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

Tawingo

Thinking About Camp Tawingo?

Camp TawingoCamp Tawingo is a traditional summer camp offering a full spectrum of traditional camp activities. We have much to offer each of our campers:

  • 220 Acres of secluded & private forests, with close to 2000 feet of lakefront, plus two beaches, large playing fields, creeks & streams, a junior mountain – safe to climb and boasting spectacular views
  • A fleet of 60+ cedar strip canoes and 16 kayaks
  • Large & incredibly popular land-sports program
  • Many tournaments in such sports as Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Ping-Pong, Mini-Putt, and Volleyball
  • A Crafts program in a unique pioneer log cabin
  • A Woodcrafts program
  • A Campcraft program where campers learn outdoor living skills - like how to cook over an open fire
  • A library full of books & boardgames & puzzles, plus more tournaments in games like Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, Snakes & Ladders, Crazy 8s, etc...
  • A full-blown Musical each session
  • And so much more...

 

BUT WHAT MAKES TAWINGO UNIQUE?
The reality is that there are many, many camps from which you may choose. What is it that makes Tawingo unique? What makes Camp Tawingo so special that we have families that have been sending campers for multi- generations? Why are our alumni events always filled to capacity?

Our Summer Program is About Staff not Stuff
Camp RawingoWe invest our energy and resources in the development and training of our staff – rather than in the latest camp gear and gadgets. For us, it is about ensuring our staff are exceptional at connecting with children and helping them to connect with one another and the Camp experience. Our staff return rate is exceptionally high. Over 95% of our staff have been campers at Tawingo themselves and wish to provide to our current campers the same sort of wonderfully positive experience that they themselves enjoyed over their many years as campers. They do not need to be taught our philosophy because they have grown up with it. Our staff believe in a camper-centered approach to leadership and are chosen for their desire to be with children and help them to grow in the Camp experience.  

We intentionally avoid buying into the latest in camp gadgets. We have found that the gadgets can promote a culture that revolves around line-ups, and concerns over when it will be 'my turn'.  We believe that it is infinitely better to have campers spend their time doing something fun, creative, and constructive with one another; and would much prefer to call upon the creativity and experience of our staff to create programs that truly are unique for our campers.


Our Afternoon & Evening Programs
These programs, unique to Camp Tawingo, take the form of active/wide games that counsellors of a particular age group organize for the campers in their age group. Often they are tied to some great theme like Harry Potter or the Olympics, and they are full of amazing costumes and great little twists to old games like "Capture the Flag". These are the sort of things that just don't happen at home, games that you just don't see in the park or on the school playground that our campers really LOVE to play, and that our counsellors really LOVE to plan and play. Our campers consistently rate these experiences as one of the best things about Camp, and may not even notice how much they have learned about co-operation, fair play, team work, and leadership in the process.

Our Interest Groups & Supervised Free Time
Camp TawingoWith guidance and encouragement from their leaders, campers make their own choices each day about what they wish to do for Interest Groups in the morning and their Supervised Free Time throughout the day. Campers may choose to do activities with their cabin-mates or friends from other cabins and age groups. Campers are encouraged to explore their interests and experience everything that camp has to offer. At Tawingo we strive to recognize the individual by providing campers with opportunities to follow their own interests. This, in conjunction with all the group activities they do, creates a well-rounded experience for all of our campers.

Our Oasis
One of our goals is to provide a self-contained environment in which campers are safe to engage in both organized and self-directed free play. This summer oasis is a place where campers can leave the distractions and pressures of city-life behind. Camp Tawingo does not allow campers to bring personal computers, music players, cell phones or junk food to Camp. We have consistently found that campers embrace the Camp experience more quickly and more fully when not “connected”, and indeed, don't even miss these devices once they settle into the rhythm of Camp.

Our Dining Hall Experience
Camp TawingoCampers will tell you that the food at Tawingo is fantastic. We are not a Camp of just chicken fingers and fries, burgers and fries, hot dogs and fries, etc. We have some of these foods but we also have very healthy food choices that appeal to kids - wraps, pastas, stir fries, fresh vegetables at each meal and there is always fresh home-baked bread. Campers may help themselves to as many helpings as they would like, while quantities last. We have a 'no thank you portion' policy. Campers are encouraged to try just a little bit of everything that is served. Please note that we are a nut-aware facility, and that we cater to special food diets (e.g., gluten-free, lactose intolerant, vegetarian, etc.)


Food at every meal is served family style on platters; campers eat with their counsellors at a family-style tables. We try hard to create the feeling of a Sunday evening family meal at every meal!  Campers take turns bringing trays of food to and from their table, scraping plates, and clearing the table. During the meal campers pass the food around the table. The resulting congenial environment encourages campers to be thoughtful of the needs of others sitting at the table with them.

 

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