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When you give to YMCA Camp Thunderbird, you make our community better through life-changing programs and services.


Camp Scholarships

At the Y, we believe all kids deserve the chance to experience the life-changing power of camp. That’s why we award camp scholarships to families in need. For many of these kids it’s their first time being away from home, meeting diverse friends and engaging with positive role models. Camp gives them an opportunity to build self-reliance and reach their greatest potential. Last summer, we awarded 311 resident and day campers with scholarships totaling more than $270,000.

Y-Guides Scholarships

Through the generosity of our donors, we’re able to provide scholarship assistance for families in need to participate in Y-Guides. This support gives kids and caregivers the chance to spend quality time together, make lasting memories and strengthen their relationship, all while belonging to a tribe committed to teaching kids critical life skills and the importance of serving others.

Environmental Education

At the Environmental Education Center our goal is to provide hands-on, sensory learning where students can acquire practical knowledge and ecological life skills. We strive for every student to walk away with stronger appreciation and respect for our physical and social environment and be able to make their own decisions concerning their role in the environment. Last year, over 500 Environmental Education students received more than $37,000 in financial assistance.

Game Changers

Targeting under-served students in grades 3-5, Game Changers combines camp experiences with structured academic enrichment activities. Program curriculum is built on helping students grow self-confidence and develop the lifelong skills needed to thrive in the 21st century. The program includes seven touches – one day at camp for Environmental Education and one day to engage with staff, four school visits, and a full week of overnight or day camp during the summer. Funded through the generosity of our donors, the program is offered to families at no cost. Last year, YMCA Camp Thunderbird engaged 66 Game Changers students.

Leadership Development

Leadership development continues beyond traditional camp to our Counselor in Training (CIT) and junior counselor programs. Both opportunities give our young staff the tools and confidence they need to deliver the best possible camp experience, along with developing leadership skills that carry into adulthood.

For more information, contact:
Maggie Keller, Financial Development Director
704-716-4158 |

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