Our Camps, Camp Ozanam and Camp Stapleton, are located six miles apart, on the shores of Lake Huron, approximately 85 miles northeast of Detroit, are close to home, yet a world unto themselves. The serene natural beauty of our rustic yet cozy camps offers the ideal setting for our traditional summer camp program, rental opportunities, outdoor education, and special events.
Since our first summer in 1923, thanks to donor support, our camping program has allowed over 102,000 disadvantaged youngsters the opportunity to enjoy a fully funded camping experience along these great shores. In addition to our amazing donors, we have over 25 dedicated seasonal staff that work the program, even more volunteers annually that give hours, days and /or weeks that benefit the program, and the dedication of alumni that have graced us with many treasures.
Camp Ozanam and Camp Stapleton have made a lasting impact on the lives of the children we serve, the summer staff, volunteers and those who have rented the camps for over 90 years! You can read about our rich camp history broken down in three parts.
We hope you’ll be a part of our legacy!
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.
Download our Summer Camp Brochure for more information about Camp Ozanam including our summer theme. If you would like to see what happened last summer through the eyes of staff and campers, check out our Bug Bites Newsletter, we know you’ll enjoy it. 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.
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.
Campers do not have to be Catholic to attend our camps but they do need to go through local Catholic parishes that have a St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Conference. Please call the Catholic Church in your area to see if they have a SVdP Conference. If not, see if they can recommend a parish close by that has one. If you are unaware of your local Catholic Church call #1-877-ST VINCE press #5 and then follow the prompts.
The following is required for new or returning campers attending any program:
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 check out our rental website.
Is it time to unplug the family and spend quality time without all the distractions? Then checked out our Gray House that sleeps 7 at Camp Stapleton. Open year around, 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.
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.
Volunteers are an integral part of our camping program all year around. Here are just a few ways you can help us at camp…
All ages are welcome to come up and help us prepare for the summer during our annual SVdP Camp Work Day, held the first weekend of May. We have over 60 volunteers that come up for the day to work on various projects throughout the camps.
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 .
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. Download an application today!
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…
When was the last time you updated your contact info? Send a quick email to Caroline Krucker so that you are added to our alumni newsletter and email blasts.
Here are a few ways you can help out.
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!
Help us continue our celebration of 90 blessed-filled years by supporting our Brick Paver Program.
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!
If you would like more information on the camp please contact us:
Our camps are located on the shores of Lake Huron approximately 85 miles northeast of Detroit. Directions from the Metropolitan Detroit area: I-94 east to Pt. Huron exit #275, follow M-25 toward Lexington north along the lake. Camp Stapleton is three miles north of Lexington and Camp Ozanam is 8 miles north.