Camp Tapawingo: Bird’s Eye View

Happy New Year to all! We wish the best in this New Year to you, your family, to all people and our beautiful earth.

A gift to us and to you for this New Year’s Day is the posted video. A camp parent and drone hobbyist visited camp this fall. He gifted to us this bird’s eye view of our campus….it is stunning to see our campus from the air. It shows us that we truly are stewards of a stunning forest and shoreline. When I watched this video for the first time I could hear the lines from one of our camp songs:

If you do add a few campers, spirit so true
Our leader, Jane, the teams of gray and blue
Then you will see why every year
We come from far and near
Singing Tap here is to you.

Thank you to our Tapawingo community for the memories made and the memories to come. For our alumnae, I suggest that you push mute to the videos random background song and sing “Look All Around You”

Look all around you, what do you see?
Nature’s beauty set for you and me
Molded by pine trees, covered by skies
From the lakes and to the hills
And here’s the reason why
If you do add a few campers, spirit so true
Our leader, Jane, the teams of gray and blue
Then you will see why every year
We come from far and near
Singing Tap here is to you.

Bike-A-Wingo ! (?)

On September 17th, 350 BikeMaine cyclists rolled into Tap!  We were stop 5 on their 7 day and 349 mile trip around Maine.  There were kids and adults in the group and they enjoyed their temporary Tap surroundings.

Tap is proud to support The Maine Bicycle Coalition, a bike education and advocacy organization.  Thank you to the volunteers from our town of Sweden who helped us to pull this off.  Go 04040!

Enjoy these photos of Bike-A-Wingo!

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The bell turned bike stand.

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Tent village on the softball outfield.

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BikeMaine, welcome bicyclists!

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Tent Village





Camp Tapawingo Doctor Wins Award


Tapawingo has a long history of having a camp doctor. Our camp song When Sick Call Comes reminds us that our doctor is busy with our serious and not so serious health issues. Without good health our summers could not be so much fun.

One of our camp docs, Dr. David Sundwall, just completed his 26th summer at camp. He and his wife have Cathy have spent a part of every summer with our Tap Family. And once upon a time his daughter Nell spent a summer with us as a counselor.

Dr. David has just been named the “2014 Utah Doctor of the Year.” Congratulations David!

Here is the press release about his accomplishments and why he was chosen to be Utah’s top choice:

Utah Doctor of the Year
David Sundwall, MD

Ever Contributing to Better Health

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Medical Association has named former Director of the Utah Department of Health, David N. Sundwall, MD, as Utah’s Doctor of the Year for 2014. Utah Governor Gary Herbert honored Dr. Sundwall in a ceremony at the state capitol this week.

Born and raised in Murray, Utah, Dr. Sundwall followed several family members into the medical profession, including his father a brother and two great uncles.

Dr. Sundwall earned his medical degree at the University of Utah and completed further training at the Harvard Family Medicine Residency Program. He remains on the faculty of the University of Utah School of Medicine as a Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. Through his career he has maintained his clinical connection to patients. For nearly two decades he volunteered a half day each week at the HealthCare for Homeless Project, a public clinic near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

After 24 years of working in various government and private sector health positions in Washington, D.C., he returned to Utah to lead the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) in 2005, a post he held for 6 years.

Dr. Sundwall has been recognized for his professional achievements and contributions to healthcare policy and advocacy. Dr. Sundwall has served as President of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (from 1994 to 2003) and subsequently Senior Medical and Scientific Officer. He has held three medical school faculty appointments, including Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences [USUHS], in Bethesda, Maryland.

He has held numerous positions in the public health sector: from 1988 to 1994, he was Vice President and Medical Director of American Healthcare Systems, an alliance of not-for-profit multi-hospital systems. Prior to that appointment, he was Administrator in the Health Resources and Services Administration [HRSA].

Dr. Sundwall has served as an advisor, task force member and chairman of numerous committees involved with public health policy and quality including those connected with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. In addition, his federal experience included serving as the Assistant Surgeon General in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. During this period, he had adjunct responsibilities at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) including: Co-Chairman of the HHS Secretary’s Task Force on Medical Liability and Malpractice, and was the HHS Secretary’s Designee to the National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality. He is currently the Vice Chair of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission [MACPAC] in Washington, DC.

An author or coauthor of numerous publications in peer-reviewed medical literature, Dr. Sundwall has also contributed chapters to many books covering a broad spectrum of healthcare issues.

Dr. Sundwall continues to contribute his clinical skill to the medically underserved, spending two half days each week working in the Health Clinics of Utah at Salt Lake Clinic, and a  half day at the Community Health Clinic in Midvale. In a letter nominating Dr. Sundwall as Utah’s Doctor of the Year, Marc Babitz, MD, wrote, “I can think of no other Utah physician who is more worthy of recognition for his outstanding contributions to our community (local, state and national levels) and the practice of medicine.”

Tap’s 95th Reunion

We welcome you back to Gray & Blue for….

Tap’s 95th Reunion!

This way to Tap

This way to Tap

When: July 19-20

Where: The Place of JOY!

Why: Because it’s been way too long since you swam the lake, hiked a mountain, shot an arrow, said how-how, and sang all day long!


Here’s what CHARLIE (remember Charlie?) printed out as your schedule….


  • PERIOD 1: (10:00) – Arrive at Tap
  • PERIOD 2: Blue/Gray Softball Game
  • PERIOD 3: Lake Swim (or) Tennis (or) Ropes
  • PICNIC LUNCH: Singing and Songleading by the Decades (1-9-4-0 Tap-a-wingo…)
  • REST HOUR: BYOM (Bring your Own Mad Libs)
  • PERIOD 4 & 5: Mount Sabbatus Hike (or) Ropes Course (or) Water Skiing (or) Canoeing (or) Archery (or) Basketball (or) Tennis – – you never had so many choices at camp!
  • REC PERIOD / DINNER (5:00 – 7:30): Alumnae LEAVE camp to eat and play in Maine. Don’t forget to come back for Evening Activity!
  • EVENING ACTIVITY (7:45): Alumnae led Campfire: How-How!
  • POST EVENING ACTIVITY (9:00): Sing-Along with Joyce in the Main Lodge
  • TAPS (11:00): Alumnae LEAVE camp to go to their HOTELS/LODGINGS


  • SPECIAL SUNDAY (9:45): Alumnae ARRIVE Back at Camp.
  • TEAM CHEERS (10:00): Go to the Lower Playground and cheer on your team — Go Blue! Go Gray!
  • ACTIVITIES (10:15): Tennis Round Robin (or) Basketball (or) Archery (or) Volleyball
  • GOODBYE (12:00): Alumnae LEAVE camp 🙁 Soooo long we’ll see you again, see you again someday….SOON!

If you didn’t get an invitation or if you have questions, please contact Jane – or 207-647-3351

Earth Day 2013


For our 94th season we want to do more for our beautiful environment!  It is our responsibility to take care of our fresh water, towering pines and clear starry skies.  Last year we decreased our waste by increasing our recycling.  For this Earth Day, Tap is making two commitments – to increase the amount of local food that we purchase and to plant an organic vegetable & flower garden.  We have selected these projects because they reduce the amount of fossil fuels needed to acquire our foods, add beauty to our campus and allow us to experience the lessons of tending to the earth as we sustain our gardens!

Happy Earth Day!

Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our new web site!

I’ve been in camping 57 years—as a camper, staff member, and director/owner–and this is the first blog I’ve ever written.  How exciting!

Our blog will contain news, comments, thoughts, and ideas related to Tapawingo written by our staff, campers and alumnae, so check in with us often.

Hope to see you all soon.