"For the one week they're at Camp Sancta Maria,
they're not poor, they're not fatherless,
t hey're just another kid at Camp
having a great time."
In This Email
  • A Letter from Jan
  • FIVE Sessions are Filled! Register Soon!
  • Save the Date for our 2019 Golf Outing
  • Facebook Contest Winners
  • Thank You, Family and Friends of CSM
Greetings to you from Camp Sancta Maria,
in this very special month of Mary, our Blessed Mother!

Dear Friends and Family  of  Camp Sancta Maria,
With Camp opening its doors for our 2019 season in just a few weeks, our thoughts turn to our campers in a more focused way . One of the beauties of CSM is the diversity of our campers and the tremendous opportunity for growth that this diversity brings: in a single cabin one can sometimes find a n only child sharing a bunk with a camper with seven siblings ; a camper from the country striking up a friendship with a camper from the suburb of a big city ; a camper from a home that lacks little in material blessings sharing a bunk with a camper whose family scrapes to get by These dynamics can really open their eyes. 
While nearly all of our campers come from privileged homes, it's always been important for us to welcome all kids , and to do everything we can so that no child is  turned away because their family cannot afford to send their child to camp . One way we accomplish this, thanks to your generosity, is through the CSM Scholarship Fund.  While we sometimes ask pastors in Detroit to CSM to send a child who shows leadership potential, a nother part of this outreach to the disadvantaged has come  through friends who had relationships at one of our local H ealth and H uman S ervices departments (HHS) .  
For a number of years, the State sponsored some campers who came from broken homes and other challenging situations, allowing them to attend CSM at no cost to the families. Due to budget cuts, however, they will not be able to send any campers to CSM this summer. As one Department worker shared her disappointment with me, she tearfully shared how important CSM has been to so many children who come through their doors.  She commented: "For the one week they're at Camp Sancta Maria, they're not poor; they're not fatherless; they're just another kid at Camp having a great time."
And so we have a special request. Would you please make a special effort throughout the summer, daily if possible, to join us in praying for our campers and their families? We pray that those who need financial assistance to attend can find the funding they need, whether through CSM's Scholarship Fund or other means. We pray that families' hearts be open to send their kids to Camp, as the Holy Spirit leads them. We pray that our campers' hearts would be open to the gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit during their time here. And we pray that they will return home physically refreshed, that they will have grown personally, and that they will be more firmly on the path to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We are so grateful for your prayers, especially mid-June through late August, when our campers will be with us. Thank you!
On to other news,  we're very excited to announce that due to popular demand, we have added an additional mini session for our girls!  The new Girls' Camp--June session will be held Sunday, June 16 to Saturday, June 22, the same time as our Girls' Horse Camp session. Openings are limited, so register soon! 

There is still time to register your child for our other 2019 sessions, as well. FIVE sessions  are already sold out and others are nearing capacity, so we encourage you to register at your earliest convenience. Check out the links below for more information or visit our website by clicking here:   CSM WEBSITE
Work Camp 2019 is in full swing!  The seminarians have arrived from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and are hard at work, along with our dedicated team of volunteers. Among a long list of projects, one of the volunteer housing buildings is getting a fresh coat of paint and, thanks to a generous donor, new flooring is being installed. We are grateful that thanks to another generous donor and a team of volunteers, a new hot water tank has been installed in the utility room under the mess hall. We are blessed to have received funding from yet another donor to replace the weathered and worn split rail fencing around Camp with beautiful and durable vinyl fencing. We look forward to sharing photos with you when these and many other donor-funded projects are complete. We are so grateful to you  for your financial and prayerful support, which makes these and so many other projects and improvements possible! Thank you!

A visit to the scrapyard was in order
after cleaning up the grounds and buildings at Camp.

Tickets are still available for our  2019 Golf Outing on Thursday, June 6, at Greystone Golf Club in Washington More information about tickets and sponsorships is available below and on our website by clicking here:  GOLF OUTING . We hope to see you there!
We are ever mindful that it is only through your generosity and your prayers that we are able to do what we do for our kids at Camp Sancta Maria.  Thanks to you--our generous donors, dedicated volunteers, and prayer partners--CSM serves as a home away from home for our campers over the next few months, and we are truly grateful for your support.  Thank you, and God bless you all.
Warm regards,
Jan Klemm, CFRE
Director of Operations and Development
Register  Your  Child   For a  Summer Full of  Adventure,
Personal Growth,  and Spiritual Development!

Register today! FIVE sessions are already sold out and others are near capacity! And don't forget to check out our NEW GIRLS' CAMP--JUNE session! 

CSM campers refer to Camp Sancta Maria as  the best way to spend the summer!  Give your kids  the best time of their life  and register them for a session (or more!) at Camp Sancta Maria! They'll learn new skills, make new friends, work as a team, encourage and support one another, and grow in their relationship with the Lord. Faith and fun all in one place!

All ready to register for your child's BEST SUMMER EVER? Go directly to our registration page by clicking here:  REGISTRATION.

Need more information? Visit us online by clicking here:  CSM WEBSITE , or contact us at 248-822-8199 or Office@CampSanctaMaria.org.

Grab your foursome or register individually! Come and support Camp Sancta Maria, while you enjoy a round of golf on the beautiful grounds of Greystone Golf in Washington,  share good laughs,  and spend the day with fellow supporters of CSM.

WHEN: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Registration 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Shotgun start at 11:00

WHERE: Greystone Golf Club -- Washington, MI
  67500 Mound Rd; north of 31 Mile Road

DETAILS:  4-player scramble

COST:  $175/person includes 18 holes, cart, lunch at the turn, two drink 
tickets on the course, dinner, open bar, and prizes
$75/person includes dinner and open bar only
Sponsorships are also available.

Your generosity supports CSM campers, facilities, and programs.  In addition, we strive to provide every child access to the CSM experience  regardless of their ability to pay. CSM's Scholarship Fund allows us to ensure,   with your help, that no child is turned away. Thank you!

All are welcome!  To purchase tickets or a sponsorship, or for more information,  contact us at 248-822-8199 or Jan@CampSanctaMaria.org   or visit our website by clicking on the GOLF OUTING link below.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Want to stay up to date on all the great things happening at CSM? Check out our Facebook page by clicking here: CSM FACEBOOK PAGE.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Facebook contest: "What do you love most about CSM?"! Among the many responses were the following:

" I spent 5 summers there in the late 80's. Tremendous influence on my faith! Thank you."  -- Gary G.

"I spent 12 years of my life at CSM. It was the best experience I could have had growing up and later working there. CSM is a vital institution for growing youth."  -- Chad L.

Please join us in congratulating the winners, chosen at random, including:

1st Prize: Jodi Hatherly, who won a CSM t-shirt
2nd Prize: Gary Galvin, winner of a CSM travel mug
3rd Prize: Gina Zmijewski, who won a CSM pendant and patch
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Smiling faces abound at CSM,
thanks to the support of our donors and volunteers!

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many kids by helping to provide an opportunity of faith and fun!

Please keep us in your prayers, and know that you are also in our prayers. We look forward with eager anticipation to the blessings that CSM--entrusted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary--will experience in 2019. May our Lord continue to bless you and your loved ones, as well.

John David Kuhar
Executive Director
Fr. Bob Spezia
President, Board of Trustees
CSM is held in a trust governed by an independent Board of Trustees. While the Archdiocese of Detroit had generously donated the services of one its priests for decades, they are not responsible for CSM financially. This means that we are responsible to secure our own funding to advance the mission that has been passed down to us since our founding in 1933. To continue this essential work, we need your help. Are you feeling called to donate? Thank you for your prayerful consideration!

Camp Sancta Maria is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our tax identification number is 38-6086752.   Donors may deduct contributions as provided in Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. We are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers and gifts under Sections 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.

Donations may be sent to:
Camp Sancta Maria
P. O. Box 613
Washington, MI 48094

Or click on the link below to donate online by credit card:

Or contact us to donate by credit card:
Phone: 248-822-8199
Fax: 866-875-1933
Email: office@campsanctamaria.org

Thank you for supporting Camp Sancta Maria!
God Bless You!
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Camp Sancta Maria
is fully accredited by the 
American Camp Association.
Camp Sancta Maria 
has been named one of
Metro Parent Magazine's
Best Outdoor and Nature Overnight Summer Camps
                                         in Michigan
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