August 2021
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August 2021

New Ewalu Program! - Grandparent Camp 

This summer at Camp Ewalu, we added a new program! We had originally hoped to introduce Grandparent Camp last year but felt it best to delay the start to this summer. In the two weeks that Grandparent Camp was offered, forty-five participants decided to give this new program a try.
Grandparent Camp campers were able to enjoy the comfort and space of our Stone Center and were also able to travel to Ewalu's main site for some fun base camp activities. Some favorites were many of the traditional camp activities led by counselors like Alpha and Omega, campfire, Bible Study, games, and of course meals! Grandparents especially liked having all sorts of fun things planned out to do with their grandchildren. Grandchildren enjoyed gaga ball and all the opportunities to play. Everyone enjoyed spending time together!

Their full afternoon was spent doing crafts, taking a tractor ride out to the farm to see the animals, going to the canteen for snacks, and a trip to the swimming pool. Families had the flexibility to choose how to spend their afternoon, and one group even went creek stomping! The Sunday to Tuesday group got to go to All-Camp Campfire with the rest of the campers, and the Wednesday to Friday group got to go to the LT's performance of the Musical.
We are so grateful for the families who chose to sign up for this new camp. We had an overwhelmingly positive response, with many hoping to come back next year. We are planning on offering it again during summer 2022!

Nature Notes

59,277 Hours Outside!

This summer we’re participating in the 1,000 hours outside project. This project challenges parents and children to match the average number of hours children spend in front of screens outside.

At Ewalu we’re counting the cumulative number of outside hours spent by our campers and staff. At the end of the week we will have logged a whopping 59,277 hours outside for this summer! Campers and staff spend their entire days outside swimming in the creek, playing in the woods, and taking time to settle down and reflect on God’s word in Bible Study.

Find out more about the 1,000 hours outside challenge on their website at

Prairie Reflections

Over five summers at camp, I've learned the seasons for the most predominant flowers in the prairie. I can now pretty well predict exactly what will be blooming each week of camp. For example, when the staff arrives, Queen Anne’s Lace is in bloom. By week three, we see the peak of the blackberries ripen for snacks throughout the days. By week five, there’s enough bergamot around to make plenty of tea. Watching the prairie transition from whites to yellows to purples is one of my favorite hobbies in the summer.
Now that nearly 1,000 campers have passed through this summer and we prepare to close another season, I at least have the bright pops of the goldenrod starting to come in to cheer me up. I’ve also got a stash of leaves I’ve dried to use in teas throughout the year. And soon it’ll be time to harvest what we can from the beehives stores. Even though the peak of the prairie and the summer are past, there are still plenty of things to take away and carry through until they come again.

Ashley Gulrud
Assistant Program Director

Summer Camp Photos

In just a few days another spirit-filled summer at Camp Ewalu will come to a close. We were so excited to welcome nearly 1,000 campers to camp this summer! Take a look at some fun scenes from camp in the photos below. You can see more pictures from this summer on our Facebook Albums.

Covid-19 Mitigations for Fall Events

In line with CDC recommendations, we are encouraging everyone able to receive a vaccine to be fully vaccinated before attending any events at Camp Ewalu, including the 60th Anniversary and Fall Festival & Quilt Auction.

Masks will be required indoors at both of these events.  We will be holding as many activities as possible, including meals outside.  At outside events masks are required for those who are not vaccinated except when eating or drinking, and optional for those who are.  If you feel safer with a mask you are encouraged to wear one.  If you are sick or have had a known Covid-19 exposure or positive test in the last 10 days please do not attend.  Any deposits paid will be fully refunded if a cancellation is made due to a Covid-19 concern.

Because of the current surge in Covid-19 infections in Iowa, these mitigation standards are subject to change.  We will post any additional updates on our website and social media pages.

Thank you to our donors in 
June and July 2021!

Liz Albertson
American Lutheran Church, Jesup
Pr Keith and Pr Virginia Anderson Larson
Kimbra Bader
Bethany Lutheran Church, Elkader
Big Canoe Lutheran Church, Decorah
Julie Birdnow
Mark and June Birdnow
Meghan and Justin Birdnow
Harry and Elle Blobaum
Paul Blobaum
Stephanie and Jay Boeding
Jean and Vern Byl
Aaron and Kristin Cannon
Canoe Ridge Lutheran Church, Decorah
Pr Mark and Jennifer Carr
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Iowa City
Keith and Dawn Christensen
Robyn and Dan Clark-Bridges
Steve and Leta Clausen
Clayton County Extension 4-H, Elkader
Pr. Nathan Clements and Emily Nelson
Jennifer and Leo Clougherty
Naomi Craft
Crowning Revelations, Houston
John and Barb Dahlby
Dan and Carolyn Dauner
Loryann M Eis
Emanuel Lutheran Church, Strawberry Point
Shannon and Joel Everitt
Maria Wrage and Jeremy Evers
Christine Faust
First Lutheran Church, Decorah
First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa
Kelley Foehrkolb
Ronald and Melodie Foelske
Karen Franks
Rachel Frantsen
Jennifer R Horn-Frasier and Mike Frasier
Pr. Susan and Norman Friedrich
Mark and Julie Frye
Wayne and Lois Garms
Beth and Cullen Gehrke
Glenwood Lutheran Church, Decorah
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Decorah
Daniel and Allie Grainger
James and Julie Haage
Matt and Jana Hamlett
Jeff and Kristi Harper
Kevin and Wendy Helgerson
Tyler and Miranda Hoey
Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids
Hope Lutheran Church, Littleport
Hope Lutheran WELCA, Elkader
Margaret and David Horsfield
Richard and Sandy Hyman
Pr Kevin and Amy Jones
Deacon Lisa and Dr. Jon Kammerer
Edna Kamper
Winston and Jean Kindem
Ruth Kittleson
Eric and Allison Klein
Roger and Mary Knehans
Tempest and David Kuykendall
Zachary and Kristin Larson
Pr. Amy and Pr. Matthew Larson
Carolyn Laxson
Mark and Karen Lehmann
Donna Lein
Dr Lowell and Joan Luhman
Kyle Jaeger and Laura Mackey
Madison Lutheran Church, Ridgeway
Rebecca (Iliff) and Kelly Marsengill
Amanda and Daniel McCurley
Sarah and Jim Meehan
Meyer True Value Hardware, Strawberry Point
Terry and Nancy Miller
Judy and Marlin Mowry
Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls
Beverly and Paul Nichols
Sarah and John Ottesen
Kelen Panec
Mindy Potter
Roy and Debra Prestsater
Paul and Paula Rasmussen
Victor and Dianne Rathje
Larry and Debra Richmond
Janice Risdale
Andrew and Carrie Roquet
Donald and Eleanor Roquet
Russell and Ann Roquet
Rich and Linnae Scheffel
Aaron and Allison Schutte
Barbara A. Solsaa
Pr  Ron and Patricia Spears
St. John Lutheran Church, Farmersburg
St. John Lutheran WELCA, Arlington
St. John's Lutheran Church, Dubuque
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Readlyn
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hampton
St. Paul's Lutheran Church & School, Waverly
St. Peter Lutheran Church, Dubuque
St. Peter Lutheran Church, Garnavillo
St. Sebald Lutheran Church, Strawberry Point
Daniel and Kimberly Stieler
Sherri and Keith Swartz
Richard Tiegs
Trinity Lutheran Church, Burlington
Trinity Lutheran Church, Hampton
Cheryl Wilms and Ron Versteegh
John and Donna Wach
Sara and Todd Walter
Donna and Harry Walton
Wayne Zion Lutheran Church, Monticello
Mitch and Barb Wieben
Rev. Mary Wiggins
John and Debra Williams
Sharla and David Wrage
Tim and Janet Wuest
Burkard and Marina Zellner
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waterloo
Zion Lutheran Church, Davenport
Zion Lutheran Church, Iowa City
Zion Lutheran Church, West Union
Kathleen Zwanziger
60th Anniversary Celebration & Alumni Reunion
Fri. Sept. 3 - Sept. 6

COME AND SEE what’s new at Camp Ewalu over Labor Day weekend as we celebrate 60 years of ministry! Renew relationships with your Ewalu family and connect with others who love Ewalu as much as you do.

The weekend is yours to COME AND SEE Ewalu at your own pace. Stay for the day or the entire weekend. On Saturday, enjoy a community worship service, free-will lunch, stories from the decades, and a campfire.

The rest of the weekend is yours to experience all camp has to offer. COME AND SEE how much fun you can have hanging by the pool, exploring the forest, or braving the zip line. Meals and evening campfire worships will be held throughout the weekend!

Click HERE to learn more and sign up. 
Annual Fall-Festival & Quilt Auction
Online: Sept. 13- Sept. 19
In-Person: Sept. 18,
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Join us for live music, a worship service, hayride tours of the camp, and quilts displayed for review.

This year's Quilt Auction will run as a hybrid online and in-person auction.  A free-will lunch is served at noon, and the auction itself starts at 1:00 p.m.

One hundred quilts will be auctioned off in our on-site auction. Participants can bid on an additional one hundred quilts online during the week before the in-person auction and for one day after the in-person auction. Be sure to check out both auctions!

Click HERE for a complete schedule and to learn more.

Fall Volunteer Work Days
Sat. Sept. 25 & Sat. Oct. 16

Join volunteers, families, and church groups to help Ewalu get ready for the winter season. Take time to explore camp and meet staff and volunteers. Return home renewed and refreshed from your time in this special place in God’s Kingdom.

If you can’t be here for the weekend, we always have plenty of things for volunteers at any time

Click HERE to learn more
We're Hiring
Camp Ewalu is hiring this fall! We're currently accepting applications for seasonal ropes course workers and an Executive Director. Click the job titles below to view job descriptions and application instructions. 

Executive Director

Seasonal Ropes Course Worker

Quilt Auction Donations
Requested By: Fri. Aug. 27

We are still in need of a few more quilts or hand-made items to fill out both our online and on-site quilt auctions this year.

If you have a quilt you would like to donate, we request that it be delivered to our camp office by Friday, Aug. 27, so it can included online when quilt viewing begins on Sept. 1. 

We will, however, accept quilts for this year's auction until Friday, Sept. 3.

Click HERE for donation forms and more information.

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Interested in seeing what's new at Ewalu? Check us out on our Facebook page and Instagram page!
Camps like Ewalu are always in need of a few extra kitchen supplies, maintenance tools, or even vehicles for transporting canoes and campers in the summer.

Check out Ewalu's wish list online to see if you can help us out; even if you can't make the donation yourself, any leads on potential donors are greatly appreciated!
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Ewalu Camp & Retreat Center
37776 Alpha Avenue
Strawberry Point, IA 52076
Phone: 563-933-4700

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