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YMCA of Greater Charlotte
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ADVENTURE RECREATION

Want to add adventure to your event? 

Our YMCA Camp Thunderbird staff facilitates adventure activities for an additional fee. Advance scheduling required. See rates >>
 
Zip Line
 
Our 300' dual zip line departs from 40' high and uses a simple gravity brake to bring riders to a gradual stop at the low point of the cable.
 
Climbing Wall
 
Our climbing wall allows 1 or 2 climbers to ascend vertically up to 50' while on belay.
 
Alpine Tower
 
This vertical playpen allows 1 or 2 climbers to navigate a network of poles, ropes and nets as they ascend up to 50' while on belay.
 
Giant Swing
 
Connected to the Alpine Tower, this giant swing suspends a participant from a 50' high vertical cable. The participant is hauled up backwards with a rope and pulley system plus group teamwork. At their discretion, the participant uses a quick-release rope to detach from the haul system and swing freely from the cable to which they are attached, much like a pendulum.
 
Power Pole/Trapeze Jump
 
The most complete combination of both physical and mental challenges. While connected to a belay rope, a participant climbs a 25' utility pole and maneuvers themselves onto its top. Then, the next step challenges participants to jump from the top of the pole and grab a suspended trapeze bar.
 
Paddlesports
 
Choose from three different activities:
 
  • Canoes, available anytime.
  • Kayaks, available during the warmest weeks.
  • Stand-Up Paddleboards, available during the warmest weeks. 
All participants must wear provided U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Devices (PFD's).
 
Wet Wylie
 
During the months of May, August, and September, groups may choose to enjoy our Wet Wylie Water Slide. Starting from a 30' tower, the slide consists of flexible vinyl suspended from steel cables and empties riders straight into Lake Wylie. All participants must wear provided U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Devices (PFD's).
 
Archery
 
A perennial favorite of children and youth groups, our Archery range boasts eight shooting stables and multiple targets. Designed to serve as an introduction to the sport, we use small/medium recurved bows and target arrows.
 
Riflery
 
Adjacent to the Archery range is our riflery range. Using BB and/or Pellet guns, this activity serves as a great introduction to children and youth about the importance of gun safety and benefits of responsible use.