Although the stormy day put a damper on the official Open House at Our Lady of the Fields Camp in Brighton last month, they entered the camp season ready for all kinds of guests. “We hope to host another open house so the community can get a clear view of what we truly have to offer,” said Mike Hickey, executive director. “Despite the rainy spring season, we have been hosting several groups and families are signing up for a variety of camps.”
Just this past month, Chaldean Youth Camp (CYC) hosted their annual week-long camping event. “This year, the participants were able to use the new Ropes Course,” said Hickey. “This new adventurous activity along with our newly designed beach front equipped with canoes have truly enhanced the camping experience here at Our Lady of the Fields.”
“I love CYC because it plants a seed not only for our youth but for our leaders to grow and start a foundation with their relationships with Jesus,” said one camp counselor.
Among the many activities, the campers kayaked, did both high ropes and low ropes courses. The campers also participated in GaGa Ball, “which was a big hit,” said Hickey.
“Another big highlight was Fr. John celebrating mass and the campers participated in adoration. The camping experience is like a ministry.”
One CYC camp counselor explained that camp is not just about the kids having fun, the leaders really set the tone. “If a camper was down, leaders always put a smile on their face and get the kids up and we also did this through prayer, so it is was fun,” she said.
“At CYC, we truly see the innocence in every child,” said one counselor. “No matter what we did, the kids were always having fun. They were comfortable and often just chilling out and doing everything with a smile on their face.”
Since last year there have been several updates to the campsite. “Last year was my first-year volunteering and to see the improvements over the year, made a huge impact on the kids,” noted one camp counselor. “You can really start seeing the camp vibe with the kayaks and the ropes course. That is going to pay dividends down the road. The kids really enjoyed it and so did the volunteers. The camps are really heading in the right direction.”
Our Lady of the Fields 2019 Chaldean Family Camps have been launched. They are designed for parents and guardians to enjoy a Catholic camp experience with their children. These camps are for campers 6 years of age and older. The cost is $30 per person for the first two attending per family with each additional camper costing $20 each. These costs include lunch and supplies.
Located in Brighton, Michigan, the 164 acres offers the feel of up north living surrounded by trees and with a serene waterfront.
Camp activities include:
• A new high and low ropes course.
• Numerous sports such as football, basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee.
• Waterfront activities such as canoeing, kayaking, swimming and fishing.
• Camping activities such as, outdoor cooking, wilderness survival and nature and wildlife awareness.
• Arts and crafts, and team-building initiatives.
• Activities that focus on the Chaldean culture such as: cooking, baking, gardening and learning the language and songs.
Register online at ourladyofthefieldscamp.org. Contact us at 248-379-0943