clearwater forest

Choose Your Own Adventure Camp


Girl Power! – June 24-30, 2018

What do worms, hammers, art, laughter, campfires, Zentangles, cooking, yoga, games and more have in common? Girl Power! And a wonderful week for middle school girls is the answer!

One of the new ventures at Clearwater Forest this year is a week of special opportunities where the participants can choose their own adventure. The Rev. Mary Koon of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, MN, is leading a Girls Empowerment Week at Clearwater.  She is creating an opportunity to play, experiment, talk, and embrace who they are as children of God with a variety of creative women of faith joining them each day for their adventures.

“I envision a week where girls are together experimenting, talking, sharing and learning.  The whole idea comes from my concept of growing self-esteem in girls—knowing themselves as children of God, feeling free to try new things without fear of failure, learning from strong, passionate women and reaching out to others,” Mary says.

Grit and Grace: Heroic Women of the Bible will ground the Quest time for this group. Each day, the girls will experience/experiment with a different skill or activity, taught by someone who is passionate about the topic. We want to give the young women coming to camp a safe place to learn new skills and talk about the tough stuff. Activities may include mountain biking, painting, fishing, and light woodworking.

Mountain Biking – June 24-30, 2018

Program is limited to 16 campers!
Explore the trails of Clearwater Forest by bike! We will spend the week learning the basics of mountain biking, going on short and long biking excursions, and cross training to engage and stretch our muscles for a lifetime of fitness and outdoor exploration.!

Photography – June 24-30, 2018

Program is limited to 10 campers!
Bring a camera and capture all the beauty, nature, science, and wonder that Clearwater Forest has to offer. We will learn the basics of photography like depth of field, rule of thirds, and focus, and then we will journey into the wilderness and find live and still objects to capture. You will not have to worry about not taking enough picture during your week at camp; there will be plenty of photographic memories to remember your amazing week.

Music & Arts – June 24-30, 2018

Program is limited to 10 campers!
Music is extremely important to the Clearwater experience. If you would love to stretch your creative muscles, this session might be a great choice for you! We will spend our time at Clearwater prepping for an end-of-the-week showcase complete with dancing, singing, props, costumes, and instrumentation. If you play guitar, feel free to bring yours with you!

SURVIVOR – June 24-30, 2018

If you have ever wondered how much fun it would be to be a contestant on “Survivor,” this camp might be for you! We will challenge ourselves in physical, mental, and team-building challenges, gets to know the others in the group very well, and have fun playing out different strategies of the game.

Orienteering – June 24-30, 2018

Program is limited to 12 campers!

Clearwater Forest is located on 1,000 acres of land, but we seldom get the opportunities to explore much beyond the cabins, waterfront, high ropes, and basic hiking trails. If you want to maximize the area of camp you get to explore, the weeklong orienteering session may be for you! We will cover the basics of how to use a compass and map, exploring new areas of Clearwater Forest, and competing in exciting races!

Clearwater Forest Camp & Retreat Center