Tawonga Tidbit

Notes from the Road: Rock and River Quest

Today’s blog post takes you behind the scenes of Tawonga’s recent Rock and River Quest.

Session B families and fans: Below, you can check out today’s Tidbit as well as the Session B photo gallery. 

Earlier this month, the Rock and River Quest returned from two weeks rock climbing in Mammoth, backpacking in Inyo National Forest and river rafting in Placerville on the American River.

Enjoy highlights and photos below!

Quest Leaders

Katie Hall and Josh Lipson


11 Questers ages 14-16

Quest Itinerary

  • 2 days rock climbing in Mammoth

  • 3 day backpacking in Inyo National Forest

  • Wowed by the giant sequoias in Calaveras Big Trees State Park

  • 1 day rafting the South Fork of the American River

  • Learning and discussion about river conservation

Quest Highlights

  • Listening to “Wagon Wheel” every day!

  • The Questers throwing a surprise Bat Mitzvah for Quest Leader, Katie

  • Having an amazing dance party on the last night

Quest Leader Inspiration

Quest leaders Katie and Josh reflect on their shared experience:

“We loved going on this adventure and getting to facilitate a really memorable experience that will hopefully leave a longterm impression.”

“We had SO much fun with the kids and loved seeing the joy they got out of experiencing the outdoors”

Tawonga Tidbit

🍳 Today’s Kitchen Menu


🍞 French toast bake with eggs and oranges


🌺 Hawaiian chicken wraps with chicken, cabbage slaw and dressing

🍇 Fruit: Grapes


🌽 Enchilada pie with corn, black beans and salsa with sides of roasted veggies

🍪 Dessert: Mexican wedding cookies

A Note on Alternative Foods
🥑 Tasty vegetarian and vegan options are available for every meal, in addition to a “middle table” with alternative meal options to meet every camper’s needs.

🥣 During breakfast, the middle table offers a wide selection of cold cereal and milk (dairy-free options too), in addition to hot cereal with toppings. Each lunch and dinner, campers can choose from options at the middle table, like sun-butter and jelly sandwiches, tuna sandwiches and hummus. 

🏕 Backpacking Trips and Challenge Course


The bunks of Chalutzim unit (AG-9, B-10, G-9, G-10, G-11, G-12, B-11, B-12) headed out on their backpacking trips this morning.

Bunks B-3 and B-4 had fun on the Challenge Course today.


The bunks of Chalutzim unit (AG-9, B-10, G-9, G-10, G-11, G-12, B-11, B-12) will be on day two of their backpacking trips.

Bunks B-7, B-8A and B-8B will get their turn on the Challenge Course.

🎂 Birthdays 

What’s so special about today? We’re celebrating the birthday of TLI camper Corey S.! Happy Birthday Cory – enjoy your birthday bowl!

Curious what celebrating a birthday at Camp Tawonga looks like? Check out this post.

☀️ How’s the Weather? 

Sunny with a high of 95, low of 63

On an especially hot day like today, counselors always make sure that campers stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and cool off in the pool or the beautiful Tuolumne river.

The Tawonga Tidbit provides a daily dose of Camp with our kitchen menu, Camp birthdays and more. We hope this series brings you a bit closer to Tawonga!