Family Camp

Your whole extended family is invited to Ewalu for a wonderful 3-day weekend! Come stay in comfy cabins or pitch your tent in our beautiful family campground. 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. Activities for kids and adults are offered throughout the weekend, as well as less structured family time.  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. (Register soon for your first choice of housing options.)

Cost: $110/Adult, $85/Child (14 and under), Ages 1-3 Free
Early Bird Rates: $100/Adult, $75/Child if registered by Feb. 28
2017 Date: June 30 – July 2

Youth Groups & Custom Programs

Youth leaders, imagine – a high adventure trip or custom meaningful “theme retreat” for all your kids with the schedule and details taken care of! Choose the ideal trip for your group, or consult with our experienced program director to customize your own unique adventure. Count on the type of world-class conversation and truly immersive faith-building that only happens in an “unplugged” week of action-packed outdoor ministries.

Ewalu programs strengthen the connection between youth and your home church. They can also help you achieve your own custom goals to boost your ministry community for the years ahead. Journey together as you and your group build trust, faith, knowledge, and stronger individual leadership skills – all while having a blast and making fun, lifelong memories! Pick from among Ewalu’s onsite or offsite programs; ask us for details. (Plus, youth leaders and pastors can attend onsite programs for free…!) Return to your church with new connections and stronger identity as people of Christian faith – as campers at Ewalu have been doing for over 55 years.

Minimum and maximum group sizes and registration costs vary with each program. Call today and reserve your memorable, theologically-sound, faith-filled journey in God’s great outdoors.

Jesse Klosterboer, Program Director
Phone: 563-933-4700

Programs typically fill up early, so reserve your week soon!


Youth completing 2nd-8th Grades

Ewalu and Heavenly Horses, LLC are excited to be partnering for this 2-day therapeutic horseback riding program! REINS is designed for children with developmental disabilities. Each camper will be assigned a horse for the weekend to learn basic horsemanship and to ride the Ewalu arena and trails. There will also be time for Bible studies, fun outdoor worship, games, and campfires. The goal of this program is to provide a unique platform for expression, with the opportunity to discover new talents and skills. REINS will provide a safe environment for your camper with experienced, qualified professionals.

Space is limited; register soon to reserve your child’s spot.

2017 Fees: $70/Child; Optional: $70/Helper (personal assistant, caregiver, etc.)
2017 Dates: June 24-25

Camp Grandparents

Are you an older adult with a calling to work with youth at camp? Come this summer for a week or just a few days with our campers! Bring the gifts God gave you into the Ewalu community to share God’s love with the kids and summer youth ministry staff.

Strengthen our camp programs by your presence at activities, share stories, help kids with arts & crafts, comfort a homesick child, teach kids about life and faith – or even lend a hand to take care of the Ewalu property. Build relationships with young people and earn a place int he hearts of campers and staff. Room and board provided; no charge. Please call Jesse at the camp office Phone: Phone: 563-933-4700 to learn more.


Planning a family or church campout? Check out Hickory Heights, Ewalu’s campground, open to friends of Ewalu! A well-stocked trout stream is within walking distance and the pool is available during regular pool hours for no extra charge. The campground includes access to electrical hook-ups, showers, bathrooms, hiking trails, cast iron fire grates, water spigots, a large playing field, and a playground for the kids.

Cost is only $15 per night for tent sites (up to two tents per site) or $35 per night for electrical/RV sites. The campground is open mid-May to early October.  Please call ahead to register.

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 1-563-933-4700

NOTE: If you are attending Family Camp (June 30 – July 2) and choose to stay at the campground, please register as normal; no additional campground registration is required.

Hearts & Stars

A camp program designed to promote a safe environment for children to openly express feelings surrounding their loss. Campers will receive comfort from camp counselors who have gone through similar experiences and have the opportunity to participate in activities that allow them to honor and remember their loved ones. Activities will be both therapeutic and enjoyable; children will be encouraged to participate only to the level they feel comfortable. Hearts & Stars promises to be a safe, fun, and nurturing experience.

2017 Dates: TBD; most likely in late August.
2017 Cost: TBD

Ewalu is a non-profit organization and serves all people regardless of race, creed, sex, or national origin.

Registration Information

Use the links below to register online or download a registration form to mail or email your registration. Financial assistance is available; contact Ewalu for more information.

Complete Registration Online