Why should my daughter choose Tamahay?

Tamahay is a unique experience, full of adventure and opportunity. Girls learn, grow, and have fun in a supportive environment without peer pressure or judgment. Our wide variety of activities ensures that every girl will find both new and familiar interests to explore. Campers develop self-confidence, self-sufficiency, and make lifelong friends while enjoying the beautiful north woods.

How long are the camp sessions?

We offer two-week and four-week sessions.

Can my daughter choose her activities?

Yes. On arrival day, campers choose their activities for the first week of camp. At the end of the week, campers sign up for the second week’s activities. Girls can continue with their previous activities, or choose new ones to try.

How does my daughter get to camp?

Most families drive up to camp, but there is Greyhound bus service available from the Twin Cities. We meet the girls at the bus station in Walker, MN. Some families are willing to carpool to and from camp. We can help connect you with someone in your area. If your daughter needs to fly to Minnesota, please contact us to make arrangements.

Should my daughter bring a friend to camp?

Some girls are more comfortable having a friendly face arrive with them, but many come alone the first time. In such a small community, campers make friends very quickly, and our counselors watch closely to make sure no one feels left out. Many girls tell us that they like having a place that is “just theirs,” away from school friends.

What are the cabins like?

The cabins are set up as duplexes, with six to nine girls on each side, and two counselors in the middle. The cabins are simple, open and airy, without electricity. Bunkbeds, of course, are essential to the camp experience.

How are girls assigned to cabins?

Girls are assigned by age to their cabin groups.

Are there bathrooms in the cabins?

No. Flush toilets and hot showers are available at the lodge, not far from the cabins.

What is the ratio of campers to staff?

Each cabin group of six to nine girls has one counselor. Often counselors will have a junior counselor or counselor-in-training working alongside them. Our overall ratio of campers to staff is about 3 to 1.

Can my daughter bring a cell phone, tablet, or computer?

No. Electronic devices are distracting and disruptive to the camp atmosphere, and will be held in the camp office until the last day of the camp session.

How can I contact my daughter once she is at camp?

Write cheerful snail mail letters to your daughter. Help her to know how fortunate she is to be at camp. Letters from home are great morale builders and can help make summer camp a wonderful adventure.

Emails will not be delivered to campers.

Please do not send treats to campers, unless you wish to treat the whole camp, and then only by special arrangement. Food is not allowed in the cabins, and unauthorized treats will be help in the camp office until the last day of the camp session.

Can I visit my daughter at camp?

Please arrange any camp visitations for your daughter’s convenience. She will be obliged to leave her regularly scheduled camp activities to act as your hostess and guide. Sunday visits are the most convenient, but since Sunday’s program varies from the routine, a weekday visit would give you a truer picture of her everyday camp activities.

Due to the number of parents visiting on Sunday, we suggest limiting the length of your visit. Please do not arrive before 2:00 p.m. Campers are free after lunch for one hour (2:00 – 3:00) with activities beginning at 3:00. We ask that all parents depart by 5:00 p.m. to allow us to return to our camp routine before our evening picnic dinner.

What if my daughter is homesick?

The first day or two of camp are an adjustment period for new campers, as they learn the camp routine and make new friends. Homesickness is not uncommon, but usually does not last long. Campers are so busy that they often do not even notice that their homesickness has faded within a day or two.

What about laundry?

Laundry service will be offered to four-week campers only at the end of first session. The $8.00 laundry fee will be deducted from the campers’ Trading Post accounts.

Can my daughter attend church services?

Yes. We will provide transportation to both the local Catholic church and a local Protestant church on Sunday morning for those campers who wish to attend services. A non-denominational inspirational program is held on Sunday evening.