Camp Sweyolakan on Lake Coeur d’Alene helps kids build strong character, values and life skills. We’re a friendly, inclusive and diverse community of campers and staff who share a love of the outdoors. Camp Sweyolakan is dedicated to making this summer a truly unique adventure!
The last week of each summer (session 6) is Gypsy Week. In the past, campers would form “bands” and spend the week traveling by canoe around the lake. The “bands” would return at the end of the week to a midnight banquet to celebrate, sing, and revel in the memories made. Today, campers honor the tradition of Gypsy Week with a session full of festivities. Our Junior Counselors in Training, as part of their leadership training, will select a theme for the week and plan the banquet on the last night of camp. Due to the young campers who now attend Camp Sweyolakan, the banquet has been moved from midnight to earlier in the evening.
Units will select colors and mascots that match the theme and work throughout the week to write an original Gypsy Song which will be sung during “Step-Singing” at the end of the session. The unit with the best song will be announced the winner at Gypsy Banquet.
Other traditions include reviving songs that have long been forgotten and wearing Gypsy Colors to dinner in lieu of traditional “Blues and Whites” for most of the week. We do ask that campers wear their very best (and clean) navy blue shorts and plain white shirts to Gypsy Banquet.
I am pleased to announce the 2017 Gypsy Theme, Colors, and Mascots. Please help your child to look through their wardrobe/accessories to bring colors that match their unit:
2017 Theme: Pixar Movies
Sailors (Grades 1 & 2) The Blue and Blue-er Birds on an Electric Line (from the Pixar short film “For the Birds”)
Bluebirds (Grade 3) The Blue and White Seagulls (from Finding Nemo)
Corral (Grade 4) The Rainbow Range of Emotions (from Inside Out)
Alpine (Grade 5) The Rust and Royal Ratatouille Rats
Connemara (Grade 6) The Emerald and Gold Oozma Kappas (Scare Game participants from Monsters University)
Trees (Grade 7) The Green and Darker Green Army Men (from Toy Story)
Echo (Grades 9-12) The Red, Black and Yellow Incredibles
Camp Sweyolakan’s camp programs are geared for kids ages 5-18. Our youngest campers must be entering 1st grade in the fall. Kids are placed in small groups by age and are given appropriate activities. Camp Sweyolakan has something for everyone. There are six week-long sessions to choose from and two opportunities to stay through the weekend and into the next session for those who want to stay longer. First time campers can attend a shorter session of a 4-night overnight camp or a 5-day Outbackers Day Camp session. High school Juniors and Seniors looking to make life-long friends, gain leadership skills and gather team building experience can try out our Youth Leadership Programs. Families who are looking to camp together with all of Camp Sweyolakan’s amenities have a choice of two You and Me Kid sessions (all ages).
Camp Sweyolakan is a rustic 300 acre camp on beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Mica Bay. Camper activities include hiking, boating, swimming, archery, science projects, fishing, forestry, outdoor skills and challenge courses.
One important aspect of Camp Sweyolakan is to value family traditions and foster a family feel. Each of camper group is set at the beginning of the week and a counselor stays with that group for the entire week. Groups move around to activities together, make plans together, sleep together and thrive together, oftentimes bonding to create lifelong friendships. Most of meals are served family style, meaning the entire camp comes together at the same time and sits down in mixed company to eat together, following rules of etiquette.
WE BELIEVE THAT:
Camping in the out-of-doors is the normal extension of Camp Fire’s small group-centered program. It is also a unique educational and recreational experience. The outdoor environment reinforces the Camp Fire approach to working with youth. A Camp Fire camp is any place a group of youngsters with mature leadership has an organized, outdoor experience while living in groups. It may be a group campsite in the park, a day camp, on a farm or at a council owned resident camp.
The basic strength of Camp Fire programs anywhere and under any circumstances, is the unique characteristic of the small group and of the attention provided for each individual. The program is an overt effort to confront the great variety of individual differences in a loosely structured, child-centered way. It is a concerted effort to help each child grow to adulthood through their own experiences. Camping is no different. It, too, must emphasize the small group; the individual attention; the acceptance of difference; the loosely structured, child-centered approach.
A Camp Fire camp is a microcosm in which all the elements of life are intensified by the total environment. It is a place where optimum conditions for learning to live with one’s self and with others can be created. It is an outdoor learning laboratory with unique opportunities for campers to understand their relationships with their environment. A Camp Fire camp focuses on the creative enrichment of an individual. It is an oasis for children and adults; a land of fun and adventure and learning where great depth of understanding can grow from the simple.
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Camp Sweyolakan is accredited by the American Camp Association, meeting high standards in health, safety, and program quality.
Camp Sweyolakan is located on 300 acres of forest on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene. It is only accessible by boat. Camp Fire Inland Northwest provides a variety of ways for campers to arrive at and depart from Camp Sweyolakan to and from the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas.
Driving Directions to Independence Point (drop off and pick up for all regular sessions)
Driving Directions to Sweyolakan Landing (for Mini Camp, Family Camp & Special Events only)
Join us for an Open House in July to see Camp Sweyolakan in action. Ride on the boat to meet the staff, check it out and learn about our summer schedule.
Each year Camp Sweyolakan builds a team of more than 75 counselors, activity specialists, support roles, and supervisors to create the best possible summer for our campers. Summer Camp Job Listings
In addition to staff, Camp Sweyolakan depends on volunteers, including nurses, cooks and other supportive roles. Children of volunteers may be enrolled in summer camp for free! Summer Camp Volunteer Opportunities