Maurice B. Shwayder Camp

Camp of Temple Emanuel

Building Project


In 1949, the Shwayder family gave our community a sacred space nestles at 10,200 ft. Since then, Shwayder Camp has been a gift for future generations to enjoy.  Our camp has helped build the lives of thousands of individuals through personal growth, friendships, and inspiring an appreciation for the beauty and wonder of nature.  For more than 65 years, we have provided a place where Jewish values and traditions can grow.


We will be adding a variety of new buildings throughout camp, including 8 new camper cabins, an indoor recreation center, an arts center, a new barn, a Director’s cabin, a senior staff/guest housing cabin, a staff-in-training cabin, and a state-of-the-art athletic field. These new updates provide exciting new opportunities to experience the Shwayder Magic that makes our camp so special. Although camp may look a little different, the same Shwayder Magic is here, just waiting for you. We are excited to share all of these new improvements with you and look forward to making every summer a summer to build your life on.

Center of Camp

Our new Center of Camp will be an inviting outdoor space dedicated to bringing the Shwayder community together. This new centralized gathering space will make it easier than ever for us to come together and feel connected to the spirit of Shwayder.  Featured in the new Center of Camp will be pavilions built from reclaimed wood from the original Shwayder cabins.

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Eight Camper Cabins and SIT Cabin


Cabins 1 and 2 to be replaced spring 2016

SIT cabin to be completed spring 2016

Cabins 3,4,5,6, 7 and 8 to be replaced fall 2016

More spacious

Front porches with built in seating

Wooden bunk beds with more support

Larger bathrooms with more facilities

Privacy partition for counselors

More energy efficient




New Barn

Finished Summer of  2016

Hay loft

Storage for tack and boots

Shelter for inclement weather


Indoor Recreation Center

To be completed fall 2016

Indoor climbing wall

Ping Pong tables

Multipurpose sport court

Indoor community space

Indoor space for rain programming

More bathroom facilities

Overlooks Beit Knesset

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 Arts Center

To be completed  fall 2016

Spacious art studio for campers

Israel programming space

Indoor space for rain programming

More bathroom facilities

More energy efficient

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Senior Staff/Guest Housing

To be completed fall 2016

10 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms

Space for visiting clergy, guests, and artists in residence

Front Porch

Laundry facilities

More energy efficient


Director’s Cabin

To be completed fall 2016

New bedroom and bathroom


More energy efficient




Athletic Field

Completed summer 2015

State of the art outdoor field

Increased outdoor play space

More athletic opportunities

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Shwayder Camp for Future Generations


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Keep the Magic Alive

Your donation makes a difference. With your help, Shwayder camp can grow to meet the needs of campers for many years to come. Please donate today.


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Summer Address:
P.O. Box 3899
Idaho Springs, Colorado 80452
PH: (303) 567-2722
FAX: (303) 567-0172

Winter Address:
51 Grape Street
Denver, Colorado 80220
PH: (303) 388-4013
FAX: (303) 388-6328

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