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May 25, 2020 - It is with sadness that the Family Camp Ministry Team has decided to cancel August Family Camp for 2020. We look forward each year to this time of relaxation and connectedness, but find ourselves unable to plan effectively for a camp that both meets our goals and complies with social distancing and other public health advice.

Our hosts at Camp Onomia are doing their best to respond to shifting guidance from the state. They recommend that we postpone until 2021 due to August Family Camp's intergenerational nature and the unique challenges it poses for meeting COVID-19 guidelines.

We are exploring other ways to engage with the August Family Camp community through a gathering or outdoor service when public health regulations permit. While this is a difficult decision and our hearts are heavy with making it, we have faith that we will be together again!

August Family Camp Ministry Team

Wendy Berg
Ellen Freeman
Gena Mitchell

On this page:

 • Planning Team
 • About Family Camp



Planning Team


The planning team for August Family Camp is made up of three members of SAPUCC, each serving for a maximum of three years (staggered terms). The 2020 team is:

Wendy Berg (year 3)
Gena Mitchell (year 2)
Ellen Freeman (year 1)

The team works with the Minnesota Conference UCC to develop programming for the camp.

You may contact the planning team directly by using the contact form on this site.



About Family Camp


August Family Camp offers a relaxed four days, featuring organized inter-generational activities, along with plenty of free time for swimming, playing, reading, and enjoying the beauty of the surroundings.

Activities vary from year to year, but are intended to provide interactions across generations and among all campers. The grandparents of one family may find themselves interacting with and getting to know the children of another family as well as their own.

Past activities have included bread-making, butter-churning, line dancing, kickball, silly Olympics, faith conversations, scavenger hunts, storytelling, puppet-making, and much more. Attendees are also free to offer crafts and other small group activities for one another, such as yoga, drumming, tie-dying, and more. A one-hour camp-wide "quiet time" is maintained each afternoon. The final night of camp features a variety show in which anyone can take the stage to show what they can do. Each day ends with a short service of Vespers at a beautiful, outdoor, lakeside chapel.

Standard lodging will be in the Retreat Center, which is described as follows on the camp's facilities page:

"27 rooms each with its own bathroom and shower. Room configurations include full bed with 3-4 twin beds, other rooms house up to 6 youth in single and three twin bunk configuration. 90% of our units are newly remodeled with wood wainscot and newer bedding."

Three meals are provided each day in the nearby dining hall.

Campsites are also available with nearby electric hookups and bathrooms.

Family Camp is open to all, including nuclear and extended families, friends, couples, singles, children and youth of any age. Multiple generations of each family are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

August Family Camp is sponsored by St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, St. Paul MN. Past attendees have come from many different congregations, including denominations other than the UCC. There is no requirement that attendees be a member of SAPUCC or any other church or denomination.

Questions? Please contact the church office at (651) 646-7173.


This page last modified on May 25, 2020