Three Camps : One Week
Faith ~ Friends ~ Fun
Registration form: Check back here in January 2020
Episcopalians have been attending Summer Camp the first week in June at Camp Wood YMCA for over 80 years. Camp Wood is accredited by the American Camp Association–a process that has over 300 safety and quality standards. There are separate age-appropriate Christian education, camp activities, and sleeping arrangements for all three age-groups, as well as healthy well-balanced meals with accommodations available for allergies.
Camp Wood features a variety of activities such as horseback riding, archery, climbing tower, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, water slide, mud slide, arts and crafts, and sports. The volunteer Episcopal staff provides solid Christian education, featuring worship, music, small group discussions, and prayer.
When: Sunday, May 31, 2:30 pm to Saturday, June 6, 11 am, 2020
Where: Camp Wood YMCA, Elmdale, KS
Who: Students in grades 3-12 for 2019-20 school year (you must have finished third grade to attend); Camp is NOT restricted to Episcopalians or regular churchgoers. All are welcome, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Cost: The cost is $460 if you register by April 1, $475 if you register between April 2-May 8, and $490 if you register or pay after May 8. There is a $50 non-refundable deposit required at the time of registration, the remainder is due by May 8.
Those needing scholarships should register for camp by April 1, 2020. The diocese has 20 scholarships for $150 available for those with extreme financial need. You can apply for scholarships on the registration form. Information about your household income will be required. Scholarships are awarded by a committee. Your parish should also be able to provide some scholarship money.
Cancellation Deadline: Friday, May 8, 2020. There are absolutely no refunds after Friday, May 8. Regardless of your payment status, you will still owe the full price for camp unless you notify us that you are canceling your registration by May 8.
Registration form: Posted in January 2020
Learn more about Mega Camp. Check out these new videos about camp:
- 12 Steps to prepare you and your camper for camp
- What should campers bring to camp?
- Drop-off and Pick-up procedures
- Camper Safety and Staff Training
- Ideas for Camper Mail (hint: not food)
- Mobile phones at camp
Help make sure every child and youth in grade 3-12 is invited to camp! Brochures will be sent to every previous participant and every parish. Share them with someone who hasn’t been to camp before!
Starting in 2015, all Camp Staff must be invited. Contact the Youth Missioner if you are interested in serving on Camp Staff.
Read what people are saying about camp:
- I love the community and people that go there. Everyone is awesome and accepting.
- I love the friends I made. It was so fun it was hard to say goodbye.
- My time at Camp Wood brought me closer to God. I learned a lot and had an overall great experience.
- In his own words, “That was the best week of my life!” I think he enjoyed it. He came back recharged, happy, enthusiastic and open. It was amazing.
- Excellent. We have the opportunity to send our child to other church camps but the theology he is getting in the Diocese of Kansas is life-giving and nourishing to him.
- It blows my mind that these are volunteers and yet my children are valued and loved, cared for and kept safe. The staff are professional level!!
- Organized, well-run, solid theology, fun, safe, trustworthy.
- Being welcomed into a family and getting to know new people. Being able to drop all my problems and just be me for a week.
- The confidence my daughter gains from a week without her regular support network is a big draw. She comes home more comfortable in her faith
- This camp allows for our boys to interact with other Episcopal children. We are from a very small town with a very small church so this is a great experience for them.
- No Nerds, No Geeks, No Jocks, No Dweebs, just kids.
Have concerns about sending your child? Check out these articles:
- Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Episcopal Summer “Mega” Camp
- 2019 Camp Confirmation Email
- Why the World Needs Summer Camp
- How to tell if your child is ready for Summer camp
- What’s Needed to Prepare Your Child for the Future? The Answer May Surprise You…
Questions? Contact Diocesan Youth Missioner, Karen Schlabach, email@example.com.