Summer Cancellation Update
May 23, 2020
Dear Friends and Family of Camp Sancta Maria,
When Monsignor Maurice Chawke founded Camp Sancta Maria in 1933, I doubt he fully knew the impact CSM would have on so many people. Over the last 87 years, countless campers have come through the front gates only to leave a week or two later having grown stronger in their faith, closer to Christ, and with a special place in their heart for CSM. Camp has truly become home for so many campers and their families. I have witnessed countless campers and counselors in tears as they wave goodbye at the end of a session or the summer. We all look forward to returning to CSM, our home away from home each year.
As we are well aware, this year has been unlike any other. Nothing is quite like we are used to and we are still living in such uncertain times. One thing we know for certain is that our Blessed Mother is watching over Camp. Each year we entrust Camp to Mary and ask for her protection and care. We have been asking her intercession in a special way as we navigate and discern what lies in store for this summer.
We strive to provide a safe, fun, and faith filled experience each summer. The and staffi.With so much uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, if or when camps will be able to operate, and the new guidelines from the CDC for camps, we cannot in confidence say that we will be able to achieve those standards this year. So, it is with a heavy heart and tears in my eyes that I have to announce the cancellation of all camp sessions for the summer of 2020.
We, like you, cannot imagine a summer without new friendships, bonfires, Mass, Capture the Flag, and Baked Alaska. We know this is not the news any of us were hoping to hear, but we continue to entrust Camp to the Blessed Mother and trust her Son Jesus to see us through this quiet summer here at Camp. We look forward to the summer of 2021 when we can reunite at CSM our home away from home!
For those who have already registered, look for an email by the end of next week which will include a form to indicate your choice regarding your camp registration. Options include: you may transfer your registration to next summer, donate your registration to CSM, or have your payment refunded. If you do not receive the email and link with the form by next weekend, please email Wally Ferrara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know these are difficult times and many are facing financial hardships. As the summer sessions are our primary source of income, if you or someone you know is in a position to support us through donations, we would be most grateful!
Please follow us on Facebook and keep an eye on your email as we plan to stay connected and to do some fun things this summer. Thank you for your understanding and support!
Sincerely in Christ,
John David (JD)
COVID-19 Important Update
As of May 14, 2020
As of April 30, 2020
Dear friends and family of Camp Sancta Maria,
Please know of our prayers for you during this time of uncertainty through our Blessed Mother, our beloved camp’s patroness. While it is our hope to hold camp sessions this summer, we are prudently staying in touch with health officials while continuing to make opening preparations.
Assuming we open, we will be ready to care for and provide the best practices for the health and safety of our campers, staff, and families. In addition to the many standards we regularly adhere to for the State of Michigan and American Camping Association, we are working with health officials to make sure we have additional measures in place this summer. We expect to receive additional guidelines from the CDC and American Camping Association in May, which we will incorporate into our protocols.
We know many may be concerned with registering at this time or wonder what may happen in the event that we are unable to offer sessions this summer. For those who have already paid partially or in full for the summer, if we have to cancel sessions, you will have the following three options from which to choose.
- You may transfer the registration and payment toward the summer of 2021 locking in your spot for next year at this year’s price.
- Donate all or part of your payment to CSM.
- Receive a full refund
For those who have not registered, as we stated in our last eblast, we were able to work with our registration software company and temporarily adjust our sessions fees so there is no deposit or payment required at this time. After registering, as it gets closer to the start of the session, you would be contacted, and at that time, confirm you are still interested and make a payment.
With all of the uncertainty we are facing and the unknown of when restrictions will be fully lifted or how quickly, it is a challenging time for all. We have no more information or knowledge than you do so we continue to place our hope in the risen Lord and ask the intercession of his mother Mary to guide us. Please know of our prayers for you and join us in praying for a safe, healthy, fun summer at CSM!
May God bless you and your family and keep you safe today and always.
John David (JD)
As of April 16, 2020
Dear Camp Sancta Maria family,
I offer Easter blessings and pray that you and your families are doing well. In the midst of these uncertain and challenging times, I pray that you are able to cling to the hope of the resurrection and Christ’s victory over sin and death.
Camp’s top priority has always been to protect the safety and health of our campers, staff and volunteers. We have been closely monitoring all of the updates and recommendations from the CDC and American Camping Association regarding COVID-19. In addition, we have been in contact with officials from the health department in Otsego County. It is our hope that we will be able to begin camp as scheduled, in June. We know, however, that with the recent stay-in-place being extended until the end of April by Governor Whitmer, and the uncertainty of what restrictions will be lifted after that time, the possibility of a delayed start or cancelled early sessions is a possibility. We will not be able to make a clear decision until mid-May when we have more information. Be assured we will update you as soon as things become more clear.
In the meantime, however, those who haven’t already registered may still want to reserve their spot in the event we are able to hold some 2020 sessions.
We also recognize that many of our families are experiencing reduced income due to COVID-related job losses and furloughs. And so we’re working with Active Network, our online registration partner, to temporarily adjust our session fees to make it easier for you to register. This is how it will break down:
- If you haven’t already registered, you may do so, but you will not have to make a down payment at this time. This reserves your spot and lets us know of your interest.
- In the event we are able to proceed with any of our 2020 sessions, you will be notified to confirm if you are still interested.
- Only then, with your confirmation and permission, will we adjust the registration fees back to their normal rates and process your down payment based on the same registration fees as those who have already registered.
If you have any questions, please contact Jan Klemm, Director of Operations and Development, at Jan@CampSanctaMaria.org or 248-822-8199. Please look for another update from us next month.
Until then, I encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram, as a couple of our counselors have been helping us through these times with some fun videos and opportunities for praise and worship. Again, please know of my continued prayers and I look forward to seeing our families this summer.
Sincerely in Christ,
John David (JD) Kuhar