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 www.acacamps.org.
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.