Statement on the 2021 Guggenheim
Summer Camp Pause
As the Director for the Office of Youth Ministry, I feel it is important that I speak to you directly regarding the decision not to operate Summer Camp Guggenheim in 2021. Much time and energy was spent in discernment, discussions, and most importantly, prayer. Many factors contributed to reaching this decision. Many of them centered on COVID Pandemic mitigation requirements set forth by the New York State Department of Health. We also applied thoughtful consideration of campers and their families, counselors, staff, Pastors, and their health and safety amidst this Pandemic. I know that we so desperately want to be done with this Pandemic but, we must remain vigilant. COVID is still here, and it is still a public health challenge.
As discouraging as this may seem, there is great hope as we forge ahead. This Pandemic has brought much pain and discomfort to all of us, but I feel that it also has opened our eyes and our hearts to Grace. We have learned new ways to live and a new understanding about the human condition. With Hope and Grace in our hearts and minds, we will take this 2021 pause and dedicate energy and time to growing the Summer Camp program along with the camp facility itself. The new look of the Summer Camp Guggenheim program will be well crafted and balanced. It will provide young people with a fulfilling experience of church, an opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, and an immersive experience in nature. We will strive to continue the Summer Camp Guggenheim tradition and fulfill its mission as set forth by the original creators of the Summer Camp program.
I see a future filled with Hope and Joy for our young people in the Diocese of Ogdensburg.
If you would like to be part of the journey with our youth, please feel free to reach out to me personally at any time.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers. God Bless
2020 was a
tough year for Guggenheim Summer Camp youth since it was cancelled. Even
with all that has been going on with Pandemic restrictions, our super camp
counselors did a great job of bringing a
bit of Summer Camp to our youth, “virtually.”
Click on the banner to look back on the 2020 Virtual Summer Camp experience. God Bless and thank you for your interest and support.
Campers spend their mornings in one of the four main program areas: Liturgy, Waterfront, Arts & Crafts, and Project Adventure. Campers rotate through the programs, so by the end of the week, each camper will have experienced each program.
After an energetic song practice, lunch, and some quiet time and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, afternoon finds some campers climbing an Adirondack Peak, while others explore Lower Saranac Lake in our kayaks. Those looking for artistic opportunities might be found creating something in arts & crafts or dancing away. Activities such as soccer, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, and basketball are among the options for those looking for athletic involvement. Older campers have opportunities to go rappelling or to plan for an overnight camping excursion.
Everyone eventually gathers for beach time and a bit of lounging in the sun. Swimming and water volleyball are the favorites of many, while others choose to soak up some Adirondack sun on the beach. Kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats are also available for use. All waterfront activities occur under the watchful eye of our American Red Cross certified lifeguards.
Evening events at Camp Guggenheim include the Guggenheim Olympics, a campfire, creative adventure games, a variety show, and a dance. Special liturgies including Wednesday evening's Reconciliation service and Thursday evening's celebration of Mass are also favorites.Laughter, song, prayer, and friendship are a huge part of our entire day!
The Teen Vision program at Camp Guggenheim is designed to provide enthusiastic teens with an opportunity to put their faith into action while developing leadership skills in an outdoor ministry setting!
This year,the Teen Vision program will run as follows:
1. All Teen Visioners need to be at least 16 years of age by camp attendance.
2. All Teen Visioners will attend a training week at camp. During this week the staff will work with the teens doing workshops and building on leadership skills of service, responsibility, faith and humility.
3. Once training is completed, Teen Visioners will return the following week to work within the camp community. During this week Teen Visioners will use the leadership skills learned and will work side by side with the staff as a role model for other campers.
Teen Vision participants are also encouraged to attend 6th Week. If you are interested in doing so, please register for 6th week using the traditional Guggenheim registration form. 6th Week fees must be paid in addition to the cost of Teen Vision. Remember to register early!
Please note -- if you have participated in Teen Vision in a prior year, you are not eligible to participate again.