Health and Safety
While summer fun is a top priority, safety is the highest. 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. We are ACA (American Camping Association) accredited and our 4:1 camper-to-counselor ratio promotes an environment that helps children grow in spirit, mind, and body.
Our on-site health center is staffed by two registered nurses, 24 hours a day. Our head nurse and camp physician live at Camp Thunderbird and an Urgent Care Center is only minutes away.
Appealing and nutritious meals are prepared under the careful supervision of our trained dietary staff and satisfy the hearty appetites of campers and staff. Fresh fruit, cereal, hot breakfasts and vegetables are offered every day. A salad bar is available to accommodate most lunches and suppers. Soup bar, potato bar, pasta bar and fruit bar are camper favorites. Vegetarian options are always available. Thunderbird maintains a Grade “A” rating from the South Carolina Board of Health and a registered dietician approves all camp meals.
We hire the highest quality staff to mentor and lead your children. Our staff is trained in First Aid/CPR. We screen each applicant with an in-depth interview, multiple reference checks and background checks by state and national authorities. Only the most qualified and compassionate staff is selected to serve at Thunderbird and reflect our five key character traits of caring, respect, responsibility, honesty and faith.
Land & Water Activities
Safety is a major focus in all activities. Campers are required to wear Coast Guard approved life jackets at all times while participating in lake activities and campers wear swim bands (denoting their swim ability) throughout their stay at camp. Our boat drivers are USA Coast Guard certified. For land activities, staff is trained on safety and instructional methods by 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.