Camp Ozanam

A Letter from Julia Hohner – Camp Ozanam

A Letter from Julia Hohner – Camp Ozanam 800 800 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

Greetings! My name is Julia Hohner and I am thrilled to join the St. Vincent de Paul Detroit team as the Director of Camp Services.  While I’m new to the organization in this position, my connection with the camps extends nearly a decade—I started as a counselor at Camp Ozanam in 2012, worked there for five years, and have volunteered at the camps ever since. Taking on this role feels like coming home in so many ways and I can’t wait to work with you in the coming years to continue building and improving our camps.

For nearly a century, St. Vincent de Paul has been providing children from southeast Michigan, who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity, the chance to enjoy the excitement and adventure of a summer camp experience.  More than 100,000 children have splashed in the waves of Lake Huron, learned new skills, slept under the stars, built their self-confidence, and grown in their faith. After pausing program operations during 2020, we are overjoyed to be able to safely resume serving campers this year—in no small part due to the generosity of so many Vincentians who have committed their time, talent, treasure, passion, and prayers to camp.

Camp will certainly look different this year.  There will be LOTS of cleaning, cabin groups will be smaller and spaced out, campers will wear masks during some activities, and our activity schedules will change a bit.  But alongside our fervent commitment to the health and safety of our campers (which you can learn more about here) is a promise to preserve the magic of summer camp. Even though this will look different than any other summer at Camp Ozanam, our goal is that campers will remember their excitement, laughter, and spiritual growth at camp above all else.

While the summer camping season may seem far away, with the start of April we are now less than 100 days from our first day of camp! In the next several weeks, we hope you’ll be able to support us in making this summer a success. Here’s how you can help:

  • Enroll Campers – Your Conference President has received a packet with our new enrollment procedures and a list of campers who we’d love to return in 2021.  If you’re interested in helping to enroll campers for your Conference, please connect with your President to learn more about how you can help and some upcoming enrollment training opportunities.
  • Join Us for Camp Work Day – On Saturday, May 8th from 9 AM to 4 PM Vincentians, alumni, and volunteers from across the state will be joining us at camp to clean, do yard work, and get our facilities ready for the summer. You can check out the details of the day here or click here to register for Camp Work Day.
  • Help Recruit Summer Staff – A successful summer at Camp Ozanam is always dependent upon a strong staff—passionate and capable counselors, activity specialists, team leaders, cooks, and maintenance staff are essential.  Do you know someone who would be a good fit for our summer staff?  Check out our website to learn more about available positions and learn how to apply.
  • Go Golfing – Yes, you read that right!  Even a day of golf can help support camps.  If you haven’t already, be sure to register for this year’s Annual Golf Outing to support St. Vincent de Paul’s camping program.  You can access the online registration form here.

Thank you in advance for all of your support—without you, my work would not be possible.  I can’t wait to see what this summer has to hold and to share with you the joy, love, and blessings that your hard work will make possible this year.

 

God bless,

Julia Hohner

Camp Ozanam – Annual Vincentian Day

Camp Ozanam – Annual Vincentian Day 1000 1000 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

Camp alumni and Vincentians along with their families gathered at Camp Ozanam on July 13th for the Annual Vincentian Day.

It was a perfect day for family and friends to gather at camp to meet our campers, tour the facility, enjoy a meal together and to honor this year’s Camp Medallion Award recipient Paul Michael Thoen, a man who has dedicated over 40 years to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Detroit, mostly with our summer camp program.

Mike has given countless hours to make sure underprivileged boys and girls throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit have the opportunity to have a life-changing camping experience for free.  Through his commitment and passion, Mike exemplifies the values we associate with

Camp Ozanam; Accept, Share and Develop.

Thank you Mike, for serving others

Save the Date – Vincentian and Alumni Saturday, July 13th

Save the Date – Vincentian and Alumni Saturday, July 13th 1000 1000 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

It’s Not Too Late to Enroll Campers!

We realize some families are not able to attend an Enrollment Gathering or they enroll for camp after the Enrollment Gatherings. Conferences can work with the family to fill out the paperwork, interview the camper, and send the completed packet to the Camps Office (they do not have to attend the Enrollment Gathering). Conferences will need to make sure all the paperwork is filled out (see the sheet “How to Fill Out the Forms”) and include a copy of their physical and proof of age (only for new campers). Then, mail the entire packet to the Camps Office.

Thank you for your support for Camp Ozanam and our Campers and families!

Save the Date!

Save the Date! 1000 1000 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

Save the Date!

This Year’s Vincentian and Alumni Gathering is Saturday, July 13.

Enjoy visiting at Camp Ozanam with a mouth-watering BBQ lunch, tours of camp, and visit with alumni and Vincentians. Plus, spend time with summer campers before they depart!

An event postcard will be sent out with more information this spring. If you would like to be added to our mailing list please email you name, address, and other contact information to Lori at admin@campsconnect.org.

Attention Parents!!!

Attention Parents!!! 1000 1000 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

Attention Parents!

It’s that time to reach out to your local Vincentian to find out more about camp. Enrollment is open to campers of all religious faiths. Campers do not have to be Catholic to attend our camps but they do need to go through their local Catholic Church that has a St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Conference. To find a parish near you with a SVdP Conference go to www.svdpdetroit.org and select “need help” and “general assistance.”

Or, call your nearby Catholic Church. 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.

SVdPD Camps Work Day, Saturday May 4

SVdPD Camps Work Day, Saturday May 4 1000 1000 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit

We Need You at… Camp Stapleton & Camp Ozanam!

We will be working on a multitude of projects around the camp. Bring the family…all ages welcome as long as they can work! Join us for a day or just a few hours! Meals, one night of housing, and fun provided. Bring bedding and toiletries for your overnight stay.

HERE IS A SMALL LIST OF THE TO DO’S…

  • Beach Clean-Up
  • Painting Cabins
  • Cutting Wood
  • Cleaning
  • Preparing Camp for the Season
  • Raking Leaves
  • Replacing Smoke Detectors
  • Having Fun!

This is a wonderful opportunity for service to prepare the camps for campers and serve alongside other Vincentians and camp alumni. Space is available for youth groups and families, as well as individuals and couples. Please register at 810-622-8744, or email ckrucker@svdpdetroit.org.

Thank you for your support!