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Health & Safety


While summer fun is a top priority, safety is the highest priority. 

We take your child's health and safety very seriously and exceed top industry standards in all areas of our camp operation including facilities, dining, staff and programming. YMCA Camp Thunderbird is ACA (American Camping Association) accredited. Our 8:1 camper-to-counselor ratio promotes an environment that helps children grow in spirit, mind and body.
We staff our on-site health center with physicians and registered nurses, 24 hours a day. Our medical staff live at Camp Thunderbird during assigned sessions. Our head nurse oversees our medical protocols. Our health center administrator supervises and schedules our medical team while managing logistics and all parent communication. If further medical services are needed, an Urgent Care Center is only minutes away.
We partner with CampDoc.com, a web-based health management system that provides doctors and nurses with instant access to camper health information, a key component in providing quality patient care. If campers need medication while at camp, parents must provide medicine on the first day of the session in an ORIGINAL prescription package with the dosage clearly labeled. View & Download CampDoc Family FAQ >>
CAMPER EAR DROPS: Otitis Externa or swimmer’s ear is a common condition seen at camp due to the amount of time the campers spend in the water. In order to decrease the risk of infection, camp provides ear drops daily after all water activities. These drops are a mixture of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar. The purpose of the drops is to dry the camper’s ear canal and create an uncomfortable environment for bacteria to grow. Please inform the camp if your camper has ear tubes by making a note on the health form.
We hire the most highly qualified, compassionate staff to mentor and lead your children. We screen each applicant with an in-depth interview, multiple reference checks and background checks by state and national authorities. All staff reflect our five key character traits of caring, respect, responsibility, honesty and faith. All staff are certified in CPR and First Aid.
Safety and quality instruction are paramount in all activities. We require campers to wear Coast Guard approved life jackets at all times while participating in lake activities. Campers wear swim bands (denoting their swim ability) throughout their day camp session.
  • All our waterfront staff are trained in CPR, First Aid and Lifeguarding.
  • Boat drivers are U.S. Coast Guard certified. 
  • All our land staff are trained in CPR and First Aid.
  • Land staff also receive training and instructional methods from professional organizations such as the Camp Archery Association, the National Rifle Association, Association of Challenge Course Technology and the American Camping Association. 
We prepare our nutritious hot lunch option under the careful supervision of our trained dietary staff.

Our Camp Canteen opens every afternoon for campers to receive one snack item and one drink per day. Choices may include: water, chips, pretzels, yogurt, cheese, fruit.

We strive to meet each child’s dietary needs and successfully accommodate most food allergies.

YMCA Camp Thunderbird’s Dining Hall maintains a Grade “A” rating from the South Carolina Board of Health.