2002 - 2017
CASSON, my "BUDDY" passed away quietly on October 3rd after a great life as my devoted friend. He was a 15 year Tanamakoon camper and was loved, patted and played with by thousands of campers. For many campers, he was their dog while they were away from home.
As a young dog, he would roam all over camp. His favourite activity in the early years was swimming. He would walk into the water at the Cree Flats and start swimming and he would swim all around the bay for what seemed like hours. The canoes and sailboats would have to steer around him. He would always chase a stick if any camper threw it in the lake. Toward the end of his second summer of swimming around the bay daily, Kim Sainthill, who was the head of swimming that summer came to the door of Wabanose with a soaking wet CASSON in her arms. She told me in no uncertain terms that Swim Staff would no longer be lifeguarding Casson, he was on his own. Well, he made it on his own and swam for years after.
CASSON would come to the office in the winter time and between Karen and I, we taught him some tricks. In the summer, he came to Assembly every day and loved to perform those tricks. He could flip that biscuit off the end of his nose and catch it almost every time. Then he would lay on the ground and the Chicks and Ojibs would scratch his belly or he would try to lick their faces.
His favourite time of the day at Camp was right after meals. CASSON was on Buffet Lawn Duty every day of the summer. He was the only one at Camp who loved Buffet Lawn Duty!!
After breakfast and after dinner you knew Casson was in the dining room hoping to find some of that great camp feed that had fallen off a camper's plate. This was his favourite place at Tanamakoon. The night before he passed away, I had to go and take him out of the dining room after our Art Group had finished supper.
CASSON was the ideal pet, smart, loving, comforting without a mean bone in his body. Our Family, Laura, Jerrod, Marilyn and I are sad. Isabel is a bit lost as she has lived her entire life with CASSON and big Abby also realizes he is gone. Thanks "Buddy" for all your love, your face licks and your wagging tail and most of all for being the best dog any Camp and any Camp family could have. How lucky we are to have had you with us for all these years.
WOW-What an AMAZING fall we are having at Tanamakoon! Our Kindercamp and Adult weeks were very successful and now we are just starting our second week of O/Ed and then on to the Adult Art program! The weather has been beautiful to date and the lake is still warm enough for swimming!
The leaves are changing colour now and Algonquin is beginning to show signs of the familiar reds and oranges of autumn.
However, winter will come quickly so we will be heading back to Oakville by the end of next month.
Our planning for 2018 has already begun! It's always exciting to think ahead of the how we can make next year even better than the one before!
Please watch your mail now as packages for Summer 2018 are on their way. If you have registered on line then PLEASE DO NOT register on paper again. Feel free though to pass on the papers to a new family! You are by far our best ambassadors!
If you ordered a summer 2017 CD then your package will contain a CD filled with hundreds of great images from your time at camp (including all cabin photos). You can print them or pass them on to friends but we ask that you NOT upload the photos to any social networking sites. This is clearly stated on the label of each CD and protects children under the privacy act in Ontario. If you did not order one and think perhaps you'd like to have it now-call our Oakville office and we'll see what we can do.
Take care and we will be in touch soon!
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presents 2017 highlights from the July Musical
Colours In The Storm
July of 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of Tom Thomson's passing in Algonquin Park. The campers and drama staff of Camp Tanamakoon present Colours in the Storm, a musical about the life and mysterious death of the iconic Canadian painter. A play with songs, rather than a traditional musical, the show follows Thomson's development as a painter from his arrival in Algonquin Park in 1912 to his death there in Canoe Lake in 1917. Increasingly possessed by his artistic vision, Thomson struggles to realize his potential and to come to terms with the passions of his life.
This is the fourth time that Camp Tanamakoon has presented this show at the East Beach Theatre. Our first presentation in 1993 was done with the assistance of Jim Betts who wrote the production. Click below to view.
We hope that you will watch the highlights from this incredible musical. We were all very impressed with the quality of the production. Well done campers and drama staff! Please note that there are two parts to the highlights.
Part 1 Colours In The Storm
Part 2 Colours In The Storm
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YOUR NEXT MAILING is IN THE MAIL!!!!
The applications for 2018 and parent information and CDs (for those that ordered them) are included.
We will remind you now that former campers have priority until November 1st.
After that date, new campers will be accepted in the order that they are received. PLEASE return your application as soon as you receive it!
We do not want any of you to be disappointed.
PLEASE NOTE that registration is heavy already for next year. When sessions are filled there is little we can do other than wait list. PLEASE DO NOT DELAY!
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!
2018 ON LINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
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.
NEW CAMPERS for 2018
if you are interested in TAN for next summer then we would encourage you to register online NOW! We also welcome any potential new campers and their families to call us at camp and come for a tour! We are up at camp until the end of October and we would love to show you just what makes Tanamakoon such a special place to spend your summers! Call us and book a tour: 705-633-5541
Extended Canoe Trips at Tanamakoon Tanamakoon is offering a new wilderness tripping opportunity for July 2018! In response to the popularity of our two-week trip program, we have created a three-week canoe trip that will allow us to bring our two-week trip experience to a new and renowned area of Northern Ontario: Quetico Provincial Park. Quetico lies northwest of Lake Superior, and is part of a larger (over 1 million acre) protected area along the Canada-US border that is recognized around the world for its ideal canoe routes through rugged and remote wilderness. Campers will travel through these secluded lakes of the Canadian Shield with the opportunity to experience firsthand, as a completely self-contained trip, this undisturbed boundary of Northern Ontario. Voyaging through remote backcountry like this develops campers' independence, confidence and leadership skills and, overwhelmingly, past participants of our two week and month-long canoe trips speak highly of the lasting bonds and once-in-a-lifetime moments that make these trips so meaningful. The chance to have this experience in the form of a three-week Quetico trip is unique in the history of Tanamakoon, and we are excited to invite campers to join us on this new adventure! Think about it and sign up on line for the adventure of a lifetime!
PHOTO CD'S (July, August and Kindercamp)
Thave also been mailed out to those of you that ordered them at camp! So get excited you should be receiving them very soon!
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!
Tax Receipts for 2017will be emailed to you later this fall. Please keep these tax receipts in safe keeping on your computer for next spring when you are filing your tax returns. We also encourage you to have a folder on your computer to store copies of digital forms.
SUMMER 2017 WEBSITE PICTURES UPDATE!
The website pictures will all be updated by the middle of November. There will be a variety of pictures from all seasons! Just to let you know ... the pictures on the website and the CD are not the same. The Spring Slide Show and the Luncheon will be a collection of all seasons and it will be set to music!
We had very successful June and August Kindercamps! Be sure to pass on this great kinder starter program for all girls ages 4-6years (or until the END of grade 1-so infact they could be seven!)
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 87th 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.
Don't stop at Earth Hour - live The Good Life! The Good Life is WWF - Canada's new campaign that helps Canadians track the actions they are taking for the planet so you can actually see how your actions add up to help fight climate change.
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."