Seniors (5th & 6th Graders)
Senior campers have access to all of the amazing Tamarack activities we offer and have the privilege of traveling outside of camp on several exciting day trips, including the camper favorite, Camelbeach! Seniors have the widest variety of activities as well as more advanced Choice offerings. One of the highlights of the summer are the Senior Late Nights where we invite our Senior campers to stay late and have the run of the camp with a special dinner, extra swim, extra games, a special event and a twilight campfire complete with S’mores!
Our Seniors are able to experience a wide variety of athletic activities on our full size fields. Once a week, Senior groups have Soccer, Football, Tennis, Lacrosse, Archery, Basketball, Hockey, Skateboarding, Mountain Biking and more on their schedule. Athletic Specialists lead the activities spending part of the period teaching a new skill and using the remaining time to play a game that emphases that new skill. Our athletics program is designed to meet the needs of all skill levels. From learning to ride a bike to advanced skills in any area, all of our campers benefit from the individualized coaching of Tamarack Specialists. Tamarack counselors participate in all the activities right alongside the campers, helping the specialists create and validate success opportunities for our campers.
Just imagine what your child can create in our air-conditioned Arts Studios. Your child will be exposed to a variety of artistic activities in air-conditioned classrooms led by art teachers. Our campers attend Ceramics, Music, Cooking, Drama, Nature, Camper vs Wild, Dance, Digital Photography, Jewelry Making, Computers, and more at least once a week.
All of our Senior Girl groups perform a Dance routine in our annual Dance and Drama Production, which is no small production! It is traditionally held the 6 th week of camp in the evening at a local venue, complete with professional sound and lighting!
Learn to Swim
Our Learn to Swim Program is one of the cornerstones of the Tamarack experience. Our state of the art aquatic facility is second to none! Our Seniors swim in our brand new, state of art Aquatic Facility, which boasts eight 25m lanes.
Every morning, our Seniors participate in a 40-minute swim lesson lead by our certified swim instructions with the assistance of the group counselors. Swim lessons are based on skill, not age, so we are able to challenge swimmers of all levels. We teach and train our own instructors every year and our swim techniques are based not only on the American Red Cross but over 25 years of practical experience in getting children to learn how to swim. Senior Campers return to the pools every afternoon for Free Swim.
The Ropes Course boasts a 200’ Zipline, Horizontal & Vertical Climbing Walls, and a Giant Swing! The High Ropes course contains even more mid-air challenges. Our more advanced Senior climbers gain access to a Tamarack tradition, Repel School, where they learn more advanced climbing and repelling techniques.
Our ropes courses are inspected and certified for safety before each season by the same company that built them and daily by our certified ropes instructors, who also lead the groups through all of our ropes courses.
During Choice, campers are given the opportunity to select an activity to participate in every day that week. Each week our campers can select a new Choice from an ever changing list of activities. In addition to the variety of athletic and creative activities, Seniors can also choose to have a role in our annual Drama Production or participate in our special Dance routine. The Senior numbers in both the Drama and Dance productions are always the high point of the show!
With the guidance of our camp counselors, the groups face team building challenges and competition throughout the summer. These shared experiences teach the group how to work together, support each other and communicate effectively. The group structure along with the active role the counselors play creates respect within the group and lifelong friendships. Tamarack has zero tolerance for bullying and prides itself on providing a caring environment that allows children to learn the emotional and social skills necessary to succeed in life.