June 2021
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June 2021

Clark Baldwin Announces Retirement for 2022

After nine years guiding Camp Ewalu through growth and into a strong financial position, Executive Director the Rev. Clark Baldwin has announced that he will retire in March 2022 to spend more time with family, including grandchildren in Minnesota and Oregon.

“For quite a while, I have been looking forward to getting to spend more hours on my ‘grandpa job’; Cassidy and Wyatt said they agree with me,” said Clark. “I hope to stay involved in some way, on a part-time basis, with outdoor and youth ministry. But for now I need to spend some time getting to know my grandson and granddaughter, who haven’t seen me very much.”

Clark and his wife, Shiloy, who works as Ewalu’s bookkeeper, plan to relocate to Rochester, Minn., to be closer to family. Before pursuing his passion for ministry and coming to Ewalu in 2012, Clark had worked 30 years in the banking and manufacturing industries.

Clark’s leadership has been a blessing to the camp. In 2020 the Board of Directors was able to commit to paying the summer staff and offer summer programming amidst lower camper and retreat numbers due to the pandemic, when many camps decided not to offer summer camp programs at all. Ewalu’s long-term debt is scheduled to be paid off in 2021 thanks to Clark’s financial background and work developing donors and church relationships.

Among the highlights at Camp Ewalu during Clark’s tenure are:

  • Increase in summer campers
  • Increase in annual donor support
  • Increase in congregational support
  • Reduction in long-term debt
  • Increase in endowment income
  • Safe summer and retreat programming in 2020-21
  • Converting to high-speed internet, Voice Over IP, and electronic vs. manual operating systems

“Clark’s leadership and guidance have shown in many ways throughout camp and in the lives he has touched. We thank him for that. He has expanded Ewalu’s ministry and guided camp through unexpected challenges,” said Shawn Livingston, president of the Board of Directors. “He has always led with faith and compassion. We wish him and Shiloy all the best as they begin this new adventure.”

With the groundwork already laid to launch a capital campaign in the coming year, Clark and the Board of Directors believe the timing is ripe for the next executive director to take the reins and guide the ministry into the future.

In its next meeting in May, the board will begin exploring the process to search for the future executive director. The ministry will celebrate its 60-year anniversary with an all-camp reunion over Labor Day weekend.

While serving as executive director, Clark completed the Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM) certificate program through Wartburg Theological Seminary. In addition to leading the ministry at Ewalu, he has served One in Faith Parish, which serves four Lutheran churches in rural northeast Iowa, since 2016 and was ordained in 2020 in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of American (ELCA).

While we are saddened at the conclusion of this chapter in Ewalu’s history, we look forward to a year of continued ministry, further growth and celebration of all the blessings God has showered on the camp and all who are served here.

Nature Note: Updates, a Big 'Thank You, and Looking into the Future
A Note from EE Director, Maury Landt

It’s that time of year again; the office is busy with a steady stream of activity.  Almost all of the energy is geared towards this upcoming summer and everything that goes with it.  On good weather days, you can step outside and hear the hum of lawnmowers (which is always needed so stop by if you want to put some time on a rider).  At the time of this writing, a parent is calling the office about registering their kid to the pioneer program.  Everywhere are reminders of this upcoming summer.  By the time you are reading this, our 60th anniversary summer staff is in the early stages of their first week with campers!

I want to give an update on our two beehives that are on site.  Unfortunately, neither had made it through this winter.  Looking at the earlier this spring, we believe that one hive swarmed before we closed up the hive; the other one didn’t make it due to cold weather.  We were able to order new packages of hives that were installed in late May.  Having honey for the 34th Annual Quilt Auction (September 18th) will depend on how well they do this summer with finding wildflower sources.

Next, I want to thank everyone that took time throughout this spring to come into camp and help out with school groups.  This spring we saw a busier than normal number of schools coming to spend a day(s) with us due to cancelations or reschedules from last fall.  Overall, we had seven schools come to visit us with a total of 348 students, school staff, and parents.  Often we are not able to run everything and we ask summer staff and alumni to come in and help out on the ropes course.  We can’t do this without those people.  If you or someone you know would be interested in helping out with these environmental education activities this fall and beyond, please reach out to us.  We would love to hear from you!

As we prepare for this summer, I am reminded each year about how much work goes into getting everything ready.  Program, registration, property, food service, or environmental edu. (and more); each have their own to-do lists that are longer than we like to admit.  No matter how long or stressful that list may get, hearing alphas or campfires off in the distance will put everything into perspective.

Help Rebuild the A-Frame Bridge

Dear Friends of Camp Ewalu, 

For nearly fifty years, the A-Frame bridge has stood proudly over the Maquoketa River here at Camp Ewalu. With the passage of time, the A-Frame bridge came to stand for much more, representing the ministry that takes place at camp. 

“Water by itself is only water but, with the Word of God it is a life-giving water, which by grace gives birth through the Holy Spirit,” writes Martin Luther in his Small Catechism.  

Just as water by itself is only water, a river by itself is only a river. It becomes more through the Holy Spirit that is present as the river runs through Camp Ewalu and under the A-Frame bridge: God’s Word is continually witnessed through countless Bible studies on the riverbank, creek stomping excursions, and especially in the baptisms that have taken place there throughout the years.

The bridge over the Maquoketa River will always be a part of Ewalu’s history, but it can no longer stand in its current location. The river’s course is changing and has eroded much of the riverbank at the bridge’s base. The riverbank and bridge are in danger of being swept away with the next seasonal flood. Although the river’s course may change, Ewalu’s ministry of connecting the Word of God to the world will remain the same. 

We are in the planning stages of building a new A-Frame bridge. It will stand roughly 100 yards upstream from the current location. We hope this bridge will be completed before campers arrive for the 2022 summer camp season.

Your donation today will help to rebuild the iconic bridge for future campers to enjoy. We need donations to defer the significant cost of rebuilding the bridge, which we anticipate to be $30,000. 

Here's how you can make a gift today:
Online at 
Call our office at 563-933-4700
Or by mail to 37776 Alpha Ave. Strawberry Point, IA 52076

You still have opportunities to see the original A-Frame bridge before we dismantle it. Ewalu’s 60th Anniversary Celebration, Alumni Reunion, and the Fall Festival and Quilt Auction will be held this fall in September. Watch our website and social media for information on both events. 

Your Servant in Christ, 

Clark Baldwin,
Executive Director

Join the "Holy Folders

Are you looking to get more involved at Camp Ewalu? Consider joining the "Holy Folders", a lively group of Ewalu supporters that put together camp's bulk mailings. Holy Folders meet 4-5 times a year on weekdays. There are no commitment requirements for joining the Holy Folders. Come on days that work for you!

Call the office at 563-933-4700, or email if you are interested in joining the Holy Folders.
Thank you to our donors in 
March and April 2021!

Laura Adams-Burkley
Beverly Ager
Liz Albertson
Melissa and Patrick Alexander
Candace (Candy) and Richard Altorfer
Pr Keith and Pr Virginia Anderson Larson
Remain Anonymous
Albert and Donna Ashbacher
Benjamin Auch
Michael and Kathryn Babcock
Kimbra Bader
Sue and Roger Bahe
Gary and Bev Bahls
Pr Clark and Shiloy Baldwin
Kenneth Beckman and Dan Knights
Bethany Lutheran Church, Elkader
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Lost Nation
Marlene and Ted Bey
Anita Blaker
Everett and Jean Blobaum
Stephanie and Jay Boeding
Dolores Boehm
Elaine M. Bruns
Burr Oak Lutheran Church, Decorah
Janet Butikofer
Calmar Lutheran Church, Calmar
Pr Mark and Jennifer Carr
Elizabeth (Libby) Casavant
Sandy Caya
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Iowa City
Keith and Dawn Christensen
Susan Cira
Citizens State Bank, Strawberry Point
Robyn and Dan Clark-Bridges
Kevin and Nancy Clefisch
Kevin and Nancy Clefisch
Jennifer and Leo Clougherty
Crowning Revelations
Marvin and Annette Dahling
Maia Dalager
Dan and Carolyn Dauner
Kenneth and Helen Debner
Paul and Margaret Dettmann
Merlyn Duffy
Judy Ellingson
Kendra Elwood
First Lutheran Church, Decorah
First Lutheran Church, Maquoketa
Pr Daniel and Christin Flucke
Lucille and David Fober
Kelley Foehrkolb
Karen Franks
Paul and Julie Frantsen
Pr. Susan and Norman Friedrich
Dr James and Karole Fuller
Wayne and Lois Garms
Brian Gehlbach and Krista Johnson
Katherine Gibson
Glenwood Lutheran Church, Decorah
Michael and Diane Gohl
David Gohl
Jolie Gombos
Dale and Susan Goodman
Daniel and Allie Grainger
Barron and Carol Gulliver
Steve and Debbie Haller
Darlyce Hamann
Darrell and Janet Hanson
Rick and Larissa Hautekeete
Erhart Hehr
Darrel and Marlene Hicks
Susan and Tom Hoey
Tyler and Miranda Hoey
Heather and Jeremy Hogan
Madelyn and Mark Holtzclaw
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Dubuque
T. Daniel and Gail K. Husmann
Richard and Sandy Hyman
Keith and Pamela Jaben
Kyle Jaeger and Laura Mackey
Matt Janssen and Kathrine (Kate) Berry
LaDonna Jetter
Aaron and Lindsay Johnson
Pr Dennis and Susan Johnson
Gary Johnson
Keith and Lori Johnson
Pr Kevin and Amy Jones
Norman Jones
Romaine and Carol Kallenbach
Candace Kamper
Susan and Dale Kartman
Lynn and Bev Kelck
Elsie Kittleson
Ruth Kittleson
Mark and Laura Klingner
Jesse and Pr Miranda Klosterboer
Roger and Mary Knehans
Don and Elaine Koss
Barb Kramer
Milton and Joanne Kramer
Sherrill and Marvin Kriefall
Maury and Allison Landt
David and Sharon Lapka
Pr. Amy and Pr. Matthew Larson
Zachary and Kristin Larson
Carolyn Laxson
Joanne Laxson
Karen Lee
Cynthia Lee
Mark Lemke
Shawn and Carrie Livingston
Keith and Kay Lowe
Pr Katie Lowe-Lancaster
Cindy and Dan Lundt
Dr. Stephen and Elaine Main
Marion Lutheran Church - Gunder, IA
Carrie and John Martin
Lynette Matter and Joshua Rose
Bruce and Grace Maurer
Cynthia and Pete May
Edward and Janet McEvoy
Sheri McKechnie
Sarah and Jim Meehan
June Mehlhaus
Sharon and Alton Midthus
Margaret Monson
Kimberly and Curt Mueller
NAPA Auto Parts, Strawberry Point
Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls
Dona and Carey Noble
Mark and Karen Norton
Bonnie Nus
Old West Paint Creek Luth. Ch., Waukon
Tom and Dixie Olmstead
Kenneth and Therese Olson
Ronald and Tamara Onsager
Orleans Lutheran WELCA, Cresco
Janice Ott
Sarah and John Ottesen
Michael and Emily Owens
Leslie and Jone Paarmann
Peace Lutheran Church, Ryan
Pr Dawn and Steve Pederson
Richard Peick
Megan and Trevor Petersen
Dianne and Robert Peterson
James and Sandra Peterson
Kimberly Peterson
Connie and Arlyn Picken
Marilyn Pinkley
Pr Mark and Lesley Pries
Matt and Heidi Pries
Lyle and Carol Rasmussen
Jim and Mary Jo Rathe
Victor and Dianne Rathje
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Waverly
Janice Risdale
Michael Roepke
Richard and Barbara Roepke
Rick and Linda Rogness
Dennis and Virginia Roth
Gina and Perry Russett
Gary and Sharon Salmonson
Jean Sandrock
Rich and Linnae Scheffel
Marietta and Jack Schemmels
Peggy Schilling
Karen Schmidt
Neil and Ruth Schraeder
Evelyn Schultz
Rae Nette Schurman
Aaron and Allison Schutte
Cary (Carolyn) Scott
Sara Shadid
Dan Simpson
Kelly Skallerud
Nick Smith
Dave and Cherie Souhrada
Paul Specht
St. John American Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls
St. John Buck Creek Lutheran Church, Sumner
St. John Lutheran Church, Dundee
St. John Lutheran Church, Farmersburg
St. John Lutheran Church - Crane Creek, Tripoli
St. John Lutheran Church of Bellevue, Bellevue
St. John's Lutheran Church, Dubuque
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Readlyn
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hampton
St. Paul Lutheran WELCA, Maynard
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Volga
St. Peter Lutheran Church, Dubuque
St. Peter Lutheran Church, Garnavillo
St. Peter Lutheran Church - Eldorado, West Union
St. Peter Lutheran Church - Richfield, Sumner
St. Peter Lutheran WELCA, Garnavillo
St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids
St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Hudson
Audrey and Jason Stamps
Bill and Joyce Steffenson
Daniel and Kimberly Stieler
William and Janet Striepe
Darryl and Shelly Syverson
Roseanne Throener
David and Shirley Titman
Pr Larry and Lois Trachte
Trinity Lutheran Church, Burlington
Trinity Lutheran Church, New Hampton
Trinity Lutheran Church, Walford
Sue and Mark Tull
Krista and Steve VandenBrink
Dave and Brenda Versteeg
David and Anabeth Voigts
Laura Wendt
Dr. Gilbert and Mary Wessel
Arol Westervelt
Madge White
Rev. Mary Wiggins
John and Debra Williams
Cheryl Wilms and Ron Versteegh
Joan Wuest
Colleen Zietlow and Allen Walter
Nathan and Meredith Zietlow
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waterloo
Zion Lutheran Church, Iowa City
Zion Lutheran Church, Muscatine
Zion Lutheran Church, West Union
First Day of Summer Camp 2021 
June 13, 2021

The first summer campers arrived at Camp Ewalu last Sunday! We're excited to welcome them back after waiting all year for their arrival. 

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

Sign Up Now!

Family Camp
June 25-27 or July 2-4
Your whole extended family is invited to Ewalu! You’ll enjoy classic campfires, Bible studies, games, and quality time together. Take this opportunity to hike, swim, grill, or just relax in the outdoors with other families and the Ewalu staff. Family Camp is your chance to step away from the schedule and experience outdoor ministry as a family. All types and sizes of families are welcome. 

Click HERE to learn more and sign up. 
Grandparent Camp
July 11-13 or July 21-23
Join us for this new program for grandparents and grandchildren! Make memories as you grow in faith and enjoy fun camp activities together. Stay in the comfort of the Stone Center and join with other families in Bible study, games, campfire, and other activities, all led by your counselors. You’ll also shuttle to Ewalu’s main site for swimming at the pool, visiting the farm, and the opportunity to participate in activities with other campers on-site.

Click HERE to learn more and sign up. 
Staff Changes in the Office

We're excited to welcome Ella Hamlett as our new Bookkeeper for the summer. She is eager to learn all she can about bookkeeping and is excited about the challenge this summer. In the fall she plans to begin studying for the Masters in School Counseling. 

Shiloy Baldwin left her position as Bookkeeper in early May to take a position in Rochester. She began work for Energy Products and Design. She is excited to be living with close to her daughter and looks forward to Clark joining her when he retires next March. We miss Shiloy, but we wish her well in her new position.
2021 Summer Staff Roster
Hannah Ahlrichs
- Counselor
Delaney Akiens
- Health Officer
Gabrielle Dahlby Albright
- Counselor
Madelyn Barkema
- Trailblazers & Foresters 
Chloe Becker
- Pool
Hannah Bockbrader
- Chaplain & Mediagrapher
Eli Carr
- Counselor
Emmi Carr
- Out Trip
Tepary Cooley
- Counselor
Cori Dahlby Albright
- Pioneers
Inga Dovre
- Counselor
Ben Edwards 
- Counselor
Chris Espinosa
- Counselor
Svea Hagen
- Counselor
Alyssa Hoey
- Counselor
Kristin Hoey
- Counselor
Nicole Kiefer
- Minis & Explorers
Matthias Letsche
- Counselor
Sam McGreal
- Counselor
Rachel Meehan
- Counselor
Zach Morgan
- Houseboating & Uplifted
Sarah Mumford 
- Counselor
Ellie Nabholz
- Counselor
Sarah Olson
- Counselor
Alison Peck
- Counselor
Delaney Peitz
- Counselor
Kassidy Pfaffle
- Counselor
Allison Post
- Counselor
Avery Powers
- Program Assistant
Nora Read
- Night Camp
Kelsey Shady
- Confirmation & Intergenerational 
Thomas Smeed
- Trailroom
Ellie Smith
- Counselor
Megan Stevenson
- Arts & Crafts
Noah Tiegs
- Ranch Camp
Abby Trewin
- Day Camp & MAD Camp  
Sawyer Vanden Brink
- Counselor
Hal Versteegh
- Leadership Training
Dean Wortman
- Counselor
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Interested in seeing what's new at Ewalu? Check us out on our Facebook page and Instagram page!
60th Anniversary

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. 17
In-Person: Sept. 18,
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Join us for live music, a worship service, hayride tours of the camp, and quilts displayed for review.  A free-will lunch is served at noon and the auction itself starts at 1:00. 

This year's Quilt Auction will run as a hybrid online and in-person auction. Bidders will be able to place bids on quilts online during the week before the in-person auction on September, 18th this year.

Click HERE to learn more

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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