Summer Overnight & Day Camp - Outdoor Centre - School
located in Huntsville, Ontario - 705.789.5612

Tawingo

Tawingo Day Camp

Camp Tawingo*Please note that our Day Camp program has been closed for the 2020 season.

Tawingo Day Camp runs for seven, five-day sessions, starting in mid-July and finishing at the end of August. Programs run from 9:00am to 4:45pm each day and include a healthy lunch and snacks. Supervised transportation to and from camp is available.


Tawingo Day Camp is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 12 years old. Children who are 5 years old and entering Grade One in the fall may also apply.


Our Day Camp has the full use of all our oustanding facilities including our waterfront, boating program, Sports Field & Equipment, amazing Craft and Nature programs, and hiking trails. Tawingo Day Camp will create lasting memories of golden summer days. Though the campers may not even be aware of it, it's about more than just fun. We provide a wonderful, safe environment where campers can challenge themselves to learn new skills and try new things surrounded by supportive staff.

Our day campers enjoy all that nature has to offer while learning about wildlife in Muskoka. Campers will have lots of opportunities to get as dirty as they like playing with frogs and salamanders and enjoying outdoor adventures.

Day Camp campers are assigned to a cabin group at the beginning of their session. Each cabin consists of 7 - 9 campers, within 1-2 years of each other. Each cabin will have the same counsellor for the whole week. Parents will receive a cabin photo and a letter from the counsellor sharing the highlights of their camper's week at Camp Tawingo Day Camp. The Day Camp Staff receive the same extensive training as our overnight Camp Counsellors and are chosen for their leadership skills, enthusiasm and proven abilities to work with children. Many of our Day Camp counsellors have grown up attending Camp Tawingo.

Camp TawingoOur Day Camp is an excellent way for campers to try out camp before advancing to a full overnight camp experience. It's also an ideal place for anyone just looking for a traditional summer Day Camp experience. The philosophy that has driven our Overnight Camp for over fifty years is just as prevalent at our Day Camp. Camp Tawingo is committed to providing our campers with the experience of a lifetime.

Our work and play are guided, are driven by a camper-centeredness philosophy. Every decision, action, policy, and program at Tawingo has as its focus the camper – the camper’s comfort, growth, experience, and development. To this we are also committed.

At Tawingo, we believe that the goal of Camp is to learn to appreciate and live in harmony with the out-of-doors, and one another…and that this learning happens best in a setting that is an oasis of safe and wholesome free play for children, an oasis free of cell phones, iPods, and other gadgets. Parents tell us that the Tawingo experience their children describe reminds them of the days when they used to be able to play outside, with all the other neighbourhood children, until the street lights came on.

We are intentionally committed to:

  • Ensuring campers feel comfortable in the camp setting, with their cabin-mates and our staff.
  • Providing leadership that is suited uniquely & specifically to each camper.
  • Ensuring that every camper experiences respect, care and support.


Campers are encouraged to take responsibility, to make decisions, and to exercise initiative through positive interaction. Every opportunity is provided for self-expression and self-discovery.

It is our hope that Tawingo Campers leave camp with:

  • Confidence
  • Self-assurance
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to make and keep friends


These skills, especially the increased confidence, result in children doing better in school and extra-curricular activities. Our campers have the ability to work and play independently as well as in a group.

Camp Tawingo Promises

  • To ensure the happiness of our campers by making the camping experience fun.
  • To give our campers a sense of responsibility by encouraging them to do things for themselves and others.
  • To teach cooperation while playing, working, and planning with others.
  • To provide inspiration with values from nature itself.
  • To give our campers the experience of adventure in the out-of-doors.
  • To create a healthy atmosphere with a balanced diet and wholesome outdoor activities.
  • To build self-confidence through acquiring new skills, accomplishments and insights.
  • To teach good citizenship in an environment of democratic living.
  • To take personal interest in our campers, to give ample opportunity for self-expression in a well-balanced, varied program.
  • To instill awareness and appreciation for the natural environment.
 

Tawingo Talkback!

" I just wanted to tell you, that despite the pouring rain on Saturday, we
were very pleased we made the 7 hour round trip to visit our grandson at
Camp.

We walked away very impressed and envious that we didn't get the opportunity
to experience Summer Camp ourselves.   The last time we visited Tawingo was
28 years ago when our daughter attended Tawingo.  She never forgot the two
summers she spend there and was determined that her son would experience
many years of the Tawingo tradition.   At ten years old, this is now his
third year and we expect him to continue to enjoy summer camp for many years
to come.   

From the time we arrived your friendly Counsellors helped with parking; the
check-in process was pleasant and efficient and we were very pleased to
meeting Aidan's Counsellor, Robertson, in Cabin No. 6.  Everything was
ship-shape and Aidan was brimming with confidence and talked non-stop took
about his experiences as he insisted on taking us on a tour of the camp in
the rain.  From the waterfront, to the dining hall, along to "Swamp" cabin,
to where the tribal counsel takes place, he waved at Counsellors along the
way and seems to have absorb and embrace the values, the traditions, and the
rituals of camp life.   A refreshing break from computers/ digital media, et
al!  

We have heard that "Tawingo wrote the book about how to run a Summer Camp"
- We believe it.  Keep doing what you are doing.  
A very sincerely thank you. "

-Grandparent