We are making the final plans for our 62nd year of summer programming! In addition to some incredible facility upgrades which include: new mattresses in most of the cabins, a new bench swing circle, completing the worship circle, and moving the bike shack; we are preparing for a summer filled with relationship building, faith formation, and time to be in God’s woods and waters. Be sure to sign up soon so YOU can be part of Summer 2016 – Fearless Faith!


Come to Clearwater Forest for the day or weekend as we prepare the facility for summer programming!  We have a TON of things to do!

  • Planting 1,000 white spruce saplings along the entrance roadwork group
  • Replace pavers by Eagle and add a new sitting area by Eagle back porch
  • Deep clean the cabins
  • Finish installing the new mattresses and removing the covers from 120 old mattresses
  • Build benches for the new bench swing area
  • Trail workWindow washing
  • Moving materials from the old shop to our new maintenance building
  • General landscaping
  • and more!
We have a few campsites available for tent camping for the weekend.  Overnight rates apply, however we will provide all volunteers a free lunch on Saturday!
Please RSVP to rich@clearwaterforest.org so we can have an accurate count for volunteers and lunch!
Every family needs time together… to play, grow and pray as a unit. Whatever your unit looks like (parents, kids, partners, grandparents, sisters, uncles, cousins…), bring them to Clearwater Forest for some renewal time this summer! Join us for time on land and in Clearwater Lake, on the ropes course and in discussion. Time away from the daily distractions and responsibilities is never a waste of time as it will only strengthen your family.
Here is what we promise during Family Camp:
  • Fellowship with each other and other families
  • Recreational time: hike, boat, swim, climb, cycle, play
  • Meaningful worship to engage all ages
  • Study of God’s word with age-appropriate discussion
  • Tasty food and comfortable accommodations
  • Personal time to tend to your soul(s)
Activities include:
  • Games galore
  • High ropes for youth entering grades 7 (vertical playpen available for ages 8-11)
  • Waterfront – swimming, kayak, canoes, sailing on Saturday afternoon, and pontoon rides
  • Nature Hikes – see the Eagle/Osprey Nests, wildflowers, check out the loons and more!
  • Meet the summer staff and particpate in thier commissioning on Saturday afternoon
  • Camp tours
  • Great craft activities
Rev. Brennan Blue, Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, will be leading the retreat’s worship experiences. Brennan has spent many summers working with families and youth during mission trips, camps, and retreats.

Clearwater Summer Staff Team

The summer staff will be leading many of the activities throughout the event.

We are looking forward to serving you soon!

Join us on Saturday, June 11 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for our annual Friends and Family Day!  sailingIt’s a great way to spend time at Clearwater, meet the staff, take out a kayak or canoe, tour the lake on the pontoon or on our sailboat, enjoy a nature hike, hang on the high ropes course and be part of the staff commissioning during our afternoon worship.
For our first-timers, this is a great time to tour the camp, meet the staff and get a feel for what a week of camp would look like!  For our first time campers (yes, those that came in 1952, it is a great time to reconnect and share your stories of how summers at Clearwater Forest changed your life!
Please RSVP to office@clearwaterforest.org so we can have an accurate lunch count!
Our ministry simply can’t do what it does without support from individuals, congregations and our Presbyterian ministry partners. There are many ways you can help Clearwater Forest thrive this year!

  • PRAY! Pray for our staff, the summer programs, our retreat guests, our ministry partners, and the Clearwater Forest Board of Directors.
  • Be part of our work days/work groups (May 14 and Sept 17). New this year – work from your home / church and build benches, picnic tables, swings, and more.
  • Give to our annual fund. It takes a lot of resources to manage the 1,016 acres of property, the 40 plus buildings, hire the summer staff, and to pay the utilities!
  • Give to our scholarship fund. We were blessed with generous gifts last year that allowed us to give over $11,000 in scholarship funds. We simply do not turn away campers for financial reasons!
  • Sponsor a summer staff counselor kit. Create a direct link between yourself and a staff member who is spending their summer changing lives – both the campers and themselves.
  • Support our facility / wish list with an outright gift or if you have a gently used item that fits our needs, we will be happy to accept it.
  • Be part of Clearwater’s long-term vision/mission by joining the Eagle Society. These amazing individuals have recognized how important Clearwater Forest has been in their life and have included our ministry in their estate planning.
  • Consider an IRA Rollover Gift. If you are over 72-1/2, you are now able to make a charitable contribution up to $100,000 from your required disbursement with significant tax savings.

Our ministry relies on faithful people who recognize the vital ministry that Clearwater Forest plays in our campers, summer staff, and retreat groups lives. We invite you to partner with us in some fashion as we truly allow people the opportunity to grow in God’s woods and waters.

Clearwater Forest remains a sacred space for so many people. Your support is truly what makes this place so special! If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a visit, please feel free to contact me. I am looking forward to seeing where God leads us this year!

In Christ,

Rich Swartwood
Clearwater Forest

Clearwater Forest Camp & Retreat Center