Explorers are our youngest overnight campers, those who will finish either Grades 1 or 2 at the end of the current school year. Explorers enjoy a fun-filled, four-night camp and participate in activities targeted for children of their age. For many Explorers, this will be their first time away from home so we take extra care to ensure that their time at Camp Thunderbird is safe, comfortable and most importantly — fun.  Explorers spend all four nights in heated cabins with indoor washrooms and showers. Our Explorer counsellors are specifically chosen for their compassion and empathy, as well as their unique abilities and keen interest for working with young children.

For campers finished grades 1-2

• 2 counselors
• 8 campers
• 5 days
• Heated cabins with ensuite bathroom and shower
Explorers are Base Campers, and spend all 4 nights in their cabins. (No out-trips.)
• Swimming, canoeing, creative programming, archery, orienteering, hiking and teambuilding
• Music and campfires


Information in this booklet is updated every year, and all of the information is vital for your camper(s) to have a successful experience. Please read carefully even if you have been to camp before! Life at camp is different from the routines and patterns of home. Taking the time to talk with your camper(s) about their upcoming experience is an important step in preparing. Setting a positive tone and clarifying expectations can really help your child make the adjustment. In doing this, your child will take the most out of their Camp Thunderbird opportunity.

5 Day Base Camp Family Information Package – 2019


All Explorers Camps are currently full. To be added to a waiting list complete the online form. 

Be Added to the Waitlist
Program Days Fee (GST not included) Dates
Explorers Base Camp 5 $590 July 15-19, July 22-26, Aug 5-9, Aug 12-16


Please be on-time(or early) and be prepared to sign in and out your camper by showing photo identification.  Need to add an authorized pick up person email registration@vancouverislandy.ca

Going to Camp by Car

Driving your camper… review the drop off and pick up times below.  Approximate driving times: 60 min from Downtown Victoria, 45 min from Saanich, 25 min from Langford

Transportation Location Drop Off Pick Up
By Car at Camp Thunderbird 5040 Glinz Lake Rd. Sooke, B.C. 9:00 AM 3:00 PM

Bus from Downtown or Langford

Bus space for overnight campers is limited and fills up fast!

Transportation Location Drop Off Pick Up Fee Each Way + GST
By Bus Downtown Y 851 Broughton St. Victoria, B.C. 7:50 AM 5:10 PM $18+ GST
By Bus Westhills Y 1319 Westhills Dr. Langford, B.C. 8:30 AM 4:30 PM $18+GST

Bus from BC Ferry or Victoria Airport

Busing is available ONLY on the specific dates listed and with limited availability.

Campers arriving via BC Ferries must ARRIVE on the 7:00am ferry and will DEPART on the 4:00pm ferry.

All campers ARRIVING by AIR to the Victoria International Airport (YYJ) must arrive by 9:00am. DEPARTING flights should be booked to leave AFTER 4:45pm. The earliest campers will arrive at the airport for their DEPARTING flight is at 3:30pm.

Please do not book any airfare until you have received confirmation that your camper is registered for their camp AND transportation. It is strongly recommended that you review the BC Ferries and/or Airline rules and regulations regarding unaccompanied minors.

Transportation Location Camp Start Dates Camp End Dates Fee Each Way +GST
Saanich Penninsula Bus BC Ferries or YYJ Airport July 8, July 15, Aug 5, Aug 12 July 12, July 26, Aug 9, Aug 23 $51+GST

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