Come Home to the Perfect Setting

It’s about the journey, not the destination, but our destination happens to be pretty spectacular.

While the people are the heart and soul of camp, the setting is just about perfect. With Boys and Girls Camp nestled in the Northwoods of Minnesota, on pristine and quiet Lake Plantagenet, there is plenty of room for exploration and adventure.

Spradley, who was one of the founders of the network for district family-engagement leaders, said such efforts were at first haphazard.

How many campers can say they’ve…

  • Stood under an 18 ft. statue of the legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyan and Babe his Blue Ox?
  • Watched a turtle lay eggs?
  • Walked across the start of the world’s third largest river as it travels on its way to the Gulf of Mexico?
  • Eaten Dairy Queen while looking out over the northernmost lake feeding the Mississippi River?
  • Watched a bald eagle soar over the waterfront while water skiing?
  • Viewed the Northern Lights in the pitch black sky while sitting around a campfire with friends?
  • Bicycled and rock climbed along the shores of Lake Superior?
  • Sea-kayaked in the Apostle Islands?

And while we love nature, we also take great pride in our human-made facilities

On an annual basis, we update and make improvements in different areas of camp. Our work is never done and we believe it shows.

Lodge: Our log cabin lodges are at the center of life at each camp. Three times a day, campers enjoy delicious and nutritious meals, served family-style while seated at communal tables.

Waterfront: With more than two and a half miles of lake shore and over 750 acres on quiet and calm Lake Plantagenet, our waterfronts are some of the premiere in the country. Available water sport supplies include canoes, windsurf boards, stand up paddle boards, fishing boats, paddle boats, kayaks, funyaks, water skis, wakeboards, and sailboats. All equipment is modern and meets the highest safety quality standards. The highlight of each waterfront is our famous water wheels; they are a favorite of Thunderbird campers and won’t be found at any other camp as they are a Thunderbird original design.

Cabins: Campers live in spacious cabins with electricity, pinewood bunk beds, and cubbies for personal belongings. Girl’s cabins have individual modern bathrooms and central shower-houses in the village, while boy’s cabins have washhouses with updated bathroom and shower facilities. Counselors sleep in the cabin in a separate quarters partitioned off from campers, but closeby.

Sports Facilities: Large sports fields, known affectionately as the Ball Fields, are home to our sports programming. Girl’s Camp has one large ball field while Boy’s Camp has both an upper and lower ball field. Fields are well maintained and provide playing surface for a variety of activities from baseball and soccer to football, ultimate frisbee and team-building games. We also have basketball and tennis courts on-site.

Health Center: The Health Center has all basic medical supplies needed to keep campers safe and healthy. With 5 beds, the Health Center allows campers a place to sleep overnight under the watchful eye of one of the two full-time nurses or on-site physician if medically indicated.

Creative Arts: Our Arts & Crafts buildings are decked out with every kind of creative supply campers could possibly need. In our Pottery Shed, pottery wheels allow our campers a chance to learn how to throw a pot and practice hand-building.

Archery & Riflery: The archery and riflery ranges are outfitted with top of the line equipment chosen with the highest standards of functionality and safety in mind. We provide a wide range of sizes of equipment so all ages of campers can participate in these activities.

Blacksmithing: Our blacksmithing areas are fully stocked with the tools of this ancient trade. Campers use clamps, tongs, vises and hammers to shape metal heated in the hot coal forge into new creations.

Horseback: We own our herd and offer horseback lessons onsite. Girls can choose from either English or Western and boys can enjoy Western horseback. Our riding programs are geared to meet the interest and needs of both novice and experienced riders. Campers enjoy instruction within our riding rings and transition to trail ride when our staff is comfortable with their riding abilities.

Rock Wall: Our state-of-the-art climbing towers offer beginning, intermediate and advanced routes for all budding climbers. Equipped with auto belays and top ropes, the campers are given the opportunity to learn how to belay as well.

Photo of a camp bunk from the outside at Camp Thunderbird for Girls
Girls bunk at Camp Thunderbird
View of a lake from the shore
Camp Thunderbird recreation area
Are you ready to choose your adventure?