Camp Thunderbird 2021

Dates:  July 1 – 6

Family Camp Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso in the pines of the Gila National Forest in Southwestern New Mexico

UU’s have been enjoying the Camp Thunderbird experience since 1963!  Much has changed in that time, but the important things still remain largely the same. While the hundred-year-old pines still provide ample shade and soothing sounds of wind and birds, it’s not just the cool breezes and sounds of nature that keep bringing us back.  We are drawn by the opportunity to relax, enjoy the company of good friends, old and new, and forget about city life.

There is NO obligatory program of activities, but there are extended UU style discussions on just about everything and informally organized activities for everyone.  Take a look at the Activities Schedule posted at the Lodge when you arrive!

There will also be an Adult  Cocktail Hour from 5 to 6pm daily under the parachute and simultaneous supervised children’s activities will be provided by the camp babysitters.  Wine and cheese (or other goodies) pairing one evening during cocktail hour.

The lodge and dormitory style cabins are rustic, solid and more than adequate to shelter us from the elements.  They accommodate families, couples, teenagers and single adults.  There are bunk beds with pretty good mattresses and a table but NO closets.  You are welcome to bring your own tent, trailer or camper (your fee will be the same).  A few electrical hookups are available.  High quality, nutritious meals are served in the lodge three times a day: breakfast at 7am, lunch at noon, and supper at 6 pm.   If you have special dietary considerations, refrigeration is available and some help from the kitchen may be obtained.  Ice is sold at camp.

Other information
Campers 12 and over are asked to share in minor housekeeping duties such as setting tables, mopping, etc.  Quiet time is observed from 10 pm to 6:30 am.   A wake-up bell rings at 6:30 am.  PLEASE disarm your car alarm if you have one.  They are neither needed nor appreciated at camp.

Location and Climate
The camp is located in the Gila National Forest near Mimbres, NM. The elevation is 6,400 feet.  The temperature will dip into the 40’s overnight and may reach 90 some afternoons. An occasional thundershower is almost inevitable.

How to get there
Go north out of Deming, NM on US Highway 180.  After 24 miles turn right on NM Highway 61 (at CITY OF ROCKS sign).  About 25 miles later go left on NM 152 for half a mile, then right on NM 35.  Follow the signs for Lake Roberts or “Inner Loop” at each intersection.  The camp will be on your left between mile markers 13 and 14.
For More Information
Pat White (co-chair)  915-591-3562
Joe Knapka (registrar) 915-549-5098  ( Deb Simon is subbing for Joe this year.)

Telephone number at camp

Please note that we can no longer accept late registrations without charging the stated late fee.
Anyone under 18 attending Camp Thunderbird without their parents must be sponsored by an adult who is at least 21 years of age.  This Sponsor is responsible for them at all times during camp.  See policy for minors attending Camp Thunderbird without their parents. Adults must be fully capable of self care or bring their own helpers.  While improvements are continually being made, the facilities cannot be considered handicapped accessible.
Financial aid:  Limited camperships are available for dishwashing and child care.  If you are interested in any kind of financial aid, you must fill out the financial aid form and return it to Deb Simon by May 15.



Registration & Financial Aid Forms