East Bay Camp, Hudson IL
July 3-9 2022
For the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is FREEDOM.
– 2 Corinthians 3:17
For more than 60 years, the Episcopal Church Camp of Illinois has provided children and adults alike a week-long retreat experience an extraordinary opportunity to live in a Christian community dedicated to growing in knowing who they are and whose they are. It is our goal that all participants will experience this life in Christ, the particular expressions of which may be somewhat different from what they experience in their home parishes; and that their growth in Christ may be enriched by these experiences.
The Episcopal Church Camp of Illinois is planning to host its annual summer camp July 3-July 9 at East Bay Camp in Hudson, Illinois (this decision is dependent upon state approval for youth camping as well as our host, East Bay Camp, being open this summer). The camping ministry, organized by a team of volunteers on behalf of the Diocese of Springfield, gathers students entering 2nd-12th grade for a week of faith exploration and outdoor activities.
As we celebrate the Fourth of July—a holiday dedicated to freedom— together in community, we will explore the Biblical concepts of freedom, salvation and hope found only in Jesus. When the world feels as though it is in turmoil, how can we cling to the good news of freedom found in Jesus Christ? What does it really mean to be free?
Join us this July as we learn more about freedom found in salvation and relationship with Jesus.
The Episcopal Church Camp of Illinois will operates within two sessions:
Alphas: Children entering grades 2-6 will join together in the Woods Camp at East Bay, sharing cabins with one another and engaging in meaningful conversations about Christ in their lives. This session will be led by Carol McCrary (St John’s, Centralia), with Fr. Ben Hankinson (St Andrew’s, Edwardsville) serving as Spiritual Director.
Omegas: Children entering grades 7-12 will gather in Pilchard Lodge at East Bay, sharing a common lodge as they work to better know God and His will for their lives. This session will be led by Lauren Acton (Emmanuel, Champaign), with Fr. James Muriuki (Church of the Redeemer, Cairo) serving as Spiritual Director.
The week of camp is never short on laughter, as campers enjoy a “Raft Regatta” in the swimming pool, challenge each other in “Human Hamster Balls” (a sight that has to be seen to be believed), compete in a roaring game of the “Dutch Auction”, race to the top of an iceberg in the lake, eat copious amounts of s’mores, design one-of-a-kind tie dye shirts and even try their hand at archery, amongst other fun activities.
All the while, each individual who enters camp engages in meaningful discussions of faith, being enriched by the time of Christian community.
The Episcopal Church Camp of Illinois welcomes all students entering 2nd-12th grade to join us for a week of fun and fellowship. First-time campers from churches within the Diocese of Springfield will automatically receive a scholarship for 50% of the registration fee.
From a Former Camper:
I learned a valuable lesson at camp. We are not building our relationship with God for this one week. Rather, we are building our relationship with God every day or our lives and choosing this week to strengthen it.
From a Counselor:
The first year I went I was expecting to make new friends but instead I left with a whole family of Christians.
From a Parent:
My kids come home with renewed excitement about Jesus and memories they will have for a lifetime. They look forward to it every year.
- $275 – 1st Camper in family
- $250 – 2nd Camper in family
- $225 – Each additional Camper in family
- $132.50 – 1st Time Cost for a new Camper from a church in the Diocese of Springfield
- early bird discount of $10 when you register by May 1!
Alpha Session: Kids finishing grades 1-5. We sleep in cabins with bathrooms and showers, but we are outdoors most of the time.
Omega Session: Kids finishing grades 6-11. We live in a large lodge with bathrooms and showers, but we are outdoors most of the time.
A Typical Day Includes:
- Holy Eucharist
- In session teaching by clergy
- Good food at every meal
- Water activities at the lake and pool
- Opportunities for crafts, sports, games, hikes, archery, fishing, and more
- Singing around the campfire
Please note: The Episcopal Church Camp Committee and staff are working hard to ensure that all COVID safety procedures are closely monitored and camp is conducted as safely as possible. They are paying close attention to the recommendations by our national, state and local government to ensure proper compliance with COVID precautions. More information on those safety precautions will be made available to parents and congregations over the coming months, as available.