We are just finishing the few days of August 1½ ! What an amazing two weeks we have all had together. Canoe trips, amazing food, exciting activities, and all sorts of special events filled our days! The weather has been warm and very dry and spirits have been high!. We will be sad to see so many wonderful campers leave on Monday but we are excited to welcome all our final two week campers on Monday August 13th ! These are definitely days of mixed emotions. If you are just beginning your adventures with us or still waiting for your time at Tan-we have loads more in store for all of you!
Just a few reminders below for families picking up next Monday or dropping off children for the final session of camp.
See you very soon!
Summer camp buses will meet at VAUGHAN MILLS Shopping Centre located on the 400 just north of Toronto for all drops offs and pick ups of summer campers. The North East corner is located behind the outlet near Babys R Us!
DRIVERS meet at Cache Lake Landing-located at km 24 on Hwy 60 inside Algonquin Park. The sign will say Cache Lake Landing - Bartlett Lodge.
DO NOT USE a GPS!
CAR-PLEASE PICK UP YOUR DAUGHTER AT 11AM AT CACHE LAKE. IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO GET THERE EARLY AND THEN YOU CAN GET HER LUGGAGE FROM THE LINE UP AND PUT IT IN YOUR CAR BEFORE THE SHUTTLE ARRIVES.
BUS - VAUGHAN MILLS - NE CORNER-please pick up between 3:30-4pm (pending traffic). PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOU HAVE ALL OF YOUR DAUGHTERS LUGGAGE BEFORE YOU LEAVE (lifejacket, paddle and all pieces of luggage) Two Week Trip departure is either by bus or car UNLESS they are staying at camp for the last two weeks.
Monday August 13th will come very quickly so we are just updating you on the pickup time and location. Your daughter will be excited to see you! Please be sure to collect her belongings at the bus. Sometimes campers are overwhelmed with the excitement of seeing you and sometimes a little sad to leave. Give her some time and let the stories unfold.
You will receive a mailing containing her award cards. A final tuck statement will be emailed to you at the end of summer camp. Please review the statement. We will be charging or refunding the credit card we have on file. If you need to change your credit card please go to REGISTER on the home page of our website and then click on CC update and fill in your daughters Tan account and her name in the appropriate fields. Have a great rest of your summer and be sure to register early for 2019.
Our online registration will begin in early September.
August last two weeks and Minicamp C
CAR- DROP OFF AT CACHE LAKE 12 NOON. PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE 12 .
IT DOES GET CONFUSING WITH ALL OF THE CAMPERS DEPARTING. YOU WILL NEED TO CHECK IN WITH THE STAFF MEMBER NEAR THE SHED WHO WILL CHECK YOUR DAUGHTER IN AND TELL YOU WHERE TO PUT HER LUGGAGE. YOUR DAUGHTER WILL THEN GET ON TO A SHUTTLE BUS TO TAKE HER TO THE PATH AND SHE WILL WALK IN WITH TAN STAFF.
BUS - YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE YOUR DAUGHTER AT VAUGHAN MILLS BY 8:30am. PLEASE ALLOW FOR TRAFFIC TIME. WHEN YOU GET TO VAUGHAN MILLS YOU WILL CHECK YOUR DAUGHTER IN WITH THE BUS CHAPERONES AND LOAD YOUR LUGGAGE UNDER THE BUSES.
ALL CAMPERS WILL CARRY THEIR PADDLES IN THE PATH WHEN THEY ARRIVE AT CAMP.
Our Staff will be there to meet you at both locations. If you have any outstanding forms, letters, medications etc-please give them to the Staff in charge. She should have her raincoat with her. Campers may have lunch when they arrive but a snack is always great. NO NUTS
Check your daughter in and get a name tag and then she will board the bus. Saying goodbye off the bus is so much easier for the kids and the staff. The bus will leave promptly at 9am. Please allow enough travel time especially with the longer commutes now in the GTA. A swift departure is easier on your daughter.
NEW Campers-We will give you a call within the first 72 hours to let you know how your daughter is doing.
DIRECTIONS TO CAMP
Hwy 401 to 400 north
Hwy 400 to Hwy 11
Hwy 11 to Hwy 60-Huntsville
Hwy 60 to Algonquin Park West Gates
Then go 24 kms to Cache Lake Landing/Bartlett Lodge-turn right
Cache Lake is 1 hr from Huntsville
DO NOT USE A GPS
IMPORTANT REMINDERS for August campers and parents re policies regarding cell phones, food parcels and the internet.
- Parcels containing food and candy are donated to the special events at camp for all children. Please do not send any food to campers OR to staff for campers.
- Cell Phones (including itouch and iphones) are not permitted at camp for campers. ALL Cell phones or SIM cards must be turned in upon arrival
- Tanamakoon campers and staff are not permitted to create or use the name Tanamakoon on any social net working site. All parents and campers are well aware of our internet policy
- ALL CAMPERS MUST COME with a water bottle, hat, life jacket, paddle, running shoes.
- International campers may borrow a paddle and life jacket
- All campers MUST have a current tetanus vaccine
- ALL campers MUST be checked for head lice and nits before they come to camp. Campers will be checked by a professional company when they arrive.
- Parents of new campers will be called within the first 72 hrs of arrival to update you on your daughters progress.
MAIL for Campers
Mail arrives at camp Monday to Friday and is given out after dinner on the day that it arrives. We suggest you use XPRESS post for anything that you want to come quickly or FEDEX. PLEASE do not send mail to your daughter in the last week of here stay as it will not likely get here before she leaves. All mail arriving after her stay is returned to sender. It is very helpful for the office if you put your Childs name and session on the envelope.
PO Box 10010
Algonquin Park, Ontario
International Campers may receive an email once per week during their stay. They will be forwarded and printed for your daughter. You are welcome to email us at this address and we will let you know how she is doing at camp.
Fax and email is for business information only. We do not accept correspondence for campers on either mode. Please use express or regular mail. Campers love getting real mail Business fax: 705-633-5501
Business email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for international campers ONLY
Please check the Daisy/News on our website for more information. Lots of frequently asked questions can be answered on our website news. We also regularly update Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
NEW CAMPERS - families of new campers will receive a call from camp within 72 hours to let you know how your daughter is doing at camp. Feel free to call us at camp if you are concerned about your daughter.
ALL CAMPER families will receive a letter from camp staff during or shortly after her stay at camp.
Please feel free to give us a call at camp with any questions 705-633-5541
- This summer Tanamakoon campers will once again be involved in the Roberta Bondar Program. This is an exciting combination of photography and the natural world. This is an exciting nationwide program that involves learning about the environment in conjunction with photography and writing. CAMPERS WHO WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS PROGRAM MUST BRING A CAMERA! Extra cards and rechargeable batteries are also very helpful!
- If you are planning on a longer canoe trip we suggest investing in a light weight beige or ivory coloured tripping shirt. The colour is still uniform but you may want the high-tech quick dry material. Campers and staff do wear uniform colours on trip
- Bring a white t-shirt to wear at dinner on the day you return from canoe trip-it lets all of us know that you just returned and you have a great story to tell.
- Yoga has also been added into the program once again! Be sure to bring some active yoga wear with you!
- Arts is looking for containers of all types with lids. Tripping needs the heavy duty clear or white jars with twist lids.
- Dress up costumes are always fun to bring and believe me-there will be some sort of program for you to wear it to.
- TWO WEEK TRIPPERS - just to clarify - you arrive with the campers who are coming in that session. You also depart with them. If you are here for a month then you are already in camp or joining in camp when you return.
- Instagram, Facebook , You Tube and Twitter ! Please join our Camp Tanamakoon social networking platforms! There are always highlights posted at these locations!
We do want to make it very clear that there are no visitor days at Tanamakoon during the summer months. These days were completely unsettling for the new and old campers and resulted in campers spending a day getting settled back into camp life. At Tanamakoon we take pride in the fact that our campers are our highest priority and our decisions are made with their best interests in mind. It is also impossible for parents to see camp on arrival day. If you missed the open houses then you would need to make a trip to camp to tour when your daughter is not in attendance.
UNIFORMS - First time campers (big camp only)
Campers wear tan (beige/natural) t-shirts and green shorts from morning til 4:30 each day. We suggest that you send your daughter with 3 t-shirts and 3 pairs of shorts. A long sleeve tan shirt and green sweat pants and a green sweatshirt are also great for cooler days (and good sun sense too)!
Our uniform is colour symbolic so you may wear ANY green shorts/sweats and any tan shirts. They do not have to be purchased from Tanamakoon.
After 4:30 campers can wear any other clothing they wish. Long sleeves and pants are worn at dusk to help prevent mosquito bites.
Bug jackets and pants are also a great item for camp and can be purchased at Canadian Tire or most sporting good stores.
WHAT DO CAMPERS NEED FOR CAMP? (uniforms etc)
You have been sent a full suggested clothing list to you in your spring bulletin. In the meantime, new families always ask how many uniforms will my daughter need?
For two weekers - 2 shorts and 3 shirts, sweat pants and sweat shirt
For one monthers - 3 shorts and 4 shirts, sweat pants and sweat shirt
Green socks are optional. All other clothing items can be of any colour.
A white t-shirt is traditionally worn by all campers on return from canoe trips and by new campers at our Candlelight Services.
PLEASE remember that our uniform is colour symbolic. Campers may wear ANY green shorts or green pants and any IVORY t-shirts or long sleeved "t" and a green sweatshirt. Uniform colours are worn from morning until 4:30pm each day.
NEW CAMPERS for 2019
If you are interested in TAN for 2019 then we would encourage you to go to our register on line page and enter your information. That way we can remind you in early September that it's time to register on line! You may also visit camp for a tour anytime by calling us up at camp and booking a tour. We like our boat trips to be made at 10 and 2.
WE GET QUESTIONS!
Where do we find a "trunk" for camp? Wallmart sells a great plastic trunk that is stronger than a Rubbermaid container. Other stores that have carried them in the past-Canadian Tire, Sears, Price Club. Trunks are great because they help campers keep things organized. Dunnage bags or hockey bags are needed as a second piece to pack bedding and last minute items especially fro departure.
We had a very successful June Kindercamp! Our August one is full with a wait list! Be sure to pass on this great kinder starter program for all girls ages 4-6years (or until the END of grade 1-so in fact they could be seven!)
TANAMAKOON YOUTUBE CHANNEL
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SUGGESTIONS & COMMENTS FOR YOU!
- Green socks are NOT mandatory (however, socks should be worn with shoes for health reasons)
- Bathing Caps are purchased at camp. The colour indicates where a child can safely swim
- Bug shirts and pants are AWESOME! We encourage you to pick up a set for camp! They are cool to wear over a t-shirt and shorts when the evenings are hot. Tanamakoon has a long sleeve and long pants (West Nile Style) policy for after dinner programs. You can purchase these from Mt Equipment Coop or Algonquin Outfitters, Canadian Tire and lots of sporting goods stores!
- Uniforms on Arrival Day - All the campers and CITs wear the uniform colours on arrival and departure days unless your uniforms were purchased and sent to camp directly or you are travelling by air.
- Dunnage bags are like large hockey bags. These are essential for packing your sleeping bag and last minute items on the last morning of camp. The majority of your luggage ALWAYS goes out the day before you leave.
- Paddles and Life jackets - All campers and CITs bring a paddle and life jacket (except international campers-we will lend you equipment.). We suggest you PACK your life jacket and carry your paddle. If travelling on the bus you will carry your paddle into camp.
- Trunk/ Dunnage bag - the best trunks are plastic with hingers and a latch. You can get them at Sears, Candian Tire, Cosco. A dunngae bag is a hockey bag. All campers need TWO pieces of luggage because when you depart your trunk or one dunnage bag goes the day before you do. Your dunnage bag should have room for your sleeping bag, pillow, towel, pjs and life jacket on the last day.
- Laundry - goes out once for two week campers and three times for full month campers. Everything goes out one day and back the next. You will be given a laundry bag when you arrive. PLEASE name everything!!!!
- Cameras - please name your camera before you come to camp. Best to buy a card big enough for all your photos so that you won't lose any of the small discs. You can recharge batteries here-just make sure you bring your own adaptor.
- Tuck Shop - campers get tuck three times a week. You can choose one candy item three times a week and then and of the other items which you have permission to buy (see the tuck permission form and either return it immediately or send it with your daughter
- Cabin Requests - The May 1st deadline has long since passed. Cabin requests made now may not be honoured.
- Mail is given out after dinner Mon-Fri. XPRESS post is best. Your daughter will write home once a week (minimum). PLEASE do not send anything edible as it will be taken at the office.
- Checking on Campers: Please feel free to call us up at camp if you have concerns regarding your daughter. The normal procedure is for the office to check on your daughter with the Tribal Head, Cabin Counselor or Nurse and then return your call in the evening. If you call during the evening then your call will be returned the next morning with an update.
- New Campers: families of all new campers will be called within 72 hours of your daughters arrival just to let you know how she is adjusting to camp life. We ask you to wait for the call before calling us. All camper families will receive a letter after 1 week to let you know about your daughters progress to date.
- Faxes and Emails: Tanamakoon does not receive faxes for emails for campers.If you need to fax forms or camp business please fax to 705-633-5501. The information will be relayed to camp. The camp does not accept emails nor will they be returned with the exception of international business emails. International campers may contact us at: email@example.com .
What is a 2018 PHOTO CD? Your daughter will be asked when she arrives at camp if she would like to order a photo 2016 Photo CD. This is a large collection of photos taken for a July CD and then an August CD. These photos are from 2018 and include all cabin photos.
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."