Campers may be driven by car to camp by a parent/guardian (listed as an authorized pick up person) or campers may register for and ride the camp bus.  We encourage you to register for the bus early as all spaces will fill up! Please check your registration to ensure you are dropping off on the correct first day of camp.

Driving Your Camper by Car

Please ensure you allow yourself plenty of time to get to camp.  Traffic can be particularly busy getting to camp on Fridays; please give yourself time and be patient.

Approximate Driving Times

Bus Transportation

Day campers are automatically registered for bus transportation from the Downtown Y or Westhills Y. You will be asked to indicate your bus stop during registration.

Overnight campers must register for a bus if not being driven by car.  Registration is for each direction.  There is a fee for the bus to camp on their first day of camp and/or from camp on their last day of camp.

Bus Stops

Downtown YMCA-YWCA 851 Broughton St

Langford Westhills YMCA-YWCA 1319 Westhills Drive

In 2022, we are unable to accommodate Ferry or Airport pick up/drop off.



Anyone picking up or dropping off will be required to present photo ID and sign in/out their camper. To make changes to your authorized pick up people see the section below. Registration in overnight camp DOES NOT include bus transportation.

Bus Departure and Arrival Times

Times listed below are bus departure times, and buses do not wait for late participants. PLEASE ARRIVE 15 MINUTES EARLY to allow COVID-19 screening.

Morning Drop Off

Location Time
Downtown Y 8:00am
Westhills Y 8:30am
Camp Thunderbird – driven by car 9:00am

Afternoon Pick UP

Updated June 27 – If picking up your OVERNIGHT camper at camp on Friday the time has been changed to 2:30pm.  This will help us reduce interactions on the narrow camp road between the bus and cars.  When picking up your camper traffic on Fridays can be especially heavy.  Please give yourself ample time to arrive to camp or the Westhills Y.  Late parent/guardian arrival further delays our bus service.

Location Time
Downtown Y 5:15pm
Westhills Y 4:30pm
Camp Thunderbird – driven by car 2:30pm – OVERNIGHT CAMPS/3:45pm – DAY CAMPS


COVID-19 Screening – Before Boarding the Bus

Campers and one caregiver will be asked to arrive at the bus stop 15 minutes before the scheduled bus departure times in order to allow enough time to complete the required COVID-19 pre-screening process with all families. Screening will also occur at camp for anyone who is driven to camp directly by a parent or guardian. Please be patient.  Mask wearing is required for staff and campers on the bus.


We understand that you may need to update your authorized pick up person. Please update your information online.  After logging in, in your “My Account” screen, click “Change Question Answers” under the Account Settings.

Changes must be made by 3pm to be reflected in that day’s sign-out list. Any changes made after 3pm will not be updated until the next day.

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