Camp Connections – Camp Thunderbird

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Camp Connections – Camp Thunderbird

Camp Connections

Week 4: July 8 - 12

Campers enjoy time on the rock climbing wall

Message from the Director

We hope you and your camper feel at home with us this week! Animation plays a huge impact in our culture through TV, film, and literature and I know it will be a huge hit at camp. Today was by far our biggest dress up day of the year and we loved seeing everyone’s costumes!

Reminders

  • Be sure to apply sunscreen to your camper in their bathing suit before sending them to camp!
  • It’s also important to send your peanut and tree nut free lunch and a water bottle to stay hydrated.
  • LIT Campers need to wear your LIT camp shirt on field trip days!
  • Please be sure to know your campers bus stop! Any changes must be submitted to the camp office in writing by Thursday at 6 pm.
  • Don’t forget about our second Family Night of the summer this Thursday from 6:30 – 8 p.m.! Campers will sign up throughout the week to perform in our TALENT SHOW.
  • Our first overnight of the summer will be held on July 19! You can register for this event on our website.

Campers fish off of the dock at YMCA Camp Thunderbird

Program Highlights

Low Ropes & Adventure Challenge Elements are camper favorites here at CTB! Our 50-foot alpine climbing tower offers a multitude of challenges to campers looking to test their limits! Our dual zipline takes campers for a ride across Lake George while allowing them to “race” their friends. Our brand new low ropes course allows campers to work through various elements while improving communication and team building skills!

Camper Rank Highlights

Campers continued to work on ranks activities this week! Explorer and LIT campers can choose which activity they would like to rank up in through our five tracks: Shooting Sports (Archery & Marksmanship), Creative Arts (Arts and Crafts & Music, Dance, and Drama), and Sports (Field Sports & Boating). We already have campers ranking up and moving on to more challenging ranks. Our specialists keep track of each campers’ individual progress and award special beads for their bead necklace so be sure to ask your camper about any special achievements when they get home on Tuesday and Wednesday!

Camper of the Week 4

C.O.W. (Camper and Counselor of the Week)

Last week, Colton Flick was awarded Camper of the Week for group two! His counselor, Ms. Melissa said that, “He is such a good friend to others in our group and leads by example. He demonstrates the core values every day!”

Last week, we recognized two of our incredible staff members for their outstanding work this summer! Mr. Barnes is our Mountain Biking specialist! He teaches our LIT campers about bike safety and takes them into Pocahontas State Park for a true trail riding experience. Ms. Melissa is one of our Discovery Unit counselors and this is her second summer at CTB! Melissa helps take care of her campers and lead them through all the different activities throughout the day.

Counselor of the Week 4

Program Highlights

Low Ropes & Adventure Challenge Elements are camper favorites here at CTB! Our 50-foot alpine climbing tower offers a multitude of challenges to campers looking to test their limits! Our dual zipline takes campers for a ride across Lake George while allowing them to “race” their friends. Our brand new low ropes course allows campers to work through various elements while improving communication and team building skills!

Next Week Highlights

  • Theme: H2O WOAH! 
  • Camper overnight on July 19! Register online.
  • LIT campers will be headed to Glow Golf on either Tuesday or Thursday from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.!
  • Dress Up Day is on Wacky Wednesday – Show up looking like your favorite sailor, pirate, mermaid, or other water creature!

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Week 3: July 1 - 5

Two female campers squeeze into a chair

Message from the Director

We’re going to have the best week ever! I am so excited to see everyone’s spirit this week with dress up days EVERY day. Be sure to go all out and bring your ENTHUSIASM!

Reminders

  • Camp will not be held on Thursday, July 4.
  • Remember to bring water shoes and a water shirt for the aqua zip line.
  • Be sure to apply sunscreen to your camper in their bathing suit before sending them to camp!
  • It’s also important to send your peanut and tree nut free lunch and a water bottle to stay hydrated.
  • LIT Campers: Please be sure to wear your LIT camp shirt on field trip days!
  • Please be sure to know your campers bus stop! Any changes must be submitted to the camp office in writing by Thursday at 6 pm.
  • Don’t forget about our first Family Night of the summer this Thursday from 6 – 7:30pm!

    Camper holds a bow and arrow

Camper Rank Highlights

Campers continued to work on ranks activities this week! Explorer and LIT campers can choose which activity they would like to rank up in through our five tracks: Shooting Sports (Archery & Marksmanship), Creative Arts (Arts and Crafts & Music, Dance, and Drama), and Sports (Field Sports & Boating). We already have campers ranking up and moving on to more challenging ranks. Our specialists keep track of each campers’ individual progress and award special beads for their bead necklace so be sure to ask your camper about any special achievements when they get home on Tuesday and Wednesday!

Camper of the Week 3

Counselor of the Week 3

COW (Camper and Counselor of the Week)

Last week Taylor Stearns was recognized as one of our Campers of the Week! Her counselor, Ms. Jacqueline, wanted to recognize Taylor because of how she demonstrated the four core values of the Y throughout the week. Way to go Taylor!

Last week, we awarded two outstanding staff members with Counselor of the Week! Caroline works with our EveryBuddy program for campers with diverse abilities. She constantly goes above and beyond to ensure her campers are included and having a blast! Katie works with campers as a specialist at our Low Ropes activity area! She does an outstanding job encouraging campers to work together through teambuilding activities. CTB wouldn’t be the same without these amazing individuals!

Counselor and campers laugh at a funny moment at opening circle

Program Highlights

Our LIT campers love learning new skills with Mr. Barnes at Mountain Biking! This is Barnes first summer at YMCA Camp Thunderbird and he’s already rolling through trails and teaching campers all about bike safety! Our campers have the unique opportunity to travel into Pocahontas State Park to experience the various trails they have to offer.

Next Week

  • Next week’s theme is “Animation Nation!”
  • Join us for our Talent Show on Thursday, July 11 from 6:30 – 8:00pm!
  • LIT campers will be headed to Laser Quest Midlothian on either Tuesday or Thursday from 12:30 – 3:30pm!
  • Dress Up Day is on Wacky Wednesday!  Show up looking like your favorite animated character!

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Week 2: June 24 - 28

Campers canoeing on the lake

From the Camp Director

Camp times truly are the best of times. Friendships are formed, traditions are carried on, and memories are made! Week 2 has been A-W-E-S-O-M-E and action-packed. We loved seeing everyone in their favorite sports attire for Wacky Wednesday this morning!

Reminders:

  • Remember to bring water shoes and a water shirt for the aqua zip line.
  • Be sure to apply sunscreen to your camper in their bathing suit before sending them to camp! 
  • It’s also important to send your peanut and tree nut free lunch and a water bottle to stay hydrated.
  • LIT Campers: Please be sure to wear your LIT camp shirt on field trip days!
  • Please be sure to know your campers bus stop! Any changes must be submitted to the camp office in writing by Thursday at 6 p.m.
  • Don’t forget about our first Family Night of the summer this Thursday from 6 – 7:30 p.m.!

Bearded Boating Boys

Program Highlights

The Bearded Boating Boys are back in action on Lake Geroge this summer at CTB!  Mason, Matthew, and Jesse have been busy making a splash with campers at boating and on our aqua zip line.  From teaching the basics of how to paddle and steer to ensuring camper safety on the water, these boys are truly making an impact in the lives of our campers!

Camper of the Week 2 at Camp Thunderbird

Camper Rank Highlights

Campers continued to work on ranks activities this week! Explorer and LIT campers can choose which activity they would like to rank up in through our five tracks: Shooting Sports (Archery & Marksmanship), Creative Arts (Arts and Crafts & Music, Dance, and Drama), and Sports (Field Sports & Boating). We already have campers ranking up and moving on to more challenging ranks.

Our specialists keep track of each campers’ individual progress and award special beads for their bead necklace so be sure to ask your camper about any special achievements when they get home on Tuesday and Wednesday!

Counselor of the Week 2 at Camp Thunderbird

COW (Counselor and Camper of the Week)

Last week one LIT camper won TWO C.O.W. awards! Joshua Burks was awarded Camper of the Week for his group and he was recognized as Swimmer of the Week by our pool staff! Way to go Josh!

Last week, we awarded three outstanding staff members with Counselor of the Week!  Bailey works with our Discovery Unit, Zoey works with our LIT Unit, and Josh is one of our office staff members. CTB wouldn’t be the same without these amazing individuals!

Next Week Highlights

  • Theme: Spirit Week 
  • Highlights: Join us for Family Game Night on Thursday, June 27 from 6:00 – 7:30pm!
  • Field Trips: LIT campers will be headed to Maymont on either Tuesday from 12:30 – 3:30pm!
  • CILT Meet Up on Wednesday, July 3
  • Dress Up Day is EVERY DAY! (Monday – Jersey Day, Tuesday – Twin Day,
    Wednesday – Red/White/Blue, Friday – Unit Colors)

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Week 1: June 17 - 21

Camper and counselor face off at opening circle

From the Camp Director

From our family to yours, we welcome each camper to an adventure through space. Our goal is to help each camper belong, achieve, and build relationships. There is so much for your camper to learn and do at Thunderbird. Thank you so much for choosing CTB as your day camp experience!

Reminders:

  • Remember to bring water shoes for the aqua zip line.
  • Be sure to apply sunscreen to your camper in their bathing suit before sending them to camp!
  • It’s also important to send your peanut and tree nut free lunch and a water bottle to stay hydrated.

A camper enjoys the aqua zip line

Program Highlights

Our brand new aqua zipline is making a big splash this week with our first ever participants! Campers of all ages are loving the plunge into Lake George and can’t wait to do it again.

New to camp this summer is our Archery Specialist, Mr. Angel! He has been busy making a big impact on campers so far. From teaching the basics of how to shoot to helping campers hit their first bullseye, he is truly making an impact in the lives of our campers!

Camper Rank Highlights

Campers participated in their first set of ranks activities this week! Explorer and LIT campers had the opportunity to choose which activity they would like to rank up in through our five tracks: Shooting Sports (Archery & Marksmanship), Creative Arts (Arts and Crafts & Music, Dance, and Drama), and Sports (Field Sports & Boating).

Information for NEXT Week:

  • Theme: Game On (Sports, Referees, Favorite Teams, etc)
  • Highlights: Join us for Family Game Night on Thursday, June 27 from 6

    Campers splash in the pool

    – 7:30pm!

  • Field Trips: LIT campers will be headed to Bowl America on either Tuesday or Thursday from 12:30 – 3:30pm!
  • Dress Up Day: WACKY WEDNESDAY – Dress up in your favorite sports attire! Whether it’s your favorite sport, favorite teams, or as a referee, be sure to dress up and earn a camp spirit bead!

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