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Family Fun, Thunderbird-Style!

Our Family Camp participants continually praise the benefits of a “camp vacation” for families with children. You can do so much together and still have time to do your own thing too. Family camp is ideal for parents AND kids.

We offer playgroups at various times throughout the day for young children and after 9:30 pm, we have counselors on duty or available to babysit at an hourly rate. Both options provide parents with the opportunity to relax.

Family Camp

You decide how to spend your days at Thunderbird with more than 30 activities on a daily basis! Our unique program is flexible and tailored to your needs. We offer staff instruction and supervision at all the activities you choose including: swimming, canoeing, fishing, waterskiing, tubing, guided fishing trips, sailing, archery, riflery, blacksmithing, arts & crafts, climbing wall, campfires, camping trips, and horseback riding (for an additional fee).

Family Camp Kids

Each night you can participate in evening programs like campfires or ballgames. We don't let rain stop us either! Our staff members have a rainy day activity up their sleeves. What more could you ask for on a family vacation?!

Explore Northern Minnesota

Big Family at Camp

For the truly adventurous, we offer day or overnight canoe trips led by qualified staff. “Adventure Days” take you to exciting places like Itasca State Park, home of the Mississippi River headwaters.

Don't miss a day in downtown Bemidji, just a 20 minute drive north of Thunderbird. Unique experiences await you there. Take a family picture at the enormous statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. Stroll along Lake Bemidji and pop into the one-of-a-kind, locally owned shops. The beach town of Walker, 30 minutes from camp, offers restaurants, a winery, antique shops and art galleries just a stone's throw away from a city park with lakefront beach and swimming.

The Family Together at Camp


Each family sleeps in its own cozy, rustic cabin with centrally located washhouses. Thunderbird provides bedding and towels.


Delicious, healthy meals come family-style! Each morning we serve a breakfast buffet with eggs and omelets made to order. Lunch and dinner feature hot meals and at dinner we also provide a large salad bar. A vegetarian option is always available. We also have nightly snacks. The kitchen prepares box lunches and cookout meals on request.