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Summer Camp

At Clearwater Forest each session of camp for children, youth, adults and families is rich in a variety of activities, fresh air, engaging worship, and connection building. The loving, enthusiastic and dedicated summer staff provide guidance and support for campers to take healthy risks through fun, challenging and adventurous activities. Whether its learning to paddle a sea kayak or completing the high ropes course, these activities help any camper stretch and grow in a safe Christian community. Leadership opportunities abound for all ages – from choosing daily activities, participating in planning and leading worship, to leading a cabin or quest group through the various daily activities.

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SUMMER CAMP

Summer camp programs at Clearwater Forest are suspended in 2020. Clearwater will remain open for rental groups that follow the state health department’s guidelines. Read more below…

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COVID-19 UPDATE

Clearwater Forest remains open for rental groups that follow the state health department’s guidelines.
COVID-19 Response & FAQs  //  Cancelation Policy Update  *Updated 5/20/20

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STATEMENT ON RACIAL JUSTICE

Clearwater Forest stands firm in our Christian beliefs that each Black life is created in God’s image, because every human is created in God’s image. We commit to using our shared voices to speak against systemic injustice.
View full statement & Racial Justice Resources Page

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TRANSFORMATIVE DEVELOPMENT

2020 Summer Staff

The Clearwater summer staff have been quarantining together at camp since June 7th, and our focus with them this summer is a time of transformation. We are not just training them to be camp counselors – we are working on their spiritual development and relational ministry (as opposed to transactional). We are partnering with Kelli Gotthardt, a spiritual director in Santa Cruz, Paul Young, the author of The Shack, and many local pastors in the PC(USA). All of these professionals are working with the staff to dissect Luke 10:27 within the context of today’s divisive society and how to have hard conversations rooted in love.

We have already seen such tremendous growth in these young adults, and we are incredibly excited to see how this development will take shape when they are working hands-on with children and youth next summer.

Discovery Camp

Discovery Camp

Tailored towards young campers looking for a week of making friends and getting active in the outdoors…

Jr. High Camp

Jr. High Camp

A week of action packed activities and games, outdoor experiences and bonding with cabinmates…

Sr. High Camp

Sr. High Camp

Take an active role in camp with more freedom to plan and choose activities while developing leadership skills…

Family Programs

Family Programs

Come to Clearwater with your grandchild(ren) or first time camper and make memories that will last a lifetime …

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Registration

To register for summer camp you’ll need to set up an account in UltraCamp, our secure online database, by clicking the ‘Register Now’ button below. This account is for your whole family and can be used year after year. You will use this account to register for summer camp, retreats and other events at Clearwater. All forms, permissions and waivers for any camp or retreat will be completed within your account. A confirmation receipt followed by detailed communication will be emailed to the primary account holder. This will include links to a packing list and other necessary information regarding the program you registered for.

Registration FAQs

Fees are due paid in full 10 days before any camp session begins. If registration occurs within 10 days prior to the start of the session, all fees are due with registration.

Realizing that everyone has a different ability to pay, Clearwater Forest has instituted a voluntary three-tier fee program. You may choose the tier that is most suitable for your situation. It is a free-will system; you tell us what is affordable for you or your family.  All participants receive the same Clearwater Forest experience no matter what they pay!  For those who cannot afford Tier 1, additional financial assistance is available to ensure that all children, youth and adults have the wonderful opportunity to attend camp. In addition, some families might use this system to give themselves a multi-child or multi-week discount.

Tier I is our historically subsidized rate and does not reflect the true cost of operating summer camp programs.
Tier II is our partially subsidized fee for those who can pay a little more but still cannot afford the actual cost of camp.
Tier III more closely accounts for the true costs of camp, including wear and tear of facilities and grounds.

OUR GOALS:

  • To provide the highest quality programs possible.
  • To serve all community income levels.
  • To preserve camp for generations to come.

Again, this program is voluntary and in no way influences the experience anyone will receive. It offers the opportunity for families/individuals to take an active role in supporting the true cost of any camp experience at Clearwater Forest!

We want everyone to experience Clearwater Forest! Please check with your local Presbyterian Church first, and then check with the Clearwater Forest office where additional financial assistance may be available.

Office: (218) 678-2325; office@clearwaterforest.org

Each camp fee includes a minimum non-refundable deposit of $100. If registering within ten days of the start date for the camp, all fees are due at the time of registration.

*Check our updated cancellation policy for 2020 to find the most up to date information.

Camp fees may be transferred to another session of camp or refunded (minus the $100 deposit) up to 10 days prior to the start of any session. Any amount of financial assistance received for a camper that cancels will be refunded only to the provider of the financial assistance. Cancellations due to sudden illness, injury or extreme weather will be refunded the full amount at Clearwater Forest’s discretion.

*Check our updated cancellation policy for 2020 to find the most up to date information.

Clearwater Forest does not prorate the fees for any programs. If a camper or guest is to arrive late or depart earlier than the scheduled program times, please notify the camp office.

2020 Pricing

At Clearwater we believe every kid should get to experience summer camp, regardless of their family’s financial situation. For this reason, we use a 3 Tier pricing structure (see below). Each family can decide for themselves which level suits their needs. The level you choose is completely confidential and has no impact on the quality of your child’s camp experience.

Clearwater Tier 1 Pricing
Clearwater Tier 2 Pricing
Clearwater Tier 3 Pricing
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Sailing Camp

Spend the week at Clearwater learning knot tying, equipment management, and, of course, how to sail! Campers will sail on Clearwater Lake during the day, and participate in evening activities with the rest of camp at night. Excellent instruction and lots of water, games, and fun help make this week unforgettable!

Available for Adventure & Sr. High Campers!

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Blog Posts

Blog: Why Every Kid Should Go to Camp
Blog: Parent's Guide to Summer Camp
Blog: Summer Camp Encourages Personal Growth

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