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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 2021 Dates

  • July 4-9
  • July 11-16
  • July 18-23
  • July 25 - July 30

Please notice this year we will be following a Sunday - Friday schedule. This will allow for us to better clean and sanitizing at camp for the 2021 season with hopes to continue our safe summer protocols


  • Member Fee: $309 / week
  • Non-Member Fee: $359 / week
  • Location: Camp Thompson (800 Pine Grove Road, Gardners PA 17324)
  • Schedule: Drop off: 4pm on Sunday; Pick up: before 8pm on Friday

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

All Camp Activities

Archery Tag, Blow Dart Guns, Paddleboards, 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, Color Wars, Overnights, Quick Jump, 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 Change:

We are thankful for a successful 2020 summer, and hope that 2021 only continues this safe and healthy trend. We are changing our Pick up Policy to Friday Night by 8pm for all campers to be able to clean and sanitize camp bunks and buildings and allow safe non contact to all of our buildings for at least 24 hours, We will return then Sunday for drop off as normal.

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

PLEASE NOTE: If you are registering more than one sibling for any of our summer camps, please email Camping Services Director Brittany Rose at

to let her know if you want to apply the one-time $30 fee you paid at registration to your outstanding balance or if you would like it returned to the payment method you used for your deposit.