Camp Director Garth Altenburg, and Consulting Directors Dave and Linda Suitor form the leadership team at Timanous. Together, they bring decades of camp experience and a deep commitment to the ideals of Timanous.
Garth brings over thirty years of camping and teaching experience to Timanous, after a long tenure as director at Camp Chewonki in Wiscasset, Maine. Prior to his time at Chewonki, Garth taught middle school in Maine for ten years. Garth serves on the boards of Maine Summer Camps and American Camp Association New England.
Dave and Linda continue the tradition of Suitor family leadership, which started in 1942 with Johnny and Marti Suitor, who then passed it on to the next generation in 1983. Garth, Dave and Linda will work closely as a team as they prepare to lead Timanous into its second century.
The original idea for a children’s camp began in Gales Ferry, Connecticut when Dr. and Mrs. Luther Halsey Gulick started Camp Gulick in 1886 as a co-ed group with parents acting as counselors. The founders were pioneers in the field of youth education and worked towards a goal that camping might eventually become the heritage of every child. Dr. Gulick introduced the first physical education programs for the New York City school system and his wife Charlotte later started the Camp Fire Girls. When they perceived that the site in Connecticut was too civilized, they moved the camp to the present site of Wohelo on Sebago Lake in 1907. The boys moved to a separate site on Sebago in 1917 and to the present site on Panther Pond in 1920.