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Happy Campers at Tadaka

Pool parties, gymnastics, beach days and plenty of new friends make Camp Tadaka the best summer program around – Just ask the youngsters who are splishing and splashing, flipping and jumping, laughing and tanning their ways through the days.

South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation’s Camp Tadaka and Camp Radical offer arts and crafts, hikes, educational classes and field trips. Camp Radical is designed for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders and is limited to 13 motivated children per day. Camp Tadaka is for first- through fifth-graders.

Younger campers spent Friday afternoon at Timber Cove beach, where they took some time out from sand and surf to talk about why they like Tadaka.

“I look forward to coming to Camp Tadaka,” said 10-year-old Tyler Moran. “I like it here because it’s fun. We play soccer. We play games like Capture the Flag. Today we’re just swimming and having some fun. I’ve been coming for about 10 days. It’s about new friends and hanging out, and there’s no fights.”

Six-year-old Kaitlyn Barrett said she feels lucky “to get to come to Camp Tadaka.”

“I quit my old place just to come to Camp Tadaka,” Barrett said. “I heard good things about it from all my friends at school. It really is the best camp there is.”

Samantha Daugherty shared similar sentiments.

“When I first visited here, my dad brought me to camp and I was really scared at first because I didn’t know anybody,” said Daugherty, 9. “It ended up I made a lot of friends and now these are my best friends. I always say I can’t wait to go to Camp Tadaka. That’s what I say.”

Camp Tadaka runs from June 21 through September 4. Ten-year-old Marina Diaz said she’s excited for the last day.

“Camp Tadaka is really cool because we get to go on all sorts of field trips,” she said “And on the last day we get to torture the camp leaders. I don’t know how yet but we get to.”

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