We have created this section for those of you who really want to know more. From how we train our staff to what our daily schedule looks like - you'll find it all here! We hope it helps!
Q: How much will it cost me?
A: The cost is $645 per week session, per camper. Each camper is also required to pay a one time $15 annual membership fee. Additional costs include spending money for crafts and our camp store.
Q: What do we need to pack?
A: Our weather is unpredictable and extreme at times. It can get very cold (it even snowed once in June!) and very warm. It can be very windy and rainy or very still and blistering hot. And all these things can happen in a matter of days! So we suggest you pack with this variety in mind. Here is a checklist that we have found helpful.
CLOTHING BATH SUPPLIES OTHER OPTIONAL ITEMS
• Short-sleeved tops • Towel • Bible • Camping equipment
• Long-sleeved tops • Washcloth • Sleeping bag • Musical instrument
• Wool/fleece sweater • Toiletries • Pillow & case • Money for her account
• Jeans • Toothbrush • Backpack • Camera
• Shorts • Toothpaste • Paper • Kleenex
• Pajamas • Deodorant • Pen • Stationery
• Long underwear • Soap • Flashlight
• One dressier outfit • Bug spray
• Swimsuit (one piece) • Sunscreen
• Wool or fleece socks • Epi-pen if allergies
• Hiking boots
• Gym shoes
• Prescription medications (Must come in original container
and be handed over to camp health director upon arrival at
registration. Please do NOT pack in luggage but keep readily
available during registration.)
Q: Is there anything that we should NOT pack?
A: iPods, MP3 players, electronics, cell phones, smart watches, trading cards, weapons, ghost stories, witchcraft books or other books promoting cults, magazines and internet access equipment are not allowed. If these items are brought, we will request they be kept in our safe for the duration of your camper's stay and returned to her upon her departure. ALSO, we want to let you know that we desire for each Tapawingo staff member and camper to dress modestly. When packing, please keep this in mind. We ask that you do NOT bring spaghetti strap tank tops, shirts that show midriffs or short shorts. Thank you!
Q: How much spending money should I send with my camper?
A: The following are suggestions for camper accounts. This amount can be charged to your account along with your balance or can be paid by a separate check. We operate on an account system - campers do not carry cash. We recommend between $50.00 - $75.00 for your daughter's camper account. She will need at least $20.00 if she wants to do arts and crafts. An additional $10 allows your camper to be able to get one candy bar ($1.00) and one soda ($1.00) each day. Any additional money will allow her to purchase things offered in our camp store (toothbrush, pens, sweatshirts, rings, devotional booklets, postcards, stamps, books, pants, shorts, tee shirts, journals, etc.). The following items may be subtracted from your camper's account during her stay: craft items, store items, missionary donations (by her request only), stay-over day purchases and/or charges for loss or breakage of camp equipment and laundry service charges (only as requested by camper). Money left in your camper's account at the end of the session will be returned to her in cash with a receipt.
Q: What should I do if I am afraid my camper might be homesick when she goes away to Tapawingo?
A: Your question is a valid one. Click here to see a compilation of our years of experience with this problem.
Q: What does camp do about allergies?
A: We need to receive your completed camper health form by May 1. Please note that among other items, the health form requires a doctor's signature. WE CANNOT ADMIT YOUR CAMPER WITHOUT A FULLY COMPLETED HEALTH FORM. Timely receipt of the health form makes it possible for Tapawingo staff to catch any mistakes/omissions on your health form PRIOR to your arrival. If your camper has a known allergic reaction, she MUST bring her prescribed Epi-pen. Please call your doctor for details. PRN inhalers are the only medication allowed in the cabin with the camper.
Q: How can I contact my camper while she is there?
A: Please keep in mind that the reason camp is special for campers is because it is a chance to experience life away from home. With that in mind, here are some suggestions on how to encourage your camper in the adventure she has set out to enjoy...
Outgoing mail leaves the island after breakfast each day. Mail and packages are delivered to campers each day after lunch and prior to rest period. Feel free to send a care package, but keep in mind that campers will not be allowed to store food in the cabins; they will have access to care packages, etc. during free time and right before rest period. You can write to your camper at: Tapawingo, Camper's Name, P.O. Box 250, Speculator, NY 12164. PLEASE NOTE: The Tapawingo phone, fax, and e-mail are for business and emergency use only.
Q: How can she contact me?
A: Especially for younger campers, we encourage parents to stamp and address some envelopes for her to write home, grandma, etc. If letters are not addressed correctly, it is difficult for us to get them to you! Encourage your daughter to write home if you wish to hear from her!
Q: How can I help?
A: If you are interested in sponsoring a camper in need of financial assistance, or if you would like to make a financial contribution of any kind, please e-mail the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at our year-round number (518) 548-5091.
Q: What happens each day at camp?
A: Following is a schedule of a "typical" day at camp:
Q: What activities do you offer?
A: Our campers enjoy the option of earning badges in each of our activity areas. Campers can earn their basic, advanced, and masters badges in the following areas: Archery, Arts and Crafts, Campcraft, Canoeing, Drama, Fishing, Fitness, Sailing, Swimming, Tennis, Water-skiing, Wakeboarding, and Wildlife. In addition, we offer Bible class, Banana Boating, Hiking, Climbing Wall, *Overnight (off-site) camping trips, *Ropes Course and *Zipline (*for 12 year olds and older only).
Q: What is the swim test like?
A: All first-time campers and returners wanting to improve their swim level will be required to take a swim test after their arrival (weather permitting). The swim test will include swimming using various strokes, treading water, floating, bobbing and climbing into a rowboat from the water. The test is 15-20 minutes in length and is intended to determine what water activities your camper can safely participate in. These activities include sailing, swimming, water-skiing, wakeboarding, canoeing, banana boating, and any other activities that include the water. Campers will be given a bracelet that corresponds to their swim level. Some campers will be "non-swimmers" which will mean they will not be able to participate in our water sports except swimming. Non-swimmers are those swimmers who do not take the test, or who do not pass the test on the basic level. Other levels include "swimmer" and "advanced swimmer."
Q: What if our camper has to fly in?
A: Campers arriving by air fly into Albany airport and must schedule their flight to arrive no earlier than 9:00 a.m. and no later than noon (if possible) on Sunday. End of session departure flights should be no earlier than 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays. Albany airport is 2 hours from Tapawingo. The fee for transportation to and from the airport is $130 each way, per camper. If you desire to schedule an airport pick-up or drop-off, you must discuss this with the Tapawingo Director, Joy Huseland, AND call us 24 hours prior to the scheduled pick-up and/or drop-off to confirm times. Call direct at (518) 548-5091. Do not assume your airport pick-up/drop-off is confirmed unless you have received confirmation from us.
Q: How do you make cabin assignments?
A: We do our best to honor one cabin request per camper, but sometimes there are reasons that we are unable to honor requests. Those reasons are...
Q: How do we get there?
A: Please follow this link for directions: Directions to CAMP-of-the-WOODS
Q: What is check-in time?
A: Registration for incoming campers is between 1:15 and 3:15 p.m. on Sunday afternoons. After you drive through the CAMP-of-the-WOODS entrance, the gatehouse personnel will stop you and direct you to the CAMP-of-the-WOODS pavilion for Tapawingo registration. We would like to invite our camper parents to come early to participate in our CAMP-of-the-WOODS worship service on Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. in Tibbitts Auditorium. Parents driving long distances are welcome to make reservations to stay at CAMP-of-the-WOODS. Please call the CAMP-of-the-WOODS registrar at (518) 548-4311 ext. 0 to make these arrangements. Reservations for less than one week cannot be processed until 2 weeks prior to your camper's stay and are subject to availability. If you are staying at CAMP-of-the-WOODS the week that your camper is at Tapawingo, she will be included in your CAMP-of-the-WOODS registration for Saturday night at no additional charge.
Q: What if my camper is staying for more than one week and she runs out of clean clothing?
A: Any camper staying for more than one session may choose to have her laundry done. Please make sure your camper comes with a laundry bag and clothing (clearly labeled) if you wish to utilize our laundry service. Laundry service takes place at the end of the week and costs $10, a sum that is deducted from her camper account.
Q: What is the history of Tapawingo?
A: Tapawingo began in 1959 with Director Vida Wood from Taylor University. In 1960 the Director was Jean Schabinger from Taylor as well. In 1961, Carolyn Ray from Columbia Bible College assumed the role. "Miss Carolyn" blessed us with her leadership until 1998 when Kim Winters became the Director. Camp was again blessed by the godly leadership and modeling of Kim until 2004 when Angie Armstrong became our fifth director. She served until spring 2008 when Kim Grubb stepped in as director for that summer. In September of 2008, Joy Huseland became our current director.
Ever wonder how much we paid for the island and all its buildings? When purchased in 1958, the total cost was $25,000. What a blessing that the man who sold it was also a follower of Christ. He wanted to see the land used for the glory of God - and His prayer has been answered!
Q: Who owns Tapawingo?
A: Our parent organization is CAMP-of-the-WOODS, which has been in operation since 1900. The CAMP-of-the-WOODS campus is just one mile away from us (by boat). We utilize their grounds for tennis, challenge course and climbing wall. The history of CAMP-of-the-WOODS is extensive and amazing, and well worth looking into! There are books written about it, as well as an onsite museum. CAMP-of-the-WOODS is owned and operated by Gospel Volunteers, Inc.
Q: Can we visit Tapawingo?
A: Yes! Even if you don't have a daughter eligible for camper or staff status at Tapawingo, we hope you'll visit us anyway and be encouraged by the ways in which the Lord has been glorified by this ministry in the Adirondacks! Tours of the island are open to the public on Sundays. Signups start at 3:15 p.m. at the CAMP-of-the-WOODS point and tours start as soon as all the campers are on the island. Photo ID will be required in order to sign up for a tour. However, there are no appropriate times to visit Tapawingo campers during a session.
Q: Can you tell me any other fun facts about Tapawingo?
A: Yes! Here are some Tapawingo facts for you...
Phone: (518) 548-5091