouraging relationships and human powered recreation. Summer campers learn about teamwork, independence, making choices, social skills, responsibility, ability to take risks and realize personal limits,  and finding their place in the world. This allows children and youth to belong, grow, thrive and lead. The benefits of this in life are many but most notable are the increased self-esteem, confidence, creativity, self-sufficiency and leadership skills.


Please review our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page for details on how Day Camp will operate this summer.

Risk Awareness

The YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island Outdoor Centre and Camp Thunderbird is committed to providing quality outdoor experiences that support healthy growth and development of young people.  We invest significant resources to create programs that provide these benefits to our participants without exposing them to unacceptable hazards.

Participants and their families should be aware of the risks involved in participating in camp programs and accept that by participating they are taking those risks. Please take the time to review this summary of risks and our risk management approach. Risks will vary for each program, so we ask that you also take the time to review the information provided about each program.

YMCA-YWCA Outdoor Centre and Camp Thunderbird Risk Awareness

Camp Commitment

Camp Thunderbird strives to be a fun, safe and nurturing environment where everyone has a chance to be their best.  All camp participants, staff and volunteers pledge to treat each other with dignity and respect.  Behavior that prevents others from enjoying a positive camp experience will not be permitted.  If necessary, parents will be required to collect their camper early. Inappropriate behavior including the use of offensive language, aggression, or use of prohibited items such as but not limited to tobacco, alcohol, non-prescription drugs or offensive materials will not be permitted.

The Camper’s Commitment is a very important aspect of Camp Thunderbird’s philosophy and speaks to our core values of caring, respect, honest and responsibility.  We ask that you take the time to read and discuss the Camper’s Commitment with your child.

Camp Commitment




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