Camp Tamarack

Camp Tamarack

Camp Tamarack is owned and operated by the American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin. Located on over 180 acres outside of Waupaca, and holding considerable frontage on the beautiful Chain of Lakes, Tamarack offers a retreat for youth and adults of all beliefs throughout the year.

If you are interested in utilizing our facilities at Camp Tamarack for your next retreat or family gathering, please contact Assistant Minister-Camping: Facilities and Guest Services, Rev. Kim Drost at kim.drost@abcofwi.org or 715-281-7816. We will respond as quickly as possible.

Come, enjoy God's beauty, and fellowship in this wonderful facility.

Fall Out of Camp 2020 CANCELLED

Covid-19 strikes again!

Fall Out of Camp at Camp Tamarack was planned for this upcoming weekend, Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3, but Kim is in quarantine as she awaits the results of her covid test. (She needs to have a medical test done so it is just a precaution)

Most of Camp Tamarack’s facilities have been shut down all year, so that means there is not too much that needs to be done to prepare the grounds for winter. Kim will be asking for winterizing help on an invitation-only basis instead.

Set aside Thursday, May 13 through Sunday, May 16 NOW for Spring Into Camp 2021 — and get to praying that we will actually have an on-site camping season at Camp Tamarack in 2021!

Mission Music and Merriment!

ABWM August 2020 Retreat is CANCELLED

Mission Music and Merriment!The American Baptist Women’s Ministries has reluctantly decided to cancel its “Music, Mission and Merriment” mini-retreat that was scheduled for Friday, August 21 through Sunday August 23, 2020. More than anything else, we wish for all of you to stay safe and well.

Plan to join us next year!

New Summer 2020 Camp Director Announced

Early May 2020 we announced that unfortunately we have decided to cancel all the overnight camp programs at Camp Tamarack, our ABC Wisconsin region camp in Waupaca, originally scheduled for June and July 2020 due to the current COVID-19 health crisis. Our decision was made in large part due to our commitment to the health and safety of staff and our campers.

We also remain committed, however, to connecting in creative ways with our campers, camp families and seasonal staff, many of whom had originally planned their summer with Camp Tamarack on the top of their list.

To lead us in this effort, we are excited to announced that we have hired Mrs. Dianna Brophey as our Summer 2020 Camp Director.

A wife and mother of three, Dianna Brophey has spent the better part of her life as an educator. She is a member of First Baptist Church of West Allis and attended Camp Tamarack as a youth. She continued coming back over the years as summer staff, cabin leader, health officer, and Primary Camp director while introducing her own children into the camp family. Her family cherishes the connections made there, and one of her goals is to continue the tradition for new and returning campers.

Dianna shares, “I love Camp Tamarack! This camp season, I look forward to sharing the peace and grace of God I have come to know at Tamarack. The goal this summer will be to make that connection in new and different ways as we embrace transformation.”

As an educator, Dianna has already been pivoting in new ways as she has led her virtual classroom over the past several weeks, and I trust she will bring all her experience, creativity, and skills to the challenge of exploring, designing, and implementing virtual summer camp experiences, and, if safe to do so, alternate in-person activities at Camp Tamarack later in the summer.

She knows it will take a team of leaders and helpers, as has always been needed in all previous camp seasons, and she has many relationships within our Camp Tamarack family with which to draw upon.

This part time summer position is necessarily designed to be flexible, so stay tuned in the coming weeks for ways you can join our “Transformed Summer 2020 Camp Season Team,” learn more about how your youth and families can still experience Christ’s love through “camp” and “outdoor ministry,”  or simply offer your support to Dianna. She can be reached at dianna.brophey@abcofwi.org.

Her focus area will be summer programming, and she will work alongside Kim Drost, Assistant Minister Camping – Facilities and Guest Services, who continues to oversee the stewardship of the grounds and manages the rental opportunities of Camp Tamarack.

Please join me in welcoming Dianna to our region staff team, and please keep her and our Camp Tamarack ministry in your prayers as we still have a lot to discern about how God is seeking to transform this ministry through this season.

2020 Summer Programming – Cancelled

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the following camps at Camp Tamarack have been cancelled.

This does not mean there will be no programming this summer, however – please stay tuned for alternate Summer 2020 opportunities!

 


June 5-7  AB Men’s Retreat

June 12-14 AB Women’s Retreat

June 14-20 Sr. High (Campers that just finished 9th-12th grade)

June 21-24 Primary (Campers that just finished 1st-2nd grade)

June 21-27 Middler (Campers that just finished 3rd-4th grade)

June 28- July 4 Junior (Campers that just finished 5th-6th grade)

June 28-July 4 Jr High (campers that just finisher (7th-8th grade)

July 5-8 Grandily – Grandparents and Family Camp (All ages!)

July 5-11 All Inclusive – no programming

July 12-18 Hispanic Camp

Registration will be open in the spring!

Winter Youth Retreat at Camp Tamarack 2020

Winter Youth Retreat is a time for those currently in 7th-12th grade to come together for fun and fellowship.                        The dates for 2020 are Friday, Jan 24th to Sunday, Jan 26th.

The weekend consists of time for: Worship, Bible Study, Games, and More!

You can find more information and how to register for the weekend HERE 

4th Annual Men’s Retreat

 Fri, May 31 – Sun, June 2 at Camp Tamarack

Facilitator for the weekend:

Rev. Dr. Marcus Allen, Sr.—  Mount  Zion Baptist Church, Madison

A time to gather…

  • to retreat from the demands of everyday lives
  • for recharging and revival
  • through interaction with Scripture and one another
  • so we can come to a deeper understanding and

appreciation of faith and witness.

Arrival starting at 5:30 pm Friday.

Official program runs Saturday 9am—Saturday 5pm with an option to stay until Sunday.

Any questions, please contact:

Franklin  Onwubuariri  at  510-393-8546 or foariri@gmail.com

Carolyn Dugan  at 715-281-2267  or Carolyn.dugan@abcofwi.org

You can register on line here

New Wheels at Camp Tamarack

Camp has received 8 new wheels this fall!

Attached to those wheels are a new John Deere tractor for mowing+ and new Camp truck for hauling+!

The First Baptist Church in Ixonia heard our plight of the riding lawn mower deciding not to work anymore this year and really stepped up to work with Kim and provide Camp a brand new John Deere X570 that will mainly be used for mowing grass in those hard to reach places that the big tractor just can’t get, but is too big for a push mower to handle.

Earlier this year, Carolyn reached out to Carmen Porco at Housing Ministries of American Baptists in Wisconsin to see what they look for when purchasing a new truck in anticipation of replacing the current truck. The response was – if you can wait a couple months, we have a truck we can give you. What a truck indeed – we received a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 in excellent condition with a snow plow attachment!

As we enter in to the year of Collaboration these two examples are a great showing of how ministries can work together for a common goal. We are extremely grateful for the generosity shown to Camp so we can focus on care of creation and those that come to “be” in that space.

Meet our new tractor “Hosanna”

 

Here is our new truck “Name to be determined 🙂 ”

2018 Advent Retreat at Camp Tamarack

Join Us at Camp Tamarack before the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and Christmas during the weekend of November 2nd-4th, for some time to be creative and reflect on the season.

Each session will include a meditation on the Advent themes of Faith, Hope, Joy and Love, plus an opportunity to create 6 cards of one design on the left with Heidi Olsen.

Sunday morning will include a bonus session of present tags.

If you don’t want to make cards and want to spend time working on your own projects, you are welcome to do that as well!

You can find out more information here and register for the event here.

Register by Oct 1st to secure your spot and supplies.