CAMP TAMAKWA is a co-ed residential summer camp for children aged 7 to 16.

Founded in 1936 in Algonquin Park, Canada, Tamakwa offers a well-rounded, outdoor recreational program which includes water sports, land sports, creative arts, theatre, hiking, camp crafts, and an extensive and well-reputed canoe tripping program. Tamakwa is known as a small camp with a warm and highly spirited family atmosphere.

Nestled along the winding shoreline of South Tea Lake, just 12km inside Algonquin Park’s West Gate, Tamakwa is noted for its strikingly picturesque and secluded setting. Accessible only by water, Tamakwa’s long lakefront and sloping forested hills offer the true essence of living in the northern woods.  Tamakwa is basically the sole user of South Tea Lake, approximately one square mile in size. In the middle are three islands, including “Treasure Island”, a traditional destination for long distance swims and Triathlons, about half a mile from camp’s shore.

Tamakwa’s most prominent feature is its Algonquin setting. The description of Tamakwa as a “children’s village” — where young people live, work, and play in a forest environment — translates to both individual and team growth. We find that the setting and facility are vehicles to the enhancement of skills, leadership, camaraderie, self-esteem and resourcefulness. With clean air, a crystal clear lake with drinkable water, and peaceful starry nights…the setting is also a vehicle to clean healthy living.

As a point of interest, Camp Tamakwa is featured in the Disney-Touchstone motion picture entitled INDIAN SUMMER, filmed at Camp T amakwa in 1992, written and directed by camp alumnus Mike Binder, and starring Alan Arkin, Diane Lane, Kimberly Williams, Kevin Pollak, Bill Paxton, and Elizabeth Perkins. Rent it !


Every position at Tamakwa has a specific job profile, but the basic job is the cabin counselor. As a counselor, you are the supervisor — “big sister or brother” — of a small group of campers. Typically, you live with the kids, accompany them to activities, help lead them on canoe trips and other outings, supervise them at meals, and generally look out for their well-being. You touch their lives and in a way, a bit of you rubs off on them. You are the person they will remember most from their summer at Tamakwa. You are THE role model for these impressionable young people: motivating them, keeping harmony among them, teaching new skills to them, humouring them, and helping them build self confidence.


Having a break from the action is important to your morale, state of mind and is lots of fun. Staff members have six days off: that’s once a week, except the first and last weeks of camp.


As a staff member at Tamakwa, you will have the time of your life. This is not your ordinary city job; rather it is a setting in which you will work closely with people of like mind and interest where the end product is fun. As it is for campers, so it is also for staff: a place to be yourself and offer your unique talents for the benefit of others.

Tamakwa is a magnet for talented creative people from all over North America and beyond. Unlike a conventional 9 to 5 job, you will not only work alongside fellow staff, but you get to know them, enjoy the kids and the activities with them, laugh with them, and share good times with them in ways that few other opportunities in life allow.

Besides the immense gratification, you will also gain self-confidence. You’ll become more resourceful and build leadership skills, activity skills, communication skills, and people skills in general. You will create bonds with campers and staff that will stay with you all your life. Over the years, many staff have forged their greatest lifelong friendships among fellow staff. In fact, many of them have since sent their own children to Tamakwa to give them the same special experience they remember.

You will have the opportunity to live in a beautiful environment. There is no better way to understand and appreciate nature than to work and play within it. This, together with human growth, is what camping is all about.

“may the great camper of all good campers be with us ‘til we meet again”