Quest's Camp Thunderbird COVID-19 Update
Due to the remaining uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation and how it affects our camp operation, we have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel summer 2020 camp sessions. This marks the first disruption to summer service in over 50 years at Camp Thunderbird. For more information, click here.
The Camp Thunderbird Team
Play & Grow Together
Quest’s Camp Thunderbird is dedicated to providing recreational programs for adults with developmental disabilities. This is their chance to learn new skills and focus on the remarkable things they can do, while making new friends and unforgettable memories.
The physical and behavioral challenges associated with Down syndrome, autism, Cerebral Palsy and other developmental disabilities often limit opportunities to relax, socialize and have fun. Quest’s Camp Thunderbird’s six-day overnight sessions provide parents and guardians a break from the demands of 24-hour caregiving. For many families, this respite is their first chance to relax, spend time with friends or even take a vacation knowing that their loved one is receiving quality care and attention.
Age-specific programming ensures that all the unique recreational and developmental needs of the participants are met.
Camp Thunderbird is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), which verifies that the camp complies with health, safety and program standards.
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In comparison to other camp programs, our team serves “guests” vs. “campers” to create an age appropriate environment where independence is promoted and guest service is a focus. Participants have the opportunity to meet up to 80 individuals within the program – many of whom become lifelong friends.
Guests are provided with activity choices based on their own personal interests and preferences. Activities vary in type within the program and include active (sports, games), social (social hour, pool time), instructive (baking, dance classes), creative (fine arts, performance/dance) and environmental (nature studies). Through choice programming, campers have ownership in their experience allowing them to create a schedule that best caters to their desired outcomes and goals.
Quest’s Camp Thunderbird’s decision is based on present medical or behavior conditions and our ability to assure the adequate counseling and health staff for it. We are not equipped for individuals who do not have weight bearing ability, cause physical harm to fellow guests, require feeding tubes, Foley catheters, dialysis, ventilators or have a tracheostomy.
Quest’s Camp Thunderbird typically provides one staff member for every four guests (1:4 ratio). If someone requires additional care (determined by the camp director), we may be able to provide a 1:1 ratio (at an additional $100 per day). This one-on-one supervision is tailored to meet the individual’s needs and fully engage them in an appropriate and exciting program. Special needs vary in range and can include autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADD, ADHD, developmental delays, gross and fine motor delays, Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID), and genetic disorders.
**Did you know: when you refer a friend to Camp Thunderbird, you can save $100 on your camp registration? The person being referred must be a first-time guest and attend at least a 6-day session.
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Quest's Retreat & Conference Center
Our conference and retreat center located at Quest’s Camp Thunderbird is the perfect location for retreats, team building activities, reunions, family picnics, workshops and other gatherings. Whether you are interested in an entire week or just a day, we can help you host the perfect group event.
Located on 19 wooded acres surrounding beautiful Lake Prevatt, our conference and retreat center is the perfect blend of nature and conveniences. Equipped with a state of the art meeting facility, a variety of dining and lodging facilities, exciting activities, experienced staff and endless fun we can provide comfortable accommodations for your group. We have dates available from early-September to mid-May.
We offer a variety of rental packages for your group event, whether the focus is team building, planning, brainstorming or just having fun. Discounted pricing is also available for non-profit groups and organizations.
Quest Serves Individuals
Denise considers Quest’s Camp Thunderbird to be her favorite place. She has attended every year since the facility first opened in 1969. As an individual living with a developmental disability, Denise has a limited number of recreational programs where she can enjoy herself and fulfill her social needs.
Denise has now participated in a variety of fun activities and has a foundation to improve her communication abilities, learn new skills and increase her level of independence throughout the years.
For Denise, living with her disability has also meant overcoming physical challenges. Her first few years at camp were spent using crutches to walk around. Growing older has made her more dependent on her wheelchair. As time went on, it was nearly impossible to maneuver her wheelchair through the sand-based sidewalks which left her unable to participate in many of the activities that had helped build her self-confidence for so long.
Denise was concerned she would have to leave the program. The turning point came when the Harper Family Charitable Foundation, a longtime supporter and friend of Quest, donated supplies and manpower to provide handicap-accessible sidewalks.
Denise, like many of the campers, have greatly benefitted from the support of foundations and company partnerships in our community.
What Parents Say
“I was worried Tanya wouldn’t last the entire time at camp, but she fooled me. When we picked her up, she said to us: "I’m coming back next year!.”
What Parents Say
“My daughter loves it. She loves the staff because they take good care of all of the campers that go there. She starts preparing to go back to camp the day I pick her up! I feel very comfortable; she’s safe and I’m satisfied.”
What Parents Say
“My wife and I were really touched this past summer when we picked Ashley up from her stay at camp. A large group of the staff counselors came to see her off (some were crying) and to tell us how much they loved having her at camp..”