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. SVdP 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 General Camp Ozanam Brochure.
If you want to know what happens at camp check out our Camp Blog. We know you’ll enjoy them. And if you are a parent and worried about safety, we understand that too! 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 Three Free Camping Programs…
Depending on your age and interest, we have three different programs campers can choose.
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 high ropes and off-site activities; such as an overnight canoe trip, that challenge the campers to step out of their comfort zone.
LOVING ARMS CAMP
Loving arms, offered with St. John Health System Open Arms program, is for children ages 8 to 12 who have suffered a loss of a friend or family member and are having a difficult time coping. Campers will participate in the daily activities of the Traditional Camp program with the exception of a second activity time, which will be used to help the youth manage angry feelings, develop positive coping skills, discover personal strengths, decrease depression, and improve their self-esteem.