About

Camp Tamarack strives to provide an inclusive and barrier free outdoor camping experience through accessible, fun-filled and innovative programs. Our safe and positive environment nurtures personal and social growth by allowing individuals to connect to nature and develop physically, socially, spiritually and emotionally. Through this we hope to enhance the quality of life of all participants and create positive opportunities to discover one’s potential.

Camp Tamarack's History

  • 1976

    The idea of developing a wilderness camp for the use of people with disabilities in northern Alberta and northwestern B.C. was formulated by the Grande Prairie Shrine Club.

  • 1977

    Members of the GP Shrine Club began the task of obtaining crown land from the Government of Alberta. The ecology of this land would remain as undisturbed as possible.

  • 1979

    The idea of developing a wilderness camp for the use of people with disabilities in northern Alberta and northwestern B.C. was formulated by the Grande Prairie Shrine Club.

  • 1985

    The Shrine Club turned over the control of the project to the Camp Tamarack Association. That summer saw the first programs of Camp Tamarack.

  • 2008

    An additional 57 acres was aquired, expanding the land to the south and east where you can find the native Tamarack trees.

  • 2010

    We purchased 4 teepees each with a diameter of 24 feet.

  • NOW

Camp Tamarack is now widely known as a reputable summer program for people with and without disabilities. It has also evolved from a Day Camp, to an overnight camp with the capacity to sleep up to 55 participants in cabins and 40 plus in Teepees. The facilities are available to renters all year round.

The camp is also accredited by the Alberta Camping Association which represents organized camps in Alberta that meet high standards of good practice & safety.

Meet Our Team

Camp Director – Cassie

Cassie, known as “Emerald” around camp, joined Camp Tamarack as the year-round Camp Director in February 2015, with over a decade of experience working in a variety of positions and camps across Alberta, BC, and into the United States.

Growing up in the Kootenay region of British Columbia allow her to gain a passion for being outside. Even though she never went to a traditional summer camp as a child, she spent many summers outside and trekking across BC with an amazing Girl Guide Leader and fellow Guiders. She has spent countless years working with children, starting as a young teen, as a volunteer with her local Figure Skating Club, sparking her interest in the education field, but it turns out a classroom just wasn’t her style.

Her first summer working at camp was beyond her expectations and allowed her to find her true self. It wasn’t until completing her degree, at the University of Lethbridge, with a B.Sc in Exercise Sciences and returning to camp, that the option of a career at camp seemed plausible.

She believes that camp provides more for every child than a full extra-curricular program. With every camper she meets, she hopes to allow them the opportunity to grow and be themselves in a fun, supportive and encouraging environment.

With each summer that passes she continues to learn and grow and continues to strive to offer our community a safe and inclusive summer escape for our children and youth.

 

Meet Our Board

President – Turk Taylor
Vice President – Ken Belke
Secretary/Tresurer – Dennis Fedeyko

Board of Directors
Gord Sears
Gord Taylor
Dave Middleton
Dave Taylor-Gagne
Leo Reding
George Winia