Camp Ozanam

For 98 years campers have been experiencing joy, excitement, and adventure at St. Vincent de Paul Detroit’s Camp Ozanam.  Located on the shores of Lake Huron, 85 miles north of Detroit, Camp Ozanam is a wilderness adventure where kids can participate in activities like swimming, arts & crafts, sports, camp fires, and so much more at no cost to their family.

Camp Ozanam has made a lasting impact on over 100,000 children throughout southeast Michigan, helping to foster a greater sense of confidence, independence and leadership skills—attributes that are beneficial long into adulthood. Learn more about the St. Vincent de Paul Detroit Camping Programs and the History of Camp Ozanam.

Summer Camp Program

Our summer camp program, offered at Camp Ozanam for both boys and girls ages 8 to 14, provides the benefits of a traditional summer residential camp in a safe, fun-filled atmosphere where campers are inspired by the gospel of Jesus Christ. SVdPD offers a free one week summer camp program for children who present an identifiable need such as death in family, foster care, underprivileged, and/or economic hardship. For general information about our Summer Camp Program, who may be eligible, and how to enroll a camper, download our 2021 camp brochure.

This year, children need the joy, excitement, adventure, and opportunities for growth and exploring their faith that Camp Ozanam provides more than ever.  After being isolated, spending countless hours in front of computers, phones, or tablets, and enduring the ongoing stress of a global pandemic, children (and parents!) are craving an opportunity to get out of the house, make new friends, and try new things.

We are thrilled to be able to offer the opportunity for a safe return to camp, albeit at limited capacity, to families this year. Our children are our greatest treasure and we recognize the great responsibility we take on as we operate a residential camping program during this time. As we’ve dreamed, planned, and worked to make a safe camping experience possible this year we have consistently kept the health and wellbeing of our campers, their families, and the camp staff our number one priority. For a detailed outline of the health and safety measures being taken at Camp Ozanam this summer, please read our 2021 COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan. This plan was developed to meet all current state regulations and is aligned with the American Camping Association’s best practices for operating a residential camp during this time.

Camp Ozanam is an accredited member of the American Camp Association, which is the highest governing body of camps in the United States.  Visit their website to see the high standards we must comply with for accreditation at

Our Free Camping Programs…

This year, we are offering two camping programs for campers ages 8-14 at a limited capacity to ensure the health and safety of campers, staff, and their families.


Our Traditional Camp program, open to children ages 8 to 12, provides children who are underprivileged and suffering familial economic hardship with the chance to enjoy outdoor activities in a Catholic summer camp environment. Activities include swimming, skits, sports, arts and crafts, animal farm, outdoor skills, team building, and much, much more.


Camp Ozanam Adventure Camp is for children ages 13 to 14. This week-long program features leadership skills and independence as campers prepare their own meals and work in a group setting. Self-esteem is enhanced by participating in team building and off-site activities, such as a daylong canoe trip, that challenge the campers to step out of their comfort zone.

How to Enroll

Enrollment is open to campers of all religious faiths. Campers do not have to be Catholic to attend our camp but they do need to go through their local Catholic Church that has a St. Vincent de Paul (SVdPD) Conference. Please call the Catholic Church in your area to see if they have a SVdPD Conference or if they can recommend a parish close by that has one. You may also contact St. Vincent de Paul Detroit to find your local SVdPD Conference by calling (313) 393-2930. Be sure to ask for assistance in finding a local SVdPD Conference so that you can enroll in Camp Ozanam’s summer camp program.

The following is required for new or returning campers attending any program:

  • Agreement of parents/guardians that this will be a good fit for this child and must be in good standing with the camp.
  • Agree to follow the Camp Ozanam Code of Conduct.
  • The family must annually present an identifiable need in order to qualify to attend.
  • Campers must be registered by a Vincentian from their local parish and/or personnel from an approved agency.
  • Identification, with birth date, for each child attending camp (birth certificate or current report card with date of birth listed on it).
  • Copy of current physical within 12 months of the date child attends camp.

Camp Rentals

Camp Stapleton and Camp Ozanam may be the perfect setting for your rental needs. We have hosted band camps, family reunions, sports camps, leadership training, retreats, receptions, youth camps, conferences – the list is long. We would love to work with you! For more information, email Julia Hohner.

Work At Camp

We are always searching for dedicated, energetic, faith filled, friendly, and hard working summer residential staff over the age of 18 to be counselors or to fill other leadership positions. Click here for more information and an application for a rewarding summer.

Volunteer At Camp

Volunteers are an integral part of our camping program all year around. Here are just a few ways you can help us at camp…

SVdP Camp Work Days

After being closed for a year and a half, we need YOUR help to get Camp Ozanam spick and span before campers arrive this summer. Join us for our 2021 Camp Work Day on Saturday, May 8th from 9 AM – 4 PM to help get our cabins cleaned, grounds straightened up, and facilities ready for the summer. Learn more about Camp Work Day by checking out our flyer or click here to register.

High School Volunteers

Each week, during the summer program, we need 4 to 5 high school student volunteers to assist with the program working primarily in the kitchen (helping with dishes, setting the tables, cleaning) and then lend a hand with the evening program. Due to current restrictions, we will not be inviting high school volunteers to participate in the program in 2021.  Check back next year for more information!

Adult Volunteers

Adults are also welcome to volunteer their time during the camp program as long as they are not a parent of a child in attendance. Spend a week during summer camp sharing your love for nature, performing arts, sports, or whatever your niche is with children.  If the kitchen is where you are most comfortable they would be most happy to have you. Due to current restrictions, we will not be inviting adult volunteers to participate in the program in 2021.  Check back next year for more information!

Camp Alumni

A vital part of who we are today is thanks to our camp alumni or, as we would like to call them, “Our Camp Family.” Whether a camper back in the day or a former staff member, you are still important to the camp program. We would like to recapture the energy and enthusiasm you still have for camp and hope that you will become involved once again. There are many ways you can do that…

  • Participate in the Alumni Day held at camp in July (Note: Camp Alumni Day will resume in 2022)
  • Attend one of the alumni events held throughout the year
  • Support our Brick Paver Program
  • Like our Facebook page – SVdP Camp Ozanam
  • Donate to send a child to camp
  • Take a moment to write down your story so it’s added to the history. You can submit any camp stories to Julia Hohner.
  • If able, volunteer a week of your summer
  • Get your hands dirty and join us for our annual SVdP Work Days
  • And, always, remember us in prayer throughout the year

Ways YOU can Support Camp Ozanam

Here are a few ways you can help out.

Financial Donations

Camper fees must be fully funded through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. If you would like to donate to support the camp program you can do so here, or you can contact the Development Office at 313 393-2695.

Get Involved

It’s time to share your time and talents with the camp program! Whether you are a Camp Alumni or a person with a big heart and would like to volunteer at camp – we need you!

Pray For Us

We believe in the power of prayer. The more prayers the better we are! So take a moment today, tomorrow, next week, next month and pray that the camp program will continue to change lives of all involved (youth to adult) and that our legacy of serving those in need will continue for another 90 years.  Amen!

From volunteering to praying to donating we need you!