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August 1 - 3, 2022

Thunder Camp 2022

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. Hosted August 1 - 3, 2022, 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!

Thanks for a Great Year!

This year's Thunder Camp was a great success! Find more ways to get engaged on campus through Student Life.

Thanks for a Great Year!

This year's Thunder Camp was a great success! Find more ways to get engaged on campus through Student Life.

Thunder Camp Student Directors

Christina Wynn and Chavis Dunbar 

Become Part of the Storm

As an incoming freshman, GSW offers students with a variety of ways to connect students to the University with a sense of belonging. 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!

Contact Us

Office of Student Engagement

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

Why attend Thunder Camp?

Thunder Camp will assist all incoming freshman with the following:

  • 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 a fun experience before beginning your classes at GSW
  • Informing you how to take your freshman year by storm!

Plan for Next Year!

Keep an eye out for next year's scheduling!


Do you actually camp at Thunder Camp?

This year, Thunder Campers will be lodging in cabins at Camp John Hope in Fort Valley, Georgia. 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

Can I move into the residential halls early if I come to Thunder Camp?

Residents who attend Thunder Camp are allowed to begin moving into their residence hall rooms on July 31, 2022 after 12:00pm. 

Who can attend?

Thunder Camp is open to all incoming GSW freshmen, whether you are admitted for Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 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!

What does the price include?

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

How is Thunder Camp different from Orientation?

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.

Can I get a refund if I decide not to attend?

A 50% refund will be given to those who request it before the deadline of July 22, 2022. No refunds will be given for cancellations made after the registration deadline as program materials have already been purchased and reservations have been solidified.