CHANGE. Sometimes change is hard, or weird, or strange. But, without change, we wouldn't have opportunities for growth and soon the change becomes the nor.m. We want our Tapa-campers, Tapa-parents and this summer’s Tapa-staff to know that the changes we’ve made for the summer of 2024 have been designed to help Tapawingo grow and ‘Be the Light’ in our camper's lives. We want to set up our campers and our summer leadership staff for success and have spent the winter planning for changes that will support that this summer. The drop-off and pick-up days may be different this summer but rest assured we have carefully made these decisions to make for the best experience for our campers and to allow the camp to continue to run with an even higher level of excellent programming and of course the same FUN games, songs, skits, swimming, canoeing and all our old traditions and silliness that camp has to offer. We have spent the winter planning by meeting with the SCA, sitting in on many workshops, connecting with other summer camp directors and child and youth experts and taking feedback from our staff, parents and campers. We are excited to be going into the summer with a new format that will allow our summer staff to have time to rest and reset to deliver a fantastic program each week, and for our campers to have opportunities to unplug, develop independence and practice living in fellowship with their peers. We want you to know that Camp Tapawingo, while still accredited by the United Church of Canada, is a charity and receives a nominal amount from the United Church and our funding has been drastically cut over the years. Our budget for facilities, repairs and maintenance, groceries, staff and program supplies is completely funded by registration fees, donations, merchandise sales and volunteers. Going into summer 2024 we will, for the very first time in our 76 years, have a full-time permanent staff member who will work year-round to plan, attend training and network with other camps and leaders to bring all the best ideas to camp for us to grow and keep Camp Tapawingo relevant in the times we are living in and for what we do for kids at camp. We are excited for the future and all that is to come at Tapawingo and we want to thank you for all of your support over the years!! From: The Camp Tapawingo Board of Directors
. ( Primary Camps 7-9 yrs – Wed 1 pm – Fri 3 pm slideshow/pick up *Primary camp is a great introduction to camp for our youngest Tapa-campers! With fun, games, swimming, crafting, campfire and lots of silly action songs, primary camp is just the right amount of time away from home to develop some independence and make some new buddies.
Junior Camps 10-11 yrs – Sun 4pm – Thurs. 4pm slideshow/pickup *Junior camp is packed full of games like Counselor Hunt, Mission Impossible and Holy Barrels and popular activities like the talent show and beach day with the sand castle building contest. Along with all the songs, skits, campfire and theme meals your junior camper will build friendships and find their inner Tapa-sow by getting to wear clothes from the sow closet for the banquet on the last night.
Intermediate Camps 11-12yrs – Sun. 4 pm – Thurs. 4pm slideshow *Intermediate camp offers a chance for campers to start building on leadership development helping to plan campfires, vespers services and theme meals complete with choosing and leading favorite camp songs and ‘sow boy skits’. They will also have tons of fun with games, crafts, archery, disc golf and capture the flag. Intermediate campers may also have an opportunity to have a sleepout at sleepy hollow.
Teen Camp 13-14yrs – Sun. 4pm – FRI. 4pm, slideshow *Teen camp will focus on teamwork skills and self-development. This week will be packed with the Tapa Relay, kangaroo court, walking the labyrinth, canoe and kayak workshops, outdoor education skills and last night of camp dance. They will also help with all the traditional fun like skits and songs and campfires they have come to love over the years. Each cabin will choose a leader to ‘share” about their cabin group’s week in a speech at the parent slide show at pick-up time on Friday.
Camp 8 – Senior Blast 15-16yrs Sun. 4pm to SAT. Aug., 10 am *This is the week all Tapa-campers wait for!! This week includes the formal banquet and dance and of course senior speeches!! But that’s all we can tell you here! Being old enough to attend senior camp comes with some top-secret activities and possibly some special guests! Campers must be 15 or 16 years old to attend
CIT program: Please note Senior Campers can apply to be a CIT ( Cabin Leaders In Training) the same summer as their senior year. If your senior tapa-camper is interested please apply to email@example.com with the week you are available. CIT’s will also be required to attend leadership activities in Saskatoon in April, May and June and training at camp June 30-July 1, 2024. CIT's will be evaluated. If they seem to be a good fit to work with campers they will be invited to attend and work at the camp that they are available for.
**Please note: Campers should be at least the youngest age of the camp by Jan 1 of the camp season and no older than the older age of the camp by Sept. of the camp season. If the dates don't work for the camp week your Tapa-camper want to attend please contact the registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org