Tamarack offers two separate sessions, the first session offering a 4 week option and a 3 week, and session 2 offering a 2 week or a 4 week option. The age of the campers attending ranges from 10 - 15 years old.
The daily instruction designed for beginner and intermediate campers, includes the fundamentals of tennis, emphasizes correct form, consistent steady play, and most importantly, learning to be your own teacher.
Instruction for advanced players includes concentration on stroke production, strategy, and conditioning.
The Tamarack learning method, developed by founder Jack Kenney, is based on repition, simple telegram reminders, and innovative games. This method helps campers grasp a difficult sport, and attain a level of play that is both satisfying and fun.
Campers receive four hours of instruction daily, which includes both private and group lessons. Each camper also has the benefit of two hours "free tennis time" in which they might request extra lessons, play competitively, or just practice hitting.
All campers participate in outside matches and tournaments with surrounding camps, as well as in-camp tournaments. In addition, campers compete on two tennis ladders and play in a three day "Davis Cup": team tournament, the culminating tennis event of each session.
On campus activities readily available for campers to enjoy include soccer, which builds many important athletic skills like footwork and stamina. They can also jump on Tamarack's in-ground trampoline, play frisbee, ping-pong, pool, or any other game from the imagination of your child. There is also a three sided climbing wall, which campers can enjoy as a supervised activity.
Off campus, campers can swim. There is the nearby Easton Brook, or Echo Lake located in Franconia Notch. Hiking and Mountain biking are also very popular off-court activities as the camp is literally surrounded by woodland and the majestic White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Tamarack has also developed a number of "classic" activities over the years. Usually each evening, campers will experience one of these activities such as: The Obstacle Course, Two Ball Soccer, The Dating Game, Christmas in July, and The Blob. Mega Day, the mother of all activities, involves an all camp carnival, an auction, a huge banquet dinner, which are all set to a particular theme.
Friday night is Town Night, when the whole camp takes a trip to neighboring Littleton, New Hampshire. On Saturday nights there is always a dance.
In selecting the staff, balance is maintained between experienced counselors with strong teaching skills, and younger instructors who were once Tamarack campers themselves. As each session progresses, the staff continually reinforces the camp's philosophy of love for the game, combined with their own genuine interest of working with, and developing the tennis skills of younger players. The camper to counselor Ratio is four to one.
Having taught individuals at Tamarack, or other tennis camps or clubs, you can be sure each counselor is an experienced tennis instructor. Many of the counselors have considerable tournament experience, some play on their college tennis teams, and all of them are committed to making your child's lessons both productive and fun.
The camp has it's own nurse available as well as a doctor on call, and also, staff certified in CPR and as first responders. The newly built Littleton Hospital is only fifteen minutes away.
Tamarack Camp hires a chef every season to prepare well-balanced, home-cooked meals, served family style, with an emphasis on healthy local foods. We encourage good nutritional choices, whether in town, or in care packages.
Tamarack Camp lies at the foot of Mount Kinsman, and close by Franconia Notch. Tamarack spreads over 400 acres of rolling fields, streams, and woodlands.
Nestled around the lodge, you will find eleven clay tennis courts, which are seamlessly built into the natural setting of the camp. There is also a Large Red Barn and a pasture that are home to a variety of farm animals. In back of the barn, there is a three sided climbing wall ranging from novice to expert skill.
Located in the heart of New Hampshire's White Mountains, easily reached from any state in New England or from New York. Take a ride on Cannon Mountain's Tramway to enjoy the view of five states and Canada while having lunch in the summit restaurant. Visit The Flume, The Old Man of the Mountains Memorial Site, Lost River, and plenty of New Hampshire's other natural wonders. The immediate area is abundant with historic Inns, Charming Bed and breakfasts, and plenty of fantastic restaurants. There is plenty of shopping in Littleton which is only a fifteen minute trip, and Lincoln, home of Loon Mountain, is only twenty minutes away. For more information on attractions, where to stay or eat, contact Tamarack Camp. Surrounding towns also include beautiful Sugar Hill, and Bethlehem, the highest elevated town east of the Rockies, and known for it's bevy of antique shops.