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Traditional Resident Camp


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 Furance 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.

Summer 2019 Dates

  • July 7-13
  • July 14-20
  • July 21-27
  • July 28 - Aug 3


  • Member Fee: $309 / week
  • Non-Member Fee: $359 / week
  • Location: Camp Thompson (800 Pine Grove Road, Gardners PA 17324)
  • Schedule: Drop off: 3-4pm on Sunday; Pick up: before 9am on Saturday

A one time family fee of $30 will be charged at the time of registration

All Camp Activities

Archery Tag, Blow Dart Guns, Paddleboards, Key Log, Arts & Crafts, Low Ropes Initiative Park, Swimming, Outdoor Living Skills, Sling Shots, Hiking, Canoeing, Nature, Archery, Large Group Games, Alpine Tower (age 9+), Tubing, Guitar, Kayaking, Mountain Boarding, Paint Ball, Color Wars, Overnights, Zip-line Canopy Tour (age 14+), And Much More!

Day and Overnight Hikes

All cabins are scheduled for a day or overnight hike, depending on the age of the campers in each cabin. The campers’ ages also determine the location of the hike. Hikes include: Mountain Creek Trail, Pole Steeple, Tom’s Run, Tagg’s Run, Sunset Rocks and Fuller Lake.

Friday Night Campfires

Pack some lawn chairs, sit back and enjoy! Every Friday parents are welcome to join us at Camp Thompson for Campfire. The campfire program starts with patch presentations and is followed by an inspirational story at chapel. Then all campers and staff participate in skits, songs and funny traditions around our large outdoor campfire. Campfire begins at 7pm and is held rain or shine. Parents are welcome to sign them out Friday night, or before 9am on Saturday morning.

Need more information or have a question about this? Contact:

Brittany Rose, Camping Services Director

717 243 2525 ext 208 or at Camp Thompson 717 486 5480