Tanuga is directed by Sid Friedman and Mark Coden. Raised from birth at
Tanuga, Sid is the son of the late founder Bernie Friedman. He is a graduate
of Michigan State University, having received a Bachelor of Science degree
Mark, a second generation Tanuga camper and longtime dedicated staff member,
has been a part of the Tanuga family since he was six years old. He is
a graduate of Oakland University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary
Together, they bring more than 50 years of camping experience to the Tanuga
program. Both Sid and Mark are deeply committed to each camper and without
question have the campers’ best interest at heart. They are typically
seen out interacting daily with the campers. It is the Tanuga camper inside
of them that continually enables the “Tanuga Magic” to blossom
in each camper.
Sid and Mark recognize that the pulse of today’s youth must always
be maintained and through following Tanuga’s traditions, first established
in 1952, they have continued to make Tanuga a very special place to be.
“All of the activities I have
learned and the friends that I have made over the years make me feel like
I am a very special person.”
Jenny is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a joint Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology. She started as a camper at age 9, then went on to be a Counselor, Tripping Director, Unit Director, and now serves as the full time Assistant
Director. Jenny’s many
off-season responsibilities include meeting with new camp families and
coordinating programs for the many school groups that attend our School
in the Woods Programs. Jenny is the nurturing spirit at Tanuga. Her focus
on each individual camper makes each child and parent feel that they are
an important part of the Tanuga family.
Ron came to camp the summer of 1996 as a counselor and Mountain Bike Instructor.
A Secondary Education major with a masters in Curriculum Development from
the University of Michigan, Ron now coordinates Tanuga’s staff hiring
program. Ron’s personal leadership and hands-on approach is reflected
in Tanuga’s world class activity areas.
As parents themselves, Ron & Jenny know the importance of providing
a warm and safe camp community where campers and staff can have fun, make
friends, build skills and make memories that will last a lifetime.
What makes Camp Tanuga so unique is that all of our staff know
all of our campers and all of our campers know all of our staff. We call
that the Family Feeling.
It is no surprise the staff is the backbone of our program. Expert, caring
counselors enhance positive camping experiences. We dedicate the entire
off-season to recruiting qualified staff from all over the world.
Prior to campers arriving, all Tanuga staff members participate in a week
long, intensive training seminar. During this training period, we instill
the Tanuga philosophy, further develop team building skills, broaden camping
know-how and prepare our staff for how to work with children on an individual
and group basis. At Tanuga, our staff and campers become a close-knit
Tanuga has a completely staffed medical facility including examination
and individual care rooms. Trained medical care givers are available at
all times with two local hospitals in close proximity to our campgrounds.
Our experienced kitchen staff has received special training in nutrition
and food preparations to fulfill the needs of today’s active youth.