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Our History

Camp Thompson History

Camp Thompson is located in beautiful Pine Grove Furnace State Park in the Michaux State Forest and is just a short drive from Carlisle. Camp Thompson has served our community and others for almost a century with affordable, quality programming. The camp is nestled between Fuller and Laurel lakes and along the historic Appalachian Trail. Camp Thompson is situated on 50 acres of lush forests, flowing creeks and adventurous trails.

Carlisle Family YMCA History

For 150 years, the YMCA has been a pioneering force in the United States. The YMCA is one of the most successful social institutions our country has every known. One out of three Americans reports being a YMCA member at some point in life, but what’s even more remarkable is that the YMCA has touched virtually all Americans in some way. YMCAs invented basketball and volleyball. YMCAs pioneered in camping, public libraries, night schools, and teaching English as a second language. YMCAs introduced the world’s first indoor pool and group swimming lessons. YMCAs offered after-school child care long before “latch key” kids had been given a name. And, YMCAs have provided war relief since the Civil War, aiding millions of soldiers at home and abroad.

Our Staff

Every summer is a joy for me to work alongside many great, dedicated, driven staff. They are proud to work for the YMCA and believe in its mission. They encourage positive development in themselves and the youth they come in contact with everyday. Many go on to become leaders in their communities some as teachers, social workers, physical therapist even doctors. They are also willing and ready to help whether leading an activity or game, singing a song or getting slimy for color wars points. They dedicate 60+ hours of training to learn and educate themselves on how to give your camper the best summer; while following the YMCA’s core values and showing how to care, be responsible, respect, and be honest through structured activities, field trips and free play. The high quality of work and training the staff at the Carlisle Family YMCA engage in has earned us accreditation from the American Camping Association.

Offsite Camps:

Camp Thompson Resident Camp - 800 Pine Grove Rd. Gardners PA. 17324 . 717-486-5480

New Frontiers Day Camp - 700 Stone Church Rd. Carlisle PA. 17015

Our Team

Brittany 'Bipp' Rose

Camping Services Director,