At this time, Camp Summit 2020 is still on as scheduled. We are closely watching the direction of Governor Walz and health officials about social gatherings. We will continue to update you as we know more. By June 1, we will make a final decision about canceling Camp Summit 2020 based on summer projections.
UPDATE: Down payments are no longer required for Camp Summit 2020 and the due date for all final payments has been extended to July 10, 2020. If you have already sent in a down payment, we will apply it to the final payment for July 10th. If we have to cancel, we will refund all payments.
We know this is a difficult time for so many and we hope that we will be able to see you all this summer! We are praying for each of you and we ask you to please pray for those affected by COVID-19, all those who are sick, lonely, struggling, and suffering.
Who can attend Camp Summit?
Middle School Youth: Camp Summit is designed for youth entering grades 6-8.
High School Youth: Youth entering 9-12th grade can apply to lead on either Dream Team and Fiat. More information here.
Adult Chaperones: Each group is required to have 1 adult for every 5 youth of the same gender. Chaperones must be 21+ and have a recent background check and VIRTUS Training by July 1st.
Young Adults: Young adults 18-20 at the time of camp are invited to volunteer in specific roles. Please contact us for more information.
Adult Volunteers: We need your help! If you are 21+ and interested in volunteering please visit our volunteer page.
Priests & Religious: Your presence and example is incredibly important at camp. Please visit our Religious page for more information.
I'm a parent, how do I register?
If you are a parent or participant, first contact your Parish's youth leader. They must first register you/your child and then you will receive an email with the entire online form to complete.
If you have multiple children to register, sign up/log into Regpack with your email. Once you complete the form for one child, you will be prompted to add another participant. At this time, you can add another child or yourself and fill in the registration form for each person.
I'm a group leader, how do I register?
If you are the leader for your parish group, please visit the Parish Leaders page for more information, registration instructions, and deadlines. If your parish is not listed or you are a new parish or contact, please email us.
Initial registration is open until Feb 14 - you can register participants and reserve spaces until then. Parish leaders can reserve up to 15 campers, 4 chaperones, and 5 high school youth. After Feb 14, all spaces without a name are forfeited and all available spaces are open for you to register more participants.
The limit applies to each parish - "parish" is defined here as having a designated youth leader. If you are the youth leader for several parishes/Tri-Parish, that is considered one parish. If your parish is going with another parish group that has their own youth leader, that is considered two parishes and can each reserve spaces.
What if I don't have a parish group?
Each participant must register and attend Camp Summit with a Parish group. If you do not have a Parish group please Contact Us and let us know where you live and/or to which Parish you belong. We will connect you with a Parish group in your area.
How much is Camp Summit?
Camp Summit is $300 per participant. This fee includes everything - talented speaker team and programming, all meals, lodging, Eagle Bluff activities, supplies, drawstring backpack, water bottle, and a t-shirt.
Costs may vary by parish so check with your parish youth leader for your group's official cost, fundraising opportunities, and possible financial assistance.
Youth may want to bring some spending money for use in the Eagle Bluff gift shop or for Camp Summit merchandise.
What can I expect at Camp Summit?
Camp Summit is a jam-packed, faith-filled, week with friends, fun and lots of Jesus! With a focus on discipleship, youth attend camp with their parish and grow together in faith and fellowship with that parish group as well as others in the Diocese.
Participants will sleep in a large, heated dorm building. Each room has 8 beds, a bathroom and shower. Adults and youth sleep in separate rooms. We do our best to room youth with other campers from their groups, but please know, campers will be busy all day and will only be in their rooms to sleep. Campers must pack their own sheets, sleeping bag, pillow, and towel.
All meals are provided and are covered in the cost of camp. If you have special dietary needs, accommodations can be made. Please fill out the registration form in full with dietary restrictions or contact us if it is complicated or you have questions.
Where is Camp Summit?
Camp Summit is a ministry of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota. Camp is hosted at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center nestled in the beautiful Root River Valley of Lanesboro, MN. For detailed driving directions, visit our Location Page.
When does camp start and end?
Connect with your parish group leader to coordinate transportation and carpools. Campers can arrive between 12:30-1:00pm on Monday of their week of camp (July 27 or August 3). High schoolers serving on Dream Team or Fiat should arrive for the weekend training on Saturday (July 25 or August 1) at 1:00pm and will stay until the end of the camp week.
Camp concludes at 12:00pm on Thursday (July 30 or August 6). Parents are invited to our closing mass on Thursday at 10:30am. Please note, there is no lunch served on arrival on Monday or on departure on Thursday.
Can I contact my child during camp?
Cell phones should stay at home. If there is an emergency, please contact your parish’s group leader first and then call Eagle Bluff's main phone line at 507-467-2437. Campers, nurses and/or chaperones will call home if necessary.
To send a note of encouragement to your camper, firstname.lastname@example.org - include their name and parish group in the subject line. Letters can be mailed to: <Camper Name>, <Parish Group>, Eagle Bluff ELC, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN 55949.
How are medications handled?
Volunteer nurses will help administer medications as prescribed. When prompted, please list all medications on your child's registration form. If they are under 18, the camp nurses will safely store all medications. Inhalers and EpiPens can stay with the student and their chaperones for emergency use. Parents will have an opportunity to meet with our camp nurses at the start of camp to discuss any medications, special needs or behavioral issues.
I'm not in the Diocese of Winona-Rochester
Because of the growing popularity of Camp Summit and the limited space at Eagle Bluff, initial registration will be reserved for only parishes within the Diocese of Winona-Rochester. Those parishes will be able to reserve up to 20 spots between January 17-April 1, 2020. After April 1, all spots not reserved will be available to larger groups and for groups outside of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester. If you have any questions, please reach out.
Can I volunteer at Camp Summit?
We need over 50 volunteers for Camp Summit to be successful! Even if you are already a group chaperone, you are still able and encouraged to volunteer for a specific role while at camp! Volunteers must be 18+, have a recent background check, and be VIRTUS trained.
If you are interested in volunteering, visit our volunteer page for more information and email email@example.com to tell us about yourself and how you can help this summer! The camp fee is waived for volunteers.