Pack & Paddle

Youth completing Grades 7-9

Pack & Paddlers will backpack to beautiful Backbone State park and canoe the scenic Turkey River. There will be time to enjoy the sights, climb on natural rock faces, and sit around a fire with friends and awesome counselors. Enjoy wildlife, hearty meals, chats about faith and life, outdoor challenges, and a memorable Christian community. Click here for the Pack & Paddle packing list and release form (PDF).

Cost: $525 (Early Discounts: First $485, Second $505)

2024 Dates: June 9-14, June 23-28, July 14-19, August 4-9

Confirmation Camp

Youth completing Grades 6-9

Ramp up your confirmation classes in a powerful way! Youth and leaders will make connections with their home church through our High Ropes Course, meaningful campfires, and an overnight canoe trip. Practice faith and leadership skills, build trust, and experience God’s grace that you’ve been learning about in this memorable week!

Cost: $525 (Early Discounts: First $485, Second $505)
Up to 2 chaperones free.
Each Additional Chaperone: $250

Sample Confirmation Camp Schedule

2024 Dates: June 9-14, June 16-21, July 7-12, July 21-26, August 4-9

Rock and Raft

Youth completing Grades 9-12

Two big adventures in one week! Take on the challenges of rafting the Wolf River in Northern Wisconsin and rock climbing at one of the best locations in the Midwest – Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin. Discover how to trust in God, yourself and others as you experience these new challenges! Click here for the Rock & Raft packing list and release form (PDF).

Cost: $575 (Early Discounts: First $535, Second $555)

2024 Dates: June 16-21, July 7-12


Youth completing Grades 9-12

Cruise up and down the mighty Mississippi River on a houseboat. Relax with friends, new and old, as you navigate the remote islands, wide sandy beaches, and beautiful landmarks along the river. Anchor the boat somewhere new each night and enjoy swimming, games, faith conversations, and worshipful campfires on the beach.

Cost: $750 (Early Discounts: First $710, Second $730)

2024 Dates: June 23-28, July 7-12, July 14-19, July 28-August 2


Youth completing Grades 9-12

Get off the ground and spend a week in a mobile hammock village. You’ll experience (or re-experience) many traditions of other programs at Ewalu like night games, a Pioneers hoe-down, and s’mores. “Hang out” at Ewalu’s many landmarks and enjoy spontaneous camp adventures while you build confidence, explore your faith, and develop your unique gifts as a leader. Bring your hammock from home or purchase one at our Camp Store when you arrive.

Cost: $525 (Early Discounts: $485, Second $505)

2024 Dates: June 16-21, July 21-26, August 4-9

Boundary Waters

Youth completing Grades 10-12

Voyage by canoe through the serene wilderness of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota to the edge of Canada. You’ll travel through remote lakes and forests, live in simplicity, and take in the beauty of the wilderness. Explore the joys of life and faith along with mind-blowing sunsets, incredible wildlife, and inspiring night skies. Canoe experience and swimming skills are required. Click here for the Boundary Waters packing list (PDF).

Cost: $625 (Early Discounts: First $585, Second $605)

2024 Dates: July 21-26

Leadership Training (LT)

Youth completing Grades 10-12

As a Leadership Training participant (LT), you’ll learn effective leadership skills to practice at your school, church, community, home, or even as a future camp counselor! During this powerful four-week experience, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at camping ministry while growing in faith, boosting your self-confidence, and living in a Christian community. Serve as a role model for younger campers, and mature your faith and understanding with an excellent and supportive group of peers. Click here for the LT page.

Small stipend provided.

LT Program Dates (choose one session):
Session 1: June 9-28 & July 7-12
Session 2: July 14 – August 9


Application Information

  • Applications open Dec. 1, 2023.
  • Please complete all application materials by March 31, 2024. Applicants will be notified of acceptance in April 2024.
  • Apply OnlineClick to begin
    • Please create a personal account with your own contact information, rather than a family/parent account.
  • LT Reference FormFor new applicants, please email/share form with references

Registration Information

These programs are for youth completing Grades 9-12. For youth completing Grades 1-5 or 6-9, click the “Elementary” or “Middle School” pages on the menu above.

To reserve your spot, we must receive your registration and refundable $100 deposit.

A Sibling Discount of $50 is given for each additional camper from the same family. To receive the Early Discount prices listed, registration forms must be received or postmarked by the First Early Discount Deadline of Feb. 29, 2024. The Second Early Discount Deadline is April 18, 2024. Additional financial assistance is available; contact Ewalu for more information.

Use the links below to register online or download a registration form to mail or email your registration. Summer camp brochures/registration forms will be mailed out to 2023 campers and distributed at many Lutheran churches across Eastern Iowa; check with your local congregation, or contact us for a full-color brochure.

Complete Registration Online
Download Registration Form
View Summer Schedule Grid

Additional weeks and custom programs may be available for youth groups by request. Please call for details, cost, and availability.


Emily Tull, Program Director
Phone: 1-563-933-4700

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