Through adventures in the outdoors, we believe our campers will foster friendship and memories to last a lifetime! Whether this is your campers first year at camp or their 10th, we promise a safe and fun-filled space for imagination, exploration, and connection! Camp Warwa is a proud member of the Alberta Camping Association and offers programs in accordance with current accreditation standards.
Alberta Camping Association
Camp Warwa has been an accredited member of the Alberta Camping Association (ACA) for many years. The ACA represents organized camps in Alberta that meet standards of best practice and safety. Camps that become members must meet – Robert Legare (Ormsby School Group Chaperone 2022)hundreds of accreditation standards and support the association with a yearly membership fee. When Camp was first founded, these standards provided us with a guide to develop our programs and they still guide us today.
Camp Warwa History
For the past 40 years the staff of Camp Warwa have been “Making A Difference” in the lives of children and youth from all over Alberta. Camp Warwa is Non-Profit Society, a registered charitable organization and is an accredited member of the Alberta Camping Association.
Camp Warwa is open to the general public and welcomes everyone to attend our programs.
In 2021, the new Dining Hall was built thanks to the donations from our generous community! Learn more about the Dining Hall project today!
The Value of Connection
Every experience at Camp Warwa is intended to encourage and inspire a deeper sense of connection. Connection with other people, with the natural world, and with oneself.
Connecting with Yourself
The adventures our campers have at Camp Warwa help them develop confidence and build a more positive self-attitude. They are encouraged to try new experiences and take on leadership roles.
Connecting with Community
Our campers experience a community where they feel safe and welcome. They get to be part of traditions, be around positive role models and make friendships.
Connecting with Nature
Camp Warwa is a place in nature that our campers can always return to, and all their experiences here are rooted in the natural world.
Connecting with the Generations
Camp Warwa is a place that has grown and developed through the legacy left by generations of campers, staff , volunteers and caring teachers. Our campers get to connect with these generations during their time at camp
Camp Warwa’s History
1978: Camp Warwa Begins
Camp Warwa is named after the Warwa brothers, Elmer and Roy Warwa, who were the developers of Warwa Estates on Lac Ste. Anne and members of the Canadian Progress Club Edmonton Downtown. Their generous donation of the first lot of land on the shores of the Lake was the seed of the development of the camp. The CPC Edmonton Marigolds, who were chartered in 1978, made the camp their primary fundraising focus.
For the first few years, the board was drawn from Progress Club Members and the focus was getting the camp up and running. A second lot was purchased to expand the property and several buildings were constructed.
To get things going quickly, an old oil rig camp consisting of bunkhouses and dining hall and wash house were installed as a “temporary” measure and the first year round camp director, Lorna Huges started in January of 1987, with program & maintenance coordinator Ian Hosler joining her in the first year of full time operation.
1997: Year-round Outdoor Programs Begin
In 1997, year-round programs are offered to campers. 2001 saw the first year the out-tip programs were offered at camp! During this period camp was continuing to grow with each year. New buildings of Hosler Hall, Robin’s Nest and the Tipi were Built.
2004: Leadership Opportunities
In 2004 Camp Warwa starts to offer a Leadership Camp Program for older campers. Over time, this program transformed into 2 and 3 week programs, which inspired the launch of the Wayfinder Program that opened for free to grade 9 campers in 2022.
2005-2015: Camp Expansion
During this decade Camp saw a huge growth with
camps infrastructure. Many new buildings were built to
help push camp to be the best it could be! Our Camper Lodges
of Begin, Dunstall and Lister were built in 2010 while our other
camper lodge Simpson was built just one year later in 2011.
The Executive Director’s residence was built in 2013 and the
Camp Directors residence was built in 2014. This new growth
didn’t stop there with the new staff accommodations being
built in 2015-2016.
Camp Warwa was one of the largest camps in Western Canada
By 2015 Camp Was has now grown to be one of the largest
camps in western Canada. Outdoor education programs reached new heights, with hundreds of schools attending camp each year.
2019-2021: Reaching Camp Milestones
Summer camp programs reached over 1,000 children
annually in 2019, with the majority of programs filling in the first few days of registration opening. Just as in that first summer, Camp Warwa still offers a camper subsidy program to ensure that camp isaccessible to everyone
2020, our 40th anniversary, was a remarkable one for Camp
Warwa. Due to public health restrictions, we were required to
suspend all programming for 2020. During this quiet year, we
were able to proceed with the building of our brand new dining
facility. This amazing facility opened in time for summer camp 2021, where we hosted covid-safe overnight camps for the first
time in over a year. We were very thankful for being able to
welcome campers and staff back in 2021!
Camp reopened after Covid in full swing the summer of 2022! During this time we had the addition of the Giant Swing, our first All-gender and fully accessible cabin, and had 19 groups onsite throughout the summer season.
We are continuing to grow and expand with the help of our community, and look forward to seeing how camp changes throughout the future!