Thursday, August 4, 2011

EWALU @ 50

Camp EWALU is celebrating their 50th year of outdoor ministry on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-5, 2011. This beautiful camp has touched the lives of over 500,000 people. It's also the place where we served on staff during our college years. We can testify to the Spirit-filled nature of this place. So come one, come all to the celebration! There will be live music, swimming, hiking, and much more. To whet your appetite, here is an interview with Kelsey Mackereth, Director of Church Relations for EWALU:

Who Started EWALU?

Ewalu was established in 1961 by the five eastern conferences of the Iowa District of the American Lutheran Church. It was owned and operated by 169 congregations. It is still owned and operated by over 180 churches within the Northeast and Southeast ELCA Iowa Synods.

What makes Ewalu unique?

Ewalu is a unique setting in which youth and adults can come together in discussion about their faith. Our programs offered are unique and range from camping in teepees amongst the pine trees to whitewater rafting down the Wolf River in Wisconsin. When asking staff and visitors this question they say 'the people make Ewalu unique'. The people who serve here and the people who worship here help create Ewalu as a special place.

How has Ewalu changed over its 50 years?

Over the years Ewalu has change through the number of people served and the facilities in which we host. When Ewalu started in 1961 there were two weeks of summer camp and 177 registered campers. Over the years these numbers have both grown with over 1,000 campers so far this summer and an average summer now consisting of eight weeks.

What are your hopes for Ewalu for its next 50 years?

To continue serving and offering a place for people of all ages to come and 'be'. 

What kind of events are planned for the 50th anniversary?

We have started off our celebration with two open houses earlier this year and will continue celebrating Labor Day weekend. September 2-5 will be a weekend long event full of camp activities for people of all ages. Activity options for this weekend are the high ropes, guided hike, arts & crafts, swimming, and much more. There will also be music performances by various Ewalu Alumni singer/song writers. On Saturday at 2:00 there will be a dedication of the new buildings. It will be a fun weekend to come enjoy this 'special place apart'.

Who is invited to the celebration?

Everyone is welcomed to come join us for this celebration!

Where can people find out more info?

You can find our more information on our website: www.ewalu.org, call: 563-933-4700, or email me at: community@ewalu.org

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