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Ewalu launches campaign to renovate Cedar Lodge

STRAWBERRY POINT, IA – Ewalu Camp & Retreat Center, a Lutheran ministry serving Eastern Iowa since 1961, announces a $2 million capital campaign to renovate Cedar Lodge, a 60-year-old building at the main camp site that serves as the hub of activity for campers, summer staff and visitors, and to strengthen the organization’s ministry. “For…

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Campers playing in the river underneath the A-Frame Bridge.

Replacing the A-Frame Bridge

For 47 years, Camp Ewalu’s A-Frame Bridge has spanned the Maquoketa River. It has become perhaps the most recognizable image of the camp, and it is certainly the most photographed. Our Final Mile Campaign this summer aims to replace our A-Frame with a new, updated design in a better location to shuttle the next many generations…

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Ewalu to take part in Great Give Day on May 18

STRAWBERRY POINT, IA – Ewalu Camp & Retreat Center is participating in the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s Great Give Day on Wednesday, May 18, to raise funds for its A-Frame Bridge Rebuilding Project. Great Give Day is a 24-hour, online giving day established by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque to celebrate and support…

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Ewalu Camp & Retreat Center announces new executive director

December 2, 2021 STRAWBERRY POINT, IA — Ewalu Camp & Retreat Center has selected the Rev. Frank Johnson as the organization’s new executive director. Johnson will take over leadership on Dec. 20 of the Lutheran-affiliated ministry, which is transitioning from the retirement of the Rev. Clark Baldwin, who has led the camp and retreat center…

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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…

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Growing Up at Camp Ewalu

We left for Camp Ewalu every year on a hot, humid, or even rainy Sunday. By the time we got halfway to camp we were nearly through the Ewalu songbook. As we neared the roundabout a few miles west of camp anticipating the exciting week to come, we became anxious in the back seat and…

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The Bridge to Trailblazer Village

It was just what I needed: that bounce, bounce, bounce as I crossed the bridge to the Trailblazer village. It had been a few years since I had last crossed that bridge. That bridge that has washed away in floods countless times, that bridge which runs along the tractor path. As a Trailblazer, it felt…

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Ewalu is Growing Seeds For Hope!

Did you know? …that Ewalu grows corn and beans to aid farmers in developing countries? …that Ewalu campers often sacrifice a candy bar to help a child to attend school? …that a contribution of 55 ($1.00) treats makes it possible for a hungry person to become food-secure for LIFE? The “Seeds of Hope” growing project…

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Ewalu Quilt Auction, Behind the Scenes

My name is Sandy Hyman and I’ve been actively volunteering at Ewalu for more than 20 years at various activities including work weekends, being an active board member, camp grandma, etc. One of my longest volunteer opportunities is the quilt auction. Many things make a quilt auction successful and Ewalu has always had a great…

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Transforming Call Through Community

When I first arrived at Wartburg College to study religion, I was met by a number of people who kept telling me to work at camp. I grew up involved in Boy Scouts, so I knew outdoor living and loved it, but Christian outdoor camping? I never knew it was a thing! As spring approached,…

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