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YMCA of Greater Charlotte
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In-Depth Training. Added fun.

In addition to our general water and land programs, we offer other challenging add-on activities and enhanced experiences. Parents and campers select these activities during the registration process. If you need to register for an add-on after completing your camper’s registration, please email our registrar at campthunderbird@ymcacharlotte.org. YMCA Camp Thunderbird does not accept any add-on registration after opening day of your child's session.


Ages: All
Sessions: All
Cost: One Week - $210 | Two Weeks - $347

Does your camper want to spend more time on the water? Learn the basics or sharpen your skills with our top-notch equipment in our competition ski boats. Campers receive small group instruction in 3-hour sessions (4 sessions during a two week session and twice during a one week session) from our in boat coaches in the watersports of their choice: wakeboarding, wakeskating, wakesurfing, kneeboarding, two skiing and slalom skiing. These options are in addition to the regular scheduled waterfront activities and replace three of the general land activities. Advanced wakesports is not recommended for first time campers that are 8 years old or younger with no experience behind a large ski boat.
Ages: All
Sessions: All (Except 5A) | Limited to 48 campers per sessio
Cost: One Week - $150 | Two Weeks - $295

YMCA Camp Thunderbird’s highly sought after horseback riding program provides campers opportunities to ride both English and Western. We focus on teaching walking, trotting, cantering and jumping. We also introduce campers to basic skills in caring for horses and equipment used for riding.
Our horseback riding class meets for two hours: twice during a one-week session and four times during a two-week session. This is an add-on program and replaces two of the general land activities. We ask campers to bring long pants for riding classes as well as closed toed shoes that have smooth soles.

Ages: 14+
Sessions: All two week | Limited to 10 campers per session
Cost: $100

Jr. Lifeguarding has a strong focus on developing swimming skills to help participants meet the Lifeguarding course prerequisite. The course also introduces participants to lifesaving skills, such as in-water rescues, use of a rescue tube, and first aid, Basic Life Support (BLS) and Oxygen administration. Participants also have the opportunity to shadow lifeguards in rotation to get a real sense of being on the job. Upon the successful completion of all tests participants will receive the following certifications: YMCA Aquatic Safety Assistant, First Aid, BLS and Oxygen.

Ages: 12 and older
Sessions: 2 - 5 | Limited to 30 campers per session
Cost: $110

Campers love the fun of a safe high paced and action packed games of Paintball with their friends. Enjoy four days of paintball, one hour per game. This is an add-on program and replaces one of the general land activities.
YMCA Camp Thunderbird supplies all needed equipment: Paintball, CO2, Paintball Marker, Safety Equipment (masks, chest protector and neck protector). We ask all paintball participants to bring a long pair of pants and long shirt to wear during the games. (Please note that these clothes will get dirty from the paint)
Ages: All
Sessions: 2 - 5 | Limited to 25 campers per session
Cost: $100

We design our tennis clinic to sharpen the skills of campers who already have tennis knowledge and basic skills. Campers work with qualified staff members to increase their fundamentals, ability and knowledge of the game.
Our tennis clinic meets on four days for an hour each day during two-week sessions. This is an add-on program and replaces one of the general land activities. Campers remain on site for lessons. We ask all tennis clinic participants to bring tennis rackets, tennis shoes and water bottles.


Ages: All
Sessions: 2 - 5
Cost: $160 one way

Take advantage of our popular and convenient chartered Atlanta Bus to transport your registered campers from YMCA Camp Thunderbird at the end of their session.
North Springs High School | 7447 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30328
Luggage Arrives | 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Campers Arrive | 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
For questions about Atlanta Bus transportation, please email thunderbirdtransportation@ymcacharlotte.org.
Ages: All
Sessions: 3 & 4
Cost: $275
Is your camper staying for multiple sessions? Our Change Over service allows your child to continue their experience and fellowship with staff and other campers. During Change Over, campers stay in cabins onsite with camp staff and have the opportunity to participate in activities both onsite and offsite. Campers encounter a different side of camp as they relax and refuel for the next session. All registrations for Change Over must be complete by opening day of your child’s session.