What's new for 2013?
As you start to think about your plans for Summer 2013 here is an update on what is new and exciting at YMCA Camp Thunderbird. We know these will make your decision about Summer 2013 an easy one. Remember if you sign up before January 31, 2013 you receive $50 off per week!
TGA Golf Add-on
The golf program at Thunderbird is now under the direction of the TGA Junior Golf Program. Highly trained golf instructors will engage campers in lessons that are fun, safe and educational. As part of the program, campers will attend three golf lessons, scheduled during part of their traditional land activity times. The golf lessons will be held on site at Thunderbird. During the fourth lesson campers will take a trip to a local golf course where campers will have an opportunity to apply the skills they work on during the session. While playing the course, campers will work in groups of four and each group will play with an instructor who will provide guidance and feedback. Cost for program participation is $75.00. Campers are encouraged to bring their own golf clubs. For those campers who traditionally have chosen golf as one of their land activities this program will replace that option. Appropriately sized clubs will be provided for campers, although campers may also elect to bring their own clubs to camp.
New for 2013 we are excited to introduce rowing for campers age 11. Rowing, which will be scheduled through our land activities, is a sport that combines a full body work out with the chance to learn sportsmanship, dedication and teamwork. This is an introductory class that will basic techniques to no more than 8 campers per class period. Campers will learn in a stable rowing barge focusing on mastering proper technique in this progressive program through their time at Thunderbird. While campers work together on a common goal they will learn rhythm, power, focus, endurance, harmony and balance.
Outdoor Laser Tag
New for 2013, this high tech version of laser tag will be a fun new addition for all ages. This recreational activity that is not tied to the bandana point system will be scheduled through our land activities and feature no more than 10 campers per class period. Campers will play on two teams games similar to capture the flag. This action packed, outdoor version of laser tag will be played in a natural environment with man made obstacles.
Addition of 4 new pottery wheels
We are now able to offer 8 more campers per class period in pottery! Due to popular demand of this land activity this year we are adding more pottery wheels.
Addition of Paintball Slingshot to Target Sports Area
Ideal for target practice, Target Sports will now also feature Paintball Slingshot. This weekend free play activity will not be tied to the bandana point system but will give campers yet another opportunity to refine their skills focusing on hitting the bulls eye.
Strengthening CLA Offering
Thunderbird's Coastal Leadership Adventure Program provides campers with a two-week opportunity to develop their leadership skills in a setting where they can apply the skills of outdoor living while engaging in high adventure activities. Participants will work to develop leadership skills that will include problem-solving, conflict resolution, goal setting, self advocacy, and teambuilding. Experienced camp leaders will engage CLA participants in multiple opportunities to learn and practice leadership skills in a variety of settings. Through devotions, campers will reflect on their thoughts, decisions, and actions and develop strategies for applying the skills they develop once they return home. Campers will begin their experience at Thunderbird before traveling to the coast of North Carolina for camping, backpacking, hang gliding, surfing, kayaking, and visiting lighthouses and museums. Upon return to the camp property, campers will be provided time and opportunities to engage in the traditional camp activities. Campers may elect to work on the bandana system in place at camp.