In the 1970’s, the Warwa Brothers Roy and Elmer purchased the land that is now Warwa Estates. In 1980, the Camp Warwa Society was founded with the generous donation of our land by the Warwa Family. The Alberta North Zone Canadian Progress Clubs took on the task to turn the land into a camp, and they founded Camp Warwa.
During the 1980’s volunteers built the main buildings at camp such as the Outhouses, South Pavilion, The Stash and the Picnic Pavilion. The first summer camp program was run in 1986, with Camp Warwa opening its doors and welcoming a couple dozen campers for a few weeks. Outdoor leadership and making camp accessible for children were our primary focus.
During the 1990’s it saw a huge growth in camp with many new buildings such as the Shop, Office, Shrubbery, Washhouse and Roost being built. It was in 1998 that year round Outdoor Education was first offered at Camp Warwa and it has continued to grow since. Many school groups, sports teams, and scout groups come out to camp to experience being in nature and participating in team building programming.
During this period camp was continuing to grow with each year . New buildings of Hosler Hall, Robin's Nest and the Tipi were Built. It was in 2001 that out tripping was offered for the first time at camp and would start a long tradition of out tripping at camp. In 2004 Summer Leadership programs were offered for the first time and are still going strong to this day. 2008 saw the first major fundraising campaigns begining to help support facility redevelopment.
During this decade Camp has seen a huge growth with camps infrastructure. Many new buildings have been built to help push camp to be the best it can 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 accomindations being built in 2015-2016.
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. 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, 40 years later Camp Warwa still offers a camper subsidy program to ensure that camp is accessible to everyone.
2020, our 40th anniversary, will be a tremendous year for Camp Warwa. We plan to break ground on our new dining facility in the fall, to be open to programs in spring 2021. The dining hall is the final piece of needed facility development and will ensure that Camp Warwa is sustainable for the next 40 years and more!