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ThunderCampStackedLogoWhat is Thunder Camp?

August 6-8, 2021

Looking for a fun, exciting, and impactful experience to make your transition into the Hurricane family smoother? You found it! Thunder Camp is Georgia Southwestern's extended orientation program designed to assist incoming freshmen with their transition into college. This three-day, two-night experience establishes an opportunity for you to engage and connect with your peers, faculty, and campus leaders through entertaining activities that create bonds with your fellow Thunder Campers. Thunder Camp provides a foundation for a successful college experience by immersing you in community-building, developing a greater sense of self-awareness, and building a connection to our GSW family.

Within the away-camp setting, you will develop a greater sense of independence and school pride as you embark on new adventures with your fellow Canes. Being a Thunder Camper provides an opportunity for you to blossom in new directions as you begin your journey here at GSW. Our new Canes will be mentored by Thunder Camp Counselors (TCCs) - GSW student leaders who are involved in campus life. These hand-selected counselors are well-trained and eager to help you find your place at GSW so you can thrive in your first year and beyond!

Thunder Camp allows you to learn more about GSW while forming closer bonds with your peers in a relaxed and safe environment. You will truly get a jumpstart in learning how to take tomorrow by storm!

Registration for the 2021 Thunder Camp will open on May 20, 2021!


ThunderCampDirectors2021Why should I attend Thunder Camp?

Thunder Camp will:

  • Propel you into becoming a member of the Hurricane family
  • Introduce you to Canes pride and traditions
  • Give you a headstart on making friendships and connections
  • Allow you to have tons of fun before beginning your classes at GSW
  • Help you take your freshman year by storm!

Contact Information

Phone: (229) 931-2706
Instagram: @gsw_thundercamp

Frequently Asked Questions

Thunder Campers will be lodging in cabins at Camp John Hope in Fort Valley, Ga. COVID-19 safety precautions have been put in place to ensure a safe experience for our campers. If you have any questions or need any special accommodations, please contact us at

Registration for Thunder Camp begins on May 20, 2021. Once you complete registration you will be sent a confirmation email.

The deadline for registering for 2021 Thunder Camp is July 30, 2021.

Two weeks prior to camp, an email will be sent out with more detailed information to help you plan for your Thunder Camp experience. Also follow us on Instagram @thundercamp_gsw to stay connected! If you have any questions, please reach out at

Residents who attend Thunder Camp are allowed to begin moving into their residence hall rooms on August 6, 2021 before 12:00pm. Residents aren’t allowed to stay in their rooms until the official freshmen Move-In Day.

Thunder Camp is open to all incoming GSW freshmen, whether you are admitted for Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semester. We encourage both residential and commuter students to join in on the Thunder Camp experience. Only GSW freshman students can attend, no family or friends!

The $75 price of Thunder Camp includes lodging, meals, transportation during the program, activities & swag. Students will pay with a credit card when completing the registration form.

At GSW orientation, students have the opportunity to explore campus, go through academic advising, select courses, and gain exposure to departments and student support resources at the institution. Thunder Camp focuses on the next step - the transition from high school to college and creating fun experiences through activities and bonding.

A 50% refund will be given to those who request it before the deadline of July 30, 2021. No refunds will be given for cancellations made after the registration deadline as program materials have already been purchased and reservations have been solidified.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a student with a disability which may need accommodation to participate in our program, please directly contact the Office of Disability Services at (229) 931-2661 for an evaluation of your needs.

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