Our traditional camp facility in Chesterfield County is the perfect place for your camper to create once-in-a-lifetime memories!

About 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! 

What We Offer

Online registration closes 3 weeks prior to the first day of camp and camp fees will be drafted 2 weeks prior to the first day of camp.

June 10 -  last day to register for July 1 camp

Closing registration dates for the rest of the summer:

  • June 17 -  last day to register for July 8 camp
  • June 24 -  last day to register for July 15 camp
  • July 1 -  last day to register for July 22 camp
  • July 8 -  last day to register for July 29 camp
  • July 15 -  last day to register for August 5 camp
  • July 22 - last day to register for August 12 camp


For 3rd - 5th graders (8+ years old)


Our Day Camp program offers a traditional outdoor summer camp day 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 outdoor specialty activities and focus on character development.  Every week has a fun and exciting theme with an educational focus and exciting twist.

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Teen Fun


For rising 6th - 10th graders

The Camp Edge program takes the traditional day camp experience and magnifies the opportunities even more!  This year, our teen campers will be participating in all camp activities, as well as having specific leadership curriculum time throughout each week.  Our specialists design activities that are geared for teens! Counselors build a sense of belonging, achievement and relationships in small groups to help campers feel like part of the camp family!

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For rising 9th - 10 graders

The Leaders in Leadership Training (LIT) program is a one-week experience at Camp Thunderbird that is designed to teach and inspire rising 9th and 10th graders. The Leaders-In-Training program gives campers an opportunity to grow into their leadership and learn what it takes to become a camp counselor! Campers will shadow summer camp staff, participate in small groups and engage in all the activities that Thunderbird has to offer. Curriculum includes hands-on training experiences and professional development workshops. Participants will learn basic safety, group facilitation, games, camp best practices and engage in activities that provide valuable employment skills, healthy relationships and opportunities to lead. Transportation is offered from our off-site locations.

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For 8-15 years old

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. 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:

Email: ctymca@ymcarichmond.org
Phone: 804.748.6714


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!

  • Camp Arts: creative arts, camp songs & skits, music, drama and dance
  • Outdoor Education: outdoor education, hiking, fort building, fishing
  • Adventure: canoeing, alpine tower, giant swing, dual zip lines, aqua zip line, biking, marksmanship, archery, STEM, low ropes
  • Character Development: character bead necklaces, reading, devotions, opening/closing council, leadership development
  • Sports: court sports, volleyball, field sports, swimming
  • Open Activities: gaga ball, backyard games, themed unit activities, 9 Square
  • MORE!



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.


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

2024 Camp Thunderbird Bus Schedule

Atlee Branch Library Bus Stop Info

Bon Air Baptist Church Bus Stop Info

Clark Springs Elementary (Formerly Downtown YMCA) Bus Stop Info

Millworks Bus Stop Info

Shady Grove Family YMCA Bus Stop Info

Tuckahoe Family YMCA Bus Stop Info

Woodlake Methodist United (Formerly Swift Creek YMCA) Bus Stop Info