Camp Mishawaka2019-08-09T13:59:22+00:00

Where kids find their best selves

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Summer camp is a formative experience and Camp Mishawaka is proud to provide kids with the activities, role-models, environment and community that will enrich their lives. Located in northern Minnesota, Camp Mishawaka offers two, four, six and eight week sessions for boys and girls ages 8 to 16. We believe that a traditional residential summer camp experience develops skills, friendships and memories that last a lifetime.

Since its founding in 1910, Camp Mishawaka’s motto has been ‘Safety, Health and Happiness’ and this continues to serve as our guiding principle today. We are a smaller camp, with a capacity of 80 boys and 80 girls per session and this allows our staff and administration to know each camper by name, and to take a personal interest in the health and well-being of each child. Our brother-sister approach is set up to allow for each camp to have their own experience and traditions-blending the benefits of a coed and single-gender program

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Where kids find their best selves

Camp Mishawaka is a place where our campers have the chance to learn, grow, and thrive in the Northwoods of Minnesota. Together we build experiences for boys and girls ages 8 to 16 to build relationships and skills that last a lifetime.

From teamwork to friendships and a whole lot of fun, our campers leave fulfilled. They build friendships with their peers and find role models in the adult staff. It’s a time for them to develop interests and skills that they may not be exposed to on a regular basis, and begin exploring the things that make them come alive.

Whether your child is introverted, extroverted, creative, analytical or anything else in between, his/her life will be enriched beyond measure from their time at Camp. With skills that last a lifetime, Camp Mishawaka isn’t just fun, it’s an investment in the future of your child.

As one parent recently said, “Camp Mishawaka allowed my daughter to figure out who she wanted to be. She really did find her best self.

Core Values

It is the purpose of Camp Mishawaka to make a positive impact on the lives of campers that lasts a lifetime.

We believe:

  • That physical and emotional safety is critical to the camp experience
  • In the value of a supportive camp community, characterized by humor, joy, healthy boundaries and respect for one another.
  • We believe that nature provides a unique environment in which to learn.
  • That a camp experience should provide opportunities for learning, growth, appropriate risk-taking and leadership development.
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When you are a camper at Camp Mishawaka, you will never be bored… Unless you want to be!!

With over 30 different kinds of activities campers are sure to find things to do! Campers choose from tennis, theatre, sailing, waterskiing, horseback riding, rock climbing, and wilderness trips, just to name a few. Situated along 2000 ft of Lake Pokegama’s eastern shoreline, Camp Mishawaka maintains 240 acres. It’s easy to find a quiet corner to read a book, or just relish in the nature and beauty the North Woods provides. From swimming, to canoeing, snorkeling to kayaking, Lake Pokegama never disappoints. We have an awesome arts and crafts area where you can try your hand at pottery or ceramics, or spend some time in our wood shop. You will never be short of things to do at Camp Mishawaka.

Mishawaka provides a wide range of activities from cumulative, skill-based instruction to those that a just a ton of fun! There really is something for everyone. See full activity description