Nawakwa | Retreat Facilities

  • ImagesBrenneman Lodge

    Accommodates 12-16 people in the main lodge and another 8 in the Annex or "Doghouse". Brenneman includes a recently renovated kitchen, fireplace, meeting room, toilets and showers. There are four bedrooms and each room has three single beds and one full-size futon. The Annex is dormitory style with its own toilet and shower. And yes, there is a coffee makerů also a TV with VCR and DVD players.

  • ImagesDeitz Lodge

    Accommodates 12-15 people (each room has three single beds and one full-size bunk). The smallest lodge at Nawakwa, Deitz is ideal for small church groups or family groups. This recently renovated lodge includes a large cathedral-ceiling living/ dining area, a full kitchen, and handicap accessible bathrooms. When renting Deitz, the Upper Camp Director's Cabin is included. It has two bedrooms, bathroom, and a living room. Deitz is wheelchair accessible.

  • Grove Lodge

    Accommodates 40 people. It is a completely self-contained unit, with toilet facilities, showers, kitchen, meeting rooms, two beautiful stone fireplaces and 16 sleeping rooms. First floor is wheelchair accessible with an entrance ramp and appropriate bathrooms. Please note that the kitchen and preferred dining area are in the basement, accessible by stairs from the first floor or by level entry from the parking lot.

  • Zinn-Tozer Lodge

    Accommodates 40-50 people (each room has three single beds and one full-size bunk). Zinn-Tozer is particularly adapted for use by seniors. All rooms are on one floor and an entrance ramp approaches the primary entrance. This renovated in 1998, this lodge includes a large meeting area, a separate dining room, fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms (including a dedicated, fully accessible bathroom) and 10 carpeted sleeping rooms. Zinn-Tozer is wheelchair accessible.

  • Cabins

    In Lower Camp there are 24 cabins, two of which are fully accessible. Each cabin has ten beds for campers and one counselor bed. In Upper Camp there are 10 cabins. Each cabin has eight beds and one counselor bed. All cabins in both Lower and Upper Camps have one toilet and two sinks each; the two fully accessible cabins are also equipped with showers. Two shower houses service Upper Camp and one main shower house services Lower Camp. All shower facilities have hot water available. The cabins are not winterized and are available from April through October (with the exception of the summer months).

  • Treehouse

    Located just beyond Council Circle on the Loop Trail, the Treehouse is destination for summer campers and an excellent place for a cookout or picnic.

  • Adirondack

    Used primarily as a sleepout site for summer campers, the two Adirondack shelters are located on the Loop Trail just uphill from the Labyrinth.


Worship Sites at Nawakwa

  • ImagesBishop Chapel

    Located behind the cabin row in Upper Camp, Bishop Chapel seats nearly 100 people. The stonework altar area fits in well with the serene setting. Bishop Chapel honors The Rev. John Bishop, one of Nawakwa's original campers in 1929 and who served as Nawakwa's Director from 1957-1962.

  • ImagesFischer Chapel

    This woodland chapel seats nearly 200 people. It is laid out in a typical sanctuary fashion with rows of benches and a long center aisle leading to an impressive white quartz altar. Fischer Memorial Chapel honors Nawakwa's founder and first director, The Rev. Dr. M. Hadwin Fischer. You could say that the site was chosen by Dr. Fisher himself, as he reportedly enjoyed using this location for his personal devotions.

  • Lower Temple

    Recently resurrected after many, many years of disuse, Lower Temple is our smallest developed worship site. It is located above Lower Camp's Odd Cabin Row just off the Upper Temple Trail. (You can't miss the impressive sign!) This is a lovely spot for small group or family worship as seating is available for about 12 people.

  • Upper Temple

    Arguably the chapel with the best view in Adams County, Upper Temple sits in the top of a hill just south of Nawakwa's main property. The stonework "pews" will seat 300+, all of whom will be able to watch the setting sun. Upper Temple can be reached by an ambitious 15 minute uphill hike through forest and orchard or by car via Upper Temple Road.


Other Features at Nawakwa

  • ImagesLow Challenge Course & Robert H. Fischer Memorial High Ropes Course

    Nawakwa has both a low challenge course and a high ropes course. Both are available for additional program service fees. Please see the Retreat and Rental Fees for current costs.

    The low challenge course is a teambuilding tool with a dozen or so initiatives designed for groups to complete together. The high ropes course consists of four contiguous elements and a stand-alone zipline, all securely installed 43' above the ground. The high ropes course, while requiring group participation, is completed solo. Both courses require camp staff leadership.

  • Council Circle

    Nawakwa's Council Circle, a stonework amphitheatre, is tucked into the forest just a short walk away from Lower Camp Cabin Row. With a large fire circle in the center, this a perfect spot for campfires, sing-a-longs, and marshmallow roasts.

  • Play Areas

    Large playing fields with baseball backstops and soccer goals are available in both the Lower and Upper Camp areas. Upper Camp has a sand volleyball court; Lower Camp has both a hardtop volleyball and basketball court. A Gaga pit is located adjacent to the Lower Camp courts.

  • Assembly Halls

    Lower Camp
    Located in the center of the Lower Camp program area, the Lower Camp Assembly Hall provides indoor open space for about 150-200 seated people. This space features a large stone fireplace and a stage with two "backstage" rooms. It is equipped with electricity and lighting but is not winterized.

    Upper Camp
    The Upper Camp Assembly Hall (Nissley Activities Building) provides indoor open space for about 100 people with additional space in the smaller basement room. Both levels feature brick fireplaces and electricity and lighting. Nissley is not winterized.

  • Cooking and Dining Facilities

    (Food service is available with sufficient prior notice for groups of 20 or more. Meal rates are available here)

    Lower Camp Kitchen and Dining Hall
    Fully equipped for food preparation for large groups (up to 300), the Lower Camp kitchen and dining hall are located between the camp office and Grove Lodge. Tables (8') and benches are available with some chairs October-May. Those wishing to use the Lower Camp Kitchen must receive an orientation to the facilities from camp staff. This building is winterized and heated, fully accessible, and equipped with restrooms.

    Upper Camp Kitchen and Dining Hall
    The Upper Camp Dining Hall offers a rustic, nearly open-air dining experience. All kitchen equipment is up-to-date (refrigeration, stove, ovens, grill, and dishwasher) and cooking and eating utensils are available for about 100 people. This building is furnished with long tables and benches and is not winterized.

  • The Labyrinth

    Created by Harrisburg Area Confirmation Campers, the Labyrinth is always available for contemplative prayer. It is located just beyond Fischer Memorial Chapel.

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