Nov 25, 2015

Tootsie Frootsie, Really?

Hey Tamakwa, who came up with Tootsie Frootsie? Well, there are lots of great ideas that date back to our founder Unca Lou and Omer but this great one is actually a joint effort.

Well, there are lots of great ideas that date back to our founder Unca Lou and Omer but this great one is actually a joint effort. Back in the early 1960’s Mike Kraft decided that kids needed a little boost of energy in the middle of the day. After rest hour, campers would stop through main camp, grab a healthy piece of fruit and head off to 3rd period.

A few fun facts: it was Mike who decided that instead of the previously served snack of milk and cookies, campers needed fruit, since at that time, there wasn’t any being served. He personally drove to towns as far as Bracebridge since fruit was rare in the Muskoka area and he always wanted to find the best deal around, even if that meant driving an extra hour to get it. Also, it was only years later, that long time Camp Director/Owner, Dave Bale added the Tamakwa schtick of calling it Tootsie Frootsie, a line borrowed from a Marx Brothers movie, which in turn, made our little fruit break a much more exciting and fun break in the middle of the day.

For me, it’s not just the yummy fruit that I love about Tootsie Frootsie, it’s the quick 10 minute camp-wide Tamakwa schmooze that you get to enjoy every day. Oh and that fun saying of “TOOTSIE FROOTSIE, EVERYBODY GETS”, that was actually a nice way of reminding campers not to push or grab because there is always enough fruit to go around!

It’s 3:25pm, go grab a piece of fruit!!

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!