Making Memories Since 2005
Tapawingo Trails Camp held its first camp in 2005 with a lot of enthusiasm to provide a special camp experience for girls.
Our first camp proved to be very successful and we are committed to continue to work to provide a unique experience for our campers. 2020 will be our 15th year of camp! Our plan is to expand each year and to one day have our own campsite. We also try to keep the camp fee affordable for all.
As of January 2017 we are sponsored by
West Plains Foundation, which promotes women’s vital role in influencing society through family life, professional work, academic pursuits, and community involvement.
The doctrinal and spiritual programs offered by Tapawingo Trails and West Plains Foundation are entrusted to Opus Dei, a personal Prelature of the Catholic Church which aims to help people find God through their everyday life and work. For more information, visit www.opusdei.ca.
Board of Directors
Pat Siray - Chairperson
Pat is the founding Camp Director of Tapawingo Trails and served as Camp Director from 2005 – 2015. She lives in the foothills of Southern Alberta, near Millarville. She is married to Dr. Brian Siray (38 years) and together they have four sons: Father Nathan, Adam: wife Stephanie & daughters Ava & Ciara, Justin: wife Carolina and Matthew. Pat has her teaching degree in Early Childhood Education and Drama. She has a great love for the outdoors, and you will find the Siray family skiing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, backpacking, cycling, or going for long walks just about every weekend.
Jodean Ottenbreit - Vice Chairperson
Born and raised in Calgary, Jodean enjoys reading, hiking, camping and games with her family. She absolutely loved going to camp as a girl and this enthusiasm led her to obtain a diploma in Recreation Management. Jodean enjoys helping out with camp in different capacities, both helping with the preparation and volunteering during camp. Jodean is looking forward to her role as this year’s Camp Director.
Pauline Bittman - Board Member
Pauline was born in Edmonton, but grew up in Fort Smith, NWT and Vancouver, BC. A registered nurse by profession, Pauline has dovetailed her training into raising eight children ranging in age from
10 – 25 years, six boys and two girls.
She and her husband have been married for 29 years and have spent many enjoyable vacations camping, hiking, swimming and skiing. Pauline also likes to spend time reading, baking, singing and playing board games with family and friends. Pauline has served as co-director in the past and is the mastermind and cook in the kitchen.
Catherine Gay - Board Member
Originally from Ottawa, has been volunteering for West Plains Foundation since she moved to Alberta in 2011. A high school teacher, Catherine loves working with young people. As a teen, Catherine spent her summers in the great outdoors in Algonquin Park.
She really values Tapawingo Trails for the healthy open air fun it promotes and the leadership opportunities it provides for young women.
Karen Snethun - Board Member
A farm girl from the Lacombe area, Karen grew up with nature, community and many unique experiences, from raising 4-H calves to hiking in the back country of Alaska. Karen’s love for camp was inspired by her Girl Guide leader, Mrs. Burnham, and the many opportunities she’s had to attend camps like winter survival at Gull Lake and international girls camps in Switzerland, England and Mexico.
Karen resides in Lacombe with her husband, Glen, and her two children, Carter and Georgia. She currently works in the agricultural and horticultural industries growing flowers and helping farmers. She was Co-Director of the 2015 camp and served as the Camp Director from 2016 to 2018.
Tapawingo Trails Camp offers a variety of activities that promote learning new skills, physical activity, connecting with nature and building friendships. Girls can have fun while trying new things, developing social skills, gaining self-confidence and making memories that will last a lifetime..
For older campers, our Leaders-in-Training (LIT) Program offers classes in topics of interest such as etiquette, first aid, digital safety, manners, healthy body image, fashion and finding your style, etc.
Homemade meals are healthy and nutritious. We serve our meals family-style, so each cabin group can share and eat together.
Lots of costumes
Swimming in the lake
Hiking (off campus for LITs)
Arts & Crafts
Campers will make 2-3 simple crafts throughout the