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.

Outpost is for campers who have finished Grades 6, 7 or 8. Adventure in the outdoors is the core of the Outpost program. While at camp, our Outpost campers hone their outdoor living and pursuit skills by learning about low-impact camping and travel under their own steam. As a group, campers learn to be effective paddlers or hikers by practicing advanced skills as taught by our certified instructors. In the Quest program, each out-trip offers different challenges in a unique environment. Outpost Quest campers plan and pack for their trip. They also take an active role in camp duties such as setting up camp, cooking and clean-up.

Campers finished grades 6-8

• 9 campers, 2 counselors
• 5, 9 or 12 days
• Base Camp program with all nights at camp or Quest programs with out-trips.
• Out trip choices: sea kayaking, coastal hiking, canoeing
• Swimming, canoeing, kayaking, archery, rock climbing, orienteering, hiking and a high ropes course
• Environmental education, creative programming, and campfires


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