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Carlisle Family YMCA, Camp Thompson
Gardners, Pennsylvania

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717-486-5480 Camp Thompson
800 Pine Grove Rd
Gardners, Pennsylvania 17324



TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: The Camp Thompson program is an authentic 7-day resident camp experience with almost a century of tradition, as well as new fun challenges for campers and staff that earn them points for color wars. Each week campers will live in a cabin with their peers to enjoy their summer camp adventure. During their stay your camper will get the chance to experience each activity while also competing in Color Wars, taking a run on the zip line* or packing out on their overnight to the Appalachian trail, or just enjoying some cabin time at the lake or the new key log at the creek with their new friends. Our programs are built on diversity, innovation and creativity to ensure that each week is a new adventure for both new and returning campers. Camp Thompson runs adventure camp for ages 7-15 for 4 weeks ( July 5th - Aug 1st, 2015.)

Swimming, Waterfront/Aquatics, Adventure, Travel, Wilderness/Nature, and more. We Have Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddle-boarding, Log Rolling, Climbing, Mountain Boarding, A&C, Nature, Outdoor Living Skills, Overnight Trips, Pack Outs, & Original Late Night Games & Activities For Staff & Campers.

CAMP LOCATION: We are located 30 minutes south of Harrisburg,PA in the Pine Grove Furnace State Park and Michaux Forest on 52 acres between 2 lakes.

CAMP FACILITIES: We have 10 cabins, dining hall, basketball court, pavilion, access to 2 man-made lakes, creek, large grass field, 2 rustic campfire locations, and we nestle our program areas in and around the surrounding forest.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Camp Thompson is an ACA accredited camp, a national accreditation from the American Camping Association. This means our staff and camp need to meet certain requirements and standards every year. All staff are CPR\AED, First Aid, and Lifeguard Certfied. We complete 60 hours of staff training; including program areas ( tower, archery, OLS) as well as Darkness 2 Light, Child Abuse and Mandating reporting training. All staff complete 3 background checks, and go through two extensive interviews for hire.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: L.I.T. is an exciting and challenging program geared toward building the participants’ leadership skills while still in a supervised and structured environment. During the program participants will develop the following leadership components: time management, leading organized activities, service learning, public speaking and listening. These valuable tools are beneficial in more than the camp community; they will be useful in life as well. Working in small groups, teens will participate in team initiatives, leadership workshops, service projects and all camp activities. As part of the course participants will create, plan and implement a 2- to 3-day back-packing trip for themselves at the end of the their course. This is a 2-week residential program but just like the younger campers, participants go home in between sessions.

14-15 years old
Member Fee:$426
Non-Member Fee:$497
Sessions:July 3-16, 2015

The C.I.T. program focuses on leadership, communication, counseling and activity skills necessary to become a counselor. If selected, CITs may request positions lasting from three to six weeks. This is an unpaid, volunteer program. There is no fee for participation. Applications must be submitted and interviews will be conducted.

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): Come to Camp Thompson and enjoy a spring weekend with your family. During the weekend, camp staff will provide activities for you and your family, or you can just take time to relax in scenic Pine Grove Furnace State Park in the Michaux State Forest. All meals are included, but you are encouraged to bring your own snacks. Please dress appropriately for outdoor activities including archery, canoeing, climbing the Alpine Tower, hiking, sling shots and more!

May 14-15th, 2016
Member Fee:$120 / cabin
Non-Member Fee:$140 / cabin

2016 Resident Camp Dates

July 3 - 9
July 10 - 16
July 17 - 23
July 24 - August 30

Member Fee:$299 / week ***Early Bird $285 / week through Feb. 28, 2016

Non-Member Fee:$359 / week ***Early Bird $339 / week through Feb. 28, 2016

We have a few different positions available at Camp Thompson for the summer:
Camp Nurse, paid internship
Camp Cook
Boy Counselors (age 17+)
Girl Counselors ( age 17+)

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