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About Us

Welcome to the heart of Camp Thompson, where a century of memories, a rich history, and a commitment to excellence come together in an oasis of outdoor adventure. Nestled within the breathtaking beauty of Pine Grove Furnace State Park in the Michaux State Forest, we are more than just a camp – we are a cherished institution that has touched the lives of generations.

A Legacy of Quality Programming

For nearly a century, Camp Thompson has been a cornerstone of our community and beyond, providing affordable, high-quality programming that has become a rite of passage for countless campers. We pride ourselves on delivering an experience that combines fun, learning, and personal growth in a way that only camp can.

Our Natural Playground

Our camp is a hidden gem, cradled between the tranquil waters of Fuller and Laurel lakes, with the iconic Appalachian Trail as our neighbor. Imagine waking up to the sounds of nature, exploring lush forests, following adventurous trails, and being enveloped by the serenity of the great outdoors. Camp Thompson occupies 50 acres of pure wonder, complete with flowing creeks and endless opportunities for exploration.

The Camp Thompson Family is Strong

A Proud Member of the YMCA Family

The Carlisle Family YMCA has been a beacon of community service for 150 remarkable years. As a member of this dynamic YMCA family, Camp Thompson inherits a legacy of success, innovation, and impact that few social institutions can match. From pioneering sports like basketball and volleyball to groundbreaking initiatives in camping, public libraries, night schools, and teaching English as a second language, the YMCA’s influence has touched virtually every American.

Our Dedicated Staff

The heartbeat of Camp Thompson is our incredible staff. Each summer, they bring their passion, dedication, and boundless enthusiasm to our campers. They are not just counselors; they are mentors, role models, and future leaders. Our staff members undergo extensive training, dedicating over 60 hours to honing their skills in delivering the best summer experience possible. Their commitment to the YMCA’s core values of caring, responsibility, respect, and honesty shines through every structured activity, field trip, and moment of free play.

Accredited Excellence

The quality of work and training at the Carlisle Family YMCA has earned us accreditation from the American Camping Association, a testament to our unwavering commitment to excellence and safety.

Offsite Camps

Our offerings extend beyond the campsite, with opportunities at our offsite locations:

  • Camp Thompson Resident Camp
    Address: 800 Pine Grove Rd. Gardners, PA 17324
    Phone: 717-486-5480
  • New Frontiers Day Camp
    Address: 700 Stone Church Rd. Carlisle, PA 17015

Camp Thompson is more than just a place; it’s a community where memories are made, lifelong friendships are forged, and the spirit of adventure thrives. Join us as we continue to inspire generations of campers to explore, learn, and grow.

Experience Camp Thompson – Where Adventure Meets Tradition!

Come and be a part of our story. Your adventure begins here.