Michigan Congregational Summer Camp is usually the second week of July and is open to any student who, at the conclusion of the school year, will have completed grades 3 through 8.
The week of summer camp is such a valuable experience; it provides an incredible opportunity for campers to see how a Christian community can extend beyond Sunday services. The aim is that after a week of camp children will have new stories to tell, new friendships to continue, and a stronger faith. This is done through nature, engaging music, considerate teaching, and daily living. Campers are challenged to live by the fruits of the spirit and encouraged to choose the values of peace, joy, self-giving love, respect, and truth.
2020 Summer Camp - Camp in a Box After consulting with the Michigan state office of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the American Camp Association and the YMCA, we have decided to cancel our in-person camp this July at YMCA Camp Ohiyesa. As we all know, COVID-19 has proven to be a tricky disease. Our churches, communities, schools, and workplaces are all adapting to keep everyone safe. The Michigan Congregational Summer Camp Board has determined that the adaptations needed to keep everyone safe challenges the feel of what camp is supposed to be about. We all want to be able to play GaGa ball, and braid hair, and put our arms around each other at the campfire. And this summer, well… that just isn’t possible.
So, we are shifting how we do camp. This July, campers will receive a “Camp in a Box” in the mail. This will hold a few parts and pieces of the summer camp experience and it will include an invitation to a Virtual Summer Camp Hangout on Zoom!
It is the Summer Camp Board’s hope is that later this summer, or into the fall, we will be able to gather as a camp community for a one day family carnival. That way all of our campers will have a chance to connect, our families can have some fun together, and we can finally put our arms around each other and sing our favorite worship songs! Details will come… eventually. The Michigan Congregational Summer Camp Board is continuing to uphold Michigan state guidelines. When it is safe to gather as a big group again we will announce a date for the carnival.
Youth United Volunteer Camp is usually the first week of August and is open to all middle school and high school students.
Celebrating the multi-cultural diverse community of Farmington Hills, Youth United, has conducted a five day experience the last few summers. Interfaith youth have been able to join together and give back to their community in a positive way and work to build peace by making bridges. Youth United has worked each summer to benefit C.A.R.E.S. of Farmington Hills, a village of hope in our community that demonstrates the power of treating all neighbors with compassion and dignity. 2020 Summer Camp The good news is that there will be a Youth United this summer; the pretty good news is that it will be mostly virtual to avoid larger creating groupings of people. There will be three opportunities to work through Youth United with youth of other faiths to improve the CARES campus.
There will be virtual camps, providing opportunities for games, faith discussions, and projects to benefit CARES and its clients, using Zoom. Targeted weeks: 6/22, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3, 8/17
Youth United will create a BINGO board of projects that youth can work on throughout the summer. These projects will be easy to do at home and supplies will be made available in advance.
They will also create a mosaic mural similar to ones hanging in several Farmington Public school buildings. This will be mounted on the wood-paneled wall by the west entrance of CARES. Individuals or small groups could contribute a small piece for the mosaic.
Registration information for the Zoom Camps will be placed here when they are available. For answers to other questions, E-mail YouthUnitedFH@gmail.com