Camp Fun & Faith for Girls
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who sponsors Camp Fun & Faith?
The Pro Sanctity Movement and the Apostolic Oblates organize and direct the camp. The Archdiocese of Omaha and the Universal Roman Catholic Church officially approve both organizations.
- Why should families consider Camp Fun & Faith?
As a Catholic-based summer camp, the goal is to create an environment that encourages the girls to grow in their faith and identity as a daughter of God. They are invited to experience Jesus more in their daily life and spend time with other girls their age in a life-giving way.
- How long has camp been running?
As of 2017, 26 years!
- Where is camp located?
Camp Fun & Faith is located at Pro Sanctity’s Alpha & Omega Retreat Center, five miles north of Elkhorn on highway 31. We have 20 acres of beautiful land with a farm house, a large activity center, and a cabin with two dorms. The address is 11002 N. 204th St. Elkhorn, NE 68022.
- What is the schedule?
Day Camp has a morning (9a.m.-noon) and an afternoon session (1p.m.-4p.m.) which run Monday through Friday. Junior High and Grade School weeks begin Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. and conclude with a program for families and pot-luck on Friday at noon. High School week begins on Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. and concludes with a program on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.
(The following information pertains primarily to all camp weeks except High School Week. This week is smaller than the rest and is run by the Apostolic Oblates. Activities may include but may not be limited to horseback riding, hiking, swimming, service, prayer, campfire, crafts, and games. We tend to go on more field trips during this week than the others.)
- How many camp leaders are there each week?
Oblate camp directors are present at all sessions of camp. Four to six young
adult women are selected and trained as full-time counselors to be present for
the summer. For Day Camp there are junior-high and high-school helpers to assist
the counselors. For overnight weeks we select junior counselors who are 16
years or older. One counselor and one junior counselor are in charge of
approximately 10 campers per group. They are assisted by the camp directors. A healthcare professional is present at camp during the day.
- What safety precautions are made at camp?
Safety is a primary concern at camp. Every precaution is taken to ensure the well-being of your daughter. Rules are presented to the counselors, junior counselors, and campers at the beginning of each week.
Fire Safety: The cabin contains a fire alarm, and fire extinguishers are available in prominent locations. The activity center is equipped with a state-of-the-art emergency sprinkler system as well as fire extinguishers, and emergency exits.
Tornado Procedure: Camp staff monitor weather radios (with 120 hours+ of battery backup). In case of severe weather, there are three shelters, depending on where the group is on the property. The activity center has a newly designed concrete tornado shelter, the house on the east end has a basement, and the cabins on the west end of the property have interior bathrooms made of solid concrete blocks. These shelters are within three minutes walking distance from anywhere on the property.
First Aid: All medications are locked and under the care of the nurse, directors, and designated counselors.
Food Safety: All food is prepared and served by trained staff who follow health precautions advised by the American Camp Association.
Safe environment: Directors and counselors receive Safe Environment training under the Archdiocese of Omaha. All campers use the “buddy system” and are never alone unsupervised.
- Where do the campers sleep?
The cabin at camp is set up with two dorms of bunk beds, joined in the middle by a hallway with the restrooms. Full-time counselors and the junior counselors sleep in the cabin with the girls. The directors sleep nearby in the farmhouse and are available by phone at any time.
- How many campers are at camp each week?
The cabins can accommodate up to 54 campers per overnight week.
- Will my daughter be with her friend/sister?
Groups are formed primarily according to age, but we make every effort to put friends or sisters together when this is requested on the form.
- Do you have to be Catholic to attend the camp?
Camp Fun & Faith is a Catholic based camp, with regular Mass, prayers, and
themes, the camp is open to all faiths.
· What are the activities at camp?
As the name implies, all camp activities are designed to infuse faith and holiness into daily life. Such activities for overnight weeks include crafts, skits, sports activities, bonfire, nature walks, games including BUNCO, presentations on the saints and prayer, great homemade food, and field trips to a local pool and a visit to a local nursing home. For Day Camp week our only field trip is to the local nursing home on Friday.
· Where do the campers go swimming?
There is no pool at camp. The campers ride the bus to Fremont Splash Station when weather allows. When the pool is closed for weather or maintenance, we choose another field trip location (often an indoor pool). All pools have trained life guards.
· What happens if my child is homesick?
Homesickness is common and natural for some children who are away from home. Camp counselors are trained to be attentive and welcoming to the campers. Campers are encouraged to participate in activities and meet new friends.
Based on past experiences, outside phone calls are discouraged. However, the camp directors recognize that parents know their child the best and will follow the parents’ advice.
Parents are encouraged to come visit with their child to tour the camp. Please contact the camp directors if you would like to set up a tour.
· Is financial assistant available?
Scholarships are available and determined on an individual basis. Our policy is to turn no child away because of a financial situation. We ask families to prayerfully consider how much they can afford and email [email protected] or call the camp office (402) 289-1938 for a scholarship form.
· How do I register my child?
Camper registration begins March 1st. Download all forms under the “Forms” tab and mail to 11002 N. 204th St. Elkhorn, NE 68022. Hard copy forms with parent or guardian’s signature is necessary. Parents will receive a confirmation letter and a “what to bring list” after they register their child.
To obtain a hard copy form in the mail, call the camp office at 402-289-1938.
Space is limited; do not wait to sign up if there is a certain week you would like your child to attend. There is a waiting list for each week after the spots are full.
· How do I contact camp directors with other questions?
Camp Directors can be contacted at [email protected] or (402) 289-1938.