TAWK Blog

The Value of Sisterhood
     Valentine’s Day, or as we like to call it Galentine’s Day, is finally here! Yes, all the hearts, flowers, and chocolates are fun, but it is the relationships that we have created through the years that make this day so special. The relationships we have created here are much deeper than the average friendship. Here at Ton-A-Wandah, we develop a sisterhood with one another. This bond we form with each other crosses oceans, goes beyond interests, and posseses a depth of understanding of one another that goes beyond just the surface. Our own, Kelsey Craythorne, shared with us what friendships far and wide mean to her.
     “Our creed says it perfectly: ‘I believe in friendships and the joy of service to others’ - and the women I spend my summers with at Ton-A-Wandah instill this belief in me every day, even when we’re not together. From confiding in Ellis across the world during a stressful time, to late night phone calls with Jordyn sharing excitement about next summer, these women are my family. If there is ever a time I need an extra dose of self-love, I know Savanna will be there to remind me of my beauty. There is no comfort like the one in knowing that your TAW sisters will be there for you through it all, and that’s what these friendships give me every day - and I am so grateful for them!”
     Take the time this week to pause and think of the women who have changed your life and tell them what they mean to you! Happy Galentine’s Day Everyone!

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TAW Crafty Corner
Need a last minute Valentine’s card? Have no fear, TAW is here!
Things you need:
     ~Colored sheet of paper
     ~Markers
     ~Cupcake Liners
     ~Glue Stick
*Extra supplies for Rose Card
     ~Tulle
     ~Pom Poms

 Supplies

 

Umbrella Card
Step1: Take your cupcake liner and fold it in half. Then take the glue stick and glue one of the insides of the liner so that when pressed you have half a circle seen. Then glue the halved liner on the middle of the page.

Umbrella step1
Step 2: Take a marker and draw a handle to your umbrella. Outline your message above the umbrella in pencil then follow it over with a marker.

Umbrella step 2
Step 3: Draw your raining hearts and blossoming flowers.

Umbrella complete

 

Rose Card
Step 1: Take your cupcake liner and fold it in half. Take second cupcake liner and fold it in half twice so that you now have a quarter of the liner seen. Glue the second liner to the middle of the first cupcake liner.

Roses step1

Step 2: Glue just the base of the liner to the piece of paper. Draw your green stem. Glue pom pom to the middle base of your flowers.
Step 3: Take tulle and make a bow. Glue the center of the bow to the bottom of the page where the stems meet. Write your message.

Roses done
Finally, give it to a special someone!!!!

 

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For the month of December, we have been focusing on the gifts we all receive from camp. So often we get to hear from staff and campers how much they love camp and everything camp has given them. We asked our staff from last summer what was a gift they received or gave at camp that was special to them. Here are some of the answers they shared.

Find out how to make the delicious saltine toffee recipe found in this month’s Wonder!

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Everyone loves baking during the holidays and homemade treats make great gifts for teachers, friends, and family! This saltine toffee recipe is delicious and so fun and easy to make! The TAW test kitchen tried it out; you’ll find our step by step pictures below with instructions! 

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Many people take part in the Halloween tradition of carving pumpkins. The only downfall to our carved creations is that they soon end up rotten on our porches after all the hard work we put into them.

This year, instead of carving, we painted TAW inspired pumpkins that are sure to keep your porch looking festive without the extra-messy cleanup.

 

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As we all head into the Halloween season, thoughts and plans of what our Halloween costumes are going to be this year spring into mind. Dressing up for Halloween is one of the best parts of the holiday as you figure out what character you hope to be and assemble the various outfit and accessories to make that come to life! Life at camp is pretty much like a Halloween costume party every day; there is some excuse to don some crazy attire most days of the week! Below are some of our favorite “costumes” from this past summer! We hope you get as much of a kick out of looking through these as we did!