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.
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.
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.