SISTERS, OR – With common mantras such as ‘Discover More’, ‘Inspire More’, ‘Dream More’, and especially ‘Live More’, Camp Tamarack could possibly be the Shangri-La of kids’ summer camps – and, well, it may be just that. This local camp was founded over 80 years ago on Dark Lake, just up the road from Suttle Lake. It was originally operated as a horse camp for girls from the Portland area, who traveled there to spend their entire summers in the woods along the picturesque lake.
Tamarack has seen a few different owners in its time, but had fallen into disrepair and was not in operation when Michele Anderson, a broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, and her husband Charlie, decided to purchase it through a non-profit in 2013 with plans to bring it back to life.
The facility is now a vibrant youth camp that provides Outdoor School to over 2,200 local 5th & 6th graders during the spring and fall months, along with offering traditional summer camp where over 800 campers get to spend a week of their summer. It is truly a place for Central Oregon, although they do have their fair share of campers from the valley as well.
With the launch of their Spark Project just a few years ago, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has encouraged its employees to become more involved with local charities. This is one such charitable organization that is highly visible and actively making a difference in the development of kids in our community – actually owned & operated by a Cascade Sotheby’s agent. Another broker at the company, Jacquie Sebulsky is also a valued member of the Camp’s Board of Directors.
Originally founded by Donna Gill and Lucile Murphy in 1935, Camp Tamarack has served the youth of Central Oregon for over 83 years. The Camp is a place where children can experience the many wonders the outdoors has to offer. Today, over 3,000 students a year experience the freedom of just playing, bonding, taking risks and trying new things. Camp Tamarack evokes community involvement on so many levels, making a difference for kids in our community, and truly wanting to help EVERY kid experience the outdoors.
One of the things that makes Camp Tamarack so special is the connection that people feel to it. The Andersons want this camp to continue to be for the community and that is why they need your support. Contributions are needed to bring ADA accessibility to the facility, as well as being able to fund scholarships for students to attend the camps. Volunteers, such as carpenters, electricians, painters, auto mechanics, and anyone willing to spend some time out at camp working on improvements are also greatly appreciated. Camp Tamarack is a non-profit organization registered with the state of Oregon. All donations are 100% tax deductible. The first $10,000 of their goal will be matched through donations until the end of 2018. Camp Tamarack operates under a special use permit with Deschutes National Forest, and is an equal opportunity outdoor recreation service provider.