Dec 9, 2015

Tuck Shop or Tilt Shop?

Hey Tamakwa, what’s up with the Tuck Shop looking like it might fall over? Well, it’s true, this isn’t the most elegant of camp buildings but it’s definitely the oldest. The Tuck Shop now stands, or leans, as the oldest structure in camp.

Well, it’s true, this isn’t the most elegant of camp buildings but it’s definitely the oldest. The Tuck Shop now stands, or leans, as the oldest structure in camp. No one seems quite certain on the exact date it was built but we do know that it had two building phases, one a bit before the 1950’s and one just after. Something we do know is that this small, slightly tilted building holds a lot of importance to campers and might be their favorite building in camp. Not because of its size or structure but because of its content! The Tuck Shop is visited at least twice a day by most staff and campers – once after lunch to gather camp mail and then again after dinner for everyone’s favorite extra special goodness – candy! A slight change over the years with the Tuck Shop is the actual tuck! Margot definitely took a few Tamakwans by surprise this year when in addition to the usual array of candy choices there were a few new treats such as Gimme Seaweed snacks and Matt’s Munchies dried fruit. As shocking as it might sound, every night a few campers actually chose these goodies over traditional candy. Seaweed and dried fruit over chocolate, our campers are amazing! ( Click here to read more about Margot’s food changes)

One last amazing part of the Tuck Shop is the magical way outgoing camper mail makes its way from the small slit in the front of the building to mailboxes around the world. How did Unca Lou manage to make that happen?!

There are many aspects of Tamakwa that are special and quirky and often Tamakwans (new and old) find themselves wondering “What’s up with that?” After this summer’s SNL video “What is this?”, staring Rachel “Drama” Manson and Joeley Pulver, our newest blog segment was born!

If you think of anything that makes you think “What’s Up With That?”, please email them to us at howhow@tamakwa.com and we might just answer them on a future blog!