Meet Squirt! She’s excited to be coming back to Camp Ozanam for her third year on staff to make an impact on the returning and new campers. She’s looking forward to meeting the new campers and building on relationships with returning campers. From Warren, MI, she will be attending Oakland University in the winter to pursue a degree in social work. She recently graduated from Macomb Community College with her associates degree. Her favorite camp song is, “What can make a hippopotamus smile?”
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Meet Aurora! This is Aurora’s fifth year at Camp Ozanam. She is from Troy, MI and she graduated this past May from Wayne State University with her masters in social work. She’s looking forward to working with the summer staff to make this an amazing summer for all the Camp Ozanam campers. She’s excited to eventually start working with children and adolescents to empower them to become the best versions of themselves. She loves to travel, eat grilled cheese, and spend time with friends and family! #CampOzanam #SummerCamp2019 #BeHisLight
Meet Socko! Socko is returning to Camp Ozanam for her second year as a staff member. Originally from Lapeer, MI, she is in her third year of studying mechanical engineering. Her future goal is to travel as much as possible and live a life she is happy with. This year, she’s looking forward to working the rock wall and high ropes again. Socko’s favorite bible verse is “The best thing we can do is always enjoy life.” Ecclesiastes 3:12
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Meet Clover! Clover is a returning staff member to Camp Ozanam, for the second summer as the Health Officer. Clover is originally from Riverview, MI. She graduated from U of M Ann Arbor with a bachelors in psychology and is currently working toward a masters in social work. She’s looking forward to getting to know the kids and helping them to have a camp experience they’ll always remember and cherish. She hopes to work with youth and young adults, helping them to be mentally healthy and able to reach their goals. Her favorite bible verse is Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” Also, shhhhh!.... she is secretly a leprechaun! J
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This week we welcomed 26 staff for orientation/training (pictured above) to staff CYO Camps and Camp Ozanam through the Camps Connect collaborative. What an amazing group of staff we will have this summer! Our theme for 2018 is “On Fire for Jesus,” and they are definitely on fire! We ask that you keep the staff, volunteers, and campers in your prayers this summer. Many of them will be working at both CYO Camps and Camp Ozanam as need arises, even with one camp designated as their "home base". Per camp traditions, CYO Camp staff do not usually have "camp names" and Camp Ozanam staff do.
And now, we would like to introduce you to each one of them!
Welcome to ALL the Camps Connect staff this summer! Parents, volunteers, and camp supporters, please partner with us in praying for our staff and campers this summer, that lives will be touched and set "On Fire for Jesus!"
SAVE THE DATE!
This year's camp Vincentian & alumni picnic will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016.
Here are all the details! Invite friends and family to attend with you!
This amazing crew of over 100 volunteers spent the weekend with us preparing both camps for the summer. So much was accomplished in such a short period of time, it was very overwhelming! We are truly blessed by the many volunteers who continue to support the mission of the camping program. We can't thank you enough for all your hard work and dedication! THANK YOU!
New this year - SVdP Camp Work Days are April 30-May 1. Bring the family - all ages welcome as long as they can work! Join us for two days, a day, or a few hours! Overnight lodging and meals provided. We'd love to have your help sprucing up the camps so we can give the youth and families we serve a beautiful camp experience!
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Thank you to everyone who came out to make the day a huge success. We are truly blessed with dedicated volunteers (new and returning). Lots of work was accomplished! Thanks for your continued support of both Camp Stapleton and Camp Ozanam. We wouldn't be here today without volunteers like yourselves!
The 2015 Work Day was Saturday, May 2nd, and spectacular weather drew a record turn-out of volunteers. The day started at Camp Stapleton where several ambitious teams tackled clean-up chores in all the cabins. Mattresses were wiped down, windows washed, and winter’s dust balls and cobwebs were swept away. Camp Stapleton alum Ruth Lehy Kessel returned to camp for the first time since working as a counselor in 1975 and 1978. Now a member of St. John Neumann Parish in Canton, Ruth and her husband Dan recently joined their SVdP Conference and decided to come up for Work Day, along with 2 other members from their SVdP Conference.
“This place brings back so many wonderful memories,” said Ruth.
At Camp Ozanam, one of the main projects was ripping the shingles off the Potowatami/Penobscot cabin. Relatives of Tuffy Denome, a long-time Vincentian from the 1960s and 70s have been volunteering at camp for nearly 20 years in his honor, and they usually choose a big project to work on together.
Work Day 2016 is scheduled for May 7, 2016.
Put it on your calendar and plan to join us!
ANNA BLACK MORIN, Camp Director of Pine Forest Camp in Greeley, PA recently received national attention when she wrote about the truths she's learned about being a fourth-generation camp director, new mom, and the incredible things that kids are learning at camp. Written with her wit and wisdom, by asking your camper a few leading questions you can discover how camp has given your child independence, resilience, and confidence.
Morin's article is a great resource for parents so much so that we want to share it with you. We also encourage you to ask your camper these leading questions, to discover just how powerfully they have changed with the light of Christ.
What's One thing you learned about God that you can apply at home?
When we meet Jesus, not only does He change our present, He changes our future.Sometimes life leaves us in confusion - head down, discouraged, and without hope. The pressures that kids face today can make the dreams of becoming something or someone great seem so distant. When you fan the flame of what your child has learned about God at camp you give them an encouraging reminder that they can shine!
What has God taught you about the truth of who you are?
Everyone loves a good story.
Gripping stories can launch us to the edge of our seat championing for the underdog to win the big game. Then, bring us to tears when injustice befalls the innocent. And then sigh with contentment when everything turns out alright in the end. God has a purpose for your child's story. In Mark 4:21-34, Jesus reminds us of the power He has given us in our personal story. It echoes the purpose for the light He has given us - to shine!
How can you let your light shine?
See the theme here? Asking your child how they can apply the theme of summer camp to their life at home reminds them of who they were at camp.... the courageous song leader, the supportive cabin-mate to a homesick friend, the star of the stage, the camper praised for helping others, or the camper who conquered their fears on the high ropes course. The identity that kids earn at camp gives them the opportunity to become the best, happiest, truest version of themselves as they rejoice in the reality of who God created them to be!
When we ask our kids about camp and how it has changed their life, we are sharing more than words - we’re sharing the most valuable gift, the Gospel!
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