85 Youngs Road, MerrillNew York 12955
Summer: 518-425-3386
Winter: 336-389-9716
info@tanagerlodge.com

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, and watching shooting stars and the Aurora Borealis with their tentmates. 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.


Why six weeks?

When asked this question, returning campers invariably reply, “Because the time goes by so fast!” As directors, we are committed to a six-week program to foster the progressive learning and strong community we value. Six weeks allows the sense of community to deepen as friendships flourish, knowledge increases, and individuals grow. Most importantly, there is time for children to experience the joy of living active, healthy lives apart from the pressures of so much of contemporary culture. While we recognize that children have many options and even commitments over the summer, we believe a single-session program is essential to instilling the sense of personal responsibility, community involvement, and love of the nature world that last a lifetime. Our 85% camper return rate indicates that campers and families think so, too.

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. We also have a slide show that presents our program and environment in greater depth. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a visit.