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Camp Tamakwa

P.O. Box 10008
Huntsville, Ontario, P1H 2H3
Camp Tamakwa
 

Camp Tamakwa  

P.O. Box 10008, Huntsville, Ontario, P1H 2H3

  • Type:
    Overnight camp, Family programs
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $1,300 to $1,500/week
  • Ages:
    7 to 16
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    300
  • Programs:
    0 available; 9 TBD; 2 temporarily closed
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  • Summary Profile

    About Camp Tamakwa

    Experience Camp Tamakwa's rich traditions, family atmosphere & unique Algonquin Park setting. We offer a diversified program with over 20 activities and an extensive canoe tripping program. Tamakwa has many modern features, but prides itself on traditional values, camp spirit, safety and skill development. Learn more about our 2 week introductory sessions.
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    • Special needs: Not available
    • Religious affiliation:Jewish



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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Camp Tamakwa currently has 0 program available; 9 TBD.

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    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
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    Virtual program
    Coed
    Ages: 1 - 18+
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $0
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Vocal Training / Singing|Musical Theatre
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 7 - 11
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $8,800 to $9,300
    First-aid/lifesaving |Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Fishing|Hiking|Hockey|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Rollerblading|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Volleyball|Fencing|Track and Field|Yoga|Cheer|Rock Climbing|Ping Pong|Gaga|Zip Line|Football|Arts & Crafts|Music Recording|Theatre Arts|Photography|Painting|Woodworking|Vocal Training / Singing|Drawing|Pottery|Guitar|Piano|Wilderness Out-tripping|Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 16
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $9,000
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Guitar|Music Recording|Piano|Vocal Training / Singing|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Pottery|Woodworking|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|First-aid/lifesaving |Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cheer|Fishing|Football|Gaga|Hiking|Hockey|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Rollerblading|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Track and Field|Volleyball|Yoga|Zip Line|Fencing|Videography|Ceramics
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 7 - 15
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $6,275 to $6,800
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Guitar|Music Recording|Piano|Vocal Training / Singing|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Pottery|Woodworking|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|First-aid/lifesaving |Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cheer|Fishing|Football|Gaga|Hiking|Hockey|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Rollerblading|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Track and Field|Volleyball|Yoga|Zip Line|Fencing
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 7 - 16
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $9,900 to $10,600
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Guitar|Music Recording|Piano|Vocal Training / Singing|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Pottery|Woodworking|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|First-aid/lifesaving |Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cheer|Fishing|Football|Gaga|Hiking|Hockey|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Rollerblading|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Track and Field|Volleyball|Yoga|Zip Line|Fencing|Videography|Ceramics
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 7 - 10
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $3,075
    First-aid/lifesaving |Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Fishing|Hiking|Hockey|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Rollerblading|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Volleyball|Fencing|Track and Field|Yoga|Cheer|Rock Climbing|Ping Pong|Gaga|Zip Line|Football|Arts & Crafts|Music Recording|Theatre Arts|Photography|Painting|Woodworking|Vocal Training / Singing|Drawing|Pottery|Guitar|Piano|Wilderness Out-tripping|Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 7 - 15
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $5,250 to $5,850/month
    Ropes Course|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Guitar|Music Recording|Piano|Vocal Training / Singing|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Photography|Pottery|Woodworking|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|First-aid/lifesaving |Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Cheer|Fishing|Football|Gaga|Hiking|Hockey|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Ping Pong|Rock Climbing|Rollerblading|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Track and Field|Volleyball|Yoga|Zip Line|Fencing|Videography|Ceramics
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 6 - 10
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $50
    First-aid/lifesaving |Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Fishing|Hiking|Hockey|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Rollerblading|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Volleyball|Fencing|Track and Field|Yoga|Cheer|Rock Climbing|Ping Pong|Gaga|Zip Line|Football|Arts & Crafts|Music Recording|Theatre Arts|Photography|Painting|Woodworking|Vocal Training / Singing|Drawing|Pottery|Guitar|Piano|Wilderness Out-tripping|Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 6 - 10
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $180
    First-aid/lifesaving |Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Fishing|Hiking|Hockey|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Rollerblading|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Volleyball|Fencing|Track and Field|Yoga|Cheer|Rock Climbing|Ping Pong|Gaga|Zip Line|Football|Arts & Crafts|Music Recording|Theatre Arts|Photography|Painting|Woodworking|Vocal Training / Singing|Drawing|Pottery|Guitar|Piano|Wilderness Out-tripping|Ropes Course|Wilderness Skills



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
    Credit card payment Yes

    Discounts

    Discount for 3rd child 5%
    Discount for 4th child 5%
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Camp Tamakwa

    our take

    Tamakwa is a camp that has become part of the national culture in ways that others can only envy. As a camper Michael Budman discovered a culture and an aesthetic that would later become central to the Roots Canada brand, a company he co-founded. When Roots ultimately outfitted the Canadian Olympic teams from 1998 to 2004, there was a little bit of Tamakwa in the image that Canada was projecting to the world. It wasn’t just the aesthetic that impressed Budman, of course, but also the values that were represented there: confidence, communication, leadership development, environmental stewardship, and self-expression. David Stringer has been at the camp for more than 60 years. He’s the son of Omer Stringer, the legendary canoeist and outdoorsman, and director at Tamakwa, as was his father before him. While the camp has grown and changed over the years, that continuity is one of the draws, and the program remains centred on the values that were there from the earliest days.  David says of his father, “If he could see this third generation of kids tipped over on the side of their canoe, paddling, he’d be thrilled.” It’s that experience—of participating in something bigger than ourselves—that remains a hallmark of what Tamakwa has to offer.



  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    P.O. Box 10008, Huntsville, Ontario, P1H 2H3, Canada



    Busing

    • Michigan Bus
      Location Address Pick up Drop off
      Westbloomfield MI West Bloomfield Township, MI, United States Not provided Not provided
    • Tamakwa Teaser Day!
      Location Address Pick up Drop off
      Toronto Toronto, ON, Canada Not provided Not provided
    • Toronto Bus (Bus fee: 95)
      Location Address Pick up Drop off
    • Airport Bus (Bus fee: 95)
      Location Address Pick up Drop off
      Pearson Airport Pearson Int Airport Terminal 1 Ground Level, Mississauga, ON, Canada 9:55 am 9:55 pm


    Accommodations

    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins

    Amenities

    • Electricity in Sleeping Area
    • Shower in Sleeping Area
    • Toilet in Sleeping Area

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Showers (indoor)

    More details about accommodations: Tamakwa has beautiful wood cabins with electricity. All female cabins have a washroom with a toilet, sink and shower. In addition, our youngest 7-9 year old boys also have washrooms within their cabin.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Camp Tamakwa technology free? Yes We uphold a NO Technology policy. No cell phones, ipads, laptops. Small ipods without a screen that only hold music are permitted within the cabin. This rule applies to staff as well even during free time or evening staff rec! We believe more face to face time and not screen to screen communication is needed now more than ever before!



    Rentals & Services

    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    Our facility is available for rental groups after our regular summer season, in late August, September, and sometimes into early October, as a venue for: • WEDDINGS • SCHOOL GROUPS • CORPORATE GROUPS • FAMILY RETREATS • SEMINARS & CONFERENCES During the summer, Camp Tamakwa operates as a private co-ed residential children’s ontario summer camp, an all-around recreational wonderland for our campers and staff. Located in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Tamakwa is a 2.5 hour drive from Toronto. Tamakwa is basically the sole user of South Tea Lake, a picturesque lake, approximately one square mile in size. In the middle are three islands, including “Treasure Island”, a traditional destination for long distance swims, about half a mile from camp’s shore. In the off-season, Tamakwa provides the perfect venue for outdoor education, leadership development and team building by school groups, organizations, conferences, corporations, not to mention an incredible backdrop for beautiful Algonquin weddings and family retreats. Nestled along the winding shoreline of South Tea Lake, just minutes from Algonquin Park’s West Gate in Ontario, Tamakwa is noted for its strikingly picturesque and secluded setting. Accessible only by water, Tamakwa’s long lakefront and sloping forested hills offer the true essence of living in the northern woods, while in the comfort of well-maintained accommodations. Tamakwa offers a wide range of recreational facilities, most prominently the surrounding natural Algonquin wilderness. In close proximity are cookout sites, waterfalls, islands, a beaver dam, adjoining lakes and streams, hiking & biking trails, and numerous other natural sites to be explored and enjoyed. ACTIVITIES Our website depicts all the incredible activities available at Tamakwa throughout the summer and most, if not all, can be available for our rental groups. Groups can be arranged and scheduled with or without Tamakwa staff or instructors but a group of Tamakwa support staff will always be available in the off-season. Certain activities require specialized supervision (eg lifeguards, canoe guides, nurses, certified specialists in Ropes Course & Climbing Wall operation, Canoeing, Sailing, Windsurfing, etc). (Click Here to see Tamakwa’s Activities) FEES STRUCTURE There is a wide range of rates calculated on a per person per day basis (plus applicable taxes). Rates will depends on the number of group participants, length of stay, activities used, Tamakwa-provided personnel, and of course menu. Please contact us for further details. OTHER FACILITIES • Large Rec Hall – Multi-purpose auditorium with removable seating/benches. Stage, lighting, and audio/visual system with large screen video projector • “The Slope” – Outdoor amphitheatre overlooking lake • “Loon Lodge” – Newly built, covered amphitheatre with stage, lighting, and sound system… can be used with benches in place or otherwise • “Art-Deck-O” – Outdoor stage • Large Dining Hall with fireplace (serves as indoor conference meeting area) • Indoor lounge with food serving area • Video “loft”: with large screen TV, DVD & VCR • 8+ campfire areas • 2 amphitheatre bleacher style seating areas with campfire pits; one of them on the beach • 2 Waterfront areas with enclosed swim docks (pool-like area with a length of approx 75ft) – one waterfront area has a sandy beach, shallow area, deep end, water trampoline and swim tower • an outdoor sports complex with roller blade hockey rink and basketball court on a professional “SportCourt” surface • Ballfield with backstop and dugouts: softball or hardball, soccer, football, ultimate frisbess, track & field, and more • Public address system throughout entire camp • Game room with ping pong and “foosball” tables BOAT FLEET • 3 Pointer transport boats (36 ft) • Utility barge for baggage and supplies • Large fleet of sail boats, windsurfers, canoes (cedar/canvas & aluminium), kayaks… and fleet of small power rescue boats DINING HALL • Capacity for 350-400 • 45 hardwood tables and cedar benches (seating for 10-14 per table) • Stone fireplace • Outdoor eating facilities as well CABINS / ACCOMMODATIONS • Sleeping capacity for 350-400 • 36 cabins (with electricity), 26 of which have washrooms (shower, sinks and toilets) while the other cabins are serviced by conveniently located large communal washroom facilities • Capacity of different cabins varies, but average of 8-12 beds per camper cabin • Separate “Staff” housing is available including a limited supply of “executive style” housing (heated, carpeted, & private bathroom) FOOD SERVICE • Full range of food service available from gourmet to camp style; can cater to any taste or budget • Barbecues, food stations, picnics, short order, sweet tables • Three nutritionally balanced meals and evening snack daily (vegetarian meals available) • Menu can always be be tailored to each group’s needs, recommendations, and approval • Most special requests made in advance can be accommodated WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT TAMAKWA? Tamakwa’s most prominent feature is its Algonquin setting. The description of Tamakwa as a “recreational village” — where participants live, work, and play in a forest environment — translates to both individual and team growth. We find that the setting and facility are vehicles to the enhancement of skills, leadership, camaraderie, self-esteem and resourcefulness. With clean air, a crystal clear lake with drinkable water, and peaceful starry nights…the setting is also a vehicle to clean healthy living. Please Contact Us for more information on how your group can enjoy Camp Tamakwa and Algonquin Park in Ontario.


    Available for private rentals: Yes
    Our facility is available for rental groups after our regular summer season, in late August, September, and sometimes into early October, as a venue for: • WEDDINGS • SCHOOL GROUPS • CORPORATE GROUPS • FAMILY RETREATS • SEMINARS & CONFERENCES During the summer, Camp Tamakwa operates as a private co-ed residential children’s ontario summer camp, an all-around recreational wonderland for our campers and staff. Located in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Tamakwa is a 2.5 hour drive from Toronto. Tamakwa is basically the sole user of South Tea Lake, a picturesque lake, approximately one square mile in size. In the middle are three islands, including “Treasure Island”, a traditional destination for long distance swims, about half a mile from camp’s shore. In the off-season, Tamakwa provides the perfect venue for outdoor education, leadership development and team building by school groups, organizations, conferences, corporations, not to mention an incredible backdrop for beautiful Algonquin weddings and family retreats. Nestled along the winding shoreline of South Tea Lake, just minutes from Algonquin Park’s West Gate in Ontario, Tamakwa is noted for its strikingly picturesque and secluded setting. Accessible only by water, Tamakwa’s long lakefront and sloping forested hills offer the true essence of living in the northern woods, while in the comfort of well-maintained accommodations. Tamakwa offers a wide range of recreational facilities, most prominently the surrounding natural Algonquin wilderness. In close proximity are cookout sites, waterfalls, islands, a beaver dam, adjoining lakes and streams, hiking & biking trails, and numerous other natural sites to be explored and enjoyed. ACTIVITIES Our website depicts all the incredible activities available at Tamakwa throughout the summer and most, if not all, can be available for our rental groups. Groups can be arranged and scheduled with or without Tamakwa staff or instructors but a group of Tamakwa support staff will always be available in the off-season. Certain activities require specialized supervision (eg lifeguards, canoe guides, nurses, certified specialists in Ropes Course & Climbing Wall operation, Canoeing, Sailing, Windsurfing, etc). (Click Here to see Tamakwa’s Activities) FEES STRUCTURE There is a wide range of rates calculated on a per person per day basis (plus applicable taxes). Rates will depends on the number of group participants, length of stay, activities used, Tamakwa-provided personnel, and of course menu. Please contact us for further details. OTHER FACILITIES • Large Rec Hall – Multi-purpose auditorium with removable seating/benches. Stage, lighting, and audio/visual system with large screen video projector • “The Slope” – Outdoor amphitheatre overlooking lake • “Loon Lodge” – Newly built, covered amphitheatre with stage, lighting, and sound system… can be used with benches in place or otherwise • “Art-Deck-O” – Outdoor stage • Large Dining Hall with fireplace (serves as indoor conference meeting area) • Indoor lounge with food serving area • Video “loft”: with large screen TV, DVD & VCR • 8+ campfire areas • 2 amphitheatre bleacher style seating areas with campfire pits; one of them on the beach • 2 Waterfront areas with enclosed swim docks (pool-like area with a length of approx 75ft) – one waterfront area has a sandy beach, shallow area, deep end, water trampoline and swim tower • an outdoor sports complex with roller blade hockey rink and basketball court on a professional “SportCourt” surface • Ballfield with backstop and dugouts: softball or hardball, soccer, football, ultimate frisbess, track & field, and more • Public address system throughout entire camp • Game room with ping pong and “foosball” tables BOAT FLEET • 3 Pointer transport boats (36 ft) • • Utility barge for baggage and supplies • Large fleet of sail boats, windsurfers, canoes (cedar/canvas & aluminium), kayaks… and fleet of small power rescue boats DINING HALL • Capacity for 350-400 • 45 hardwood tables and cedar benches (seating for 10-14 per table) • Stone fireplace • Outdoor eating facilities as well CABINS / ACCOMMODATIONS • Sleeping capacity for 350-400 • 36 cabins (with electricity), 26 of which have washrooms (shower, sinks and toilets) while the other cabins are serviced by conveniently located large communal washroom facilities • Capacity of different cabins varies, but average of 8-12 beds per camper cabin • Separate “Staff” housing is available including a limited supply of “executive style” housing (heated, carpeted, & private bathroom) FOOD SERVICE • Full range of food service available from gourmet to camp style; can cater to any taste or budget • Barbeques, food stations, picnics, short order, sweet tables • Three nutritionally balanced meals and evening snack daily (vegetarian meals available) • Menu can always be be tailored to each group’s needs, recommendations, and approval • Most special requests made in advance can be accommodated WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT TAMAKWA? Tamakwa’s most prominent feature is its Algonquin setting. The description of Tamakwa as a “recreational village” — where participants live, work, and play in a forest environment — translates to both individual and team growth. We find that the setting and facility are vehicles to the enhancement of skills, leadership, camaraderie, self-esteem and resourcefulness. With clean air, a crystal clear lake with drinkable water, and peaceful starry nights…the setting is also a vehicle to clean healthy living. As a point of special interest… Camp Tamakwa is featured in the Disney-Touchstone motion-picture INDIAN SUMMER, filmed at Camp Tamakwa in 1992, starring Alan Arkin, Diane Lane, Kevin Pollak, Julie Warner, Bill Paxton, Matt Craven, Vincent Spano, and Elizabeth Perkins… and was written and directed by Tamakwa Alum Mike Binder. Please Contact Us for more information on how your group can enjoy Camp Tamakwa and Algonquin Park in Ontario.


    Associations

    Ontario Camps Association Associations
    Canadian Camping Association/ Association des camps du Canada Associations


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Leslie Hartsman, Camp Director

    Thank you for your interest in Camp Tamakwa.

    Camp Tamakwa provides a unique life experience for children. In operation since 1936, we take great pride in our never-ending progress to meet the needs of our campers… and fulfill the expectations of our parents.

    Founded in Ontario’s pristine Algonquin Park, Tamakwa offers a well-rounded outdoor program. Physically, our camp facility has been totally restored and refurbished throughout the years, yet Tamakwa’s magic has always been the intangible quality of warmth and camaraderie of an Algonquin camp family. Tamakwa is an intimate camp where everyone knows each other. Cabin groups are purposely small, particularly in our youngest age groups and one on one attention is provided to campers throughout the day and night.

    Above all, Tamakwa is known for its spirit. singing, cheering, campfires and traditional camping values are the mainstays of our Algonquin camp life. These values provide an important balance to the highly technological lifestyles of modern day urban children.

    Please keep in mind that no matter how thorough our camp materials are, they are inherently limited in what they can convey about the Tamakwa experience. While we offer one of the most diversified outdoor recreational programs available, we stress the development and growth of our campers both individually and collectively in a close-knit cabin group.  We travel throughout the year to cities across North America to meet with families face to face and work together to ensure the best possible summer for each individual camper.  Open house events, home visits or even an extended phone conversation with a Director are always a great way to begin your camp journey and get answers to many of your important questions. 

    We look forward to you joining our Tamakwa family. We believe we will surpass your expectations in providing your children with a unique Algonquin camp experience and of course have loads of fun experiencing youthful exhilaration on the most beautiful Algonquin summer camp site in the world.



    Stories

    • Tamakwa Weekend Mini-Session!

      Over just a few days, the Tamakwa Weekend Mini-Session provides young campers a quick glimpse into the exciting world of overnight camp. First-time campers participate in Tamakwa’s diverse activities, enjoy our various water sports, land sports, creative arts activities and of course our amazing and creative evening programs.

      This coming summer we are once again offering a Weekend Mini-Session from Friday, August 7 to Sunday, August 9, 2020. This weekend is open to any campers ages 6-10 and costs $180 CDN (plus 13% HST).

      We are excited to provide new prospective campers the chance to experience Tamakwa’s incredible camp spirit and traditions and to witness first-hand the beauty of Algonquin Park and the unparalleled energy that makes Tamakwa so magical and unique.

      Mini-Session campers will stay in their own designated cabins exclusively for our weekend campers but will join the Tamakwa family in our dining hall for all meals as well as most activities during the day and evening. Round trip transportation will be provided from Toronto. 

      Click Here to Register Now!

      Please feel free to contact us in the Toronto office to discuss availability for this weekend.

    • Try Tamakwa for a day!

      We are very excited to announce THE TAMAKWA TEASER, a one day session for campers between the ages of 6-10 taking place on FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2020!

      During this one day session campers will have an opportunity to try many of our exciting activities, view live demonstrations from our campers and staff, and get a feel for Tamakwa’s spirit, energy and 80+ year history.

      This incredible, jam-packed day is the perfect way to give your first-time campers a small taste of what residential summer camp life in majestic Algonquin Park, Ontario is all about.  (Click Here to see videos and slideshows from recent Teaser Days)

      The bus will depart from Toronto at 7am and will return at 9pm.

      Registration fee is $50 (includes transportation, three meals, snacks and taxes).

      For further information and to register for THE TAMAKWA TEASER, please contact us at 416-924-7433 or email [email protected].

      Register your camper now, spread the word, and help give your child an experience they will never forget.

      Please Click Here for the Tamakwa Teaser Application Form.

    • 80th Anniversary Special

      To celebrate our 80th summer we are offering a special new family discount! All new families who register for our August session will recieve 500$ off! For more information, be sure to check out our website.
      www.tamakwa.com 

    • Singer Songwriter Amy Sky - Camp Tamakwa Alumni
      http://www.ourkids.net/camp/the-essentials-article.php?id=161 Amy Sky, best known for her songs I Will Take Care of You and Love, Pain and the Whole Damn Thing. had never sung in public until she was 15 years old at Camp Tamakwa. She'd been studying classical cello, but when the staff and campers put on an evening of Gershwin, Sky had to step out of her comfort zone and step into the American songbook. Now having written songs for Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John and Sheena Easton, Amy Sky reflects back on the "warm and supportive environment of camp", saying that "it increases your confidence, since you get positive feedback just for trying something new." During the seven years that her own daughter attended Tamakwa, Sky held annual songwriting sessions with campers. Working with cabin groups, she'd help the campers rewrite the lyrics to popular songs to reflect their own experience. Read Amy Sky's reflection on attending Camp Tamakwa (as a camper, and later, a parent)
    • Camp Tamakwa Teams up with Adventure Valley Day Camp
      Beginning in the summer of 2010, Camp Tamakwa began hosting a group of eager young campers from Toronto's Adventure Valley Day Camp for an exciting new overnight experience. For 4 very special days in August, a limited number of Adventure Valley Day Camp campers are treated to a taste of Camp Tamakwa's hospitality and introduced to our campers, staff, activities, and traditions. This is great for our campers enabling them to show off Tamakwa's energy and spirit, not to mention beautiful Algonquin Park. During their time at Tamakwa, the Adventure Valley campers are accompanied by some of their own staff and also have a few dedicated Tamakwa staff, as well as cabins dedicated only for their use. The Adventure Valley family has well over 20 years of day camp experience and they share Tamakwa's core values of family, spirit, compassion, and traditional camp fun, all in a safe and nurturing environment. We are excited to continue to help provide new Toronto area campers a few days at Tamakwa combining the best of both day and residential camp life for them this summer and for many summers to come.
    • Roots Clothing Company Founder at Camp Tamakwa
      "It's safe to say," says Roots clothing company co-founder Michael Budman, "that there might not be a Roots if there hadn't been Camp Tamakwa." Growing up in Detroit, Michigan, Budman had attended some local camps, but at age 10 he was ready for the big-time- Camp Tamakwa, the 75-year-old Canadian-American camp set on the shores of Algonquin Park's South Tea Lake in northern Ontario. "It's one of the most beautiful campsites in the world - a magical place," says Budman. It's also where he and fellow camper Don Green became buddies and hatched their plan to open a shoe store in Toronto that eventually grew into an international clothing empire. Read Michael Budman's reflection on attending Camp Tamakwa.
    • Camp Tamakwa Videos
      Wonder what a session at Camp Tamakwa would be like? There are lots of short video clips on the Camp Tamakwa website. Watch them in any order! CLICK HERE TO PLAY - TAMAKWA VIDEOS What you'll find: Watersports and Landsports Arts & Drama Canoe Trips Amy Sky Nights Meet the Camp Directors ... and many more!


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