Camp Shorwau is a special type of community, where kids come together to have fun. Within our Camp setting, campers develop a sense of independence as they try new adventures away from home but still close to home!

In today’s pressure-oriented society, Camp Shorwau provides a non-threatening safe environment for our community’s youth to be active, develop competence in life skills, to learn about and enhance their own abilities and to benefit from meaningful participation in a community designed just for them!

Camp Shorwau was established in 2015, as The Duneland Family YMCA has hosted a summer day camp for numerous years, we found that in 2015 it was time to establish our roots and build traditions that our communities’ youth could benefit from year after year. Our mission statement is ‘To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all’. We thrive on our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility  when provided challenging activities in both small and large group settings. We give campers positive experiences through seven main objectives; grow personally, learn values, improve personal & family relationships, appreciate diversity, become better leaders & supporters, develop specific skills & assets and more of all have fun.

Counselors in Training – we offer a leadership program for students entering 7th & 8th grade. CITs explore leadership activities, assisting counselors during the day, taking on bigger projects at a higher level of thinking, all while enjoying day camp at the same time. This program is designed to promote leadership skills and making good decisions as middle schoolers. Middle School is such an impressionable time in ones live and we strive to help impressionable teenagers continue to achieve their goals, all while creating new goals and achieving them as well!

All are Staff are required to pass a criminal background check and complete trainings in CPR, First Aid, and AED; Child Abuse Prevention; Bloodborne Pathogen Precautions; and 15 additional hours each year in Multiage Childhood Education. All Staff continue childhood education through various YMCA certification courses.

For more information contact:
Sally Gabric, Program Director
Phone: 219-921-0183
Email: [email protected] 

Summer Camp 2020