Welcome to the Family Creative Arts Festival Website!


The Family Creative Arts Festival is a summertime feast of arts, crafts, and recreation in the midst of the woods and waters of Presbyterian Clearwater Forest.

This annual tradition is open to families of all sizes and types including nuclear families, grandparents, infants, single persons, single parents, etc. Some participants attend the Family Creative Arts Festival every year, and in fact, the week has a feel of an extended family. Please know that everyone is invited to attend and new participants are welcomed with warmth and open arms.

Designed so that families and individuals of all ages participate and blend in the activities, the philosophy that hands and senses nourish the soul is realized through folk dance, music, pottery, photography, stained glass, silverwork, woodwork, painting and other media. Equally exciting crafts and activities are available for young children and young teens.

The program is led by a team of arts and crafts specialists and organizers. The Clearwater summer staff is on hand to provide supervised children’s activities, infant care, and help with recreational activities for children, youth and adults.

Family Creative Arts Festival painting

What’s there to do?

Activities include:

  • Singing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Folk Dancing
  • Boating
  • Music
  • Worship
  • Hiking
  • Discussion

Crafts & Arts include:

  • Woodworking
  • Stained Glass
  • Scrapbooking
  • Silver-smithing
  • Pottery
  • Stamping
  • Photography
  • Watercolor
  • Beading
Family Creative Arts Festival teachers

Family Creative Arts Festival glasswork

Where do I sleep?

There are several housing options to meet all budgets and comfort levels. Eagle Lodge offers comfortable rooms in an elegant setting. Leaning Tree Lodge provides guests with basic hotel-like accommodations. Osprey House has a bunk house feel with shared bathrooms and common area. The Summer Cabins offer comfortable bunk beds in a rustic setting, but with electricity. Grouse Circle is a scenic setting in the woods for tenters and RVers.

Presbyterian Clearwater Forest is located five miles south of Deerwood, Minnesota, just off MN Hwy 6. Click here for a map. To get there, follow 6 to Crooked Lake Road and then go west to the camp entrance on the right. For more information call the office at (218) 678-2325.

Clearwater Forest Camp

How Much Does It Cost?

Basic Fees (including meals & program)

  • Adults (22 & up) $240
  • Youth (12-21) $220
  • Kids (4-11) $140
  • Infants (3 & under) Free!

Lodging Choices

  • Eagle Lodge or Leaning Tree Lodge $320-$370 per room for the week (2-3 per room, with a shared bathroom between two rooms).
  • Osprey House $100 per person for week.
  • Summer Cabins $60 per person for week.
  • Grouse Circle Campground $105 per site/week (no hookups) or $125 per site/week with electricity (tents, RVs).

How to Calculate Your Fee

To determine your total cost for the week, select the appropriate basic fee and add the cost of your choice of lodging. The maximum fee a family will pay is $1050. Special fees are available for those unable to stay for the full week. Scholarships are also available to offset some of the cost.

Contact our Camp Director at Director@fcafestival.com for more information.

Lodging Applications in 2016

It was decided at the spring planning meeting to continue to use the guidelines for making decisions about lodging assignments that we’ve used in the past few years.  Lodging will not be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

We expect to have more requests for the rooms in Eagle and Leaning Tree Lodges than the 25 rooms that are available.

In order to give everyone an equal chance, we’re beginning to accept registrations and lodging requests NOW until June 20th.  All those who have registered by that date will get first consideration for lodging. Room assignments will be based on criteria such as medical needs, consideration of age, etc.  It is quite possible you will not have the same room as in previous years.

Only full time attendees will be assigned rooms.  We can’t hold rooms for part-time campers.  They will be accommodated in the other lodging choices. Here are some other lodging options to consider:

  • Summer cabins (all cabins now have lights, ceiling fans and electricity)
  • Grouse Circle campground (5 sites have electrical hookups)
  • RVs and tent trailers are available for rent from Hilltop Trailer Sales (formerly Lewie’s RV) in Brainerd. Click here for rental details.
  • Country Inn in Deerwood has rooms for as low as $80 per night. Click here for details.
  • Osprey House (rooms will hold up to 10 people with electricity and indoor plumbing)

Please consider what another lodging option could be if you’re unable to get your first choice.  We trust that we are a group of Christians who are willing to consider others’ needs before our own.

We hope we don’t disappoint anyone and maybe we’ll be able to satisfy everyone’s requests for lodging in Eagle and Leaning Tree, but we won’t know until we get the registrations.

Our suggestion is that you send in your registration and deposit before June 20th even if you’re not completely sure you can be there.  It’s easier to withdraw than to try to get in at the last moment.  We’ll refund your deposit if you cancel even up to the week of camp.  Of course, registrations will be accepted after June 20th but the only lodging options could be the ones listed above.

I hope this information is clear.  Feel free to contact me by phone (952-835-9480) or email Director@fcafestival.com or regular mail if you have any questions or comments.

Larry Pearson


Contact Larry Pearson at (952) 835-9480 or