Specialty Camps offer the next level of experience at Summer Camp. From finding your voice on the stage to listening to what the mountains are saying to bonds of shared experience, Specialty Camps at Camp Nawakwa offer a truly exceptional summer.
Explorer Camp 1
June 26 to July 1
Explorer Camp Level 2
July 4 to July 8
Survival Camp Level I
Session I July 10 to July 15
Session II July 17 to July 22
Survival Camp Level II
July 24 to July 29
“I know my kids can’t wait to go back and I’m so thankful they had this experience. And I’m going to make sure they return to Camp Nawakwa because they have made memories they will cherish for a lifetime...and they’ll make even more in the summers to come”
— Laura B.
All regular resident camp programs are open to boys and girls ages 8-14.
Each program includes the following in addition to special programs based on the week's theme.
- ARTS & CRAFTS
- NATURE LORE
- WALL CLIMBING
Our Outdoor Programs
Camp Nawakwa is accredited by the American Camp Association®. The American Camp Association® (ACA) shares our camp’s commitment to the growth of youth through the camp experience. In 2004, an independent research firm completed the largest research study of camper outcomes ever conducted in the United States with over 3,000 families from 92 camps across the U.S. participating. Results confirmed that camp builds many of the skills necessary to prepare campers to assume roles as successful adults. Parents, campers, and camp staff independently reported growth in areas such as self-confidence, learning new skills, getting along with others, making friends, and making healthy decisions. Indeed, camp provides growth experiences for youth that can reap results through adulthood.
Using the specific outcomes identified for the outdoor program and understanding how they are an intentional part of the design of all outdoor programs is essential to helping Camp Nawakwa achieve its mission.
This happens when both parents and campers understand the contribution the experience has made to their lives…and when boards, funders, volunteers, and staff understand how they have contributed to helping young people, as they grow to adults; acquire skills to be caring, confident youth and future leaders.
Where can a child:
• Be truly involved with life
• Model inclusiveness in a diverse group
• Feel in concert with the natural environment
• Have the freedom to be both contemplative and spontaneous
• Know the support of a caring adult
• Have a fresh start in life
• Have quality life experiences that are sustaining through the trying times
• Test ideas, compete and cooperate
• Balance mundane tasks with adventure
• Develop self-reliance, resourcefulness and a sense of belonging
• Share the successes and failures of individual and group decisions
• Openly express joy and sadness
• Become a participating citizen of the world
Our Camp Staff:
Our greatest asset at Camp Nawakwa is our hard working, knowledgeable staff. As role models for youth, they create a healthy and safe community in which children can grow, learn and explore. Staff are selected for their friendly personality, passion for working with children and youth development skills. All staff are CPR and First Aid Certified and have passed federal and state background checks. Each staff member has demonstrated skills through work experience, educational experience, talent and motivation. We also provide additional training to ensure that our staff are completely prepared to work with youth from military families.