The Iowa Branch Promotes Literacy Through Camp Lookout
The Iowa Branch owns and operates Camp Lookout, a non-denominational, summer camp for boys and girls located south of Montrose, Iowa on fourteen acres overlooking the scenic Mississippi River. In session for 6 weeks each summer, it is a fun camping experience for boys and girls age 7 – 17. Activities at camp include swimming, archery, camp craft, tennis, hiking, volleyball, arts and crafts, and spiritual life, to name a few.
With the call of the International to promote literacy, an idea was born to link these two projects. For a few years now, the Iowa Branch has offered 7 area libraries a campership – a free week at Camp Lookout – for use in promoting their Summer Reading Programs. In many libraries, names were drawn from those signing up for the Summer Reading Programs to receive this prize. One library held a writing contest to determine their winner.
Camp Lookout has been in continuous operation since 1927. Each night a campfire, songs, and prayers are held at “The Point” overlooking the Mississippi.