KAWAGA PHILOSOPHY

Kawaga’s storied 100-year heritage is a great source of pride for campers, staff, and alumni alike. There’s a reason why a huge “1915” is painted the backstop of Diamond One.

Kawaga’s “cornerstone values” of Enthusiasm, Sportsmanship, Fellowship, and Spirit are at the center of everything we do. They spring from the “Kawaga Ideal.” Our founder, “Doc E,” built Kawaga not just on a breathtaking pine- and birch-forested peninsula, but on a foundation even more inspiring and permanent: a set of ideas, now known more familiarly as The Ideal. Two hundred and thirty-six words that Kawaga campers hold close to their heart and know by heart.

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Parents tell us that they’re amazed by how much their sons have grown after only a single summer at Kawaga. They show a new sense of confidence, independence, and appreciation for what they have. And, of course, they’re already counting the days until they return to Kawaga next year.

Our goal is for each boy to have the best summer of his life, while continuing to learn life’s most valuable skills. It takes only a single summer to appreciate what makes Kawaga unique, but its impact will last a lifetime.

So, how best to understand what all of this means and how your son will feel about and learn from Kawaga? Read The Kawaga Ideal. Watch our videos. Meet Ty and Lauren. And, best of all, visit Kawaga.

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Be yourself. Be your best. Be proud.

Character Building

Enthusiasm

Fellowship

Sportsmanship

Spirit

Kawaga Heritage

“Be Kawaga means to live by the Kawaga Ideal, understand those who have come before you, and carry on the tradition and reputation of Camp Kawaga.”
– Parent of 12-year-old