Camp Ozanam

In light of the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis that has hit our nation, with guidance from our SVdPD Leadership Board and health experts, both camps will be closed for the 2020 camp season.

For 95 years kids have been going for a week-long camping 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 disadvantaged children throughout southeast Michigan, helping them foster a greater sense of confidence, independence and leadership skills – Attributes that are beneficial long into adulthood.

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. 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 2019 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

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, 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.

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 (SVdP) Conference. Please call the Catholic Church in your area to see if they have a SVdP Conference or if they can recommend a parish close by that has one. You may also contact St. Vincent de Paul to find your local SVdP Conference by calling 1-877-788-4623. Press #2, #5, and then follow the prompts, which will ask you to leave a message. Be sure to ask for assistance in finding a local SVdP 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 (there will be opportunities for campers to obtain a free physical once they are enrolled for 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.

Is it time to unplug the family and spend quality time without all the distractions? Then check out our Gray House that sleeps 7 at Camp Stapleton.  Open year round, this is the perfect week/weekend getaway – no internet, TV, and, best of all, cell phone reception is hit or miss! Walk the shores of Lake Huron, bring some board games, have a camp fire, all while truly spending quality time as a family.

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

All ages are welcome to come up and help us prepare for the summer during our annual SVdP Camp Work Days, held the first weekend of May. We have over 60 volunteers that come up for the day to work on various projects throughout the camp.

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. If interested, download and fill out an application.

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. Fill out an application today!

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
  • 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
  • Plan / Host / Join the Committee for an alumni event
  • 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 help send a child to camp please 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!

A Path to OZ

Help us continue our celebration of 90 blessed-filled years by supporting our Brick Paver Program.

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!