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Camp Tapawingo, YWCA
Camp Tapawingo, YWCA
General Delivery
Parry Sound, Ontario,
P2A 2X1

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Camp Tapawingo, YWCA
 

Camp Tapawingo, YWCA

General Delivery, Parry Sound, Ontario, P2A 2X1

Type:
Overnight Camp
Categories:
Traditional (multi activity)
Special Needs:
Yes, Mild support (Not all campers have special needs)
Cost:
$646 to $850/week
Age:
6 to 15
Gender:
All Girls
Capacity:
120

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Liz Greenway

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About this camp

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YWCA Camp Tapawingo offers an extraordinary environment in which girls explore, achieve, play and grow. Carefully developed programs are offered at our relaxed, all-girls camp on Georgian Bay. Girls thrive as they develop leadership skills, gain confidence and try new things. For 87 years, parents have trusted YWCA Camp Tapawingo to provide their girls with a safe and life changing camp experience. Campers enjoy activities like dance, canoeing, archery, theatre, swimming and sailing .. They develop cabin friends that last a lifetime.. At Camp Tapawingo, we know how to meet the diverse and specific needs of girls of all ages. If your girl is 6 – 15 years old, she needs to be at Camp Tapawingo this summer!

Camp Address
General Delivery, Parry Sound, Ontario, P2A 2X1, Canada

Camp Session Calendar (2017)

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Type/Gender
Specialty
Location
Date
Bus
Cost
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Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 7 - 15
Traditional (multi activity) $1,940 to $1,940
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 6 - 11
Traditional (multi activity) $850 to $850
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 7 - 11
Traditional (multi activity) $1,450 to $1,450
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 6 - 11
Traditional (multi activity) $850 to $850
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 6 - 11
Traditional (multi activity) $850 to $850
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 7 - 15
Traditional (multi activity) $1,940 to $1,940
Parry Sound,ON
General Delivery
Jul 24-Aug 13 $1,940
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 6 - 11
Traditional (multi activity) $850 to $850
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 7 - 11
Traditional (multi activity) $1,450 to $1,450
Parry Sound,ON
General Delivery
Jul 31-Aug 13 $1,450
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 6 - 11
Traditional (multi activity) $850 to $850
Parry Sound,ON
General Delivery
Jul 31-Aug 06 $850
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 6 - 11
Traditional (multi activity) $850 to $850
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 7 - 15
Traditional (multi activity) $1,450 to $1,450
Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 6 - 8
Traditional (multi activity) $200 to $200

Accommodation & Property Details

Property details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins

Amenities

  • Electricity in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Archery Range
  • Climbing Wall
  • Rope Course
  • Soccer Field

Landscape

  • Beach
  • Forested Area
  • Lake/Pond/River
  • Nature Trails
  • Open Field


Upcoming Events May 15, 2017

upcoming events
  • May 15, 2017New Campers Night
    Camp Tapawingo, YWCA, 87 Elm St, Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Monday, May 15 from 07:00 am - 08:30 am

    Join other new campers for songs, games, slides and meet a number of our camp staff.

    Get all your questions answered. Ideal for  both campers and their parents.


  • June 24, 2017Summer Camp Open House
    Camp Tapawingo, YWCA, General Delivery , Parry Sound, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, June 24 from 10:00 am - 03:00 pm

    Come to camp for the day and join us for a tour, meet some of our staff and even go for a swim! This is a great opportunity to share in your daughter's excitment about summer camp.



Director's Message

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Liz Greenway, Manager of Camping and Outdoor Education/Camp Tapawingo

Explore,Achieve,Play,Grow. For 85 summers girls have had that unique opportunity at YWCA's Camp Tapawingo. We share their experience every summer as girls learn the fun of overnight camp as they grow in to young women who care about others, and find out about themselves while having adventures at camp

We welome your questions as we work with you to plan a unique experience for your daughter


Cost & Financial Aid

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Cost: $646 to $850 /week


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Stories & Testimonials

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CAMP FRIENDS

Camp Friends: where do I begin? The memoris I've made and the summers I've spent here have been made possible by all the incredible people I've met at camp. The people you bond and live with become more than your firends, they become your family. They've helped me become the person I am today and have changed my life even with the small things they do. Camp is a place where you cam be who you are and feell accepted, mostly because everyone here is genuine and you know you can trust them. Some of the people I've met are people  I hope to be close to for years down the line, because they've become my best friends, and I'm closer to them then the people I see every day.  These are girls who see you are your best, and still love you through your worst, ans support and believe in you through everything you do. They believe in you and give you the confidence to believe you can succeed in everything you do. They are true friends. Each summer is something I look forward to because I get to spend 3 weeks with people who know me better than my friends at home. I've learned more about the people here in the sort time I spend here than I ever could about other friends from home, because you really show your true colours. It takes a special kind of person to enjoy and make memories that last a lifetime at camp and I am proud to call them all my friends.


SOMETHING SPECIAL

Something special happened while riding the subway this morning. There was a group of women next to me talking about the summer. One of them started talking about how this past summer was the first time her daughter went to an overnight camp and mentioned it was located near Parry Sound. This is when my ears perked up. The woman said that it was a great camp, she had heard about it from a colleague at work, and that it was an all girls camp. That is when I knew she was talking about "Tap". She went on to say how her duaghter had has a really tough year and needed something to boost her self-steem. The daughter came back different, changed in a good way. She was much more convident and had really grown and even tried things at camp that she would never have tried before like the low ropes course. What she liked about camp is that she could tell that the director and the camp staff really cared. She had been to the camp on open house day. By the sounds of the conversation it seemed her daughter was only 7 or 8. The mother was very excited to have found the camp. The daughter made some good friends during camp that she cant wait to see next year.  The woman listening asked if maybe her daughter would change her mind and want to try a new camp next year.  The mom's answer was " Are you kidding, there is no way she'll change her mind after making such good friends!"
They moved on to another topic after that but I really wanted to share that story with you. Funny how a perfect stranger can remind one of fond memories.  When the lady mentioned being at camp during the open house I could picture Tap as she described it. Thanks for the memories.


PROGRAMS

"...fire and magic on the water..." Unique memories involving the whole camp are created by campfires. Our welcoming campfire and our candle lighting ceremony at the end of camp involve torches, fire and magic on the water. Special Programs such as Regatta, held at the end of camp allow for camp teams to compete against each other in swimming, canoeing, running and a variety of fun games such as "sink the counsellor". Programs involving all of the campers are offered several times in a session. Generally, these involve themes and our own very popular Mission Impossible. Girls participate in evening programs that are section based. These are age-group focussed activities. Two or three times a session we offer a change of pace and the afternoon program becomes "Cottage". This is a laid back, waterfront area program with a variety of options offered where campers can swim all afternoon, hang out under the trees with friends or be involved in "lazy afternoon at the cottage" activities - playing guitars, cards, kayaking, water-slide, badminton, hair braiding etc. A nice change of pace on a hot summer's day!


CABIN LIFE

"...our counsellors work hard to build a community..." The centre of YWCA Camp Tapawingo is the cabin group. Our campers live in a cabin with 8 girls and 2 counsellors. Girls plan fun cabin activities in collaboration with their counsellors. Girls will also be part of the life of a cabin - whether it's cabin clean-up, meals together in the dining room, cabin songs, or a campfire at bedtime. Our counsellors work hard to build a community, establish trust between individuals, teach girls how to allow each other to be unique and work within the needs of the group. Our 15 year old girls have the opportunity to work as a group to come up with a list of things they would like to do. Then they schedule it and take responsibility for making it happen.


TRIPPING

"...kids take responsibility..." I was a camper at Camp Tapawingo for a year when I was 15 years old. I remember being scared and shy and not knowing the difference between a canoe paddle and an oar. But at camp I was made to feel welcome and the other girls were so nice and friendly that I loved it right away. The only time I was upset was when I had to get on the bus to go home. I have now been on staff at Camp Tapawingo for two years as a Tripper. Watching girls help each other on a portage always brings a smile to my face. My favourite part is when they start to take control and responsibility, like making the fire, preparing breakfast, leading to the next portage, or deciding for themselves we need a lunch stop. I think that trip gives kids more opportunities to do things for themselves without an adult saying "Now it's your turn to make the fire". Trip allows girls to challenge themselves as much or as little as they wish and teaches them that a challenge for one person is different than a challenge for someone else.


TRIPPING

"...laughter around the campfire..." The opportunity to enjoy the unique beauty of Georgian Bay, the challenge of working as a group, and the laughter around a campfire are all offered to girls 10 years or older who want to try canoe tripping. Our girls can choose to go on day trips ranging from 1-5 days. Some of these trips are cabin based and some are sign-up trips depending on the girls' choices. We are fortunate that all of our canoe trips can leave and return directly from our camp beach, without the need to be transported elsewhere. We are on the edge of Massassauga Provincial Park and virtually all our trips are at sites within the park. Some girls will choose to do a day trip and will have a lunch and supper cook-out before returning to camp.


SUMMER FUN

"...the food is really good..." The weather has been very hot, we have had a lot of dips and people have slept outside in tents. This year we got to go mountain biking, climbing and low ropes. We really enjoy camp, we really enjoy swimming, canoeing, sailing, and kayaking. We love Georgian Bay. We also love all the canoe trips we have at camp, there are day trips, overnights and trips up to 5 days long. One of our favourite days at camp is Sunday where we have a sleep in, picnic lunch, and a turkey dinner with ice cream for dessert. The food has been "really" good this year. Our favourite meals have been fajitas, spaghetti, beefaroni, chicken burgers, shepherd's pie, and for dessert strawberry shortcake, and chocolate pudding. We've had a great year at camp and hope that there will still be a Camp Tapawingo in another 87 years.


MEMORIES

"...Yip de ninigo - that's the song we sing..." Every September I miss and think about being at camp and in May I can't wait for camp to start. In the wintertime, we get together with our camp friends and reminisce about camp. When we think about YWCA's Camp Tapawingo the words that come to mind are: fun, friends, swimming, canoeing, chocolate pudding, trips and chicken burgers. When we get on the bus to leave camp what we think about are the friends we are leaving, the next year and summer to come. We still follow the traditions of the camp's many years - "We are the Tap girls, Tap girls are we...." Yip de ninigo - that's the song we sing when we are returning to camp or leaving camp on a canoe trip and it is something that all our alumnae remember when they come back to visit.


A SECOND HOME

"...for "Tap" girls, it's like a second home..." For some people, camp is just a place that you are sent in the summer but for "Tap" girls, it's like a second home. YWCA's Camp Tapawingo isn't just a place, it's an experience that teaches you about yourself and those around you. Camp is about singing "Ging Gang Gooli" in the dining hall, sitting around the campfire before bed, and of course, cabin time. All these memories are attached to feelings which rush back to you when you think of Camp Tapawingo. You realize the connection you have with all these people and they aren't just random girls that reside in your second home, they are your sisters, mothers and guardians. So, I want to thank all of you for making Camp Tapawingo my favourite place in the world. Cheers to 82 years of fun, laughter and friendship at Camp Tapawingo.


THE IMPACT CAMP TAPAWINGO HAS ON GIRLS

"...start building their independence..." Camp can be a life-changing experience for Tapawingo girls. Camp teaches girls about friendship, its power and its importance. Just being surrounded by girls from other places, (not just their neighbourhood) makes girls more aware and more open to new experiences. Camp teaches patience and perseverance - learning a new skill. Camp teaches thoughtfulness and kindness - doing something nice for a secret friend. Camp teaches tolerance - it is what you can do, not what you can't. Camp can make girls appreciate what they normally take for granted. It gives them a break from life back home. Camp provides girls with the opportunity to develop their skills, enhance old skills, learn something completely new or try something really different, not what they would normally do. Because the environment is so positive, girls develop their self-esteem, and can be somebody they might not be able to be back home. When they try new things, they learn about themselves in the process. Camp teaches respect for nature, the joy of simple things not affected by TV or computers. It allows them to take a chance on a new skill, or a new friend. One of the greatest effects Camp Tapawingo has on girls is that they learn to cope with being away from home and start building their independence. They see that there is a big world out there and they have the potential to explore and contribute to it.


In the News

News

January 26, 2017 - A Chance to Learn about Camp

Liz Greenway and Joanne Dwhytie of Camp Tapawingo would like to invite you to an upcoming slideshow night. ...


January 24, 2017 - Celebrating Canada's Birthday at Camp Tapawingo

The staff at Camp Tapawingo are busy getting ready for Canada's 150th birthday this year. Special events are planned for every session. ...


November 25, 2015 - NEW THIS SUMMER

With generous support from VOLUNTEER BUILDERS we are building a new camper cabin, renovating Sunset Inn and developing a day camp pavilion. ...



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  • The Ontario Camps Association Associations

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