Summer 2020: Camp Agape

This summer we are offering a unique set of programs.

Following recommendations regarding COVID-19 from the CDC for day camps and residential camps, from the ACA (American Camping Association), and from ECCC (Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers), we are offering a single unified camping program that offers a mix of online and short outdoor activities, if they become possible.

Welcome to Camp Agape!

Camp Agape is on for four weeks this summer! It will run from July 11 – August 8. This means it will start the day Quest Camp usually starts, and end the day Music Camp usually ends.

This camp is for all ECMN youth who are Age 4-18. ECMN youth who have previously gone to SINC, EKID, EYQC, EYMC, or ECAD will get to connect with their friends. And everyone, including new ECMN youth, can join in and meet lots of new friends!

During Camp Agape you will get to choose from everything listed below. Most campers will probably choose 2-3 activities each week. And, if you want to, you’ll even get outdoors a bit and safely see some of your favorite faces smiling back at you!

Note: The outdoor options (the state park and canoe trips) will follow the current CDC and MN recommendations for camps and day camps including social distancing, activity groups of 10 or less, etc. 

All Camp Participants [$30]

  • Camp T-shirts. Mailed or delivered to your driveway by a friendly camp staff member! Plus a welcome to camp kit. [$30]
  • Ongoing Camp T-Shirt Challenges. Post on social media to enter & win!

Weekday Online Options [$30 for all]

Many of these activities will have mailed materials (either necessary or optional).

  • Every Monday: Hangout with your cabin on Zoom @ 12pm. This is just time to have fun chatting with your friends. Registered kids will be placed in their same cabins from last summer (or their same groups from ECAD). New participants will be with similar age groups – such as Middle School Girls.
  • Tue/Wed/Thur: One Free Time Camp Activity on Zoom. Camp Staff will be offering some of their favorite things like friendship bracelets and dance moves. Times will vary. Join in for the ones you like. Mailed packets also available if desired!
  • Every Friday: Statewide Campfire Talks on Zoom @ 8pm. Get outside and join individually or with a small group. Build your own campfire or light a candle if you can!

Three Saturday State Park Adventures [$20 each]

  • Every Saturday: Service MN! From 11am-5pm on 7/18, 7/25, and 8/1 we will gather at a state park for a variety of activities and service projects in small groups. (Ex: fishing, hiking, biking, trail pick-up, etc.) One park will be north, south, and central to the Twin Cities area. Lunch and snacks are provided. Carpooling can be coordinated if need be.
    1. 7/18: Wisconsin Interstate Park (1hr north of the metro)
    2. 7/25: Cleary Park (40mins south of the metro)
    3. 8/1: Baker Park (30mins west of the metro)

August Canoe Trip [$30 per day — choose 1, 2, or 3 days]

  • Canoe Trips. On Mon-Wed August 3-5 we will host a canoe trip with three levels of participation. All common gear and meals are provided (canoes, tents, etc.).
    1. Option 1 – Day Trip. Those who opt for just the day trip will meet us at the North Springbrook Landing (map) on the Namekagon River at 10am on Tuesday, 8/4. They will canoe to the Log Cabin Campground in Trego and can be picked up there anytime after 4pm.
    2. Option 2 – One night overnight. Those who opt for one night of camping will start their journey with the day trip crew but spend the night at the Log Cabin Campground in socially distant campsites. They can be picked up anytime there on Wednesday, 8/5.
    3. Option 3 – Two night overnight. Those who opt for two nights of camping will start their journey on Monday at 10am at the Hayward Landing on the Namekagon River. They will sleep the first night at a public campsite near the North Springbrook Landing (map) and join the participants of Options 1&2 on Tuesday morning. They can be picked up anytime at the Log Cabin Campground on Wednesday, 8/5.

Email if you are in interested in being on a leadership team listed below.

CITs: Counselors-in-Training (Grades 11-12)

CITs will be in charge of t-shirts and service days. They will meet on zoom from May 25 – June 15 to plan.

LTs: Young Adult Leadership Team (Ages 18-25)

LTs will be in charge of Campfire Talks, Cabins, and Canoe Trips. They will meet on zoom from May 25 – June 15 to plan.

Adults (Ages 21+)

Some adults will be specifically assisting CITs and LTs. All adults can plan and offer a free time zoom activity.

Camp doesn’t just happen in one place, at one time, or solely with people we already know.”

Here in ECMN, we’ve been innovating each year to create a broad set of camp offerings that are available to everyone across the state. And it seems that this summer, we are being asked to lean into this courageous spirit in an even bigger way.”

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