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Former Camper and Counsellor Returns as Camp Director!

The Thunderbird Sports Camp is pleased to announce the appointment of Karina Solymar to the position of Summer Camp Director. Originally she was a camper, returning later in life as a camp counsellor and now, she is returning as Summer Camp Director to direct the summer sports programs. Karina brings a high-level of professionalism and we look forward to working with her, fully-confident that her expertise and enthusiasm will lead our celebrated summer program to its maximum potential moving forward.

Message from Karina Solymar – Summer Camp Director

Hello! My name is Karina Solymar and I am delighted to be returning to Thunderbird Sports Camp for my 6th year! I have been the Assistant Camp Director for 4 years now and I am excited to be taking on the role of Camp Director! I have been working with children for over 10 years through coaching, tutoring, and working at Thunderbird. I have learned so much in my years working at Camp and I look forward to bringing new ideas this summer. Below I have outlined a few of the important philosophies we will incorporate at our camp.

  1. I believe that physical activity is a vital part to a healthy lifestyle for all ages. By participating in a sports camp, children are able to get their daily dose of physical activity, while also attending a fun and exciting atmosphere. In order for all the children to participate, it is important for the counselors to understand that all children/campers have different needs. Similar to a classroom where all students have different learning styles, at camp it is important to know that all campers have different interests and get motivated differently, which we can then use to our advantage by having all campers participate in engaging activities. Our team of counselors provide a safe and fun environment where all children can learn and play sports.
  2. We do not tolerate bullying here at Thunderbird. I believe that camp should be a place where your children can come to have fun and enjoy themselves without the fear of being excluded or made-fun of. All of our counsellors are well-trained on how to problem solve with the children when conflict arises and avoid future issues from occurring. Our number one priority is ensuring that your children have their best possible experience at our camp.
  3. I believe that safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to your children. Here at Thunderbird, we do everything in our power to keep every camper safe. We split our campers into groups at the beginning of the week based on their age and each group is assigned a counsellor. We keep the ratio of campers to counsellors at a maximum of 10:1 to ensure that each camper has constant supervision. Furthermore, all allergies are taken very seriously at Thunderbird. We are a peanut free/nut free camp and so we check the children’s lunch bags every morning to make sure there are no nut products. We also ensure that any epipens or medical devices are kept close at hand for quick-use in an emergency. All of our counsellors are First Aid Certified and trained in Health and Safety.

Everyday at camp, campers participate in a variety of sports where they will both play games and learn new skills. Each day there will be a specific drill that will be used to introduce a new skill to the sport, which will accumulate to a better understanding and improved ability in the sport. For campers who attend multiple weeks, there will be a variety of drills for each sport so it will not be repetitive. There will also be a new theme day on every Friday, where campers get a chance to dress up and participate in camp games. The main purpose of this camp though, through all the various activities is to ensure that the campers are engaged and participating in daily physical activities.

I look forward to seeing returning campers and to welcoming new campers. I strongly encourage fluid communication with parents regarding their child’s experience at our camp. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at


Karina Solymar