What a wonderful summer we had with all of you! It seems like it was just yesterday that we were all at camp together singing in the dining room! There were so many highlights from all of our sessions and that will definitely make the CDs, web gallery and slide show very exciting!
Watch your mail next month for the photo CDs and for information and paper applications for 2019!
If you are really keen you can register on line starting TODAY !
PLEASE NOTE you may now register in a variety of ways!
1. Register and PAY ON LINE!
2. Register on line and send in a cheque- PLEASE note this option must be confirmed by your parents with a cheque in the mail within 2 weeks of you posting the registration.
3. Wait for your forms to arrive in the mail and then send in with a cheque
4. Download the applications from the website and send them along with your deposit!
Please also feel free to pass on the paper information to friends who might be interested in joining the Tan family for 2019! There is no greater gift than being able to pass on and share Tan with others. YOU are our greatest ambassadors!
The fall has been a whirlwind of activity at Tan! We had an AWESOME Kindercamp at the end of August! The program was filled to capacity with a waiting list and we had an AMAZING staff to look after making that first time camping experience a really great adventure!
Our Experience Algonquin for mature adults program will finish a week Saturday and will be followed by two weeks of school groups and then our adult art program called Images of Algonquin! It is a very busy but wonderful fall!
We miss you all and hope that you enjoy your return to school life.
TanamaHugs and love to you all!
Kindercampers have also received information on our MINICAMP for girls in grade 1 and 2. This is a 6 day program with very limited enrollment and is aimed at helping young girls transition from Kindercamp to the summer camp two week and one month options. Minicampers may only attend mincamp ONCE so careful thought should be given to kindercampers presmtly in grade 1 who may benefit from one more year in Kindercamp before advancing to minicamp. Minicamp will be open to former Kindercampers until November 1st
Any remaining spots will be open for new campers (PRESENTLY IN GRADE 2) as of Nov 1st
On line registration is now open for next summer! Former campers and Kindercampers have priority until November 1st so don't delay! Many campers did not get into Tanamakoon last summer.
We invite you to "like us" on Facebook and Twitter! Did you know that Tanamakoon also has a You Tube Channel?! All of our videos taken since 2011are posted there. Several more will be posted in the weeks ahead! Subscribe to the channel and get alerts so you don't miss a new posting! Just copy and paste this link into your browser.
Tax Receipts for 2018 will be emailed this winter. Please keep these tax receipts in safe keeping on your computer for spring when you are filing your tax returns.
We have had several calls regarding next summer so we have posted our dates for 2019 on the Session Update tab on our home page. Registration on line is now open! Campers will continue to receive paper copies of our forms late September. If you register on line PLEASE pass on the paper copy to a friend.
Do NOT register both on line and on paper. On line registration will send you an automated reply asking you to send in a deposit or you may pay on line. Registration is confirmed when we receive the deposit. Kindercampers moving to big camp are considered returning campers and will be accepted as they register.
First time campers may register on line at any time but will not receive confirmation November 1st after returning campers have been accepted. Deposits should be sent as soon as you register. Cheques for first time campers will be cashed November 1st .
There are a number of items that are available for Tan families to purchase! Call us at the office and we can give you more details and pricing on the items listed!
- Ken Danby print "Tanamakoon"
- Tanamakoon Italian Charms: Green Canoe, Tanamakoon Deer, gold TC
- The book "Tanamakoon" - 176 page, full colour hard cover book. A beautiful keepsake for campers and staff of all ages!
- Tanamakoon beanies-a great way to wear Tan all winter long
- Various items of clothing including uniform items & hats!
- Tan Baby bibs-be sure to let us know if you have a new baby girl in your family! We would love to send them a gift of a Tanamakoon bib to help celebrate!
You will have noticed an icon on our homepage that refers to Tanamakoon being Bullfrogpowered! Read on and find out why Tanamakoon is helping to lead the way environmentally in today's world! You'll be hearing and seeing lots more this summer about our newest environmental actions and programs! Stay tuned for more updates!
"We believe in fostering a sense of responsibility for our natural heritage among our campers, and that means we need to model that in our own day-to-day activities. Our decision to support clean, renewable power by becoming a bullfrogpowered organization aligns with our overall commitment to operating in an environmentally responsible manner." - Kim Smith
Now entering its 91st season of operation, Camp Tanamakoon is a renowned summer camp for girls. Located on its own lake in Algonquin Park and accessible only by water, the camp has welcomed four generations of girls from all over the world to share adventures and build lifelong memories. In addition to its popular summer program, Camp Tanamakoon also operates an Outdoor Ed Program in the spring and fall for grade seven and eight students, as well as a seniors program, a Kindercamp for four to six year olds, and an in-depth art instruction program. Over the course of the summer, more than 1100 school children, 750 summer campers, 50 Seniors, 120 kindercampers and 20 artists visit the camp.
Camp Tanamakoon demonstrates a strong commitment to the environment and to educating campers on protecting and promoting environmental stewardship. The camp has implemented state-of-the art environmental practices including installing waterless, pollution-free composting toilets and an on-site sewage treatment system, constructing a solar-powered building, and using solar thermal systems to preheat the water at the camp shower house and its new commercial kitchen.
Sarah Vingoe Reflects on the Benefit of All-Girl Summer Camps
Thank you Camp Tanamakoon!
At the young age of 6 my mother and father sent me to camp for 2 weeks. They packed me up and shipped me off. It was scary and exhilarating all at the same time. In the end, Camp Tanamakoon was one of the very best gifts they ever gave me.
I was a very clingy kid. I would not leave my mothers side. I would hang off of her like an ornament. I could only imagine the annoyance and grief this caused my poor fun mom. She tried everything to curt tail the cling that was little ole moi. She would accompany me to play dates and then try to tip toe off once she knew I was knee deep in funÉshe would slowly and slyly try and sneak her way out the door but I was too smart and coy for that. I always caught her and would run to her side and ask "mommy, where are you going?" She would smile and simply say "Dolly you are having such fun, I thought I would leave you to it... "Before the words could even escape her mouth I would announce, "I am coming with you". This little game went on for quite sometime or at least until I attended camp.
I remember my very first camp departure day like it was yesterday. I wore a cute and well-pressed camp uniform. (Camp Tanamakoon is a traditional all girls camp where both campers and counselors wear uniforms daily) I was decked out in a beige polo shirt with hunter green sweat pants and sweatshirt. I was a ball full of nerves but stood bravely in the Yorkdale Parking lot with my Dad, waiting for the bus to arrive to take me far far away to the unknown. My mom could not come for obvious reasons to me now but not at the time. If she had come I never would have ever gotten on that bus. The excuse that day was she had to tend to my little brother.
When the bus arrived I gave my Daddyo a big hug and hopped on. I remember looking out the window watching my Dad wave at me feverishly and crying my little green eyes out. Camp. I did not want to go to camp. My little brain was spinning in circles in my head. "WAIT!" I yelled, the counselor upfront looked at me and said "what is it?" "I forgot my sleeping bag". This began quite the little distracting adventure. The counselor came and grabbed me and took me off the bus where my Dad ran up with concern written all over his forehead. "What is it?" he asked. "I do not have a sleeping bag!!" I shouted with fear. His concerned forehead relaxed and he lifted me up and said "Of course you do. Your mother would never send you away to camp without a sleeping bag." He hugged me tight. I sobbed hard. Back on the bus the counselor and I went, and off the bus went to Camp Tanamakoon.
I am not sure my parents knew how special and important camp would become to me. Camp Tanamakoon changed me. It helped make me, me. At the end of that first summer I got off that bus a different little girl. Not only did I come home a little dirtier then when I first left, I came home with new friends, new memories, new strengths and a new confidence. I was no longer clingy. Obviously I did not know it then but I most definitely know it now, I found a second family.
The word "Tanamakoon" is a Native American word meaning "Hail fellow, well met", an appropriate name for a camp that creates long lasting friendships. Mary G. Hamilton, principal of Margaret Eaton School in Toronto, started Tanamakoon in 1925. Miss Hamilton chose the site where the camp stands on the shore of a sheltered bay of Tanamakoon Lake, then known as White's Lake in Beautiful Algonquin Park. Everything about Tanamakoon makes my heart smile. I can close my eyes and be there in an instant. Tanamakoon is what I would term heaven on earth.
I attended camp Tanamakoon for thirteen glorious summers of my life. I started as one of the youngest kids at camp and by the time I left I had been on staff for three summers and my last summer I was co-head of swimming, led a trip to Temagami in a war canoe for seven days and was honoured to be cabin A's (the oldest campers in camps) counselor.
At Tan, I learned many skills and lessons. Such skills included: canoeing, kayaking, archery, woodcraft, sailing and more. I learned leadership skills, team building skills, the importance of morals and values. But the most important thing I learned at Tan was the value and importance of a true friend. The friends I met at Tan are quite frankly the truest of true blue, life long friends. They are the type of friends whom love and support you no matter what. They are also the type of friends whom you do not need to speak to daily but you can go days, weeks, months...even years, and pick up right where you left off! These friends are magical. They are what you deem truly beautiful inside and out.
Last week I was reminded of how special and important my Camp Tanamakoon family is. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to attend camp and to have Tanamakoon as part of my life. Not only am I the farthest thing from shy but also I am so lucky to be part of this unique family. Tan taught me so many important lessons and values I still carry with me today. May this beautiful place remain forever and continue to bring other little girls what it brought me.
The Tanamakoon family is one that continues to grow year after year. It's funny and wonderous how Tan provides a common bond among any girl, young lady or women who has shared in its magic. With many years passed since I last attended camp I still meet and greet girls who shared the magic that is Tanamakoon. Some are individuals I have known from days past, some I am only meeting for the very first time. But as with all first impressions it is amazing to discover that a new found friend, colleague or associate went to Tan. You immediately share a common bond, an understanding and respect for one another.
Thank you Tanamakoon for everything you are and everything you have given me.
"There is nothing quite as special as a friend of summer days, learning from each other in so many different ways...We are growing towards tomorrow, our past will keep us strong...The memories of Tanamakoon live on."