Each cabin is comprised of one large room with bunk beds throughout and small cubbies for some of the children’s belongings. Our cabins offer a shaded porch in the front or back of the cabin for additional communal lounging areas. Cabins are situated on both the Ridge and River sides of Camp (recently renamed from Girls and Boys sides for inclusivity), each nearby to a large bathhouse with electricity, bathrooms, showers and changing areas.
Campers spend most of their time out and about at Camp but enjoy spending time together in the cabin during the mornings, rest hour (after lunch) and at bedtime. Before the children arrive, counselors make “work wheels” for the campers to share the tasks that support their bunk community, like setting or clearing tables for meals, retrieving food from the kitchen window during meals, reminding bunkmates to apply sunscreen and drinking water (under the direction of counselors), sweeping the cabin and others.
On the night campers arrive, they participate in a bunk discussion to develop their bunk’s “Ten Commandments,” which are the rules by which the campers agree to live and the respectful and kind ways they will treat one another. This lays the groundwork for creating a positive and cooperative bunk community.
The process by which campers are assigned to bunks is carefully crafted by our professional year-round staff with an emphasis on ensuring all campers within each bunk are separated by a two grade spread (eg 4th and 5th graders or 5th and 6th graders together, but rarely 4th, 5th and 6th graders together).
All campers have the opportunity to make up to three bunkmate requests, and we do our best to guarantee at least one request per camper. We are unable to take unit requests and negative bunkmate requests. If you do not make a bunkmate request, we will assume that your child is open to any bunkmates in their age range. Feel free to call our office at 415.543.2267 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns about our bunking policy.
Tawonga offers boys cabins, girls cabins, and all-gender cabin options. Every cabin includes children from one or two grades. We thoughtfully assign children to cabins to ensure that there’s a mix of returning and new campers with opportunities for every child to make friends.