Camp Thunderbird

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

Health Precautions for Summer Camp Programs

Our summer camp programs allow for kids to enjoy themselves in the outdoors and camp facilities, while also adhering to the latest guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and Virginia Department of Health. For more information about our camp procedures regarding COVID-19, please visit our Parents Guide to Camp page.  


Registration begins January 1 for YMCA Members; January 15 for non-members.   The YMCA is the nation’s leader in camping, offering outdoor programming for over 100 years. YMCA Camp Thunderbird serves children in day camp programs each summer and we are excited to have your camper experience what we have to offer. Camp Thunderbird is a place where campers have fun and parents find an environment that will help their children grow in spirit, mind, and body. Our activities are designed to provide campers with an exciting, safe, and enriching summer experience that is appropriate to their age, interests and abilities. DISCOVER YOUR BEST SELF this summer at Camp Thunderbird Day Camp! A typical day at Camp Thunderbird may include:
  • Camp Arts: creative arts camp songs & skits, music, drama & dance
  • Outdoor Education: outdoor education & survival, hiking, fort building
  • Wellness: 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) or our aqua zip line (all ages)
Kayaking & Canoeing EveryBuddy Camp* Biking (Camp EDGE) Spirit Competitions
Scavenger Hunts Special Events/Unit Days Interactive Family Nights Alpine Tower**
Phantom Creek Games Dual Zip Lines** Eno Village (Camp EDGE) Golf Ball Trails
*Serving children from age 5 - 15 with special needs **For campers age 8 and up
  • Weekly themes and dress up days
  • Leadership Curriculum and Team-building
  • Character Development Bead Necklace
  • Camper of the Week Awards
  • Spirit Awards
  • Unit Days

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. [caption id="attachment_511944" align="alignleft" width="1024"] 2021 Camp Thunderbird Bus Schedule[/caption]

Camp Programs

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. All camps are divided by age and experience the joys of our natural facility together.

Day Camp

For rising Kindergarten – 5th graders


For rising 6th – 8th grade

LIT (Leaders in Training)

For rising 9th – 10th grade

Final Four Week

For rising Kindergarten – rising 8th grade


  • A fixed weekly payment will be drafted each Monday, one week prior to the start date.
  • Registration closes Thursday at midnight for the upcoming week. Registrations will not be taken after this time.

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EveryBuddy Camp

EveryBuddy Unit offers children with diverse abilities a traditional day camp experience while in a breathtaking natural setting. Campers are included within traditional day camp groups and offered a lower staff to child ratio (1:3). The goal is to help campers interact with their peers, learn new skills, and to even prepare them to continue in our traditional day camp program. Campers experience 100 acres filled with an expanse of camping attractions like an alpine tower, pools, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and so much more. Staff regularly communicate and provide updates about their camper’s progress.

Ages: 7 – 17 years old
Times: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dates: 7 one-week sessions beginning June 28
YMCA Members: $252 per week   Non-members: $287 per week

  • A fixed weekly payment will be drafted each Monday, one week prior to the start date.
  • Registration closes Thursday at midnight for the upcoming week. Registrations will not be taken after this time.

For all inquiries for this program, please contact the Thunderbird office. Online registration is not available for EveryBuddy.  For questions or to register, contact the Camp Thunderbird office at:

Phone: 804.748.6714

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.


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

Phone: 804.748.6714

Camp Operations Director: Jason Ching
K-5/EveryBuddy Camp: Stephanie Schumaker
Teen Director: Atarah Sheba-Young
Property Director: Andy Moser