CAMP NEWS

Hi Campers!
We hope that you are having a wonderful winter season! Camp is not that far off and we are starting to get very excited about the upcoming season. Our staff is almost complete, our school programs are booked and our summer sessions are all now filled!

Hopefully your family has received our latest constant contact (January) for Parents via email! If you have not then please check your junk email as it may have been filtered out. It's a great program that will help us keep you up to date with important information so please make sure you are receiving it. The most recent was entitled Let's Go Shopping! If for some reason, it is not in your email then please send us your correct email and we will try again - send to reply@tanamakoon.com.

Your last email was an important one as it contained time sensitive information on the luncheon and uniforms and how to order. If you wish to purchase our uniforms then it must be done through our on line store. Here is the link to the store which is open now! PLEASE note the strict deadline dates for having uniforms delivered to the Luncheon, July, and August camp.

http://tanamakoon.portagepromo.ca/

PLEASE note that uniforms are color symbolic so campers can wear any green shorts or sweats and t-shirts are a beige or ivory or natural colour. (see below for what we recommend). If you wish to pick up your orders at the Luncheon, then you must have ordered on line with the store by March 20th.

If you are NOT attending the Luncheon or you do not order before the deadline then all Canadian and US orders will be mailed to your homes. International orders will be shipped to camp for your convenience. Please note the deadline for ordering from the store. These deadlines are strict so please make note and order early!

There are lots of new items on the store site including the ALL NEW GRREN LEGGING! We invite you to check it all out!


What is The Luncheon?
The Luncheon is an annual event for Tanamakoon! It is a wonderful time for former campers to connect and an amazing experience for new campers to learn about Tanamakoon! Staff and CITs will be there to help energize and facilitate a great experience for all! All Campers, Minicampers, Kindercampers, CITs and staff are invited to attend!

SPRING LUNCHEON The Luncheon invitation is for all families who will be coming to camp this summer (Kindercamp and summer). Friends and family members are all welcome. You may download the attached and mail it in with a cheque or register and pay on line for your tickets.

  1. TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE - Go online and click register on the home page. Click Luncheon. Fill in with your credit card. Your transaction email is your ticket. Please be sure to fill all fields so that name tags can be made correctly. You do NOT need your TAN#.
  2. TO PURCHASE TICKETS BY MAIL- Please download and return the RSVP card with your cheque (payment) for this event.
  3. Reservations by mail or on line must reach our office before March 27th. Tickets are not mailed.
Please Note: We cannot offer refunds for tickets as numbers must be confirmed to the venue long before the event.


What happens at the Luncheon?
When you arrive look for your name-tag on the tables. If you are a returning camper, you are welcome to go in and find a seat. There will be tables marked July or August. Chat with friends and be sure to go and look at the uniforms on display.
New Campers should pick up their name-tag and then a staff member will show you to the NEW CAMPER booth. Members of the Alumni and current staff will be on hand to chat with you and answer your questions.

Portage Promotionals (our on-line store) will have representatives and merchandise available for you to try on for sizing.
Coloring books will also be available to purchase.

Kindercampers should pick up their tags and then a staff member will take you to a Kindercamp area where staff can show you pictures and talk about all the fun you are going to have with us! There will also be a crafts area for you to visit during the lunch period (after you eat).

During lunch, staff will be around to meet you at your tables. They will bring you your Bulletin (if you live in Ontario). After lunch, there will be some short announcements and then we'll see a slide show. We ask that you stay seated until the slide show is over (approx. 25 minutes). It is disruptive to have kids walking out part way through so find a comfy seat!

Following lunch - you can pick up any uniforms that were ordered before the due date!

The Luncheon will be over at 2:30

The Luncheon location is at the PARKVIEW MANOR at Don Mills and Eglinton.
The date is set for Sunday April 2nd at noon.


Directions to the Luncheon
PARKVIEW MANOR - 55 Barber Greene Rd

On Don Mills coming south from Lawrence On Don Mills coming north from Eglinton
Turn right on to Barber Greene Rd Turn left on to Barber Greene Rd
55 BARBER GREENE RD is on the left Be sure to join our Facebook page (Camp Tanamakoon), our You Tube channel (Camp Tanamakoon) and Twitter. That way you will have access all winter to those great camp memories from 2015!


THE WHY and WHAT of UNIFORMS?
At Tanamakoon girls look forward to putting on their green shorts and tan t-shirts! Wearing a camp uniform connects the girls to many special things — history, traditions, and a summer of fun and friendship that lies ahead of them. Uniforms create a sense of community, keep the focus on camp and they let kids just be kids! We love that our camp uniform helps create a positive atmosphere at Tanamakoon… and we love that it’s easy to wear!

Campers wear uniform colours during the day. They wear ANY green shorts and ANY ivory/tan coloured t-shirt. You may purchase these wherever you like.

We suggest the following for campers in the way of uniform colours

Minicamp - 2 beige or ivory t-shirts and 2 green shorts

2 week campers - 3 beige/ or ivory t-shirts, 1 long sleeve tan/ivory/beige and 2 or 3 green shorts, 1 green sweats and 1 green sweatshirt

One month campers - 4 beige or ivory t-shirts, 1 long sleeve tan/ivory/beige and 3 green shorts, 1 green sweats and 1 green sweatshirt

Should you wish to purchase the official uniform items then head to the new Tanamakoon Online Store!


JOIN US
Be sure to join our Facebook page (Camp Tanamakoon), our You Tube channel (Camp Tanamakoon) and Twitter. That way you will have access all winter to those great camp memories from 2016!


BONDAR CHALLENGE!
This past summer Tanamakoon campers were once again involved in a program called The Summer Camp Bondar Challenge! It was an exciting program and we will be running it again this summer. Here are the objectives of the program:

  1. To help campers develop a lifelong affinity for both the joy of photography and the love of nature
  2. To provide an environmental and artistic learning opportunity for camp leaders
  3. To help campers use the camera to ‘see’ the environment around them with a discerning eye and mind
  4. To teach campers how to use cameras as an effective means of capturing images and concepts
  5. To help campers articulate their feelings about what they see and express those feelings clearly
  6. To help campers understand the science contained within the art of the photograph
You can read lots more about it by clicking on:
http://www.therobertabondarfoundation.org/the-bondar-challenge/summer-camp-bondar-challenge/

Award Winners are categorized by level of photographic experience prior to the 2015 Summer Camp Bondar Challenge and reflect the degree of difficulty in completing one of the four Bondar Challenges categories. We have not heard the results for 2016 yet.


PHOTO CD'S
July, August and Kindercamp were mailed out to those of you that ordered them at camp! If you did not order one but would like to - please call the office and we will process an order for you! Please note that the photos on the CD are NOT the same as the ones that will appear on the website galleries in November - nor are they the same as the Spring Luncheon Slide Show! We take over 5,000 photos a year so there is much to share!


KINDERCAMP TO BIG CAMP!
Kindercamp is an amazing opportunity for girls age 4-6 years. They can be 7 if they are presently in grade 1. At the end of each season grade 1 Kindercampers will have first priority to book for Minicamp the following year. It is first come as far as priority goes so please register as soon as it opens.


MINICAMP
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 min camp once so careful thought should be given to kindercampers in grade 1 now who may benefit from one more year in Kindercamp before advancing to minicamp. Many Grade 1's have elected to stay in Kindercamp for their Grade 1 year and next year they can go to Minicamp!


TANAMAKOON YOUTUBE CHANNEL
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 2011 are posted there.

Subscribe to the channel and get alerts so you don't miss a new posting! Just copy and paste this link into your browser.

http://www.youtube.com/user/tanamakooncamp?feature=results_main


CONSTANT CONTACT
All Tanamakoon families receive our email communication through Constant Contact. We are very aware that many people are inundated with email so we do keep it to a minimum and tell you only what you need to know on those emails.
You can always subscribe by going to the bottom of the NEWS and you will see an old issue of constant contact there with the subscribe button.
If at any time you wish to withdraw from it, just click on the unsubscribe button!


TAX RECEIPTS
For 2016 are being mailed out with your daughters tuck bill shortly this fall. Please keep these tax receipts in safe keeping for next spring when you are filing your tax returns.


ON LINE STORE
GIFTS for any SEASON
http://tanamakoon.portagepromo.ca/


GIFTS SOLD at our OFFICE!
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!


WE THANK YOU!
Thank you to those of you that continue to refer new campers to Tan! We all know that Tanamakoon is the best summer camp for girls but some people may not know that! YOU are definitely the best ambassadors since you know firsthand how much fun a summer in Algonquin Park can be! Please feel free to pass the news on!

If you bring a new friend to Tan and if they put your name first on the back of their application where it says: "how did you hear about camp" then we will be sending you soon the "I ♥ TAN" charm for your Italian Charm bracelet! This charm cannot be purchased and is not retroactive.


You will have noticed an icon 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)

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, 800 summer campers, 40 Seniors, 150 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.
V.

"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."

Kindercamp

At Tanamakoon girls ages 4 - 6 can have their first overnight camp experience for 3 days in early or late summer.

Outdoor Ed

The Tanamakoon Outdoor Centre has operated for 27 years, for co-ed school groups mid May to mid June and the last two weeks of September.

Adult Programs

Spend quality time in Algonquin Park with opportunities to share a variety of experiences with like minded, interesting people from fifty five years onward.