Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Tanager Lodge unique?

At Tanager, children engage in a world rarer today than it was when camp opened in 1925. With a maximum of 48 campers and over 20 staff members, our small community and nearly 2:1 camper to staff ratio create a supportive environment for children to live, work, and play in the wilderness. Children discover their connection to the natural world, not through formalized study, but by playing games under the eagle’s gaze, portaging canoes over beaver dams, watching shooting stars, and boating at dawn on the mist-covered lake. Tanager Lodge campers cultivate their inner creativity and lifelong friendships. Living in a wilderness environment also cultivates self-reliance and flexibility. 

Who goes to Tanager?

Children who enjoy a non-competitive program that emphasizes personal goals, developing skills and strong friendships, and outdoor living thrive at Tanager. For some, Tanager builds on the activities they pursue at home; for others, it is the uniqueness of our diverse community and wilderness environment that makes it so special.


Should I come alone or with a friend? 

Tanager is a great place to make new and lasting friendships. Most campers come alone to camp and acclimate quickly, even if it is their first time away from home. Some enjoy the companionship of a friend, sibling, or cousin as they explore the challenges that Tanager has to offer.

Is Tanager right for me? 

The directors make every effort to visit interested families individually. This allows you to get to know us, for the child to connect with us before arriving at camp, and for you to ask questions in person. Please feel welcome to contact us if you would like to arrange a visit.