Camp Nagiwa History

At Camp Nagiwa, we are proud to have a rich history to reflect upon. From 1954 to 1972, the YMCA of Guelph opperated Camp Nagiwa on the shores of the Severn River in Ontario. This history gave the leaders of the new Camp Nagiwa, opened in 2007 at Rosseau Lake College, gret food for thought and inspiration.

This portion of the Camp Nagiwa website is meant to pay tribute to Nagiwa history through stories, pictures, songs, and information.

We are currently working to make this portion of the website a reality. Please check back often to check on our progress. We also encourage you to share any Camp Nagiwa memories you may have for inclusion in this site.

 


 

Camp Nagiwa on the Severn River Slide show
Check out the great photos donated to Camp Nagiwa by Alumni of the original Nagiwa
Check out the pictures one-by-one and in full screen Here!

 


Do you know the Nagiwa song?

Please find the lyrics below – if you have/know the music for this song and would be willing to share it with us, we would love to have it.
Also, if you know where we might find the family of Howard Alexander (the song writer) we would love to be in touch with them. Email us at campnagiwa@guelphy.org

 

Where the broad river flows, where the pine tree grows,
Where the cliff stands majestic and sheer
Where the white clouds go by through the wind-swept sky,
And the song-birds are heard far and near mid the Northern rocks and forests,
There’s a spot that my heart holds dear
Repeat
Chorus
Then Hail, oh NAGAWA! Our Northern home;
for our hearts shall return
Where thy campfires burn,
though our footsteps roam.
Neath a sky clear and blue in our staunch canoe,
Will set out with intent to explore
All the untrodden ways and the lakes and bays
Camping out at a spot on the shore; but our journey’s happy ending
Is the sight of our camp once more.
Repeat
Then Hail, oh NAGAWA! Our Northern home;
for our hearts shall return
Where thy campfires burn,
though our footsteps roam.
When the summer is past and the winters blast
All the thy beauty has laden with snow,
And back once again to the haunts of men
Thy children unwillingly go; then our days and nights together
In our fond recollection will grow.
Repeat
Then Hail, oh NAGAWA! Our Northern home;
for our hearts shall return
Where thy campfires burn,
though our footsteps roam.
Words and Music by – Howard Alexander

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