Shwayder is one of the oldest Reform
Jewish summer camp in the United States, established in 1948. Our
242 acres of towering pine trees started as a fishing retreat owned
by Maurice B. Shwayder, founder of the Samsonite Luggage company.
When he died in 1948 Shwayder's widow, Ruth, donated the land to
Temple Emanuel to be used specifically as a children's summer camp.
Her vision was to create a mountain enclave where children could
live in nature, learn about Judaism, and personalize the ideals of
our Jewish community.
For more than 50 years, we have offered each camper "A Summer To
Build Your Life On." We have remained a small camp (our current
capacity is 120 campers per session) where we can spend lots of time
emphasizing our relationships -- with ourselves, with our friends,
and with God. All of our activities exist within the framework of
building a community where everyone is valued, everyone is loved,
and everyone has the chance to excel.
Shwayder Camp is located at 10,200
feet in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, on the slopes of Mt. Evans.
We have 240 acres of spectacular mountain forest.