What is Camp Mercy?

Camp Mercy, an extension of Our Lady of Mercy's COR Youth Ministry, is a Catholic summer camp that encourages both campers ages 4-14 and counselors to grow in their faith and love for Christ daily. Through the guidance of young Catholic counselors who serve as role models for the campers, we hope all people at camp have a deeper love for Christ at summer's end. Our high school and college counselors share and grow in their own love of Christ through daily Mass, theology classes, Eucharistic Adoration, and fellowship with one another. The camp runs for 3 weeks, but weeks are signed up for individually to provide flexibility to our campers and their families.

 

What are the ages for camp?

Camp Mercy is open to youth ages 4-14. 

 

Do you have to be a parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy or Catholic?

It is not necessary to be a parishioner or even to be Catholic. While we do discuss and encourage faith among campers, our goal is that all children feel welcome to have fun, learn, and meet positive role models.

 

What are the dates for the summer of 2019?      

We are so excited for our inaugural summer! Join us!

Week 1: July 8-12

Week 2: July 15-19

Week 3: July 22-26

How much does Camp Mercy Cost?

Registration fees cover the hours of class programming time from 8:45am-12:00pm  They are listed below:

1 child:         $125/week

2 children:   $225/week

3 or more:   $275/week

 

What does a day at Summer Program look like?

Summer Program classes run from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm with before-care and after-care available for an additional cost.  Check out our list of proposed classes.  

            7:00am - Before care opens

            8:30-8:45 - Campers arrive

            8:45-9:00 - Morning program for all campers in the gym

            9:00-12:00 - Classes and snack

            12:00-12:15pm -  Camper pick-up

            12:15-5:30pm - After care

When does Extended Care begin and end? How do I register?

Before-care runs from 7:00-8:45am and after-care runs from 12:15-5:30pm. 

 

You can sign up for extended care on the first day of the week you utilize it.  No reservations are needed.  Before and After care may be utilized on a day to day basis. Rates are below.

 

Extended Care Rates:

Before-Care (7:00-8:30am) - $40 per week

After-Care (12:15-5:30pm) - $90 per week

Both Before and After Care- $120 per week

 

Drop-In Rates:

Before-Care: $15/child/morning

After-Care: $30/child/afternoon

 

Are payments transferable to another week?

Payments may be transferred to other classes/weeks within Camp Mercy as long as the newly selected class/week is not full.  Contact Becca Hadley to check if a class is full or not to request a transfer.

 

Is lunch provided by Camp Mercy?

Lunch is not provided.  Campers will receive a mid-morning snack during class.  After-care campers are responsible for bringing their own lunches.  After-Care campers receive a mid-afternoon snack around 3:30. Any snacks/lunches may not contain any peanut products. 

 

Will registration remain open throughout the summer?

Registration will remain open as long as spaces are still available, however, families must register no later than the Thursday before the week they wish to attend.

 

What is the camper-to-staff ratio? How are staff screened?

Our camper ratio is approximately 5:1.  Interested young adults submit applications for staff (see employment and volunteering).  Qualified individuals are then interviewed and asked to present a lesson plan, which they will develop during our week of training before camp begins.  Hired staff are then fingerprinted for Maryland and Federal background checks. All 18+ employees and volunteers are also required to take the Archdiocesan VIRTUS Safe Child class before they may be present at Summer Program in accordance with all archdiocesan employee requirements.