Register for Camp - Camp Thompson Carlisle YMCA

Camp Thompson

Traditional Resident Camp at Camp Thompson

Camp Thompson is located in Gardners, PA and has been operated by the Carlisle Family YMCA for more than 100 years. Camp Thompson is nestled in the pines of Pine Grove Furnace State Park and the Michaux State Forest. We are located between both Laurel and Fuller lakes, and a mile away from the halfway point of the Appalachian Trail. Our camp offers four week-long programs for campers ages 7-14.


  • July 7-12
  • July 14-19
  • July 21-26
  • July 28 – August 2

Please notice we will be following a Sunday – Friday schedule.

Member Fee Starting March 1st $365/week

Non-Member Fee Starting March 15th $415/week

Location Camp Thompson (800 Pine Grove Road, Gardners PA 17324)

Schedule Drop off: 4pm on Sunday; Pick up: before 7pm on Friday

There is a one time fee of $30 for each participant due at the time of registration, unless you register for early bird pricing , camper registration fee will be waived. Plan ahead and get the best deal.

  • Early Bird Pricing -Feb 1-15th (opens for MEMBERS ONLY) & Feb 16-28th (opens for NON-MEMBERS).
  • Member Fee: $325
  • Non Member Fee: $375

*Deposit of $150 is due at the time of registration*

Experience Thrills and Adventure with Camp Thompson’s Exciting Activities!

At Camp Thompson, we believe in providing campers with an unforgettable summer experience packed with fun, adventure, and opportunities for personal growth. Our diverse range of activities is designed to cater to all interests and skill levels. Get ready to make lifelong memories and forge new friendships through our fantastic lineup of camp activities!

Discover the Thrill of Our Camp Activities:

  1. Archery Tag: Take aim, strategize, and engage in exhilarating archery battles.
  2. Blow Dart Guns: Become a skilled marksman with our blow dart guns.
  3. Paddleboarding: Glide serenely on our picturesque lakes with paddleboarding adventures.
  4. Arts & Crafts: Unleash your creativity with a variety of arts and crafts projects.
  5. Low Ropes Initiative Park: Challenge yourself and your friends on our exciting low ropes courses.
  6. Swimming: Dive into refreshing pool sessions, perfect for beating the summer heat.
  7. Outdoor Living Skills: Learn essential outdoor survival skills and connect with nature.
  8. Sling Shots: Test your accuracy and have a blast with our sling shot target practice.
  9. Hiking: Explore the natural beauty of our surroundings through thrilling hiking adventures.
  10. Canoeing: Navigate the calm waters of our pristine lake while bonding with fellow campers.
  11. Nature: Immerse yourself in the wonders of the great outdoors through nature exploration.
  12. Archery: Develop your archery skills under the guidance of our experienced instructors.
  13. Large Group Games: Join in epic group games and make new friends along the way.
  14. Alpine Tower (age 9+): Conquer new heights and test your courage on our Alpine Tower.
  15. Tubing: Experience the rush of tubing down the river, an absolute summer favorite.
  16. Guitar: Strum the chords of creativity as you learn to play the guitar.
  17. Kayaking: Embark on kayaking adventures on our picturesque lake.
  18. Mountain Boarding: Get your adrenaline pumping as you ride the mountain terrain.
  19. Color Wars: Show your team spirit and compete in a series of friendly, spirited challenges.
  20. Overnights: Camp under the starry skies, share stories, and create lasting memories.

And so much more! Camp Thompson offers a diverse range of activities to cater to your camper’s interests and passions.

Day and Overnight Hikes – Explore the Beauty of Nature:

Every cabin at Camp Thompson embarks on a thrilling hiking adventure, where the age of the campers determines the type and location of the hike. Our carefully chosen hiking destinations include:

  • Mountain Creek Trail: Perfect for all ages, offering enchanting views and nature’s wonders.
  • Pole Steeple: A challenging trek for older campers seeking an adventure.
  • Tom’s Run: A picturesque hike through beautiful natural landscapes.
  • Tagg’s Run: A moderate hike ideal for building outdoor skills.
  • Sunset Rocks: An awe-inspiring hike with breathtaking vistas.
  • Fuller Lake: An unforgettable overnight hike for an immersive camping experience.

Camp Thompson is where adventure meets tradition, where campers build skills, make friends, and create cherished memories that last a lifetime. Join us this summer for an extraordinary journey into the heart of the great outdoors!

Ready to Embark on Your Camp Thompson Adventure? Register Now!

Spots are limited, so secure your spot today for a summer filled with fun, learning, and endless adventures in the great outdoors!

Camp Thompson – Where Adventure Awaits!