Camp Thunderbird Camps

Established in 1966, YMCA Camp Thunderbird boasts breathtaking natural beauty while providing a structured camp environment full of all the amenities a camper could ever want. One hundred acres of pristine woods encompass six-acre Lake George and many camp attractions including swimming pools, rustic cabins, trails and more!

Camp Thunderbird Camps

For information about summer camp programs, contact the camp office:

Email: ctymca@ymcarichmond.org
Phone: 804.748.6714

Camp Operations Director: Freddie Mibelli
Camp Directors: Jason Ching and Sarah Crouse

A typical day at Camp Thunderbird may include:

  • Camp Arts: creative arts camp songs & skits, music, drama & dance
  • Outdoor Sports: archery (basic and advanced), marksmanship, fishing, sports & field games, canoeing, gaga ball, basketball, biking
  • Outdoor Education: outdoor education & survival, hiking, fort building
  • Wellness: swim lessons, free swim, canoeing, climb the alpine tower (age 8 and older), take a ride on the giant swing (age 8 and older), ride down our zip lines (age 8 and older)
  • UNIQUE TO CAMP THUNDERBIRD
    Kayaking & Paddleboats EveryBuddy Camp* Biking Spirit Competitions
    Scavenger Hunts Special Events Family Nights Alpine Tower
    Shark Tooth Pit Dual Zip Lines
    *Serving children from age 5 – 15 with special needs.
  • We Pick Up & Drop Off FREE of Charge!

    YMCA Camp Thunderbird is truly a unique experience and we want to serve as many kids as possible. We provide FREE bus stops throughout the Greater Richmond Community.

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Camp Thunderbird Day Camp

Camp Thunderbird offers a traditional outdoor summer camp day camp experience! Our trained and certified staff will work with each child in a small group setting. They will build relationships, foster a sense of belonging and create opportunities for each of our campers to achieve and learn. We offer a wide range of engaging specialist activities including archery, shooting sports, zip line, alpine tower, boating, 30 minutes of reading every day, as well as character development and swim lessons. Every week has a fun and exciting theme with an educational focus and exciting twist. YMCA Camp Thunderbird you belong here!

Ages: Rising Kindergarten – 5th grade
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 10 one-week sessions beginning June 19
Members: $222   Non-Members: $252

Registration opens for YMCA Members beginning February 1; opens to the community beginning February 15.

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Camp Thunderbird Everybuddy Camp

EveryBuddy Camp offers children with special needs a traditional day camp experience while in a breathtaking natural setting. A 100 acres filled with an expanse of camping attractions like an alpine tower, pools, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and so much more. Camp is offered for boys and girls; rising Kindergarten through 5th grade. Swim lessons are included! All children must be potty trained.

Ages: Rising K – 10th grade
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 7 one-week sessions beginning June 26
Members: $222   Non-Members: $252

Registration opens for YMCA Members beginning February 1; opens to the community beginning February 15.

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Camp Thunderbird Leaders In Training (LIT)

The LITs of Camp Thunderbird participate in typical camp activities but will also have supplemental projects focused on service and team building. The LIT staff use an experiential learning approach to leadership development. Lessons focus on the progression from personal development and exploring many leaderships styles and learning what works for you.

Ages: Rising 6th – 8th grade
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 10 one-week sessions beginning June 19
Members: $222   Non-Members: $252

Registration opens for YMCA Members beginning February 1; opens to the community beginning February 15.

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Counselors in Training (CIT)

The Counselor in Training (CIT) program is designed to teach and inspire rising 9th and 10th graders that hope to eventually serve as staff members of the YMCA. Hands-on training experiences and professional development workshops provide the foundation of the program. Participants will learn basic safety, group control, games, camp best practices and engage in activities that provide valuable employment skills, healthy relationship, and opportunities to lead.

Ages: Rising 9th – 10th grade
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 3 three-week sessions beginning June 26
Members: $240   Non-Members: $265


Camp Forms

Most information is now collected during the registration process.  But for the small number of additional forms needed, you can find them on our Camp and Child Care Forms page.