Camp Nawakwa Programs

Camp Nawakwa provides more than just a scenic getaway in the mountains, it provides those who visit with the opportunity to take part in unique programs not often found at home. Read below to discover the fun, exciting programs that we offer!



A classic camp tradition! Our Certified Archery Instructors will first guide you through the basics of how to shoot a bow and arrow and then will help you fine tune and improve your shooting techniques. You’ll be getting a bullseye in no time!

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Rock Climbing

With both a “Challenging” and a “More Challenging” side, our Climbing Wall provides a great challenge for all ages. OJ Staff will safely belay you up the wall, with clear back and forth communication to help you progress through the course. Make it to the top, ring the bell, and don’t forget to look around for one of the best views at camp!



Take a dip in our refreshing pool! Whether you are hanging out in the shallow end or jumping in off the diving board, you’re sure to cool down on a hot day! Lifeguards are always on duty.

Offered June through Mid-September

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Start by designing your own target to hang up in the range. With safety glasses on, use a slingshot to propel your paintballs across the range and onto your target! Splat!

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Safety glasses on? Check! Tomahawk in hand? Check! Fire!
Launch tomahawks end over end towards large targets with varying point values!

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Grab a paddle and lifejacket and set sail on the beautiful Jenks Lake! OJ Staff will help teach strokes and maneuvers to those looking to master their canoeing abilities. Lifeguards are always on duty.

Offered May-October


Arts & Crafts

The natural beauty of Camp Nawakwa inspires the creativity in all of us and what better way to channel that than Arts & Crafts? Make a friendship bracelet, dabble with watercolors, and design your own Camp Nawakwa Tree Cookie!

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Learn about the beautiful wilderness and animals that surround you during your stay at Camp Nawakwa. Lesson plans include the structure of the food chain, nature themed games, and the occasional live animal viewing.

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Outdoor Living Skills

Learn the basics to survive in the outdoors from our knowledgable staff. Lesson plans include fire building, orienteering, shelter building and more!

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Make your way through our Adventure Course as you take on challenge after challenge, working as a group to overcome each obstacle. Develop teamwork, trust, and collaboration and enjoy perspective on each success as you debrief together.

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Enjoy many beautiful hikes throughout and around the Camp Nawakwa property. Highlights includes the Santa Ana River Trail or the hike out to Jenks Lake.


Evening Programs

Enjoy one of our many evening programs, including Night Hikes, Astronomy, Camp Dances, Star Gazing, and more! Sing along with catchy tunes, laugh along to funny skits, and roast some yummy marshmallows for S’mores during a Camp Nawakwa Campfire Program.

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Head out to Jenks Lake and try your hand at fishing! Use our provided fishing rods and bait and see if you can reel in a big one!

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Ever wanted to let your inner actor shine? Step into the Drama circle and learn how to act, do some improv, write and create a scene and more!