Claggett Alumni Reunion Retreat

Claggett Alumni Reunion Retreat

A weekend for past campers and staff to come home to Claggett! Alumni 21+ are invited to catch up with old friends, worship together, and celebrate all we love about camp.
Some highlights of the weekend include:

  • Gather around the campfire and worship in the Chapel with alumni from all eras of Claggett history
  • Look back on the photo archives and share your own memories
  • Retrace your steps through Powell Hall, and around campus
  • Tour new-to-you parts of campus and learn about recent programs and development
  • Learn about upcoming news, events, and giving opportunities
  • Give back through a service project

One-night (Friday dinner through Saturday lunch OR Saturday lunch through Sunday breakfast) registration options are available.

God is Good – All the Time: Reflection of Summer Camp 2022

God is Good – All the Time: Reflection of Summer Camp 2022

“God is good, all the time! All the time, God is good!” This was a gathering call at Camp Claggett’s Youth Camp July 17-22, 2022. Camp Claggett is the summer camp sponsored by the Episcopal Dioceses of Washington and Maryland and run by the Claggett Center in Buckeystown, Maryland. As a chaplain at Youth Camp, I witnessed over fifty 7-10 year-olds make friends, try new things, and explore their faith in fun ways. “God is good!” a counselor would call. “All the time,” the campers would respond. “All the time,” the counselor would echo. “God is good,” came the campers’ answer. While a statement of fact at all times, this sentiment felt especially true at camp where God’s goodness was frequently felt in palpable ways.

Each morning began with breakfast, followed by chapel and small group. Then campers engaged in a variety of activities including a ropes course, canoeing the Monocacy River, hiking Sugarloaf Mountain, swimming, and games. After a lunch break, more of the same occurred, followed by downtime, dinner, evening fun and chapel.

This year’s camp theme was Micah 6:8, “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Campers were encouraged to live out and to look for acts of justice, kindness, and humbleness. I witnessed several myself. Campers cared for one another. On our walk back from canoeing, one camper noticed that one of their peers was lagging behind, weighed down by their backpack, the uphill walk, and the heat. The first camper offered to carry the other camper’s backpack. The invitation was accepted with gratitude and relief. This example of kindness moved me and filled me with an almost overpowering feeling of hope.

God is good all the time! God’s goodness is evidenced in the kindness, justice, and humbleness of God’s people, especially the youngest, God’s children. Our young people have been through a lot these last two years. Life has been altered. But goodness is still present. Kindness abounds. My experience at camp reminded me of this essential truth. As I accompanied campers on their trips, watched them braid friendship bracelets, build relationships and extended kindness to one another, I was reminded of God’s goodness.

Camp Claggett offered me a snapshot of God’s goodness and a reminder that that goodness is embedded in each of us, especially in our rising generations.

This experience is available to you and your families, too. Camp Claggett offers a variety of summer options including camps for elementary, middle and high schoolers; as well as camp for the entire family and other special interest camps. If you are a community leader, share this information with your folks. If your families haven’t experienced the type of community that camp can create, encourage them to learn more about Camp Claggett. I am happy to speak with your parish about Camp Claggett and share more information about the uplifting experiences camp provides. It’s never too early to begin planning for summer 2023. Why not schedule a glimpse of God’s goodness into your calendar?

The Rev. Amanda Akes-Cardwell
Missioner for Faith Formation and Development

Claggett Family Picnic Camp Spirit Song

Claggett Family Picnic Camp Spirit Song

Learn about the Claggett Center and Camp Spirit Song, the Maryland Coalition of Families, and celebrate the start of the summer with us! Be sure to bring a towel and swimsuit. ALL family members welcome! Featuring picnic lunch, live music, music, games, pool time, and more!

Camp Spirit Song is the Claggett Center’s weeklong summer camp for children impacted by the substance use disorder of a loved one.

Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF) is a state-wide nonprofit dedicated to connecting, supporting and empowering families who are experiencing behavioral health challenges.

Summer Camp is Awesome!

Summer Camp is Awesome!

There’s nothing like the opportunity to spend time in nature, hang out with your peers, play games, and learn about Jesus. And I say this as an introvert, someone who gets their energy from being alone. As a child I was shy. Leaving home was difficult for me. To be honest, at first, the thought of spending a week away from my family was kind of scary. But with a little encouragement, I braved the unknown. And once I did, I found so much meaning in my camp experiences.

As a child, I learned lots of exciting new things like games, crafts, songs, and stories. As a teenager, I formed lasting friendships with folks I would have never known otherwise. At camp, I was able to ask questions about my faith and about Jesus. And with my new peers and our camp leaders, I got to explore my own answers to those questions and to learn from other people. I also learned that I was part of a large community of Christians, beyond my congregation, who faithfully loved Christ and showed me that loving Jesus could be fun.

The Episcopal Dioceses of Washington and Maryland partner together to offer stunning camp experiences over the summer at the Claggett Center. I look forward to serving as a camp chaplain one week in July at Claggett. I hope you will encourage your children to participate in camp, too. Outdoor fun, community, fellowship, and connection are all the more important after the two years we’ve been through. Consider having your children–or the children you pastor–experience the blessings of camp this summer.

The Claggett Center will host an Open House about all things summer camp on Sunday, April 3 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Come check it out!

The Rev. Amanda Akes-Cardwell
Missioner for Faith Formation and Development