CAMP NEWS

Hi Campers!
Spring opening is just days away now! How exciting to be thinking about moving next week! The Staff is all hired and camp is filled for every summer session! Our June & August Kindercamps are filled too!

Even though we are filled for this year, we encourage you to continue to do your thing and share Tanamakoon with other families-we really do appreciate your help and support. You are our greatest ambassadors!

You have all received your final packages.


FEES (DUE MAY 1st)
If you are on the installment plan-do nothing.
If you gave us permission to charge your card - we will do so on May 1st.
(your invoice would indicate if you gave us permission when you registered)
If you paid the deposit by cheque you can pay the fees by cheque or follow the instructions on your invoice.


HOW TO CHANGE your on file CREDIT CARD

  1. Click on this link: https://www.pronto2.com/camptanamakoon/ccinfo.php
  2. Use you TAN# from your invoice for each child. You must insert TAN and the number (no space)
  3. Update


FORMS

  1. Click on this link: https://www.pronto2.com/camptanamakoon/forms.php
  2. Be sure you have all your information with you before you start. You fill it all out at once - you cannot save and go back.
  3. Insert your daughters registration number again from the invoice TAN# (use TAN and the number with no spaces)
  4. Print out a copy for your records.
  5. If you need to change anything later on a form you must email it to: registration@tanamakoon.com using the camper name and TAN#. We cannot take changes over the phone-we like a paper trail.
  6. We encourage you to talk with your daughter first so that the only changes to be made are absolutely necessary.

Please note that you need to think about these BEFORE you go to fill them out. Additions/changes are difficult at this end so we would love you to think about all the information before you click submit. If for some reason you prefer snail mail-please make sure to send the forms up north to camp.


INTERNATIONAL FAMILIES

  1. Please email us using the following email with any questions: international@tanamakoon.com
  2. International campers do not need to bring a paddle or lifejacket.
  3. International families may email their daughter to this address once each week that your daughter attends. Please put her name in the subject line.


CONSTANT CONTACT NEWS
For Parents was emailed to you this week. If you did NOT receive this PLEASE check your junk/trash mail. You will need to change settings to allow us to contact you with this newsletter. If it's not there please email: registration@tanamakoon.com

The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer. The snow ice has gone out and most of the snow has melted. Everywhere people seem to have a spring in their step and a smile on their face. A sure sign that spring is in the air and that means summer follows shortly after!

We send all of you hugs and warm thoughts for a warm and happy spring!
Keep Tan close to your heart!
Xo


SOCIAL MEDIA & TANAMAKOON
Be sure to join our Facebook page (Camp Tanamakoon), our You Tube channel (Camp Tanamakoon) and Twitter and Instagram That way you will have access to highlights that we post from time to time over the season!


UNIFORM
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). You may purchase through our online store or wear any green shorts, sweats and any ivory/tan t-shirts.

If there are problems with your order we would ask you to contact the store directly. The contact information is on the order form on the home page.

http://tanamakoon.portagepromo.ca/

PLEASE note the deadlines for ordering!

Please note: ALL campers & CITs must bring a water bottle, hat, rainwear, life jacket and paddle.

The exceptions:
Minicamp does not need a paddle
International campers-do not need a lifejacket or paddle


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!


BAGGAGE TAGS
Beige baggage tags were enclosed for summer campers with your billing and Tan Update. You are to mark your daughter’s name and the following numbers on each tag and attach it to her luggage. These indicate where luggage goes in camp NOT cabin groups. The grade is her PRESENT grade.

Grade 1-5 #2
Grades 6-7 #3
Garde 8-10 #1
CITs #3
2 week trippers #3


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/

The photos 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.


PHOTO CD'S
July, August and Kindercamp are offered for purchase at the tuck shop (or for Kindercampers by your mailing). These are collections of photos including cabin pictures taken during your daughters stay. This item will be listed on the tuck permission form for summer campers and you can indicate there that your daughter has permission to purchase one.


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

See an old issue of constant contact there with the subscribe button.


TAX RECEIPTS
For 2017 will be emailed out at the end of your daughters stay at camp. 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/


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.