The counselors have begun to arrive, and it’s been wonderful to see so many old friends reunite at Timanous. As one put it, "It brings me joy to be back at camp, because it feels like a return to how things are supposed to be. It's comforting and refreshing to discover camp was the one thing that hasn't changed."
The typical pre-season rituals are well underway - setting up the cabins, putting in the docks and, most importantly, learning and reinforcing how to be the best counseling staff possible!
An Important Note for Alumni
Having alumni visit camp is always a highlight, but unfortunately we won't be able to host visitors when camp is in session. Many of our campers will be unvaccinated, and this policy plays an important role in providing them a safe and healthy summer. Please reach out if you would like to stop by after camp closes on August 12th.
It is a particularly exciting time because we are coming back to camp after closing for the first time in our more than 100 year history. As mentioned in past communications, the financial impact of our off year was significant, and led us to energize our fundraising efforts under the banner of Rise, Camp Timanous to come back stronger than ever. We have seen tremendous progress to date, and are grateful for this incredible support.
The amount remaining to complete the Second Century Campaign will take a collective effort from our community, but we have exciting news to share that will help us reach our goals...
Major gift match announced
"Why I Give"
Last year, we paused our Second Century Campaign in order to effectively steward camp through our 2020 closure. It was clear that our original $5M goal would not allow camp to recover and urgently pursue our nonprofit mission in a moment that demands nothing less.
In order to fully realize our nonprofit vision, we aim to:
Next year will mark the 105th summer at Timanous. Since our first reunion in 2017 (lovingly nicknamed the "Hundy" after our 100th anniversary) was such a wonderful weekend, we are thrilled to announce our plans to invite all alumni, from all eras, back to camp for the "Hundy+5".
Whether you attended the last reunion or haven't reconnected with Timanous in decades, your camp family would love to see you on the shores of Panther Pond in 2022. We hope you can make it!
We’re thrilled to announce the hiring of Mark O’Connor as our new Facilities Manager and Head of Woodshop. Mark will start on April 5th, 2021. He will be working closely with longtime Facilities Manager Robert Blake for this year as Robert transitions towards retirement after a long and distinguished tenure at Timanous. We look forward to recognizing Robert later this year.
Mark grew up in Maine, attended the University of Vermont, and now lives nearby in Harrison, Maine with his spouse and three children. Mark’s varied background as a teacher, arborist, carpenter, and maintenance worker at a hunting and fishing camp in northern Maine, as well as his enthusiasm for the summer camp setting, make him an ideal hire.
“I am excited to learn and become part of the rich traditions at Timanous. Helping to preserve and maintain the camp is an opportunity and challenge I can't wait to begin. I am excited to work with the campers on the shores of Panther Pond during the summer - there is no more wonderful setting I can imagine”, says Mark.
Please join us in welcoming Mark to Timanous.
While last summer was our first without camp in over 100 years, our Annual Report shares how Timanous endured thanks to the care of everyone in our community. The fact that we are on track to open safely with a full camp this summer is a testament to our strong governance and leadership, the support of our alumni, and the belief that families have in our ability to give our campers such a positive summer experience.
We are proud to recognize all those who donated to Timanous this past year, both for their financial support as well as for helping to grow a culture of charitable giving to our beloved camp. This was all the more critical because we faced the challenges of 2020 in just our second year as a nonprofit organization.
I'm confident that we will come out of this time on an even stronger foundation, and more importantly with a rededicated commitment to our mission to promote the holistic growth of body, mind and spirit. We can't wait to get back to camp and get started.
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