Our Centennial – Celebrating 100 Years Under the Stars at Nawakwa!
Since its first summer in 1924, YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa has served as a nexus for families from around the world and the great outdoors. Our unique family and group camp programming fosters a safe and encouraging environment for people of all ages to learn new skills, strengthen relationships, and discover their true selves.
Our Centennial Celebration committee is working on a number of projects as we mark this important milestone. Our plans include a Centennial Trail, commemorative displays at camp, gatherings of alumni, 100th anniversary Y gear, and a capstone gala event to be held on November 10, 2024 at YMCA Camp Duncan.
Join us in celebrating Family Camp Nawakwa’s Centennial, marking 100 years of learning, growth, connection, and play! Stay tuned to this page as we share more details about our history and upcoming events.
Own a Special Piece of Family Camp Nawakwa History!
Pre-order special merchandise celebrating YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa’s Centennial, 100 Years under the Stars! Centennial-theme Camp Nawakwa shirts, blankets, and more make the perfect gift for the camper in your life, from the young to the young-at-heart. Don't miss this opportunity to order!
Become a Part of Family Camp Nawakwa History!
We’re including a history book of Family Camp Nawakwa, featuring pictures, stories, songs, poems, and more submitted by campers, as part of our Centennial Celebration. If you or your friends and family have photos or stories of camp through the years that you would like to share, please do so through our online Nawakwa Centennial Book Submission page.
The Family Camp Nawakwa Centennial Trail
In 2024, we will dedicate a new trail aimed at recognizing the nature, history, and special aspects of Family Camp Nawakwa. The Centennial Trail will offer new opportunities to appreciate this special place with special points of interest, contemplative locations, markers, special sites, and insights into the last 100 years. It is being imagined and designed by dozens of volunteers with a special effort toward limiting any impact to nature during its creation. To volunteer to help create the Centennial Trail, click below.
Volunteer for Family Camp Nawakwa’s Centennial
There are so many ways to celebrate Family Camp Nawakwa’s Centennial! You and your family are encouraged to get involved! To be contacted about volunteering efforts for the Centennial Trail, events, and more, submit your interest by filling out the form below.
From Seed to Tree — These Are Our Roots
Founded in the early 1920s, YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa was originally developed to be a men’s and boys’ camp. Yet as time went on, the camp’s leadership realized that Camp Nawakwa had the potential to be more. So in the 1930s, Camp Nawakwa became Family Camp Nawakwa, providing a safe and friendly environment for the whole family to explore nature, find new talents, gain an outdoor awareness, and make lifelong memories with both family and friends.
Today, YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa serves groups and families all year long. Some of our campers even travel from across the United States or fly overseas just to be a part of our enchanting camp experience. At Family Camp Nawakwa, you're not just renting a cabin. You’re joining a community that holds friends near to our hearts. With few remaining places like Family Camp Nawakwa — where the environment is so serene, the wildlife is beautiful and majestic, and everyone truly appreciates their neighbors — it’s no wonder that our retention rate is so high!