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Camp EWALU celebrates 50 years


Camp EWALU is a bit hidden in northeast Iowa, located just outside Strawberry Point. But it's existed for 50 years.

The camp is owned by 193 Lutheran churches in eastern Iowa. But the camp is open to campers with any religious affiliation.

This summer's eight weeks of camp just kicked off June 12th.

"At the moment 950 campers signed up. By the end of the summer more than 1000 campers," said Camp EWALU Executive Director Dale Goodman.

Children going into third grade can attend a week-long camp. The camp is filled with activities from crafts to swimming. But Camp EWALU also includes some religious study.

"Have an opportunity to grow in their faith. To grow in their understanding of the Christian community. Grow in their relationship to God," said Goodman.

Camp EWALU sits on two sites. A 500 acre main site, and another 250 acre site north of Strawberry Point. After 50 years, the camp is still growing. A capital campaign just wrapped up to build some new cabins and lodges.

"Now we're ready for the next 50 years!" said Goodman.

Camp Executive Director Dale Goodman said EWALU is the perfect place to get away from the buzz of everyday life and reflect on what's really important to us.

"It's really a jewel in northeast Iowa, and it's a great place to be. The opportunity to get away and focus on something different than your daily life," he said.

There's an open house Saturday, June 18th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the camp. Refreshments and tours are available.

Another, larger celebration is set for Labor Day weekend.

For more information on the camps available, click here.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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