Welcome to Tamarak
Tamarak Day Camp and Tamarak Country School offer the best opportunities for fun and educational camp programs in the summer and pre-school/pre-kindergarten programs during the school year.

Take a tour through our web site and see why families in the Chicago area send their children to Tamarak Day Camp and Tamarak Country School. And, see why the kids love to go to Tamarak!

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GUARANTEE YOUR CHILD'S SPOT FOR 2015!
Register for the upcoming summer by Friday, October 17th and your camper will receive a ‘personally delivered’ Special Edition Tamarak Long Sleeve Shirt … and you’ll earn a summer of FREE LUNCHES*. We’re encouraging early registration this year because we have had lots of interest for the upcoming summer and we don’t want you to miss the opportunity to guarantee your camper’s enrollment for 2015! Mail or Fax in a completed registration form today! If you have any questions you can call us anytime at 847-634-3168. *If you would prefer to provide your child's lunch, a cash discount is available.

The Business of Camp
Dave Thoensen, owner/director of Tamarak, has an article in the current issue of the ACA's Camping magazine titled "The Business of Camp". You can read the article by following this link: ACA's Camping Magazine

2014 Camp and Summer Adventure Fair
Please join us at District 103’s Camp & Summer Adventure Fair on February 9, 2014 from 11am-3pm at Daniel Wright Junior High School in Lincolnshire, IL. Tamarak will once again be there to answer any questions you may have about summer camp. We’d love to see you there! For more information visit Camp and Summer Adventure Fair

Tamarak Country School Upcoming Registration
Registration for the 2014-2015 school year at Tamarak Country School will begin on Wednesday, November 6th. The registration form and fee schedule are both now available in the school section of our website. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a school tour, please do not hesitate to contact us at 847-634-3168.

THERE’S STILL TIME TO GUARANTEE YOUR CHILD'S SPOT FOR 2014!
We've had an amazing response to our Early Registration Special and we don't want you to miss out. If you register by Friday, November 29th you will receive up to $100 off your camp fees (based on weeks attending) and your camper will have a special edition Tamarak hoodie (while supplies last) delivered to your home. You can download a registration form by clicking on the link on this page and mail or fax it back to Tamarak. If you prefer to register over the phone please call us at 847-634-3168. If you have any questions or are interested in a camp tour, we are always available. We look forward to hearing from you!

Parent Workshop Opportunity on 10/8/13
Tamarak is proud to be sponsoring our first parent session of the 2013-2014 school year in partnership with School District 103 and LCNS preschool. We know both our camp and school parents have loved attending these parent sessions in the past and wanted to give you an opportunity to participate in our upcoming workshop. Dr. Ed Dunkelblau, the director for the Institute of Emotionally Intelligent Learning and nationally known speaker on social emotional learning (SEL), will talk with parents about what SEL is, why it is so important for success in school and in life, and how to support SEL at home. Research has shown that social emotional learning is one of the most important factors in school performance, impacting the reduction of conflicts and empowering students to make mindful choices. All of our schools now offer social emotional curriculums (SEL) and Dr. Dunkelblau will speak about why it is important in your child’s school and home life. Dr. Dunkelblau’s belief is you give children an answer they succeed for a moment, teach them to think and they succeed all their lives. There is no charge for this informative and entertaining evening and we hope you can join us. Date: Tuesday, October 8th Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Place: Daniel Wright Junior High, Cafeteria, 1370 Riverwoods Road, Lincolnshire, IL

Bringing Out Their Best
Tamarak is excited to be sponsoring the upcoming program by Michael Brandwein "Bringing Out Their Best, How to teach your kids outstanding skills for life". Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 25th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Daniel Wright Jr. High School Cafeteria. There is no cost for this informative evening and we hope to see many of our Tamarak families there!

Tamarak passes NAEYC accreditation again!
We are proud to announce that Tamarak Country School has passed all requirements, including an onsite visit, to achieve a five year accreditation from the National Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC). There are approximately 6,000 preschools with NAEYC accreditation nationwide and we are honored that Tamarak continues to be considered among the top preschools in the country. The accreditation process takes more than 15 months to complete and criteria are scored on a percentage scale during the onsite visit. Our classroom observation scores were exemplary and are a true tribute to the teachers and students we have in our classes. Tamarak's scores in all areas were outstanding and well above the standard NAEYC requirements.

Great turnout at the Summer Camp and Adventure Fair!
It was wonderful to see so many families at the Summer Camp and Adventure Fair! We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to stop by our table to say hello and learn about all that Tamarak has to offer. We are looking forward to another fabulous summer in 2013! If you didn’t have a chance to come to the camp fair but would like more information about our programs, call us at 847-634-3168. We are always available to answer your questions and to provide a camp tour.

Camp and Summer Adventure Fair
Whether you are registered for camp for 2013 or would like to learn more about our summer programs for the future, please join us at District 103's camp fair on Sunday, February 10th from 10 to 2 at Daniel Wright Middle School, 1370 N. Riverwoods Road in Lincolnshire. Our Head Staff will be on hand to answer questions about Camp Lincolnshire, Tamarak Munchkins and all our day camp programs. It is a great opportunity for your family to spend time with our staff and learn more about the plans for the upcoming summer. Please feel free to bring a friend; everyone is welcome to attend this event!

HELP US CELEBRATE OUR 65TH BIRTHDAY IN 2013!!!
Register for the upcoming summer by Friday, October 19th, and your camper will receive a special Tamarak 65th Birthday hoodie. You will also receive next summer’s lunches at camp for FREE!!! (up to a $320 value) Based on feedback from last year’s parents and the huge amount of interest we have from new families, we know that 2013 will be even more amazing. Mail or Fax in a completed registration form right away to help us kick off our 65th season. If you have any questions, you can call us anytime at 847-634-3168!

Tamarak Idol 2012 DVD's!
By now you should have received in the mail your Tamarak Idol 2012 DVD's. This year not only does it have Tamarak Idol, but it also has our second session Dance/Drama/Spirit Show. We hope you've enjoyed reliving the summer memories as much as we have. Please let us know if you did not receive one.

March 16, 2012
Don't forget to take along your Tamarak gear if you will be traveling for Spring Break! Send us a picture of your Tamarak camper or student on location in their shirt, and we will send them a "Where In The World Is Tamarak" special t-shirt. We will also be sharing you pictures on our Facebook site as well. Have fun and safe travels!

March 16, 2012
As a quick summer reminder, mark your calendars! Bus visiting day will be Thursday, June 14th. Tamarak bus counselors will be stopping by your house practicing the routes, introducing themselves and dropping off camp shirts, back packs and sportswear. They will be visiting between 9 and 11 in the morning. Also, the Camper/Parent "Open House" will be Friday, June 15th. You will receive more details in the coming weeks. This is a great opportunity for parents to meet their camper's counselors, drop off extra camp clothing and tour Tamarak before the 1st day or Camp!

March 16, 2012
Back by popular demand is the "Love and Logic" with Kel Gott parenting workshop Wednesday March 21st at Daniel Wright Junior High School in Lincolnshire. Kel's mix or humor and reasoning in working through common parenting issues is both entertaining and informative. Please let us know if you will be attending as this exciting event as we do fill up. The program is from 6:30-8:30 and will be held in the cafeteria. There is a follow up workshop which will be held on Tuesday April 10th at Daniel Wright as well. More details to follow.

Bringing Out Their Best
Tamarak is excited to be sponsoring the upcoming program by Michael Brandwein "Bringing Out Their Best, How to teach your kids outstanding skills for life". Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 25th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Daniel Wright Jr. High School Cafeteria. There is no cost for this informative evening and we hope to see many of our Tamarak families there!

Bringing Out Their Best
Tamarak is excited to be sponsoring the upcoming program by Michael Brandwein "Bringing Out Their Best, How to teach your kids outstanding skills for life". Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 25th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Daniel Wright Jr. High School Cafeteria. There is no cost for this informative evening and we hope to see many of our Tamarak families there!

Summer 2012 Final Tamarak Telegraph
As we start the last day of the camp for 2012, the only question that we have is where has the summer gone? Everything has flown by so quickly and it has been an absolutely amazing summer. We would be remiss, if we did not give credit for this to our unbelievable staff of counselors, specialists and Leadership staff. They are the foundation of everything that we do at Tamarak each summer and the love and care that they show for the campers inspire us everyday. In case you haven’t noticed by the tone in our weekly letters, we absolutely love what we do! Having the opportunity to help children succeed and grow through their experiences at Tamarak gives us both a tremendous amount of satisfaction. Nothing is more rewarding than having a camper run up and give us a hug as they describe how they conquered their latest challenge! To us, this is what the camp experience should be about. Camp isn’t about the latest piece of high tech equipment or latest fad. It isn’t about whether the camper goes home at the end of the day on the bus, or stays away from home for weeks on end. Instead, it is about growth, learning and of course fun. This is what we strive for every year, to provide an atmosphere where campers can grow and learn in a safe environment with wonderful staff as their role models. Hopefully this is what your camper experienced with us this year as well! Thank you for your trust in sharing your children with us at Tamarak this summer. We are humbled by your confidence and please know that we do everything we possibly can each day to make your child’s experience at Tamarak safe, happy and successful. Your input is critical to us continually making improvements to our program. Please take a few minutes to fill out our 2012 Summer Survey by following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TamarakDayCamp2012 We will be sending out information on registration for next summer in the middle of September. In the meantime, if you have any questions or if you still have friends that you would like to refer as part of our referral discount program, please do not hesitate to give us a call we are here all year long and would love to hear from you. Thank you again for a wonderful summer and we will see you and your family next year! Sincerely, Lucia and Dave

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