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Video Contest Submissions: Thunderbird Thoughts

Thank you, “Toby” and Steve, for sharing your stories! We look forward to hearing from even more campers, staff, parents, and alumni before next Wednesday. Send your video to

Andrea (“Toby”)

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‘Thunderbird Thoughts’ Video Contest

WHEN: Wed Oct 29 – Wed Nov 5

WHO: You’re eligible if you’ve ever:

  • Attended Tbird (that’s you, campers!)
  • Worked at Tbird
  • Sent your child to Tbird

WHAT should I include in my video?

  • Please state your first name only and which years (approximate) you were at Tbird
  • Answer at least one of the following:
          • ‘I love Thunderbird because…’
          • What did you experience at Thunderbird that still sticks with you today?
  • Videos may include any number of people and may be as serious or silly as you want!

WHERE: Online

Video Length: 3 min max

Prizes: We will view your video, then post it on our Vimeo channel for everyone to see. Each applicant will be entered in a drawing for great Thunderbird gear! Some videos will be chosen for placement in Tbird’s promotional videos.

                                HOW TO ENTER:                                

  1. Send your video to * For large files, we recommend sending your video via


If you have an existing Vimeo account:

  1. After logging into your account, Upload your video.
  2. Title your video with your first and last name (nickname optional).  Next, click “Privacy” and under “Who can watch this video?” choose “Only people with a password.” Create the password of your choice. This will automatically be shown to us. Click “Save Changes” then click “Return to Video.”
  3. Hover over the top right corner of your video and click on the paper airplane to “Share.” In the “Email” box, type “,” then click “Send.”


QUESTIONS? Contact C-Bear at (314) 647-3168 or

CPR-trained Staff Save Lives During Off-season

One of your friends suddenly collapses while you’re playing squash together.
You notice a stranger fall to the ground and begin turning blue.
Would you know what to do?

Each summer, in the two weeks before campers arrive, Thunderbird staff participate in a variety of safety training and certification programs taught by American Red Cross and Wilderness Medicine Institute instructors. This past week we were reminded that CPR training is not only important for camp, but useful for life.

In the past 72 hours, two staff members saved lives in separate incidents, using training they learned at Thunderbird. “CoCo” was playing squash with a dear friend when his heart stopped and he collapsed. In the 10 minutes before medics arrived, she performed CPR and used an AED to restart his heart. Thankfully, he made a full recovery. Two days later and 8,000 miles away, “Luther” glanced out the window at work and saw a man slump to the ground. She walked towards him, noticed he’d stopped breathing and revived the man with CPR. Medics arrived shortly thereafter.

Though various instructors train our summer staff, Camp Thunderbird would not be the same without the dedication of two individuals over the past 15 years: Jim Olson and Jean Zayic trained (and continue to train) hundreds of staff members in Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR, teaching not only skills but also the value and responsibility that comes with being a trained rescuer.

“CoCo” and “Luther” agreed to let us share their stories with the hope that others would recognize the value of CPR certification and (re)certify their skills.  To find an online or in-person class near you, click