My First Time at Camp Tawonga

By Sydney Campbell, Camp Blogger and Photographer


A couple of months ago I was introduced to Camp Tawonga, and summer camp in general, for the first time in my 21 years of life.


When I pulled up to the gates with my mom, the decision to work at a remote summer camp for two whole months suddenly seemed like a terrible idea. My stomach was in knots and my nerves begged me to turn the car around so I could crawl back into a life of comfort and familiarity.


Despite my instincts to run and hide from an unknown and scary new beginning, I began my journey at Tawonga. Honestly, I couldn’t be happier that I did.


Tawonga helped me build an intense love and connection to nature. It also showed me how beautiful life can be when you’re spiritually, emotionally and physically present while living in a community that whole-heartedly loves and values every single person. The people here don’t only tolerate differences– everyone, campers and staff alike, are encouraged to be their best authentic selves every single day.  


That being said, the most special aspect of Tawonga is how every single staff member really wants and succeeds at putting kids first. Whether it’s counselors, kitchen staff, maintenance or directors, everybody works towards making campers feel good about themselves while also giving them the space to explore their fullest potential.


As Camp’s blogger and photographer, I feel honored to have had the opportunity to capture and record so many moments where kids are visibly having the absolute best times of their lives. Kids here are constantly growing, reflecting and learning from their counselors how to be their best selves. I’ve personally watched how this place has changed kids’ lives for the better, inspiring them to take Tawonga values back to their communities at home. If there was ever a doubt as to whether to send your child to Tawonga, I assure you that it’s one of the best opportunities you can give your child.


It’s hard to believe that my first summer is coming to an end, but I could not be more grateful to walk away with the unforgettable experiences, moments of awe and wonder, and friends that I’ve made over these past two months. Thank you Camp Tawonga for giving me the opportunity to experience the most beautiful summer I’ve ever had!


Check back in later tonight with many more photos of the day featuring our uniquely delicious “International Dinner” followed by the All Camp Production and Carnival!