Idaho Springs, CO
Coed, ages 7-15
Established in 1949, Shwayder Camp is the oldest Reform Jewish summer camp in the United States. Through the years campers look forward to returning to camp – their home away from home. Surrounded by friends and nature, campers can express themselves, explore new opportunities, develop their independence and have fun. Our community is a safe environment where all of our campers share a special bond with one another.
We offer a variety of activities from sports to arts, to exploring Judaism and the great outdoors. Campers spend time with their cabin mates and also get to choose from their favorite activities. In addition, team building, leadership and camp-wide programming is integrated into every day.
We take full advantage of our beautiful mountains. Every unit goes out on a one-night campout. We carry all of our supplies in backpacks, spend the night in tents, cook our food over the campfire, tell stories and experience the thrill and beauty of the outdoors. If you want more time in a tent, we offer additional optional overnights.
Nestled in between the trees on the side of Mt. Evans, is a 40-foot tall High Ropes Challenge Course. Cabins come to the course together to learn skills in the areas of teamwork, communication and trust. Our course is a safe activity led by a certified specialist. Our indoor climbing wall offers bouldering, top ropes and lead climbing lines. The basic principle is “Challenge by Choice” – everyone is urged to take part, but nobody is pushed to climb higher than they feel comfortable.
Some of our favorite camp activities:
Arts & Crafts
A full range of programs allow our campers to explore and enhance their creativity through music, drama, photography, arts and crafts, videography, cooking, dancing and creative writing.
The mission of Shwayder Camp is to provide an environment that enables members of the camp community to create for themselves a meaningful Jewish life. By exemplifying Jewish values and traditions, we endeavor to build relationships, cultivate self-esteem, develop Jewish identity, inspire an appreciation for the wonder and beauty of the natural environment and promote the unique capabilities of each individual.