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YMCA of Greater Charlotte
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While summer fun is what we do, 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 4:1 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, nurse practitioners and registered nurses, 24 hours a day. Physicians and Nurse Practitioners live on-site during their 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 and Hospital Emergency Room are only minutes away.

We partner with CampDoc.com, a web-based health management system that provides our Health Center Team with instant access to camper health information, a key component in providing quality patient care. All medications to be dispensed at camp must be brought directly by a parent or legal guardian on opening day. They should be blister packed (preferably) or in the original packaging showing dosage instructions by the physician who prescribed the medication. Unless your child needs a daily dosage of an over the counter medication it is not necessary to bring them to camp. View & Download CampDoc Family FAQ >>

We prepare appealing and nutritious meals under the careful supervision of our trained dietary staff. A registered dietitian approves all camp meals. We strive to meet each child’s dietary needs and successfully accommodate most food allergies. Our Dining Hall does not serve products that contain peanuts or tree nuts.
YMCA Camp Thunderbird’s Dining Hall maintains a Grade “A” rating from the South Carolina Board of Health.
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 stay at camp.
  • 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, Camp Horseman's Association, Association of Challenge Course Technology and the American Camping Association.