How do I communicate with my kids at camp?
It is important for campers to be completely disconnected from their usual lives in order to truly experience the connection with God and nature we aim to achieve. Cell phones and electronic devices are prohibited. Campers will not have access to email or any other communication devices. The media director will send periodic updates to families during camp. In the case of an emergency situation, families will communicate with campers through the Camp Director.
How do the campers get to camp?
A school bus will transport campers and staff to camp from St. Mary’s Church in Livonia for an additional fee of $75 per camper.
What are the sleeping conditions like?
All cabins have electricity. Cabins for the youngest campers have bathrooms. Showers are located in clean facilities a few steps away from the cabins.
What kind of meals will be served?
The Village Up North staff will prepare well-balanced and nutritious meals. Volunteers from our own church community make all of the meals for our campers. There will be 3 meals and 2 snacks per day. Lunch and dinner always includes a salad bar with fresh produce grown at the camp.
Are church services mandatory?
We will have matins and vespers every day in the beautiful outdoor chapel. We will also have liturgy 1-2 times during the week. This might seem like a lot at first. However, the church services at camp are different than ones in a traditional church. Campers participate in the church services and learn to appreciate and actually enjoy going to church. This is one of the main goals of camp.
What if I don’t like the water?
We use well water at camp. The source is tested frequently to make sure that it is entirely safe and drinkable under the strict regulations of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Some campers find that the water tastes a little different at camp but it is entirely clean and safe to drink. Campers are permitted to bring their own re-usable water bottles with filters if they don’t like the taste of the water but they are not permitted to bring their own pre-bottled water. The camp will supply bottled water in 5-gallon jugs for campers that don’t have filters and don’t like the taste of the water.
Will I get a lot of mosquito bites?
It is normal to get a lot of mosquito bites when you spend time outdoors. That is normal and part of the camp experience. Campers should bring their own bug spray and remember to apply in the morning and evening.
Is financial assistance available?
The Archdiocese Order of St. Ignatius offers financial assistance to some campers. Please contact your parish priest or the Camp Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can request financial assistance.