Over 600 girls, ranging in age from 5 to 16 and hailing from across the country, will attend one or more of our three 3-week summer sessions. Camp Ton-A-Wandah is especially proud of these girls, as more than 70% are returning campers. This high retention rate can be attributed to the extensive program opportunities available here, including activity classes such as archery, horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing and land sports, just to name a few. In addition, frequent trips to various area sites for picnics, hiking, white-water rafting and campouts are program highlights as well. Seventy years in the business of summer fun have taught us, however, that our ongoing success has an awful lot to do with the exceptional caliber of our camp staff!
We employ over 70 staff members each summer. As a member of the Camp Ton-A-Wandah staff, you will become a very important person in the life of each child you meet. Our staff is comprised of a very diverse group of former campers, college students, teachers, musicians, artists, outdoor enthusiasts, coaches and others from all over the world who share our passion for and commitment to working with children and young women.
Our name in the Cherokee Indian language means “by the fall of water.” Ton-A-Wandah’s ties to Nature and deep respect for the Native Americans who originally inhabited these mountains are the inspiration behind the alliance of the three tribes (Cherokee, Mohawk and Navajo) that are among our oldest, most revered traditions, handed down from generation to generation. Friendly competition throughout each session seals the common bond among tribe members, but never breaks the chain of the Three Tribes. We have found through the years that this cohesive small group approach melts away the ten-year age difference among campers to create a strong sense of sisterhood and pride.
Each camper designs her very own unique activity schedule on the first day of camp. Staff members/counselors serve as instructors in two or three activity areas based on their skill level, past experience and personal preference.