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Episcopal Church Camp

 

East Bay Camp, Hudson IL
Postponed to Summer 2022

It is with great regret that the Episcopal Church Camp of Illinois Camp Committee has cancelled Camp for 2021. Church Camp is held at East Bay Camp, a facility of the United Methodist Church. East Bay Camp, like all other camp facilities in Illinois, must comply with Covid regulations issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health. East Bay Camp provided a list of all the requirements established by their governing board that we would have to meet if we held camp this year. We needed to reply to East Bay by April 15 with a detailed plan for Covid compliance if we intended to hold camp this year. Our Camp Committee and  staff met by Zoom on April 5 to thoroughly review the requirements to see if it would be feasible to have Church Camp this year. The Camp Committee decided that the requirements made it impossible to hold camp this year.

Safety of campers and staff is the primary concern of our Camp Committee and East Bay. The restrictions imposed to provide for safety at a time of Covid meant that even if we tried to meet the requirements, the campers would not have the “camp experience” they are used to having. Part of the camp experience is building a strong sense of community among campers, many of whom return to camp year-after-year to renew friendships. The requirements for masking, social distancing and group sizes would have made it very difficult to have a normal camp. Group singing would be difficult. Gathering around the campfire would not have been possible. Physical contact during games would be prohibited. Camp equipment and materials would have to be frequently sanitized, taking up a large amount of staff time. Although we were planning on having two groups of campers separated by grade, those two groups could never get any closer than thirty feet of each other, making all-camp gatherings unworkable. Leadership at camp would be very restricted in their ability to go between the two groups to have an efficient program. If any person in one of the groups was diagnosed with Covid during camp, the entire group would have to be sent home.

We hope that campers and their parents will understand that safety and the importance of having a good camp experience necessitated the decision to not have camp this year. Camp leadership are contemplating ways for campers to get together virtually later this year. Also, as Covid restrictions hopefully ease later this year, it may be possible to have camp reunions where groups of campers can gather together in a safe environment. Parents and campers are encouraged to visit the Diocesan website and the Episcopal Church Camp of Illinois Facebook page to watch for updates. We are already looking forward to having camp in 2022.

Donald Monty
Camp Committee Chairman

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Burst into jubilant song with music.

– Psalm 98:4

What does it mean to be a person of worship? Is it really possible for our entire lives to be acts of worship and thanksgiving to Jesus? How can I worship God in my day-to-day activities?

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 June 27-July 3 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.

This year’s theme will be “Amplify: Making God’s Name Louder”. The week will be dedicated to learning about how living a life of faith and worship allows Jesus’ name to be amplified in our communities, churches, schools, homes and hearts.

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.


Costs:

  • $265 – 1st Camper in family
  • $240 – 2nd Camper in family
  • $215 – Each additional Camper in family
  • $132.50 – 1st Time Cost for a new Camper from a church in the Diocese of Springfield

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

For more information, or to register, please visit the ECC website , which will be updated with current registration material soon or email the registrar.

 

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.