Camp

Camp in 2021 will follow the recommendations from Camp Wood YMCA and the American Camp Association (their accrediting body) to provide as safe an environment as possible, but we know we cannot eliminate 100% of the risk. Check out campwood.org/covid-19 for more details on their plans, including a “policies and procedures” document at the very bottom that details specifically all the cleaning and social distancing protocols. Episcopal Camp COVID-19 protocols are available here and will be updated as additional planning happens.

Episcopalians have been attending Summer Camp the first week in June at Camp Wood YMCA for over 80 years. Camp Wood is accredited by the American Camp Association–a process that has over 300 safety and quality standards. There are separate age-appropriate Christian education, camp activities, and sleeping arrangements for four age-groups, as well as healthy well-balanced meals with accommodations available for allergies.

Camp Wood features a variety of activities such as horseback riding, archery, climbing tower, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, water slide, mud slide, arts and crafts, and sports. The volunteer Episcopal staff provides solid Christian education, featuring worship, music, small group discussions, and prayer.

When: June 6-12, 2021
Where: Camp Wood YMCA, Elmdale, KS
Who: Students in grades 3-12 for 2020-21 school year (you must have finished third grade to attend); Camp is NOT restricted to Episcopalians or regular churchgoers. All are welcome, so feel free to invite friends and family. 2021 Camp will be limited to 104 campers.
Cost: $500
Payment plans are available. If you choose, UltraCamp will automatically divide the cost of camp over the remaining months between when you register and the start of camp. 
Registration: online via UltraCamp
Scholarships: You can apply for scholarships on the registration form. Information about your household income will be required. Scholarships are awarded by a committee. Your parish should also be able to provide some scholarship money.
Cancellation Deadline: Two weeks prior to the start of the camp session for a 100% refund. At any time with a doctor’s note for 100% refund.

Learn more about Mega Camp.  Check out this video and handbook:

Help make sure every child and youth in grade 3-12 is invited to camp! Postcards will be sent to every previous participant and every parish. Share them with someone who hasn’t been to camp before!

Starting in 2015, all Camp Staff must be invited. Contact the Youth Missioner if you are interested in serving on Camp Staff.

Read what people are saying about camp:

  • I love the community and people that go there. Everyone is awesome and accepting.
  • I love the friends I made. It was so fun it was hard to say goodbye.
  • My time at Camp Wood brought me closer to God. I learned a lot and had an overall great experience.
  • In his own words, “That was the best week of my life!” I think he enjoyed it. He came back recharged, happy, enthusiastic and open. It was amazing.
  • Excellent. We have the opportunity to send our child to other church camps but the theology he is getting in the Diocese of Kansas is life-giving and nourishing to him.
  • It blows my mind that these are volunteers and yet my children are valued and loved, cared for and kept safe. The staff are professional level!!
  • Organized, well-run, solid theology, fun, safe, trustworthy.
  • Being welcomed into a family and getting to know new people. Being able to drop all my problems and just be me for a week.
  • The confidence my daughter gains from a week without her regular support network is a big draw. She comes home more comfortable in her faith
  • This camp allows for our boys to interact with other Episcopal children. We are from a very small town with a very small church so this is a great experience for them.
  • No Nerds, No Geeks, No Jocks, No Dweebs, just kids.

Have concerns about sending your child? Check out these articles:

Questions? Contact Diocesan Youth Missioner, Karen Schlabach, kschlabach@episcopal-ks.org.