Welcome to Camp Tamarack
We are extremely excited about this next phase for Camp Tamarack. The direction of development is to focus on opening the camp up to as many kids in Central Oregon as we can. By offering a rich outdoor education curriculum in the spring and fall, developed with the help of Deschutes Children’s Forest, we will be able to meet our objective of enriching the lives of kids with knowledge about all the wonders found in our own backyard. Through our traditional summer camp program, and by working in conjunction with the various Parks & Rec, Camp Tamarack will offer children direct and seamless access to many of the myriad of recreational opportunities available in Central Oregon. Being a part of this community is important to us and we are excited to work with our partners and the people of this area to make positive and meaningful contributions.
Tyler Anderson was one of those kids without much of a direction. Lacking a passion to steady his life, school became a struggle while drugs provided an easy answer.
In 1987, his parents sent him away from their home in Northern California to a high school in Sun Valley, Idaho. His new school stressed experiential learning, and a trip to the Escalante National Monument set everything in place. Tyler found what he was looking for outside, and he went on to make a life guiding hikers around the mountains of Huaraz, Peru, and building ziplines in the Northwest.
A group of Sisters High School students conducted a much-needed service project for the new Sisters Country Outdoor Education Center at Camp Tamarack Wednesday, September 25. From the moment they arrived until they returned to school – exhausted and hyped for all the fun they had – they knew they’d done good work.
Camp Tamarack has been around Sisters Country since 1935, when Donna Gill and Lucile Murphy leased land from the Forest Service and built a little lodge, a few cabins and set up a horse camp for girls on the shore of Dark Lake, about 15 miles northwest of Sisters.