What Drives Us

Since 1910 Mishawaka has been dedicated to helping children become their best selves. Summer after summer, we’ve seen transformation after transformation occurring in children’s lives. When you take kids out of their routine summers and immerse them in a fun, technology free, outdoor camp setting, magical things happen. Our tradition of “Safety, Health, and Happiness” provides life-changing life-long benefits to all who attend. Our purpose is to make a positive impact on the lives of campers that lasts a lifetime.

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Camp Mishawaka, Inc. is an exempt organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. EIN: 86-2026384

Camp Mishawaka makes a positive impact on the lives of our campers that lasts a lifetime, by providing a nurturing and safe environment for skill development and social growth.

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Boys & girls from 8-16 years can choose from two, four, six or eight-week summer camp sessions. Both the Boys and Girls Camp have a capacity of 80 campers, allowing staff to know each camper by name, and allowing each camper to know every staff member. Our small camp session size helps campers feel like they are welcome and known as soon as they arrive. By the end of camp, your child will feel like they are leaving their second family behind back at camp.

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A bit about our Executive Director

Executive Director, Steve Purdum, came to Camp Mishawaka to attend summer camp as a kid, and has served in his present position since 1991. He and his wife, Julie, recognize the tremendous impact summer camp can have on a child’s life, and strive to honor the trust parents place in them by ensuring every camp experience is a positive one.

Meet the Directors
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Our kids loved the camp and continue to make great friends and talk about camp the entire year. Thanks for running such an amazing camp!

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Our Core Values

We have defined our core values at Camp Mishawaka to help support our vision and shape our culture.

  • Respect — respecting ourselves, one another, our environment and community
  • Resourcefulness — fostering the innate talents within each of us
  • Childhood — creating a community that puts the developmental needs of kids first
  • Joy — finding happiness and fun in all our endeavors
  • Growth — recognizing that learning is a life-long process that requires empathy
  • Inclusion — honoring the uniqueness of the individual and embracing diverse backgrounds, values and points of view
  • Example — modeling reliable, ethical, responsible and thoughtful behavior
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We model the values children need for life long success in an environment that celebrates the joys of childhood

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