Webb Lake, fed by natural springs and mountain streams, provides an inviting place to boat and swim. The Kawanhee campus is arced around a cove that is home to Kawanhee’s swimming program. The cove is a busy hub, especially on warm July days, and offers a sandy beach and a dedicated swimming area, defined by docks, a floating safety line and several lifeguard stations.
During the first full day of camp, each boy will be evaluated for his swimming ability. Some will do the Lake Swim, a distance of a quarter mile; others will tackle a shorter distance. Endurance and stroke proficiency will be assessed, and those who could use additional instruction will be identified. Given the number of aquatic activities offered, the ability to swim comfortably is important. Those who need work in this area will be encouraged to spend more time with swimming instruction during activity periods.
“Free swims” are typically offered at least twice per day. Safety protocols are carefully observed by both campers and swimming staff.
Kawanhee also offers Red Cross certification in Lifeguard Training (“LGT”) for boys at least fifteen years of age. Graduates of the LGT class become certified lifeguards, an ambitious achievement that can create great job opportunities back home.