Your school year schedule is so hectic that you can’t quite imagine starting a Camp Fire group…but you would love to share in a quality week of time with your child and his or her cousins, friends, or neighbors at Camp Shiwaka, Camp Fire’s in-town 5 acre day camp.

Friendships and self-confidence begin here

Day Camp creates lifelong memories. Being outside, getting dirty, making things, operating on a buddy system, bonding with counselors. As one parent told us, “I never got to do these kinds of things when I was a kid. I’m so glad that my children are getting these opportunities now.”

Isn’t an outdoor day camp kind of old-fashioned?

Our campers don’t think so; in fact most of our campers start in kindergarten and grades 1 and 2 and are still coming back as Day Camp Aides in high school. That continued participation speaks for itself.

What brings them back?

Campers experience outdoor living and develop an appreciation for nature and the environment while playing and working together with kids from a variety of socioeconomic, racial, cultural, religious, and disabled populations. Together, these young people share common experiences while at camp, and learn to focus on similarities and abilities. Mutual respect and trust form among campers as they rely on one another.

As campers receive praise and encouragement from their counselors and their peers, they grow in self-confidence and competence, with social skills, and friends that last for years to come.

What do campers do every day?

Shiwaka offers a wide variety of traditional camp opportunities including a low-element challenge course, an archery range, fire rings for outdoor cooking, and an outdoor amphitheater for the end of week closing ceremony. Craft activities are geared toward the camp theme. Campers earn a variety of nature awards as they learn to value the natural environment and sleep under the stars one night.

Each day opens and closes at the flagpole with spirited sessions of camp songs and camp capers, letters delivered from “Mr. Wriggles,” (the friendly camp “snake” and mascot) and announcements.

How do I get more information?

Contact our office at 562.421.2725 or contact us here.