April 2021
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April 2021

Stone Center Native Prairie Burn

The Strawberry Volunteer Fire Department is working with us to help burn seventy-five of the ninety-five acres of prairie at the Stone Center early this month. This land is part of the acreage Executive Director, Clark Baldwin, enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) last year. As part of this program, sixty of the seventy-five acres will be replanted this spring with native prairie grass. Fifteen of the acres will be planted with native wildflowers. After this spring we will implement a burning plan that burns one-third of the entire ninety-five acres of CRP prairie every five years to help keep it as native prairie.

You are welcome to visit the Stone Center Prairie to see the native prairie for a day hike. You can also plan a retreat at the Stone Center and have the prairie as your backyard for your week or weekend. Click HERE for more information on Stone Center retreats.

Thrivent Action Teams

Do you know any Thrivent Members with Action Team Cards who don't know where to use them? This year we're working to create a list of service projects at Camp Ewalu that can be funded by Thrivent Members with Action Team grants. Contact Shiloy Baldwin at the camp office for more information and to learn about our current projects. Shiloy will even help you fill out the grants if needed. 

Earlier this spring Richard and Sandy Hyman used their Thrivent Action Project to purchase materials to build new bunkbeds for the Walnut Cabins. They built four bunkbeds in total. The bunk beds will are completed and ready for rentals already this spring. 

You can make a difference this spring!

Ewalu has always been a safe place to experience God’s amazing creation. This summer, Camp Ewalu celebrates 60 years of safe and spirit-filled moments as a Christian community. Last summer, we gathered to worship and play without any COVID-19 infections.
Many families have been attending church entirely online for over a year. We are starving for human interaction and need a safe place to interact with other Christians. Children need a safe place to worship God in Christian community now more than ever.
Parents already recognize the positive impacts of Ewalu in our hyper-virtual world.

She had a lot of fun. She needed interaction with other kids with this being a crazy summer,” wrote the parent of one of last year’s campers.

We are gearing up for yet another safe, Christ-filled summer in God’s creation at Camp Ewalu, building off of what we learned last summer, and every summer for the past 60 years.

With your help, We are again able to offer a $255 campership subsidy to each camper this summer. One week of camp truly costs $735 per child, which we offer for $479. You help us honor our commitment to ensuring that no child will ever be denied a camp experience due to financial constraints, especially this year when we are anticipating there to be a greater need for camperships with the financial hardships of COVID-19.
I hope you’ll join me in donating to Camp Ewalu. Make a gift online today to help us ensure that every child can experience the much-needed benefits of a Christian community in God’s creation this summer.
Thank you for your prayers and support. You make 60 years of Christian community possible with your faithful help.
Thrivent Action Donors & Projects in January, February, & March 2021
Sandy Hyman
Material for new bunkbeds
Clark Baldwin
Mattress covers for new beds and lunches
Maury Landt
Purchasing bees and planting wildflowers
Shiloy Baldwin
Postage for Spring Campership Appeal
Bev Ager
Buying banners for day camps
Paul Frantsen
Supplies for repair of Trailblazer cabin roofs
Nathan Zietlow
Purchasing materials for new disc. golf course
Richard Hyman
Purchasing materials for Adirondack chairs
June Mehlhaus
Purchasing materials for quilts for auction
Ev Blobaum
Spark Bibles and day camp supplies
Thank you to our donors in January and February 2021
Liz Albertson
American Lutheran Church, La Porte City
Pr Keith and Pr Virginia Anderson Larson
Bethany Lutheran Church, Elkader
Anita Blaker
Stephanie and Jay Boeding
Rochelle Busch
Ellen Cannon
Patrick Cannon
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Iowa City
Keith and Dawn Christensen
Robyn and Dan Clark-Bridges
Jennifer and Leo Clougherty
Crowning Revelations, Houston TX
Marvin and Annette Dahling
Decorah Lutheran Church, Decorah
Merlyn Duffy
Elim Lutheran Church, Marshalltown
First Lutheran Church, Conroy
First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa
Lucille and David Fober
Kelley Foehrkolb
Good Shepherd Lutheran WELCA, Decorah
Daniel and Allie Grainger
Denise and Dennis Grove
Matt and Jana Hamlett
Tyler and Miranda Hoey
Madelyn and Mark Holtzclaw
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Dubuque
Lu Ann and John Hunt
Richard and Sandy Hyman
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Independence
Kyle Jaeger and Laura Mackey
Daryl and Mary Kay Johnson
Pr Randall and Donna Kasch
Ruth Kittleson
Zachary and Kristin Larson
Pr. Amy and Pr. Matthew Larson
Carolyn Laxson
Donna Lein
Nading's Service
NEIA Synod WELCA, Decorah
Sarah and John Ottesen
Barb Peterson
Roy and Debra Prestsater
Larry and Michelle Prohaska
Lyle and Carol Rasmussen
Richard and Shirley Retz
Doug and Marcia Rueber
Aaron and Allison Schutte
St. John Lutheran Church, Farmersburg
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Monticello
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hampton
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Volga
St. Peter and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monticello
St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids
Daniel and Kimberly Stieler
Robert and June Swenson
Richard Tiegs
John and Karen Tjostem
Trinity Lutheran Church, Hawkeye
Dave and Brenda Versteeg
Rev. Mary Wiggins
Diana and Grant Wubbena
Nathan and Meredith Zietlow
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waterloo
Zion Lutheran Church, Oelwein
Zion Lutheran Church, West Union
Zion Lutheran WELCA, West Union
Second Early Discount Deadline for Summer Camp

Mon, April 19th

Enroll for Summer Camp before April 19, 2021 for a $20 Early Discount on week-long programs, or $10 off on shorter (or non-overnight) programs.

Click HERE to sign up
Spring Volunteer Work Day

Sat May 1st

Join volunteers, families, and church groups to help Ewalu get ready for summer! 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 work day, we always have plenty of things for volunteers at any time.

Click HERE to learn more
We're Hiring our 2021 Summer Staff

Are you or someone you know looking for a fun and meaningful way to spend your summer? Consider a youth ministry position on our 2021 Ewalu Summer Staff.

We're still looking to fill the following positions:
  • Male & Female Counselor
  • Health Officer
  • Ranch Camp Coordinator
  • Wranglers
  • Pioneer Coordinator
  • Night Camp Coordinator
  • Uplifted Coordinator
  • Houseboating Coordinator
  • Day Camp Coordinator
  • Pool Coordinator
  • MAD Camp Coordinator
View job descriptions and apply online at
For more information contact Program Director, Dana Isaacson.

Phone: 563-933-4700
First Day of Summer Camp 2021

Sun June 13th

We’ve been waiting all year for the first day of the summer season!  

It isn’t too late to register for your summer adventure.  Join us for a week or a few days!

Summer Camp Theme

And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.”
Revelation 21:5
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth and saw that it was good. But it wasn’t finished. This was just the starting point. God shares the creative impulse with everything and everyone and invites us to take part in making something new.
We witness this in the cycles of nature as life springs from life, grows, ages, and returns to the ground from which we come, making way for new life. Creative arts and sciences rise up from within us seeking expression. Our circle of friends and communities ebb and flow as we connect with new people or find ourselves separated.
Even now, God is at work in Christ making all things new! When we struggle to see signs of hope, when we feel like we have lost too much, when we are tired, when we are sick, when we are grieving, God's promise is to be at work restoring and renewing us and all of creation. This is the good news of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection! This is the promise of baptism!
Join us at Ewalu this summer to experience Creation Renewed! Let God renew a right spirit within you as you grow friendships, dwell in nature, learn about yourself, sing, play, and explore Bible passages of God’s amazing work of restoration now and always.
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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. 

We are hoping to increase our collection of Spark Story Bibles, or other preschool Bibles for Day Camp and Family and Grandparent Camp use. Check in with Dana if you are interested in donating a Bible to Camp Ewalu.

Visit our wish list to see what else we need of at camp. Even if you can't donate 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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