Programs

Clearwater Camp is for girls ages 8 to 16. From assembling the right campers for a cabin or a canoe trip, to creating a camper’s weekly individual schedule, to developing an extraordinary staff, we are actively guided by our mission to foster confidence, courage, compassion and community.

At Clearwater, a girl discovers that she is capable of so much more than she ever dreamed possible. She learns to try, to persevere, to stretch herself beyond the limits she once knew. She leaves camp each summer having taken important steps in her journey to becoming a strong, confident woman who respects herself, others, and her world. All of this happens while she is having so much fun that it will never even occur to her that the experience is good for her.Emily M., former camper, counselor and current camp mom

Clearwater provides a place where girls and young women try new things without a fear of failure in a truly supportive environment. Girls that experience a summer at Clearwater regularly call it their “second home” and our campers return with such consistency that many alumni view Clearwater as the place they grew up and found their life-long friendships.

Clearwater Harbor unit group photo

Harbor

Ages 8-10

Our youngest campers live on the mainland, in cabins that have bathrooms in their cabins. The overnight trip is typically a first exposure experience and focuses on introducing these campers to basic tripping skills and making them aware of what we do while out on a trip, while also having fun!

Campers paint each other's faces at Harbor Carnival
Campers prepare for game at Harbor Carnival

Harbor campers have closer access to their cabins and are working on their interpersonal skills by learning how to live with others. They also are learning how to take personal accountability for themselves and actions (i.e. making their bed, cleaning up after themselves, and other hygiene habits). For many Harbor campers this is their first time away from home for this length of time and are therefore also learning independence.

We love the energy and curiosity that these campers bring to camp while learning about our program, history, and traditions. They have a positive attitude, and are eager to get the full camp experience. Harbor campers form relationships with Cape and Point campers during free time, all-camp activities, and meal times, and are able to find role models amongst many of their camper peers.

Clearwater Cape unit group photo

Cape

Ages 11-12

“In between they say we’re in between.” The middle ages of our camp program love experiencing living on the island for the first time. The overnight trip provides a structured learning environment to further develop basic (technical, attitude, team work, risk management) skills while on a 3 day, 2 night trip.

Group of campers cheer at Cape Party
Group of Cape campers pose together

Cape campers walk over the bridge to get between their cabins, activities, and the dining hall, and the bathroom is a short walk away from their cabin. This increases their independence, and also develops their problem-solving skills (i.e. what clothes do I need to bring with me for the morning?). Campers are also developing their ability to live with others and work as a team to complete a common goal (i.e. cabin cleanup).

Our Cape campers ensure that all campers are treated fairly, and are good at making sure the younger campers are included in mixed-age group activities.

Clearwater Point unit group photo

Point

Ages 13-16

Our oldest campers live the farthest away from the mainland of camp on the island. Point campers experiment with when, where, and how to best use the technical, attitude, risk-management, and teamwork skills they learned when they were younger. Many Point age campers further develop their leadership skills while on extended overnight trips.

Campers pretend to attack sleeping girl in hammock
Campers stand on fence to watch sports game

The Point campers are also establishing life-long friends in an environment away from technology. They are frequently called on to be leaders, to be role models to the other girls at Clearwater. Camp affords them the opportunities to make decisions independent from older adults, and work on effective communication skills (i.e. being a skipper in a regatta).

We rely on the Point campers to help keep the camp magic alive, be great role models, and provide the traditions and history to younger and first time campers.

Group of leaderships sit in camp shed

The Leadership Program

The year after a young woman has advanced through all her camper years – the summer before she graduates from high school – is when she is given the opportunity to start teaching other campers. At Clearwater, that transition period between being a camper and becoming a counselor is called the Leadership Program.

The unique experience of Leadership summer has helped create a me that is more confident, more loving, more understanding, and more patient. Clearwater Camp is a place of life-changing moments and beautiful people.Sally G., 2012 Leadership

The Leadership Program works to build character and leadership skills among program participants by having them take increasing responsibility for camp management. As they learn how to lead groups of campers, they develop the courage to become independent, thoughtful young women in other aspects of their lives.

Young women look excited while wearing monster onesies
Camp group waves from a speedboat

To facilitate that development process, trained and experienced staff members organize workshops for the Leaderships featuring instruction and discussion about leadership skills, which can then be practiced during assignments at camp. Throughout their tenure, Leaderships help teach activities, organize special programs, supervise cabins and assist with numerous other valuable projects as they step up as visible members of camp staff.

Leaderships were my heroes when I was on the Harbor and the Cape. I wanted to be just like them when I was older. Now, I finally have the chance to give girls what I received when I was in their position.Hannah F., 2013 Leadership

The Leadership experience is a service-learning program, a true commitment and a willingness to give back to camp, where participants transition from being served to learning to serve others. Leaderships gain invaluable skills, while developing into the leaders of tomorrow.