about our campers
Tapawingo is open during the months of June, July, and August to any girl between the ages of nine and seventeen, regardless of her race, creed, or nationality. A well-rounded camping program accommodating 72 campers is offered for eight weeks with a maximum stay of two weeks. Tapawingo has 9 cabins housing eight campers and two staff. Our staff to camper ratio is 1:8, and many activities have a ratio of 1:4.
Our campers come from a wide range of economic, spiritual, social, family, and ethnic backgrounds. Some are very exposed to the obscenity of the world; others are much more sheltered. Some attend public schools, some private resident or non-resident schools, and some are home-schooled. We do our best to be sensitive to the multicultural backgrounds of campers at Tapawingo and to hire staff from a variety of backgrounds to provide a versatile ministry team.
Each week at Tapawingo, the goals for our campers include:
To learn more about Who God is, on His terms.
To mature in all areas of Christian womanhood (femininity, courage, versatility, male/female relationships, evangelism, social skills, etc.)
To learn (from God’s Word and by example) how to be a woman of God and determine her position before Him.
To take part in a variety of activities and learn new skills.
To make new friends and learn how to be a true friend.
To learn the joy of good discipline and hard work.
To discover God’s best for her life and set a course to follow that path.
To learn to enjoy and care for the outdoors.
While we are distinctly Christian in our worldview, we do not seek to "coerce" campers to accept any aspect of our foundational beliefs. We do, however, expect all of our campers to agree with and adhere to our Biblical principles and guidelines that form the backbone of our camp community. Here are some of our camp guidelines:
- Gossip is not allowed.
- Speech must be edifying.
- Immoral behavior is confronted and corrected.
- No electronics, cell phones, and/or smart watches.
- Discernment must be used with music.
- We encourage early rising.
- Cabins are kept neat. Campers help clean.
- Swim levels are assigned based on ability.
SESSION DATES FOR 2020
- Session 1: June 28 - July 4
- Session 2: July 5 - July 11
- Session 3: July 12 - July 18
- Session 4: July 19 - July 25
- Session 5: July 26 - August 1
- Session 6: August 2 - August 8
- Session 7: August 9 - August 15
- Session 8: August 16 - August 22
OTHER HELPFUL INFO
- Tapawingo Health Form (completed by a physician) due May 1
- TAP Adventure/CIT Health Form (completed by a physician) due May 1
Contact email@example.com for a Tapawingo Scholarship Application. Application due by February 1, 2020.
The week did not disappoint. My daughter came back glowing - it was an amazing first experience at a sleepaway camp! Our hope was that it would ground her in faith in Christ, and that she would have fellowship with other girls her age. It was all that and so much more! She goes to public school, and she said for the first time she felt like, "This is the way God meant it to be with other girls my age." (without peer pressure, political correctness, meanness, etc.). I believe that this is the beginning of long-lasting new friendships, as well as developing a strong foundation in her faith that will sustain her when she goes out into the world someday. She has been reminiscing since she has been home, and will definitely want to come for two weeks next summer!