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Below are links to key Tanager texts as well as the work of alumni/ae and friends that reflects our common goals. We are not responsible for the content off other websites.

"Essential Nature Lore" by Lee Steven Pierce

A former counselor at camp, Steve combined his unique sense of humor, profound knowledge of the natural world, and commitment to camp in this essay to capture key ingredients of Mr. Welch’s guiding philosophy of Tanager. Here is the short version of the essay that we share at Sunday assembly each summer.

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Woodcraft Laws

Modified slightly from their original form in Ernest Thompson Seton's Woodcraft League, these are the Woodcraft Laws as we currently use them at camp.

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High Altitude Dreams

Kili Sherpa, a long time friend of Tanager Lodge, has a terrific trekking and climbing company based in Kathmandu. It is called High Altitude Dreams, and it is the latest of Kili's many accomplishments. Campers and staff have been transfixed by Kili's stories at Sunday Assembly about his succesful climb of Mount Everest as well as his many other high altitude adventures. If you are planning a trip to the Himalayas, Kili will make it great. We have trekked and climbed with him in the Annapurna Sanctuary, the Everest region, and the Rowaling Valley. We are also grateful for all his help at camp over the past decade. Next time you are upstairs in South Cottage, be sure to see the Tanager t-shirt Kili carried to the top of Everest.


Kili with Ali and the girls on top of Silver lake Mountain

International Campaign for Tibet

Founded in 1988, I.C.T. is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting human rights, humanitarian assistance for Tibetans, and Tibetan self-determination. We thank our friends at I.C.T. for on-going support of Tanager Lodge Tibetan Camp.



Lost Paddle Boatworks

Slim at work on Humphrey's Skiff

Stephen "Slim" Hann has started Lost Paddle Boatworks, a small, traditional wooden boatshop, in Saranac Lake, NY. Maintaining and restoring our canoes and skiffs keeps Slim busy, but he's also had time to build his first sailboat and takes on additional projects as time allows.

Slim bringing the skiff home to its mooring in Deep Bay



Recently named one of National Geographic’s Explorers-in-Residence for 2006, Losang Rabgey was an early proponent of Tanager Lodge Tibetan Camp and has remained one of our most steadfast supporters. Losang works unflaggingly to preserve Tibetan culture among Tibetan communities in the U.S. and in the Himalayas. Her non-profit organization, Machik, supports education, sustainable development, and community-based economic initiatives in the Tibetan mountain community of Chungba and surrounding areas.



The Old Guide's Story

Edited by Fay Welch, Illustrations by Tad Welch       

(revised and expanded, 2006)

This new edition of The Old Guide’s Story includes new illustrations, map drawings, and cover art by Tad as well as a wealth of historical photographs and other documents obtained by John Miles (a counselor at Tanager in the 1970s). We thank John for his infectious enthusiasm and dedication as the publishing editor of this project.



Jamie Savage

Singer/songwriter Jamie Savage is a third-generation Tanager alumnus who works as a professor of forestry at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's Ranger School in Wanakena, NY. His Adirondack folk songs are available through his website.



Tanager Lodge Tibetan Camp on NPR

Thanks to Tsering Yangzom for this terrific 5-minute story on Tanager Lodge Tibetan Camp. It was first broadcast on NPR on October 16, 2007, the day before the Dalai Lama received the Congressional Gold Medal.