"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.
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