"My name is P.J. or, as I’m called up at Camp OZ, Sasquatch. I’ve worked Camp Ozanam for two years now, starting in the summer of 2012, and I am planning to return next summer as well. I am currently attending Wayne State University where I am dual majoring in History and English with the intention of becoming a high school teacher. I love camp because of the sense of community that grows among the staff up there. Living together for six weeks through all of the trials and tribulations of a summer camp season really creates a bond that is stronger than just friendship, it creates a family.
I consider OZ my home now, and all of the staff my crazy extended family that I have wacky adventures with."
HOW CAMP CHANGED ME:
"I was super nervous to come to camp my first summer, as I wasn’t what I would consider a “camp person.” But camp has helped me grow in so many ways. I’m much more outgoing now and I’m much more comfortable doing all of the ridiculous things that camp requires of a staff member. Working at camp was honestly one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life, and I wouldn’t trade the experiences I have had up there for the world."
"My favorite camp memory is from Trip 3 this past summer. We had four sheep that were kind of camp pets, and one of them managed to break out of the pen. I was the first one who noticed, so I ran over to the Office and told Juice Box, our Program Team Leader. The look of horror on her face was priceless. She dropped what she was doing and sprinted over to the North side of camp, without shoes or anything. A group of the counselors then tried to corral the sheep back into the pen, but we only managed to let two more of the sheep escape. Finally, after some heroic efforts spearheaded by H.D. and Pebbles, we managed to get all the sheep back into their pen. It was just a ridiculous afternoon."
"One quote that sticks out came from Josh, a camper I had Trip 1 of this year. “'Hey guys, I have a good idea for a new evening program. We’re going to take all the girl counselors back to our cabin and tie them up…(here was a long pause in which everyone was terrified what the next part of the statement would be)…then we’ll make them give us candy!'(Huge sigh of relief)"
FAVORITE CAMP TRADITION:
"It’s a game we play that is similar to Capture the Flag. Each team has eggs (softballs) that are placed in their nest (a hula hoop) at opposite ends of the playing field. The object of the game is to run over, dodging all of the opposing team members, grab one of the eggs, and return it to your nest without getting tagged. If you’re tagged you have to sit down until someone from your team manages to rescue you, and then you skip merrily arm in arm back to your own side. Skipping is of course required. It’s my favorite game that we play at camp, and all of the kids love it. We break out the war paint and everything, it gets super competitive. Especially among the counselors."
Camp Ozanam is owned and operated by St. Vincent de Paul, an independent Catholic lay organization, which responds to the
needs of the poor of all creeds and ethnic backgrounds. Since 1923 St. Vincent de Paul camping program provides the benefits of summer camp in a safe, fun-filled atmosphere where youth are introduced to different cultures and are inspired by
the gospel of Jesus Christ. To apply to work at Camp Ozanam, apply through
Thanks to our volunteers and donor support, our camping program has allowed over
100,000 disadvantaged youngsters the opportunity to enjoy a fully funded camping
experience along the shores of Lake Huron.
"Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." -Matthew 5:16
God has blessed each one of us with talents and abilities. This is our light. When we share these gifts with those around us we light the way for everyone who lives in darkness and fear. This makes our light shine: a light of kindness, a
light of joy, a light of generosity, a light of loving acceptance, a light of friendship. Jesus is "the Light of the World" and when we do for others we reflect the glow of this brilliant light. Do not be afraid. Dare to Shine! The world needs His light.
"Dare to Shine" at CYO and SVdP's 2014 Summer Camps! To find out more check out www.campsconnect.org.
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Meet Erin and Olivia Parlow…CYO Campers with a flair for fun!
How has CYO Camp helped strengthen your faith?
Erin: CYO has helped me strengthen my faith by providing fun activities that bring me closer to God. For example, I enjoy evening reflections where we discuss a bible passage with the cabin. This helps me to see God through others eyes.
Olivia: It strengthened my faith by telling me God is always there even if you don’t
think so. I like being able to talk about God with others my age.
What would you say to a prospective new camper?
Erin: I would say CYO is happiness, sunshine, and fun!!!! You will always have fun here. There is sooo much to do!!!
Olivia: If you have never been to overnight camp before its a great place to begin
because everyone makes you feel at home.
Favorite Camp Song…
Erin: The Pharoh Song
Olivia: Jhonny Verbeck
Who is your favorite CYO Camp staff?
Olivia: Alyssa Quail
And finally, tell us a little bit about yourself…
Erin: I like to play soccer, cross country, basketball, sports in general and I like hanging with friends.
Olivia: I like dancing, singing, painting, and hanging out with my friends and
We thank the Parlow Family for letting us get to know Erin and Oliva. May God's blessings be on your family!
Since 1946 CYO Camps have been building hearts of service and strong character
through extraordinary friendships, meaningful relationships with adult role models, and awesome activities.
Visit the CYO Camps website for summer program information and to register. Summer Camp and Family Camp 2014 Registration is AVAILBLE NOW!
"My name is Alaric and I will be turning 17 in April. I am currently in 11th Grade at Roseville High School. I am also a Boy Scout with Troop 1491 and I am working on my Eagle Project, to benefit CYO Boys Camp. To raise funds for my Eagle Project I am presenting a Music and Comedy Concert on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:00pm at the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Roseville.
For more information about the Music and Comedy Concert: Click Here
Please join us for a time of fun, fellowship, and support for CYO Camps!
Music & Comedy Concert
to raise funds for service projects benefiting the CYO Boys Camp!
Please Join us on Sunday, February 23, 2014 @ 3 PM at the Historic Sacred Heart Catholic Community (18430 Utica Rd. Roseville, MI 48066 @ Gratiot)
No Admission: Freewill Offering
Concert Presented by Life Scout Alaric Gerstheimer-Seubert
& the Parish of Sacred Heart
Members of the Sacred Heart Music Ministry; Daniel Chesher, director of
Bands, Roseville High School; members of the Roseville High School Bands; Gary
Pace, director of music, St. Faustina, Chris Duffy, director of Music, St.
Athanasius; Boy Scout Troop 1491, and many others.
Questions: please contact Tom Seubert at Scoutseuby@yahoo.com
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