Our Camps 2023
All of our campers attend programs based on their grade level. These age-appropriate camps contain different programs, challenges and highlights. Campers can expect to be able to return to Camp Warwa for years and always look forward to new opportunities and adventures. Below are full descriptions of all our camp programs.
If you have not yet, check out our General Program Information and the specific camps below.
If you need to check the week’s programs offered and availability, check out our Dates & Availability Page.
- Day Camp
Campers Graduating Grades K-5
Our Day Camps are a great introduction to our programs and feature many activities. It’s summer camp, but you get to sleep in your own bed each night! The Day Camp Program is Co-Ed and is open to all ages each week. Check out our Dates & Availability page for the weekly options. Each week includes archery, climbing wall, slingshot, nature programs, and other camp favourites. This camp runs from 9:15 am to 5 pm each day. Note our General Information page for daily pick-up and drop-off times. Lunch and snacks are included this year!
NEW Day Camp Bus From Spruce Grove! We are offering a daily bus pick up/drop off location at Rotary Centennial Park in Spruce Grove. Drop off time at the park will be at 8:30am each morning (Monday-Friday), with pickup at 5:30pm Monday-Thursdays. Please note that on Fridays, the pick-up time will be at 4pm. ID is required at pickup, so please have your information available. *$50.00 bus fee
Campers Graduating Grades K-2
For many Pioneers, Camp Warwa is their first experience away from home. This overnight camp program is ideal for introducing campers to summer camp life. Staff are carefully selected for their ability to provide action-packed programs and their ability to care for the physical and emotional needs of young children.
The program includes various activities such as archery, climbing wall, slingshot and nature programs. Each night there is a fun campfire program, exciting all-camp activities each afternoon, and numerous games packed with wonder and fun. Pioneers stay in our full-service dormitory building.
Campers Graduating Grades 3-4
Experiencing adventure and providing a sense of accomplishment is the essence of the Explorers program. This overnight camp program includes a combination of camp-wide activities and a wide range of camp programs such as archery, low ropes, orienteering, slingshot, climbing, fire and shelter building, and more. Explorers all get to challenge our exciting Vertical Playground.
The accommodation for our standard Explorer program is a room in our full-service dormitory building.
We also offer many Explorer Treehouse camp options each week. In Explorer Treehouse, campers stay overnight in our awesome treehouse in the Warwa forest (complete with bunk beds!). It is an ideal first overnight camping experience for young children. Accommodations for our Explorer Treehouse campers are in our lodges with power, heat and access to full bathroom facilities.
Explorer Canoe will include two sessions of canoeing instruction on our beautiful lake and a week of exciting camp activities.
$485 – $495
NEW this year: Explorer Hike
Explorer Hike features a day hike to a local conservation area plus the regular fun-packed week of camp.
$485 – $495
Campers Graduating Grades 5-6
The Voyager overnight camp program offers adventure opportunities while promoting responsibility and teamwork. Campers participate in many exciting programs, including archery, low ropes, rock climbing, orienteering, slingshot, vertical playground, voyageur canoeing, nature & survival skills, and our brand-new giant swing! The program focuses on developing new skills while giving the campers their favourite traditional at-camp experiences. Regardless of their specific type of accommodation, all Voyager groups have access to full bathroom facilities in our washhouse.
Each Voyager program has a specialty option to choose from:
All campers will receive additional canoe training. Canoe skills that they can use for the rest of their lives! Enjoy a voyageur canoe (big canoe) day trip around our island. Have a meal over the campfire on the island. Check out the beautiful sunsets and enjoy a connection to nature. Voyager Island campers stay in our lodges.
Voyager HikeCampers will experience a day trip hiking in William Switzer Provincial Park. They will try up to 3 trail loops, including Kelley’s Bathtub and Friendly Vistas trail. Great for beginner hikers. At the end of a great day, there is a big cookout on the shore of Kelley’s Bathtub before they head back to camp tired and inspired. Voyager Hike campers stay in our lodges during the week.
Voyager Earth Skills
Campers will acquire fire building, shelter building, and safe knife use. Learn how to make simple tools (spoons or bowls) and campsite setup. Learning bushcraft and how to live in harmony with nature will be skills you will use your whole life. Voyager Earth Skills campers spend the week in a lodge. They will get to spend try out their new skills by spending one-night tent camping in the Warwa Forest Earth Skills camp.
Features a day trip to our local horse outfitters with full stables and a riding arena at New Beginnings Centre (north of Onoway). Trained professional equine instructors will teach our campers the basics of riding and being comfortable and safe around horses. Campers in this program get to stay in our lodges.
Campers Graduating Grades 7-9
The Adventurer programs focus on leadership development, and campers can take on exciting challenges and engage the natural world. Campers will participate in a well-rounded program, including a climbing wall, archery, zipline, high ropes course, and our brand-new team giant swing! The Adventurer program focuses on developing confidence, teamwork and leadership skills. Campers in this program stay in canvas wall tents at our forest campsite for the week. All groups have access to full bathroom facilities in our washhouse.
*Adventurer programs contain options for camp groups containing All Males, All Females, Co-Ed (4 male & 4 female spots and each gender sleep in separate areas/tents), and All Gender (8 campers of any/all genders in any combination).
Each Adventurer program has a specialty option to choose from:
Adventurer Dungeons and Dragons
The Adventurer programs focus on leadership development and allow campers to take on exciting challenges and engage the natural world. In addition to participating in many favourite camp activities, this program features the experience of playing the popular game Dungeons & Dragons! D&D is a cooperative, strategy-based role-playing game set in a fantasy world. For a part of each day, campers will take on the role of a group of heroes made up of warriors, wizards, rogues, elves and all other manners of fantasy characters. This program is ideal for both new and experienced D&D players. Campers can expect equal time adventuring in D&D and playing outdoors doing camp activities such as our high ropes course.
Go hiking in the mountains at William Switzer Provincial Park and experience all the wonders of the natural world. Challenge yourself and meet new friends. You pick what level of hiking you would like to do, as different weeks are for beginners or for intermediate hikers who may want to test themselves.
(Beginner hiking runs weeks 1, 3, 4, & 6. Intermediate hiking runs weeks 2, 5,7 & 8).
Do you love water and spending time developing new skills? Spend a week on the water in a canoe. You will get to upgrade your skills in a tandem (small) canoeing on our lake like most other Adventurer groups; then, they go to Jarvis lake with a voyageur (12-person) canoe.
This camp features a day trip to the Rockies at an Equine Centre with full stables and a riding arena. Trained professional equine instructors will teach our campers the basics of riding and being comfortable and safe around horses.
Adventurer Earth Skills
Campers will acquire fire building, shelter building, and safe knife use skills. Learning bushcraft and how to live in harmony with nature will be skills you will use your whole life. Adventurer Earth Skills campers will get to test their new skills on various carving projects and enjoy cooking tasty bannock. New for 2023, campers will spend one night in their own shelter.
All campers will receive additional canoe training. Canoe skills that they can use for the rest of their lives! Enjoy paddling a voyageur canoe (big canoe) on an overnight trip to our island. Have dinner over the campfire on the island. Check out the beautiful sunsets and enjoy a connection to nature. Adventure Island campers stay in our wall tents the rest of the week.
Campers Graduating from Grade 9
The Wayfinders Summer Leadership Week is open to all campers enrolled in Grade 9. When a camper enrolls in their final year as an Adventurer, they are welcome to register in Wayfinders that summer. This program is the last week of the summer, August 21-25, 2023.
When campers reach their graduation year in their last summer as an Adventurer, many want to continue to become Junior Counsellor next year. The Wayfinders Leadership Week is an immersive mentoring program that will help campers prepare to take that step from camper to staff member.
This program will introduce participants to the core values of being a member of the Camp Warwa staff team and the foundational leadership principles we employ. They will get to be mentored by an experienced counsellor and shadow and support a group of campers. They will get to help lead camp activities such as wide games and campfires, as well as see the behind-the-scenes operations of camp. Leadership Week campers will get time around the campfire hearing stories from staff and alumni, as well as participate in rites of passage such as the Blindfold Drum Stalk.
At the end of the program, Wayfinder campers will get to choose a Camp Name and be invited to apply to be a Junior Counselor for next summer.
Participants will stay the week in a lodge and get experience living and working as a team. A lot of this week is spent getting to know their peers and building connections with the camp leadership community.
There is no charge for the Wayfinders program, although campers must currently be in grade 9 and have previously attended Camp Warwa as a camper. Ideally, all participants in this program will come out for their last week of being an Adventurer in Sessions 1-7, then attend this program in Session 8.