Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called sons of God. -- Psalm 118:1
Will You Be a CSM Peacemaker?
Dear Friends and Family of Camp Sancta Maria,
There’s been a controversy brewing at Camp Sancta Maria, and we need help from you—our Camp family—to settle the dispute. It started a few summers ago as a small stirring, a bit of friendly rivalry. But it didn’t end there. We eventually decided to "agree to disagree" with a temporary peace treaty, but the issue has not been officially resolved. 

Although we’ve been able to avoid a formal conflict resolution team, it’s time to settle things once and for all so we can enter 2021 with a clean slate.

And so we ask you, our Camp family….


Yes, chants of “Beach is better than corral!” and “Corral is better than beach!” still ring in the ears of our campers and staff. Remnants of signs declaring why each program is better and worthy of the title of “Best Place to be While at CSM” are still unearthed from time to time.

We think the best way to resolve this hotly debated topic is with your help! 

And so today, on Giving Tuesday, we look to youour CSM camp families, supporters and alumnito help us resolve the ongoing conflict.

How can you help? We’ll tally votes based on donations made for the beach and the corral. Our target is to raise money for each program based on the goals listed below and declare which one is “BEST” based on the financial support we receive in the next 24 hours.

Will you be a CSM peacemaker by donating to CSM today? You can help end the rivalry and determine a winner!

Below are the items we need for each program:
Riding helmets: 15@$60 each = $900
Lil' dude chaps: 10@$35 each =$350
Cinches: 14@$50 each = $700
Bridles: 3@$35 each = $105
Halters: 3@$25 each = $75
Saddles: 2@$450 each = $900
Mounting block: 1@$100 = $100 
Youth life jackets: 15@$17 each=$255
Adult life jackets: 5@$15 each = $75
Canoe paddles: 6@$30 each = $180
Paddle board: 1@$509 each = $509
Canoes: 3@$650 each = $1,950
Buddy tags set: 1@$137 each = $137
Lifeguard Whistles: 4@$6 each = $24
Or donate by contacting us at:
Phone: 248-822-8199
Fax: 866-875-1933
Cast your vote with your financial donation! We will be updating our “Which is Best” board throughout the day on our website , Facebook, and Instagram, so be sure to check back often and see which program is in the lead.

And the winning program gets to claim the title "Best Place to Be at CSM" with a sign to display!
We're having a bit of fun with talk of this rivalry today, of course. But know that your donation will help to change the lives of our children and grandchildren who attend CSM.
Will you help us rally the troops? We invite you to share this email and our Facebook post with your family and friends, and help us gather support for CSM's corral and beach!
#BeachIsBetter #CorralisBetter #GivingTuesday #SupportCSM #CSMisTheBest

Can't decide which is your favorite program but still want to make a donation? You can also donate and help fund a new roof on the Rec Cabin or support our Scholarship Fund. Many of our Camp families have been affected financially by COVID-19, and we would like to help as many kids as possible come to Camp next summer!

  • Rec Cabin Roof: $2,800
  • Scholarships
  • $485 for a one-week trip 
  • $750 for a two-week trip
Or donate by contacting us at:
Phone: 248-822-8199
Fax: 866-875-1933
As always, thank you for your support! We are grateful for any amount you can donate. Together we can do great things at CSM for our children and grandchildren !

Know that your prayers and financial support make all the difference!

Stay safe and God bless you.

Warm regards,

John David Kuhar
Dad, Donor, and Executive Director
We Are Grateful for Your Prayers
and Your Financial Support
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 nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity. Our tax id 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 donate via credit card by contacting us at:
Phone: 248-822-8199
Fax: 866-875-1933

Or donate online by clicking below:
Thank you for supporting Camp Sancta Maria!
God bless you!
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 & Nature Overnight
Summer Camps in Michigan
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Phone: 248-822-8199
Fax: 866-875-1933
Administrative Address:
PO Box 613
Washington, MI 48094
Physical Address:
5361 WEST M-32
Gaylord, MI 49735