Camping Paradise in Chesterfield!

Voted one of the "Best Day Camps in Richmond", YMCA Camp Thunderbird's one hundred acres of woods and six-acre lake have all the camp activities a camper could want!

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!

Registration begins January 1 for YMCA Members; January 15 for non-members.

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.

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)

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.