Maurice B. Shwayder Camp

Camp of Temple Emanuel

Camp Hacks

Shwayder Camp Hacks

Everyone can use a little help from time to time, so we put together some proven tips offered up by Shwayder veterans. From playing games and crafting keepsakes, to spicing up the amazing camp food, come to Camp this summer knowing everything there is to know and feeling ready to go go GO!

1) Crazy Creeks

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Crazy Creeks are amazing folding chairs that keep you sitting up when you are planted on the ground. They are portable, comfortable, and you can even buy one that says “Shwayder Camp”. Crazy Creeks are great for overnights, camp fires, and hanging out at the ropes course. If you are looking to avoid dirty pants, commonly known as Shwayder Butt, be sure to bring your Crazy Creek.


imgres2) Six Minutes

The only time frame you will ever need

 At camp you will find time works a little differently, the weeks are shorter than the days and a day can feel like a week. What is even more curious is that everything at camp takes just 6 short minutes to complete. Even when it feels like its taking forever, just 6 more minutes and it will be over.

3) GA GA Strategy

Ga Ga is more than a game, it is a way of life.

Ga Ga is a type of Israeli dodgeball played in a small octagonal court. To get someone out in Ga Ga you must hit them below the knees with a ball, while protecting your own shin area. Shwayder Camp campers are some of the most dedicated Ga Ga players in the world and they have some rules worth knowing before you step on the court.

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  • Be sure you only hit the ball with an open hand
  • Always stay off your knees
  • You can’t knock out your neighbors until neighbor rules are off
  • Crouching is the best way to protect your legs, until crouching is called off
  • Keep the ball low
  • Counselors and staff are the only one who can make calls
  • Most importantly stay active,  stay vigilant, and stay low, and you will be sure to succeed in Ga Ga.

4) Friendship Bracelets

Friendship bracelets can bind friends forever and ever.

Friendship bracelets and hemp bracelets are a great way to take a little piece of camp home with you. Any of the bracelets are easy to to make (we will even teach you how) and the colorful strings will brighten your day. Be sure to start you bracelet with a slip knot so you can hook it on to a safety pin. Attaching them to your water bottles is a great way to keep them close, clean, and always have an anchor. Free time, before bed, and after meals are great times to make friendship bracelets.


s990389325454429633_p113_i1_w6005) SB&J Corner

Shwayder’s best kept secret

During anytime of day, and all meals, there is a sacred corner of our dining hall devoted solely to the availability of sun-butter and jelly sandwich supplies. Sun-butter is just like peanut butter, but it’s made of sunflower seeds (and much safer)! If Sloppy Joe’s aren’t your thing or you need a little extra food,  take a trip to the SB&J corner.  You can also embellish your regular meal with all the goodies in the corner. Put sun-butter on your bananas or jelly on your bagel, customize your meal and eat well everyday.

6) The Chaco Craze

Laces! Who needs them?

Shwayder Camp has a shoe policy that requires everyone to wear sturdy shoes at all times, with the exception of Shabbat. Having sneakers up at camp is extremely important for many activities, but when you are rolling out of bed in the morning to make it to flag pole on time or your toes just need a breather, tying shoe laces is the LAST thing  you want to do. Open-toed shoes are great for camp, as long as they have a sturdy sole and a back strap. Shoes like Chacos and Tevas cover all the requirements. Slip-on shoes are allowed as long as they are close-toed. Clogs or Keens are a great choice because of the substantial protection they give to your toes.

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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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