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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, two or 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 or two 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
  • New in 2020 – 3 day option
  • 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

Registration Dates

 Priority Registration Opens Monday January 6 at 9:00am

Priority Registration will be given to campers who registered and attended in 2019.  Our system will recognize if you are a camper returning from 2019.  If an error has occurred, please contact Registration Services.

Open Registration Starts Monday February 3 at 9:00am

This is when all other campers including family members will be eligible to register.  This delay in registration dates is to allow returning campers an equal opportunity to return to camp in 2020.

Overnight Camper – Cabin Selection

Please ensure you select the gender cabin that you wish your camper to stay in during their overnight program at camp.  The cabin type can be found in the title and description of the camp on the Online Service Portal.  We cannot guarantee space should an error in selection occur.

2020 Camp Programs


Dates Fees Cabin Type
July 30 – August 1 $370 Male CabinView Online
July 30 – August 1 $370 Female CabinView Online
July 30 – August 1 $370 All Gender CabinView Online



Dates Fees Cabin Type
July 13-17 $617 Male CabinView Online
July 13-17 $617 Female CabinView Online
July 20-24 $617 Male CabinView Online
July 20-24 $617 Female CabinView Online
August 3-7 $617 All Gender CabinView Online
August 10-14 $617 Male CabinView Online
August 10-14 $617 Female CabinView Online


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.

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