Pioneers are campers who will finish Grades 3, 4 or 5 in June 2017. Some Pioneers will be first-time campers while some will be returning to Camp Thunderbird. Pioneer campers enjoy activities that challenge them to try new outdoor skills such as canoeing or rock climbing, while making new friends and increasing their own self esteem, independence and self awareness. Pioneer counselors are trained to support camper development while the campers challenge themselves to try new things, and learn new skills. Our years of expertise providing high quality out-trip experiences to Pioneer campers have shown that many campers have one of the best experiences of their summer during the out-trip. Others find that they are not quite ready for the challenge. Therefore, we are offer campers and parents a choice of registering for a 5-day Pioneer Quest (which includes an out-trip) or Base Camp (which does not). The prices are the same for both. The 9 and 12 day pioneer camps have a 2-night out-trip. During the out-trip campers hike to a camping site on Camp Thunderbird property, sleep under tarps and eat food prepared over a camp stove.

Campers finished grades 3-5

• 2 counselors
• 9 campers
• 5, 9 or 12 days
• Swimming, canoeing, kayaking, archery, rock climbing, orienteering, hiking
• Singing, campfires and creative programming
Optional out-trip for 5-Day Pioneers: Check registration dates: Quest programs include an out-trip while Base Camp programs do not.
• 9 and 12 Day Pioneers go on a 2-night out-trip


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.

Pioneers Base Camp Family Information Package

Pioneers 5, 9 & 12 Day Quest Family Information Package


Program Days Fee (GST not included) Dates
Pioneers Base Camp 5 $530 July 10-14, Aug 21-25
Pioneers Quest 5 $530 July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, Aug 7-11, Aug 14-18, Aug 21-25
Pioneers Quest 9 $955 July 6-14, Aug 3-11
NEW Pioneers Quest 12 $1,270 July 17-28


Bus space for overnight campers is limited and fills up fast! Pick up/Drop off is available from the Downtown Y or Westhills Y. Campers may also be driven to/from camp by car.  Please arrive early or on-time and be prepared to sign in and out your camper by showing photo identification.

Transportation Location Drop Off Pick Up
By Car at Camp Thunderbird 5040 Glintz Lake Rd. Sooke, B.C. 9:00 AM 2:30 PM
By Bus Downtown Y 851 Broughton St. Victoria, B.C. 7:50 AM 5:10 PM
By Bus Westhills Y 1319 Westhills Dr. Langford, B.C. 8:30 AM 4:30 PM


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