Making Memories Since 2005
Tapawingo Trails Camp held its first camp in 2005.
The inaugural camp was a huge success and we are committed to providing a unique experience for our campers.
2022 will be our 17th year of camp!
Tapawingo's plan is to expand each year and to one day have our own camp facility.
We aim 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
Jodean Ottenbreit - 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.
Karen Snethun - Vice Chairperson
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.
Pauline Bittman - Board Member
Pauline was born in Edmonton, grew up in a small town in the NWT, and moved to B.C as a teenager. As a young adult, she returned to Edmonton, became a RN, and got married. She and her husband Dave have been married for 35 years and have eight children. Pauline's family has now grown to include five grandsons! Pauline's family is at the heart of her life: cooking Sunday dinner for 20, chasing grandchildren around their acreage, playing games, driving to activities, hosting BBQ's, hiking, and having a bake-off, she loves it all! Pauline spends her quiet time reading all types of books.
Pauline enjoys her role as Camp Co-Director (particularly working in the kitchen) because Camp imbues a family spirit where each person is free to grow and mature in a safe and loving environment!
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.
Christan Guy - Board Member
Christan grew up in the small town of Crowsnest Pass, Alberta. An outdoor enthusiast, she loves to hike, bike, ski and camp with her husband and 4 children.
She loves early morning runs, baking bread and good coffee.
Christan stays active in the community and has coached basketball, soccer, volunteered with Boys and Girls Club of Calgary and Aretina Girls Club. She is currently a grade 3/4 Tutor at a local Choir Schola.
Beginning at age 8, her summers included a week of summer camp (Crowsnest Lake Bible Camp) and eventually became staff. She looks forward to working with this great team at Tapawingo!