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A camp is only as good as its staff.

Expect excellence at YMCA Camp Thunderbird’s day camp. Our well-seasoned and well-trained counselors mentor and care for your child. Counselors, staff and lifeguards are required to complete a minimum of 34 hours of pre-camp training including youth and adult CPR, First Aid, AED and Child Abuse Prevention. We conduct background checks and drug screenings on all camp counselors and employees. We train our counselors and staff in conflict resolution techniques and encourage campers to be inclusive of all and celebrate our differences.
  • Rising 1st to 2nd grades - 1:8
  • Rising 6th to 10th grades - 1:10
During specific program activities, these ratios are reduced to as low as 1:6.
LaurelDirector of Day Camp and Outreach
Laurel M. Zitney

Laurel Zitney joined YMCA Camp Thunderbird in January 2016, bringing 25 years of experience with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. A native Charlottean who attended camp through school and church events, Laurel has a long history and love for YMCA Camp Thunderbird. “I am honored to be on the staff team responsible for leading the magic that is camp. My sons, Wesley, Kyle and husband, TJ, all enjoy the wonder and fun of camp as well.