Tamahay was founded in 1969 by four teachers from Kansas with the intent of building a girls’ camp. Their dream was to provide a quality summer camp program at an affordable price. Together, these four women (Lois Haskin, Jane Besler, Donella Palmer, and Shirley Malcolm) cleared the land, built the buildings, and designed the program over the course of several years. Their mission remains the same today as it was in 1969: to help girls discover their true potential, and empower them to develop into confident young women.
For more stories about how Tamahay started, please click on these links to two newspaper articles published in 1969.