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lun, 08 jul



Camp Quiet Thunder

A fun, 1-week outdoor, water & nature based day camp for Chester County youth in grades 4–6.

Camp Quiet Thunder
Camp Quiet Thunder

Horario y ubicación

08 jul 2024, 9:00 – 12 jul 2024, 16:00

Coatesville, 545 Lincoln Hwy E, Coatesville, PA 19320, USA


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The Coatesville Youth Initiative’s (CYI) Camp Quiet Thunder (formerly known as the Brandywine Watershed Discovery Day Camp (BWDDC)) was created, in partnership with Stroud Water Research Center and the Brandywine Regeneration Project, to provide an opportunity for youth from the Coatesville area to connect with their peers and develop life and leadership skills, while learning critical lessons on ecological and watershed conservation. The camp is part of CYI’s “Gems in your Backyard” project, where Coatesville youth are encouraged to explore, discover, appreciate and protect hidden gems that are present in their local community.

Our Mission

To engage youth in outdoor exploration, science and educational activities, and outdoor discovery to encourage healthy connection with the natural world and develop the skills needed to preserve their local environment.

Our camp aims to balance structure, free play and nature\environment discovery while building social, life and leadership skills.

Camp Name Change

In 2020, our great partner, friend and educator, Chief Quiet Thunder (Chief), passed away. Because the Chief was such a great inspiration and had such a great influence on our camp, the campers, the staff, and anyone who came into contact with him, we decided to honor him and help preserve his legacy by changing the name of our camp to Camp Quiet Thunder. The Chief had a deep appreciation for the natural world, believing that in nature students understand themselves as humans and their place in the world. He believed that we all have a sacred obligation to learn to live in harmony with the earth/environment and protect it for future generations. He was a strong advocate for the embracing and protection of our local waterways and water sources.

A great write up on the Chief, his life and legacy can be found at our Camp partner’s, Stroud Water Research Center, website: Or at

What makes our Camp special?
  • We partner with the Stroud Water Research Center  and the Brandywine Watershed regeneration project to provide “world class” activities and experiences.
  • Our camp playground is the beautiful Brandywine Watershed, which covers 330 square miles beginning in the Honey Brook area of northern Chester County and includes Coatesville, Downingtown, West Chester and the central part of Chester County.  The watershed is characterized by open space, including agricultural land and forests. What better place for kids to let loose and enjoy the great outdoors?
  • Our camp has a minimum ratio of 1 staff member for every 5 campers (a ratio that exceeds the American Camp Association standard), which creates an environment of safety and support for your child.
  • Special guest presentations and filed trips complement the camp experience, and include American Indian demonstrations, Electro-fishing, hiking and more.
  • Optional Parent Canoe Trip on the last day of camp for parents who want to get outdoors with their child and get a little wet! (This activity is pending COVID 19 allowance).
  • On the final day of camp, campers present the highlights of their week for their families at a fun and interactive “graduation” event.
  • Camp runs rain or shine, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for Grades 4 through 6.  Before and After Camp Care is not available.  Camp is held outdoors, with an indoor facility for shelter from inclement weather.

Camp Staff

Our camp staff is comprised of adults with science, education and or youth development experience. Our staff includes college graduates and college & pre-college interns. When available, we also utilize counselors-in-training, which are high school students who have a passion for the outdoors and helping youth learn more about the natural world.

All staff undergoes the necessary background checks and receives appropriate camp training.

Sponsor the Camp

If you would like to donate to this amazing program, please mail your donation to Coatesville Youth Initiative, attn: Camp Quiet Thunder Scholarship Fund; or, make a fast and secure, online payment HERE!

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