Big announcement (well, for me)...
Changing the name of Family Camp to Weekend Camp. Why?
1) It better describes the experience (it is over the weekend, after all)
2) To call it "Family" may seem exclusive (I, for instance, am a family of one, so when I see "family, I don't always think I'm invited)
3) Everyone looks forward to the weekend (well, maybe!)
So what is this crazy thing we're calling "Weekend Camp?"
Everyone from the Diocese is invited to gather for at Cran-Hill Ranch for a time of retreat & refreshment, fun & fellowship, games & music.
There will be worship around the camp fire, wonderful home cooking by our amazing volunteers, and time to hang out with life-long friends and meet some new people.
Our education/formation component this year will be focused on the Rule of Life - how do you bring spirituality into your home and world outside of church. This is something I've been spending a lot of time with in terms of families with children. Many of our congregations worry because they either lack Sunday School, or don't think they have a very good program - there's so much anxiety in our community because of that. I (and my team of amazing catechists, clergy, and parents) will help you put some easy spiritual practices into your life.
When is "Weekend Camp"?
July 22-24, 2016. You don't have to attend the entire weekend, you can come for a few hours on one of the days or spend the entire time with us (and everything in between). There is a place to note when you'll be there on the registration form, which will help for bed counts and food.
What is the cost of "Weekend Camp"?
The cost is $50 per person (though if you have little ones who doesn't eat much, they aren't expected to pay). We also have plenty of financial assistance and volunteer opportunities to help with the cost. We don't offset the cost officially if you are spending less time, but it's also alright if you don't pay the full fee.
Cran-Hill ranch has a number of activities included in the fee that we pay to rent the site (including use of the waterfront and boats, hikes, and sports equipment usage), but there are also additional adventures that you can pay for (including archery, a climbing wall, horse back riding, and river tubing). The additional fees vary and you pay Cran-Hill directly.
Where will I be sleeping at "Weekend Camp"?
There are a number of sleeping arrangements. We rent 3 sites - a retreat house (which is primarily reserved for the volunteers/cooks and those who have special walking needs), cabins (that sleep up to 10 people, so you may need to share with another family or group of friends), and an RV/tent camp site (with water and power hook-ups).
That's the basics of Weekend Camp. There's much more information on the page here: http://www.episcopalyouthcamp.org/weekend-camp.html
I hope to see you all there! Take care and God bless,