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.

The capital campaign includes 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 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.

Shwayder Camp for Future Generations



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

Started for the summer of 2016 and to be completed for 2017, we will replace eight camper cabins and the SIT Cabin. Features will include:

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


Indoor Recreation Center

To ensure that we have plenty of indoor space for community to gather and for rain programming, we are building an exciting new Recreation Center to be completed for the 2018 season. Features include:

Indoor Climbing

Ping Pong tables

Multipurpose sport court

More bathroom facilities

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 Arts Center

To provide more opportunities for our campers to engage in the arts, a new art center will be completed for the summer of 2018. Features will include:

Spacious art studio for campers

Israel programming space

Indoor space for rain programming

More bathroom facilities

More energy efficient

Director’s Cabin

This two-story cabin will provide housing and office space for the Camp Director. It will be completed for the summer of 2018.

Athletic Field

Our beautiful state-of-the-art athletic field opened in the summer of 2015. It provides increased outdoor play space and many more athletic opportunities for our campers.

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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.

Your gift to Shwayder Camp can go even further than you can imagine. To learn more about the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit and the JCamp180 Matching Grant, Click here.

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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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Maurice B. Shwayder Camp of Temple Emanuel