MARCH 2019
Dear Chris and Sheila,
Letter from Liz Baker, Executive Director
Dear Friends of the Clearwater Trail,
Camp is tucked away in a blanket of snow resting up for a fun-filled summer with the campers and staff. I was lucky enough to be there in the beginning of February. As I walked along the paths, I found myself flooded with memories of campers laughing, playing and of course growing. 
I know this growth because this time of year is when I have the privilege of interviewing staff and leaderships. The team we are assembling is so excited to be with the campers. The following are quotes from some of the counselors and leaderships who have this to say about what they want for campers this summer:
“I think it is important to encourage girls to try and put their best foot forward no matter what skill level they are at a certain activity.  I encourage other campers to cheer on other girls at camp and support one another in their growth/development at that activity.”
“Clearwater holds a very special place in my heart. Clearwater is a place where girls become young women. Simply being a part of this transformation is an incredible experience. I absolutely love watching and helping my campers become more confident, independent, and happy.”
“Every Clearwater girl is unique and individual. I want to strive to the best of my ability to recognize everyone’s individual talents and make them feel special for even the smallest accomplishments.”
 “I want to give back to a place that has given me so much. I want to be a part of the magic and keep our amazing traditions alive. I hope I can help these girls to grow and be confident in themselves and to be able to have fun.”
“I think what I give is also what I gain. I hope I take away the feeling that I had a part in positively affecting the life of another, whether it be major or minor. Inspiring campers to be all they are capable of being so that they can go out into the world and pay it forward. The experience of seeing a camper walk away freer, and excited to live their own personal journey.”
So many of us who come together to make camp happen are busy planning another great summer. We are counting down the days until June 19th, the first day of camp, when we will enthusiastically greet new and returning campers on Tomahawk Lake! This joy becomes more and more palpable as the snow melts and camp comes to life.
In the meantime, please do read on in this Burgee of the latest Clearwater happenings. Wishing you a great rest of the winter and coming spring. Please feel free to reach out to me, I’d love to hear from you!

WELCOME New Year-Round Directors 
You may have already heard the news that Clearwater has two new year-round directors! We welcomed Sheila Ferguson as our Development and Communications Director back in January and on March 18, Jennifer Lee will join us as the Associate Director. 
Sheila has a long history with camp via her husband's family and her daughter, Quinn, who will be a fifth year camper on the Point this summer. Her 30 years of nonprofit leadership will build upon the strong foundations set in place by Sunny, Ruth and Sandy over the years since camp became a nonprofit. Read more about her here.
Jennifer has an impressive resume with leadership in higher education and as a camp professional. Jennifer went to camp as a child and was hooked ever since. She told us that she has admired Clearwater for many years and jumped at the chance to become part of such a remarkable organization. Read more about her here.
Clearwater is so fortunate to be able to work with two highly qualified and heart-felt people as we create an amazing, high quality summer experience for our campers.

THANK YOU for Investing in Camp 
We are truly grateful to the nearly 200 donors who invested in camp during the last few months of 2018 that yielded $123,000 via #GivingLoonsDay and our Holiday Campaign. The private donations you make are used to ensure the highest quality experience embedded in our 86 years of tradition to foster confidence, courage, compassion and community in the girls and young women at camp.
If you are interested in supporting Clearwater with a tax-deductible gift, please donate online or mail a check payable to:
Clearwater Camp Foundation
P.O. Box 152
Minocqua, WI 54548
Interested in other creative ways to support camp? Please contact Sheila at 901-830-7896 or

MANY THANKS to ALL OF YOU for your generous and loyal support that creates a magical summer for all our campers.

History of Camperships 
By Alix Sommer Smith, Board Member
“To provide the Clearwater Camp experience to as many girls as possible – because we know it makes a difference in their lives and they will make a difference in the world.”
This statement of Clearwater’s vision is the principle behind the Campership program. In 2008, one donor made it possible for one girl to attend camp through a $1500 gift. That continued in 2009 and 2010.  In 2011, it was determined that 25% of the holiday campaign would be earmarked for Camperships, and from then through 2016, anywhere from nine to seventeen Camperships were awarded based on donations ranging from $18,725 to about $21,000.
In 2016, the Campership Committee was faced with seventeen worthy applicants and insufficient donations to adequately fund them all. When the committee approached the Board with its dilemma, wallets opened, checkbooks emerged, and suddenly there was enough to provide Camperships for all the applicants! Camperships in 2016 totaled $30,150 due to the generosity of the Board and a couple of other last-minute donors.
As the 2017 season approached, the Board came up with a solution – to fund the Campership Committee from the annual budget to a baseline of $30,000. Donations would still make up most of that amount, but if, say, in the 2017 holiday campaign, donations reached $25,000, Clearwater would add $5,000 to assure that there would be a base of $30,000 for the Campership Committee to use. It was hoped that the amount would be sufficient. But Clearwater’s fine reputation continues to spread, and our mission and vision continue to impress. Campership applications continue to rise, and our vision is still in place. In 2018, the Campership Committee came back to the Board to request $35,000 for the 2019 season, a wish that was, thankfully, granted.
Clearwater’s Camperships have assisted families from 11 states and 3 foreign countries, encouraging diversity among our campers. One hundred campers have received Camperships through 2018.
In March, the Campership Committee will meet to determine recipients for 2019, in hopes of assisting more girls to have an experience that will make a difference in their lives, and ultimately, help them to make a difference in the world. And we continue to ask for your help in making it possible through your donations to the Campership fund.
In This Burgee:
2019 Registration Open
Remaining Tuition Due:
 April 15
All Forms Due:
May 15
Full Session:
June 19 - August 8
(wait list)
1st Session:
June 20 - July 13
Introductory 1A Session:
June 19 - July 3
(limited availabiilty)
2nd Session:
July 15 - August 8 
(wait list)
Introductory 2A Session:
July 15 - July 29
(wait list)
August 10 - August 14
*Click for more info.

´╗┐Meet Clearwater in Chicago 
March 7: 
Camp Expo
6-10 PM
Prospect School 
March 8:
Meet & Greet
5-7 PM
Broken Barrel Bar
March 10:
Learn About Camp
1-3 PM
Family Home

Camp Resources 
Sharing a few good resources as you prepare and think about summer camp! Click on the title of each item for MORE! 
Parent Betsy Castillo directed us to this great article that we shared on social media, but wanted to make sure you didn't miss it. 
Some of you may want to get a jump on packing, so here's your list! 
Top 10 Tips from the American Camping Association 
Send in your ideas and we will share in the next issue of The Burgee.


Parents: Find Photos In 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 via social media. 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! 
  1. Log into your Camp in Touch Account 
  2. Click on Photos
  3. Look for "MyCamper" in the middle of the bottom black bar

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! 

Minocqua has recorded OVER 5 FEET of SNOW .... so far this winter!!
That's a MAILBOX in this photo!!
Also, watch this great tour of SNOWY camp by Bill Otto, Director of Operations!

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Clearwater Camp for Girls
7490 Clearwater Rd
Minocqua, WI 54548-9209