If you have questions regarding the cancellation of summer programming, please see our Cancellation FAQ
Our summer programming provides 75% of our yearly revenue. We are asking you to Stay with Camp Gray by donating during this time of financial need. Join us in the mission to change the lives of thousands of kids in the years to come!
May 1, 2020
Greetings Camp Gray Family,
It was 67 years ago that Monsignor Francis Gray founded our beloved Camp. Since 1953, more than 100,000 young people have taken part in the Camp Gray experience. We owe Monsignor Gray a great debt of gratitude. He left us a wonderful gift that we’ve been entrusted to care for – it’s a responsibility that I don’t take lightly.
During this time, we have consulted government regulations, our Advisory Board, The Diocese of Madison and members of the medical community. This process has led us to make the difficult decision to cancel Summer Camp 2020.
Like you, I love Summer Camp – the joy, the passion, the great community that’s formed. There’s nothing like it. We know how much you look forward to summer camp every year. We hear countless stories about how Camp Gray has impacted people over the years. We know this leaves a void.
However, we take seriously our job of ensuring that Camp Gray remains a safe, wonderful place. We’re making this decision for the future of Camp Gray. We owe it to you, the Camp Gray family, and to Monsignor Gray, to make this challenging decision now, in order to safeguard the next 67 years and beyond.
If your family was registered for Summer Camp 2020, you’ll be receiving an email from us on Monday with information about what options lie before you. If you’re in a position to donate part or all of your registration money, certainly we’d be grateful as this decision leaves Camp Gray in a very difficult financial position. You will also have the opportunity to secure a reservation in summer camp 2021 by rolling over your $100 deposit for each camper. And of course, we know these are challenging times for all of us. If you’d like a full refund at this time, we’re happy to accommodate that request, as well. If you have further questions, please visit our cancellation FAQ page.
Please keep Camp Gray in your prayers as we move toward summer camp 2021 and know of our prayers for each and every one of you.
April 7, 2020
Hello Camp Gray Family!
As we move into Holy Week, I hope everyone is able to find a bit of peace in the midst of everything happening right now.
We’re not giving way to despair during these difficult times. We are a people of possibility and hope. As challenges arise, we are quick to find solutions. We live in the conviction that the Lord will find a way. It is with this spirit that we are tackling the question of how our summer programming will look this year. We are going to do everything in our power to keep the mission of Camp alive this summer.
Outlooks and information about COVID 19 change almost daily. Know that we will not give way to panicked thinking. We will remain strong and patient. Our goal in all of this is to be able to provide a safe environment in order to change the lives of over 1,300 kids this summer. In consultation with our advisory board and members of the medical community we have decided that we will wait to make decisions about our summer programming until May 1st. This gives us time to get a clearer picture of how we are able to move forward. We ask for your patience and prayers to make the best decisions for all involved.
We understand that this fluid situation will require flexibility from everyone. In light of that, we have moved the deadline for paying any remaining balances until June 1st.
These are troubling times but we have always been able to rely on you, the Camp Gray Family. I can’t clearly see the road ahead but we are comforted in knowing that we will not be walking alone. Together we can do great things. We are praying for all of you and ask that you pray for us and for the mission of Camp.
March 24, 2020
Hello Camp Gray Family!
As the devastating, disruptive effects of COVID-19 play out globally and here in Wisconsin, we take solace in the motto of the Carthusians: “The Cross is steady while the world is turning.” This is a great time to turn to the Lord in prayer knowing that He is the unchanging truth, beauty and goodness that our hearts long for.
We are closely monitoring emerging developments involving the virus. Our goal at Camp Gray is to serve the common good. Most often, we do this through creating vibrant, fun experiences of the Catholic faith. But these times call for an even sharper focus on how Camp Gray can responsibly serve community health.
Based on the recommendations of our consulting physician and the latest guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, a week ago we decided to suspend the rest of our school-year programming and reached out to all affected groups. It’s disappointing to miss the laughter, fun, and encounters that would have occurred in April and May. But these times call for difficult, informed decisions guided by love.
How will this situation affect Camp Gray’s summer programming? We plan to answer this soon. Meeting with our board over the next two weeks, we will decide how to proceed. We ask for your patience and prayers as we make challenging decisions that we would never have thought necessary just three weeks ago.
These are demanding times, but we have always been able to rely on the strength and support of you, our Camp Gray family. We pray that you and your families stay well during these uncertain times.
Thank you for all you have done and will do for this great mission!
March 12, 2020
All across our great nation, and indeed around the world, we’re seeing major disruptions to our everyday life in an effort to stem the tide of the coronavirus.
The last 48 hours, especially, have been staggering, as major sports, events, and universities are suspending or cancelling their operations.
5,000 young people join us at Camp Gray each year. Parents trust that we’ll care for the needs of each and every child that comes to Camp Gray. We don’t take that trust lightly. We have already been working with our consulting physician, local health authorities, other experts in the camping field, and the Diocese of Madison to ensure we’re doing all we can to keep people safe. We’re prepared to take major precautions, if necessary, to promote the common good and create a safe environment for all.
As a precaution, we’ve postponed a large confirmation retreat planned for this upcoming weekend, and we’re assessing other upcoming retreats. At this point, we’re excited to make 2020 the best summer yet and we’ll continue our summer preparations. We will continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation and, as we move forward throughout the spring, know that we’ll be abundantly transparent on all of our decisions.
Again, nothing is more important to us than the safety of our campers and retreatants, and we thank you for trusting us with your children. Your support and prayers are greatly appreciated!
In closing, in the slightly edited words of St. Padre Pio: “Pray, hope, wash your hands, and don’t worry…”
St. Jude, pray for us!