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Adventures Ahead Capital Campaign

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Run, jump, climb. Shout out loud, and enjoy the echo. Dirt on your shoes? No problem.

At camp, there is always something fun to do and another adventure just around the corner. Camp is where Scouting comes alive.

The major gifts campaign for Adventures Ahead will support Camp Thunderbirdís capital construction and improvements, endowment/maintenance and regular giving goals to ensure there will always be more adventures ahead.

Camp Thunderbird: Continuing the Journey for Another 100 Years

Pacific Harbors Council is committed to improving its Camp Thunderbird property as the regionís premier youth and leadership camp. The 135-acre camp is situated on the western shore of Summit Lake, near Olympia, Washington.

The camp is regularly utilized by Scouts, by other youth-serving organizations and as a youth and adult leader training facility.

After decades of use, Camp Thunderbird is in need of new facilities and upgrades to meet present-day standards. To meet these needs the Council
has undertaken a major fundraising campaign: Adventures Ahead.

Campaign for Adventures Ahead

Camp Thunderbird currently has a capacity for 140 campers. Improvements and additions will significantly increase camper capacity, allowing for more Scouting events and increased Scout and youth participation from outside groups (YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, area schools, corporate events and more).

An integrated campaign for Adventures Ahead will provide support for new construction and capital improvements; endowment/maintenance to secure camp maintenance and Family Adventure Camp; and regular giving for programs, operating and camperships.

Capital Construction and Improvements

Additions and improvements will enhance the Scouting experience, provide year-round camping and attract additional opportunities for families, groups and non-Scouting, youth-serving organizations.

New 300-seat dining hall with high ceilings and open concept to replace the current facility. The new building will incorporate a Northwest art themed element in homage to how Southwest Washington was built.
State-of-the-art climbing center and equipment for campers and team-building events to include a fire tower, permanent climbing structure and an indoor bouldering wall. The Climbing Center will provide year-round adventures for campers and team-building opportunities for groups.
Family Adventure Camp will include cabins, campsites and RV hookups.
Remodel existing bunkhouses with privacy options for families.
Updates to the first aid station and office areas.
New shower-bathroom facilities.
Waterfront improvements to include a boat house, aquatics, restrooms/changing rooms, dock and other amenities.

To achieve these goals, it will be necessary to purchase 40-acres of land adjacent to Camp Thunderbird and develop it to include upgrades to trails, roads, water lines and electrical and sewer systems.


Once the improvements at Camp Thunderbird are completed, the Camp will require comprehensive and active maintenance. This campaign includes $5 million for endowment/maintenance. Earnings from the endowment will provide funds to keep Camp Thunderbird in excellent condition.

Regular Giving

Integrating three years of operating and program support into the campaign helps ensure gifts to capital and endowment goals are given in addition to, rather than in lieu of, program support. Some of the enhanced programs to be offered will focus on camperships, conservation and STEAM-related activities.

More information is available by downloading the full Major Gifts Campaign brochure.

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