There are also other activities and programs during the week that do not require pre-registration. These include pre-breakfast activities like Polar Bear, Lake Swim, and Frozen Foot, or Sparks, and Camp Sing time.
Our youngest campers at Camp Tannadoonah get to take part in special “Sparks” activities. The Sparks’ leader will plan a schedule of activities to keep campers busy and entertained throughout the week. Sparks campers have the opportunity to participate in all regular camp activities, and are guided in their choices by the Sparks instructors. Sparks campers are all campers age 8 and younger.
Campers can opt to get up each morning 30 minutes before reveille (7:15am) to take a dip in the cool waters of Birch Lake. Campers who attend Polar Bear every morning throughout the week receive a special prize at breakfast on Saturday morning, and are eligible to purchase a Camp Tannadoonah Polar Bear Club T-shirt at the camp store. Campers must be at least 10 years old to participate.
On Saturday morning each week, a brave group of early-bird campers gets up at 6:00am to swim all the way across Birch Lake (approximately 1000 yards!).Campers who wish to do the lake swim must qualify for an intermediate or advanced swim band, and demonstrate their endurance by swimming 500 yards during a free swim prior to Saturday morning. Lake Swim t-shirts are available for purchase in the camp store for those who complete this extraordinary feat!
Song Circle and Camp Fire
Every evening after evening activity (except Monday – that’s cabin night) we gather around a camp fire to sing camp songs for about 30 minutes. It serves as both a winding-down time, cabin bonding time, and gives kids an opportunity to sing and dance to our traditional (and new) camp songs. Please note: This is NOT “chapel” or religious time.