In the Water. On the Land.

We design and provide a wide range of safe, enriching activities for campers that speak directly to their age, interest and abilities.

In similarly aged groups, campers rotate through activities under the leadership of our well-trained staff. Campers attend two land activities, two water activities and choose one elective. Electives follow a week-long format to allow for greater mastery and skill development.


Water Activities

Each group will participate in two afternoon water activities that rotate daily.

Each activity period will last for approximately one hour.

  • Banana Boat Rides
  • Canoe & Kayaking
  • Paddleboarding (ages 9 - 12)
  • Sailing (ages 9 - 12)
  • Shore Tour (ages 11 - 12)
  • Swimming
  • Water Toys (Blob and Wibits)
  • Wet Wylie Water Slide



All our waterfront staff are trained in CPR, First Aid and Lifeguarding. Boat drivers are U.S. Coast Guard certified. Specific staff receive additional training and certification depending on activity requirements. Staff continue to receive training throughout the summer to enhance their ability to provide a safe atmosphere while supervising our waterfront areas.

Every camper must participate in a swimming skills assessment in accordance with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. You can find the swim assessment form here.

Land Activities

Each group will participate in two morning land activities that rotate daily.

Each activity period will last for approximately one hour.

  • Aerial Adventure Course (Ages 9-12)
  • Archery
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Challenge Course:Alpine Tower (ages 10-12)
  • Group Games
  • Low Ropes Course
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Sports
  • Tree Climbing (Ages 8-12)
  • Gelly Ball         



All staff are trained in CPR and First Aid. In addition, specialized activites require additonal certifications and training from professional orgnizations such as USA Archery, Adventure Tree, Challenge Towers Aerial Adventures, Assocaition of Challenge Course Technology and American Camping Association. Safety and quality insturction are paramount to our organization and staff. 

Daily Schedule

Campers stay with their group peers and counselors throughout the entire day. This program gives children an introduction to a wide variety of camp activities plus provides them the opportunity for creative expression.

Typical Day Camp Schedule

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Camper Drop-off/Rides In
8:30 AM - 8:55 AM Opening Ceremony and Devotion
8:55 AM - 9:05 AM Group Time & Attendance
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM Land Activity Period 1
10:20 AM - 11:20 AM Land Activity Period 2
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Lunch
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Change for Water Activities
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Water Activity Period 1
1:35 PM - 2:35 PM Water Activity Period 2
2:35 PM - 2:45 PM Change for Electives
2:50 PM - 3:45 PM Elective Activity
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM Canteen (Snack)
4:15 PM - 4:25 PM Group Scoop
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Closing Ceremony
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Camper Pick-up/Rides Out


Overnight Option


7:30 AM - 6:00 PMRegular Camp Day
6:00 PM - 7:00 PMDinner Provided by YMCA Camp Thunderbird
7:00 PM - 8:00 PMAll-Camp Activities
8:00 PM - 9:00 PMSwimming and Canteen (Snack)
9:00 PM - 10:00 PMEvening Program and Movie
10:00 PMBedtime in the Rec Hall


7:00 AMWake-up Call
7:15 AMSnack Breakfast Provided by YMCA Camp Thunderbird
7:30 AM - 7:45 AMPick-up for All Campers at Rec Hall (7:30 AM) or New City Church (7:45 AM)