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 Entering Camp in the fall
Dear ,
Letter from Liz Baker, Executive Director 
Dear Friends of the Clearwater Trail,
I was fortunate to be able to spend the last few weeks up at camp when the foliage was brilliant. Even with it being somewhat cloudy and rainy, the forest was ablaze with crimson and gold. What came to my mind are the changes that take place with each season. Our girls come to camp each summer and because of the growth they experience, we see the change as they develop into a better version of themselves.
This fall season brings a different kind of change to Clearwater. As many of you know we are seeking to fill a Development and Communications Director position. And as you will read further in this Burgee, we will soon be looking for an Associate Director. Both of these roles are central to what we provide to our Clearwater Community. They are year-round positions that require communications to the Clearwater Board, parents, and myself to bring camp to life.
I would like to give recognition and appreciation to these women before we move forward. Sandy Boles, our former Development Director and Ellen King our current Associate Director have brought Clearwater to new levels over the past three plus years. Many of you have had the pleasure to get to know them, and I am lucky enough to stand side by side with them.
Ellen King, our Associate Director is one of the most dedicated advocates for camp that I know. She has worked tirelessly to improve staff training, engagement with staff and families, camp’s social media presence and things such as keeping us up to standard for our American Camp Association Accreditation, to name a few. Ellen cares about the details of the individual camper experience. She has shown us her devotion as she connects with campers, their families and staff. For example, Ellen would be in her office well before flag raising, with a cup of coffee in her hand, either connecting with parents or thinking how to motivate staff that day or thinking about what camper might need that little bit of extra attention to make them feel special and worthwhile. Thank you, Ellen, for all you’ve done for Clearwater, we sure will miss you!
Sandy Boles approached Clearwater and said “I believe whole-heartedly that the [Clearwater] mission does in fact manifest in the campers in life-transforming ways”. And that was the beginning of Sandy leading Clearwater in our Development efforts from the heart. And to promote camp, you have to understand our mission, vision and values and Sandy’s passion for Clearwater is palpable. Sandy took the tiller and sailed forth and gave Clearwater a yearly Development plan, created infrastructure and improved our mammoth of a database system, as well as guided Clearwater’s Culture of Philanthropy mind-set. We are lucky that Sandy will continue being a steadfast friend to us as she has agreed to be our Development Advisor. So, it is not farewell, but we sure will miss working with you on a daily basis.
Thank you, Ellen and Sandy, for your dedication and love of Clearwater. Just like each Clearwater daughter leaves her campsite better than when she found it, so have you. You have given us a piece of your heart that will always be part of us. We wish you all the best and know that you are not going to be strangers with us in the future, Clearwater will always be a welcome home for you.
Sending all the best to our Clearwater community and thank you for your support of Clearwater Camp. I know you share with me the gratitude we feel for Sandy and Ellen. I encourage you to reach out to them to thank them personally at and
Parent and Camper Perspectives on the Summer 
At the end of each summer we enjoy hearing about each camper’s experience, whether new or returning. We glean most of this information from our camper surveys that we distribute towards the end of each session, but we also hear some tidbits from families as they are enrolling their daughter for the next summer. Another place we like to gain insight from is through the end of summer parent survey. A big THANK YOU to all the parents who participated. We relish in hearing from you on what you want to continue and are what we should consider for future improvements to our program.
What did we learn? We would like to share with you some of what we’ve heard from the parent and camper surveys in this fall Burgee:

From the parent survey, on the highlight of their daughter’s summer:
I believe that since she has been back from camp she is more responsible and independent.” – 1st session parent
"I always love the maturity and growth that I see each summer. It is so important for me to provide an environment for the girls to feel safe and vulnerable so they can grow; especially in an all female space." – 1st session parent
"Reading that she is having too much fun to write." – 2nd session parent
Suggestions for next year:
"Make packing list resources more readily accessible." - 2nd session parent
"Those who come on the bus never get a chance to get a top bunk - perhaps a lottery?" - 2nd session parent

From the camper survey, on their experience:
“I’m learning to get out there more and make friends, so camp is going well.” – 1st session, 13 year old camper
“I think I have grown a lot in the past 2 years at camp. I’m learning to be more respectful and responsible, and to be a better role model. I also loved my cabin and this year as a whole.” - 1st session, 15 year old camper
“At camp I like that it lets you be yourself.” – 1st session Harbor camper
“Everything. I LOVE it here, I have so many opportunities to try new things.” – 2nd Session, 12 year old camper
“I love how I've grown as a person, I like that we get to do every activity.” – 2nd Session Harbor Camper
We see the camper surveys as an opportunity to hear about their experience but also to determine if we are meeting some of the outcomes of the camp experience. We utilize the Youth Outcomes Battery (YOB) developed by the American Camp Association (ACA) and measure outcomes of Responsibility, Friendship, and Problem Solving-Confidence. We wrote a blog post about it last year, check it out.

More than anything else, we are thankful to be able to provide these experiences of confidence, courage, compassion and community to our campers and their families.
Saying Goodbye 
By Ellen King, Associate Director 
Ellen KingAt camp we’re accustomed to saying goodbye to our friends at the end of the session. But we’re not always accustomed to describing what it is exactly that we are feeling. In the latest Telltale (our camper newsletter), Liz talked about how the last day of camp brings a mixed bag of emotions. She said, “Campers are looking forward to seeing their loved ones (including pets!) and yet it can be hard to leave a place where you have found connections with friends, counselors and camp itself. It’s hard to leave a place that brings you so much happiness even if camp is not always entertaining and pleasurable.
It is with this same sentiment that I am writing to you, the Clearwater community, to share the news about the days ahead. I will be saying my good-byes to Clearwater in December. Truly, I am grateful for the opportunity to have felt the voyageur spirit that is innate to every Clearwater daughter, and look forward to taking it with me. You know I will miss greeting the campers on opening day and getting to spend so much time with them. I will miss watching the staff grow as counselors and individuals and seeing them on their highest of highs, lowest of lows, and everything in between. But mostly, I will miss the feeling in the air that the Clearwater experience provides. You know what I’m talking about, right? It is that same feeling you get when you're sitting on the red, yellow, and blue chairs that face the waterfront. Looking out across the lake, there is a feeling of peacefulness and happiness of memories made on the shores of Lake Tomahawk. I will take those memories with me. This year's banquet theme was "The Memories That Remain Will Always Be The Same" and I would like to conclude with that stanza. 
We have paddled down this stream, we have followed our distant dream; The beauty passing us as we go by; and the memories that remain will always be the same; the peace and quiet evermore shall stay. 
Development Update 
By Sandy Boles, Development Advisor
Sandy Boles
You likely received an email recently from Liz about a new full-time job opportunity with Clearwater Camp for a Development and Communications Director. It is with excitement that I  share with you that I will continue to be associated with Clearwater as a volunteer Development Advisor. However, because of the growth of your loyal and generous support of camp, Clearwater is looking for someone who can continue in my former role and bring additional experience that camp needs as we move into the future. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to help Clearwater in many facets of connecting with you. I cannot wait to see where Clearwater goes with the new Development and Communications Director!
Why I Volunteer for  
Memorial Day Work Weekend 
By Kate Dignan
640 miles was the distance it took to get to Minocqua from my house in Cincinnati OH and it was never one I minded. In the miles between my house and my “home” in the Northwoods, I found the drive soothing - even though I was heading into a weekend of manual labor, that work always felt meditative. Being in the Northwoods helps me center myself and reminds me what’s really important – “balm of the heart is here” was never a truer sentiment.
I spent years at Clearwater as a camper, a leadership and a counselor, so going back always felt in a way like going home. I didn’t mind that I’d be working hard on clean up weekend, because I always knew it was with good people and for something that gave to me so much more than I could ever give back to it. The first year I went to the cleanup weekend, I went knowing that on paper I knew no one but felt intuitively that as soon as my feet hit the ground, it would be like a family reunion. Honking as I pulled into camp, I looked around and saw faces I’d not seen in 20 years. Former campers of mine! Counselors of mine! Friends I’d shared cabins with! On top of that, I met new faces who became instant friends.
This year will be my 7th year going back (and now I have to fly to get there) but that distance still means little. I know at the end of that commute, I get to catch up with friends while cleaning the Deck, talking over life while watching the moon rise and sitting down to a good meal, tired from a morning of prepping cabins for counselors to move into. Clearwater taught me that doing something well means putting hard work into it – I love that I get to help get camp ready so new generations can learn that same lesson.
Table of Contents
2019 Registration Open
2019 Dates:
Full Session:
June 19 - August 8
1st Session:
June 20 - July 13
Introductory 1A Session:
June 19 - July 3
2nd Session:
July 15 - August 8
Introductory 2A Session:
July 15 - July 29
August 10 - August 14
See our website for complete registration information. We promise an unforgettable summer of adventure, lifelong friends, and lasting values.
Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near You:
The 2018 Voyageur
2017 Voyageur
You matter to Clearwater! help us keep in touch. In an effort to update our Alumnae database, we've made it easier to update your information. If you have not been receiving previous issues of the Voyageur, or if you have recently moved, be sure to update your information.
Clearwater Seeks Development and Communications Director 
This role will support and sustain Clearwater’s mission and strategic plan through responsibilities that include overseeing and providing strategic direction to support the development, philanthropy and outreach efforts of Clearwater Camp including donor relations. This position is also responsible for our communication and marketing strategies and associated collateral materials.
Applications are due by October 31st, or until the position is filled. We ask that each applicant submit a cover letter explaining their interest and her/his resume as well as the job application to
For more information about the position, check out the Job Posting.
Parents: Photos Uploaded into your Camp in Touch Account  
Many of you know that we are committed to preserving the magic of camp and therefore we communicate more minimally than most other camps. In an effort to share some digital copies for you, we have been working hard by going through our photos from the summer and have uploaded a few for each camper! With more to be added check back again soon.
  1. Log into your Camp in Touch Account 
  2. Click on Photos
  3. Look for "MyCamper" in the middle of the bottom black bar
Chef Dave's 
Kale Quinoa & Sweet Potato Salad 
You asked for it and here it is!
1 bunch kale, stems removed, rinsed and patted dry
1 C sweet potatoes, peeled, diced, & cooked
1 C quinoa, cooked
1/3 C Raisins, plumped in hot water
juice of one lemon
1 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T honey
salt and pepper to taste
3C parmesan cheese.
1. In food processor, process kale (small chopped pieces)
2. To make dressing, stir lemon juice, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper together in a large bowl
3. Add chopped kale, raisins, and parmesan to dressing
4. Stir all ingredients together and serve
In Case You Missed It 
We've been posting some fun trivia on Facebook (@CC4Gfans)
Harbor Aerial
What five Clearwater cabins were originally part of Pottawattomie Lodge?

Island Trivia
What was the name of the island when the Spragues purchased it?
Which cabins were moved across the lake and when?
Memorial Day Work Weekend 2017
May 24 - 27, 2019
Memorial Day Work Weekend is an opportunity for camp alumnae, families, and friends to come to Clearwater, live in cabins, and help get camp ready for another summer of fun. There is no fee for Memorial Day Work Weekend - we're just grateful for the volunteer spirit! 

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