The Paula Kent Award for Social Justice

Paula Kent retired in 2018 and was Calumet’s longest serving staff member. Her parents were among the decision-makers back in 1959 when the Lutheran church bought Calumet for use as the church camp for the New England Synod. She and her siblings served on the staff in Camp Calumet Lutheran's earliest days, as did her spouse, her son, her nieces & nephews, and now her grand-nieces and grand nephews are campers and counselors, too.

During her year-round staff tenure, Paula was a longtime advocate for justice, diversity, and sustainability. This was the inspiration behind Calumet’s decision to create "The Paula Kent Award for Social Justice." The intent: to honor Paula's long-time service to Calumet by recognizing the service of another. Each year, the award recipient will receive a one-time gift from an endowment fund created for this purpose. It can be used however the recipent chooses to use it.

It is a wonderful thing that Calumet Nation can come together now and again to celebrate a person from among Calumet Nation who has impactfully made special efforts in the area(s) of justice, diversity, and/or sustainability.

Nominees are lifted up by the Calumet community to a task force with the responsibility of stewarding this effort. The task force meets and discerns, and then makes a recommendation to Calumet's Board of Directors. The recipient receives the award at an appropriate time when Calumet Nation can celebrate together.

To learn more about the nomination process, contact Knute.

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The awardee for the 2022 Paula Kent Award for Social Justice is Calumet alum Pastor Steph Smith.

A Zoom Celebration scheduled for November 1st at 7 PM will include special guests including Pastor Jon Niketh of First Lutheran, Lynn, MA who will offer remarks.

Upon learning of this year's awardee, Paula Kent shared: "I very much admire her and her ministry." At the November Zoom event, Calumet Nation will be reminded of the ELCA's long-time commitment to Social Justice. To request the Zoom Link for the event, click the button below.


The 2021 Paula Kent Award for Social Justice was granted to Calumet alum Chris Wu during a Zoom event.

Chris was a Peace Corps volunteer and was a highly respested summer staffer during his time on staff. It was a joy that Chris could be with us for the online event. Among the many who attended were his proud parents!

Special guests at the event were Paula Kent, alum Michelle Weagle who shared aspects about her life of service as a public school teacher, and alum Pr Jessica Lambert who offered a reflection about the ELCA's long-time commitment to Social Justice.

Nominations for the 2023 Award

Is there someone you would like to nominate for the 2023 Paula Kent Award for Social Justice? It's easy to do it. Nominations will be accepted by the task force beginning in the spring of 2023 and the award will be granted later in the year. The task force members are: Ginger Brownell, Ron Cashman, Don Johnson, Knute Ogren, and Sharon Plante. To nominate someone for this wonderful award that celebrates goodness in the area of Social Justice, visit this webpage in the spring of 2023 for information. We'll also be announcing the opening of the nomination process on Calumet's FB page, Instagram, and via email.



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Privacy Policy

Adopted by the Calumet Board of Directors October 12, 2006

Calumet's primary responsibility is for the safety and security of our campers . To help meet that responsibility, Calumet has adopted certain policies governing the collection and use of personal information.

This document describes how Calumet handles the personal information we learn about you when you contact us by mail, phone, email, or when you access our web site. Any personally identifying information you provide is voluntary. We use it for program registration, to fulfill requests you make, or to assist us in carrying out our mission.

Collection of Personal Information

Calumet collects your personal information when you register for a program, make a donation, or otherwise voluntarily provide such information. If you contact Calumet, we may keep a record of that correspondence. If you submit a camp application or registration materials, or an application for employment, we will keep those documents on file for at least seven years.

We will use your information to process enrollment requests, orders, and donations, to provide you with information about Calumet programs and services we believe will be of interest to you, and to ask for your support.

In some cases, a third party may be contracted by us to provide a specific service. We will only disclose as much personal information as necessary. For example, when we use the mailing service of our printer to send a Calumet newsletter, we will share only the information necessary for delivery of the newsletter. Any third party with which Calumet shares information has agreed to maintain the confidentiality, security, and integrity of the information.

We may share your information with third parties in other limited circumstances, including when complying with legal process, preventing imminent harm, or ensuring the safety and security of our campers, facilities, and programs. This includes confidential medical information that complies with federal statutes.

Calumet does not sell, rent, or otherwise provide information from our database to third parties except for the reasons stated above.

Online Privacy

Calumet complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). For more information about this law, visit

Calumet's web site automatically collects and stores anonymous data to determine the number of visitors to different sections of the site, to ensure the site is working properly, and to help us make the site more useful. We do not use this data to track or record information about individuals.

Calumet's web site does not use “cookies” or tracking mechanisms to collect any personally identifying user information. Cookies are used for maintaining user sessions only. You can set your web browser to notify you when you receive a cookie. This enables you to decide if you want to accept it or not.

Calumet's web site contains links to web sites not operated by Calumet Lutheran Ministries. These links are provided for your reference and convenience only and do not imply any endorsement of the activities of these third-party sites or any association with their operators. Calumet does not control these web sites and is not responsible for their practices. We urge you to review the privacy policy posted on any site you visit before using the site or providing any personal information about yourself.

Calumet has taken substantial precautions to ensure security for users of online services. Please be aware, however, that no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed secure. Consequently, Calumet cannot ensure or warrant the absolute security of any information that you transmit or provide to Calumet online.


From time to time, Calumet takes photographs and video (film and digital) of campers and retreat groups during their participation in Calumet programs. These photographs and video may be used by Calumet in promotional materials.

Calumet will make its best effort to honor any request from a parent to remove a photo of a camper from the web site.

Your Rights

Upon request, Calumet will provide you with access to all information we maintain about you. It is your right to correct any inaccuracies in that information.

You have the right to opt out of any mailings or other contacts from Calumet.

Parents retain these rights on behalf of their minor children.

If you have questions or concerns regarding Calumet's privacy policies, please contact:

Karl Ogren
Executive Director 
Calumet Lutheran Ministries
PO Box 236
West Ossipee, NH 03890-0236
(603) 539-4773 ext. 211
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