The Timanous spirit is as strong as ever, and it was another amazing summer for the group of happy boys who lived on the shores of Panther Pond. After a rainy opening day, there was abundant sunshine, and the heat wave that lingered was just fine having the lake to cool off in during the day. Throughout all seven weeks, campers had tons of fun— and learned new skills—at activities like swimming, riflery, archery, sailing, soccer, and more. They tested themselves and experienced the beautiful and rugged nature of remote spaces all across Maine on camping trips. They learned to live under one roof with others, and bonded with old and new friends. In short, it was a typically fantastic summer at Timanous.
For many, 2019 was an exciting milestone in the history of our camp, with the changes in leadership and the first summer operating as a nonprofit foundation. Garth Altenburg thrived in his first year as Director. He was constantly learning about Timanous ways and traditions and openly and warmly embraced by the camp community. Dave and Linda Suitor were there every step of the way, supporting Garth and the whole camp with their vast experience and deep connection to all things Timanous.
The meaningful traditions we all know and love carried on: Council Fire and Chapel, restful evenings in the cabins with stories told by lantern light, and walking down the wooded bunkline path with a friend. We also held our first ever Culture Day, where we celebrated the many different backgrounds represented here at camp, which will hopefully become a new tradition. Each meal in the barn featured cuisine from a different country, with flags hanging from the rafters. The annual Talent Show that night included many campers performing songs and skits that offered glimpses into their cultural backgrounds.
When we posted the story of Culture Day with this photo on Facebook, a recent camper and counselor responded: “AMAZING initiative!!! So glad to hear of what camp is doing these days!” This idea resonated with earlier eras as well, with an alum from the ‘80s commenting, “What an awesome idea. I remember well my friends from Colombia, Italy and Venezuela in my years at Timanous. Would have been great to learn more about their cultures at the time.” The whole day served as an opportunity for campers and counselors alike to appreciate one of the elements of the diversity here at Timanous, while still recognizing that we’re all here together as one cohesive community.
Tattersall Fund Update
We are committed to doing more to increase the focus of diversity, equity and inclusion here at Timanous. As a nonprofit foundation, one key objective is to grow our financial aid capacity in order to provide a summer camp experience for boys who wouldn’t otherwise have such an opportunity.
We also believe Sandy would be pleased (and maybe even a little proud) that the financial aid fund that now bears his name has been so generously supported by the extended Timanous community. Indeed, we believe he would be very satisfied to learn that, as of this July, the fund has received over $1 million in donations and pledges! Who would have thought a few short years ago that our alumni and parents would be able to raise enough capital not only to purchase the camp, but also to create a million dollar endowment for our financial aid program. We should all feel extremely gratified to have reached this amazing moment in Timanous history! Thank you to all of the people who so generously supported camp in reaching both of these milestones.
While the entire Timanous family should be proud of the commitment to growing Sandy’s Fund, we also want to make sure to recognize all of the boys who were able to attend camp through financial assistance provided in past years, as well as this one. We’re grateful for the ability to give the gift of the Timanous experience to all these boys; just as importantly, camp as a whole gained so much from the presence of these boys, who contributed so much to the fabric of our community.
An Annual Fund for Financial Aid
Second Century Campaign Update
As we look ahead to summer 2020—our second season as a nonprofit—we will ensure that our financial aid capacity matches our mission to serve even more of these boys and their families. As a solid foundation, we have a $1 million endowment that is earmarked to provide income in perpetuity. We can now turn our attention to an annual appeal to raise the additional funds needed for 2020 financial aid commitments. Given the wonderful track record of annual support from the hundreds of supporters to the Timanous financial aid program, we are hopeful that the Timanous family will continue this tradition. We look forward to sharing details of our Annual Fund program in our next newsletter.
The Power of Continuity
Recognizing Long-Standing Staff Service
One of the most important ingredients of a Timanous summer has been the ongoing and impressive continuity the counseling staff has maintained. This summer was yet another example of this, with exceptional counselors who possessed tangible passion for Timanous and a clear concern for the boys under their supervision.
At the Banquet ceremony on the final day of camp, one of the most striking symbols of this demonstrably strong counselor loyalty was evident when Garth, Dave and Linda awarded service medals to staff members who have achieved a significant milestone in the number of summers each has been at camp.
The value of a dedicated staff is clear to everyone. After a post this summer about the creativity and energy of the counselors, a parent commented, “My son was a camper and is now a counselor. I love how it pushes him to always set a good example because those little eyes are always watching.” In the eyes of an alum, the counselors serve as the “heartbeat of the camp,” and are the ones that make “the campers and their Timanous experiences so special. Those summers I spent in Raymond, Maine are very special to me.”
Thank you to all of the counselors who made 2019 special for the campers. We’re sure that most counselors will return again next year. Thank you to all of the families who shared your sons with us this summer. Most of all, thank you to the boys in green and gray who make Timanous hum with energy, growth, and joy. See you in 2020!
The 2019 summer is in the books! It was another wonderful year at Timanous that every boy will remember in his own way. The peace and quiet around camp right now belies the excitement, celebration, and bittersweet closure that we all experienced just a few short days ago. This past Sunday we had our final Chapel, fittingly given by Jimmy, head counselor of Crows. He told many stories, including several from his own camper career, that brought both levity and deep meaning to what it means to find true friendship. Timanous is a place where you can make lifelong bonds in what is really a short matter of weeks in the summer, and Jimmy’s stories and the knowing glances between the older campers throughout his talk gave evidence of that truth.
After all of the organizing and packing was done by Tuesday, we welcomed parents and other guests to Watersports on Wednesday morning. It’s a showcase for the skills campers have developed on the waterfront over the summer, in everything from waterskiing to canoeing, kayaking to stand-up-paddleboarding, and lots of different swim strokes. The Green and Gray teams compete in each race, which gives all of the boys that added spark to do well for their color, in addition to proving to themselves what they can accomplish.
Shortly thereafter all the cars were packed, and we had our final gathering as a camp for the summer. Chef Bob put on, as usual, a wonderful Banquet meal. Campers, counselors, parents and guests sat on the hill overlooking the lake, grateful that the forecasted thundershowers looked like they were going to hold off until later in the afternoon.
Crows lined up at the head of the camp and began the march into the tent singing Old Chief Timanous. The ceremony that followed was a celebratory cap on the summer of 2019, with awards being passed out and activity medals announced. The Hall of Fame presentation at the end drew the loudest cheers, especially from the oldest campers as their cabin-mates and friends were recognized for their best qualities and contributions to camp.
That all seems like a whole other world now that the Barn is quiet, the boats and docks are on land and there aren’t any campers filtering down the bunkline to their cabins. Yet the memory of the past few days is immediate, and especially for the older boys, the summer of 2019 will be a vivid memory for years to come.
While the natural beauty of Panther Pond is undeniable, and the late summer breeze and birds calling in the evening with nothing else to disturb them would be paradise for most anyone else, you heard it here first: we prefer the sound of 130 campers joyfully living in the moment, right here at Timanous.
After an exhaustive search process that began in September 2017 involving a number of highly qualified candidates, the Board of Trustees of the Timanous Foundation was pleased to announce the naming of Garth Altenburg as the next Director of Camp Timanous. His many years of relevant experience and his outstanding personal qualities made him a natural choice. Garth comes to us from Camp Chewonki, in Wiscasset, Maine, where he was the Director for the past 13 summers.
Garth brings a deep belief in the power of a summer camp experience as well as an easy-going manner in working with campers, staff, parents and alumni. Timanous is very blessed to find someone with Garth’s combination of passion for the ideals Timanous cherishes together with significant experience running all facets of a boys camp in today’s evolving world. From his first interview through the entire search process, everyone who met Garth found his enthusiasm to be contagious and his dedication to core values to be genuine.
The goal of the search process was to find an individual with exceptional integrity, passion and experience—a combination of attributes not easily found—who could lead Timanous into its second 100 years. Garth fully meets this standard and more. He relates to children and adults with ease and honesty, and has the advanced business skills required to run a successful boys camp. Even though Garth did not come up through our ranks, we are confident that everyone who meets Garth will find him to be very much a Timanous kind of guy. Please join us in welcoming Garth Altenburg as the new Director of Camp Timanous.
“When I first met Garth, I felt like I was speaking with someone I had worked with for years on Panther Pond. Timanous is so fortunate to be welcoming him and his family to our community.”
To the Timanous Family
Greetings! It is with great enthusiasm that I write to you as the new Director of Camp Timanous starting in the Fall of 2018. I am thrilled and honored to be assuming this leadership role and learning about you, your cherished camp, and its history and traditions.
I first visited Camp Timanous during the summer of 2012 as an accreditation visitor for the American Camp Association. Over the course of my visit, I became more and more captivated by the camp as I toured the beautiful campus, observed meaningful activities, and chatted with polite and genuine campers and staff. My professional and personal experiences, along with a deeply held belief in the mission and future vision of Timanous, have me very excited to lead this special camp into a vibrant future that is true to its roots while also thriving financially, culturally and operationally.
The first day of camp in 2019 may seem like a long way away, but by the time camp opens for my first full summer at Timanous, I hope to have met most of our campers and counselors in person and plan to visit during each session of camp this year. Dave, Linda and I, along with the Foundation Board of Trustees, look forward to a series of regional events and visits throughout the next fall and winter, allowing me a chance to get to know our camp families. I want to hear your hopes and dreams for the future of Timanous.
My wife, Heather, and our children Will (15), Ben (13), and Phoebe (11) look forward to being members of the Timanous Family for many years to come. I plan to carry the best of Timanous into its second century while also bringing about some new energy and perspectives. I am thrilled and grateful that Dave and Linda will be available to support me through this transition.
The months of transitions will pass quickly. I hope we have the chance to say hello along the way. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out—my email is email@example.com. Thank you for welcoming me into the Timanous Family.
With warmest regards,