Chapel Rock Camp and Conference Center has been a staple within the Diocese of Arizona since 1931. Many of us retreat to this campground nestled within the Prescott National Forest at least once a year; whether for clergy conference, lay leadership, or one of the multitudes of summer camps they offer. Chapel Rock offers people a chance to relax, enjoy the mountain air, and reconnect with themselves.
Every year, the first Sunday in March is known as Chapel Rock Sunday, in which parishes across Arizona take up collections for the camp and conference center. This year, March 6th is the day to reach out and show your love and support for the dedicated team that keeps Chapel Rock running. However, Chapel Rock Sunday is not the only way you can contribute. Here are 5 simple and easy ways to help Chapel Rock before summer camp begins.
Book Chapel Rock for Your Next Work Event
First and foremost, Chapel Rock is a conference center that thrives on meetings and events that are hosted on their grounds. This extends beyond the Episcopal church and many people don’t realize that they can book private events. This includes work retreats, conferences, meetings, or team-building workshops. Therefore, if you have an upcoming business event that needs to be planned, consider using Chapel Rock’s facilities.
If you need a new location for a school trip, they’ve got you covered. Their ropes course challenge is fun and gets kids engaged in teamwork and overcoming fears. Many little leagues and youth sports teams will use Chapel Rock as a training ground or a fun break from their usual routines.
Donate to the Chapel Rock Campership Fund
The goal of the Chapel Rock Campership Fund is to make sure that no child is turned away because of financial means. Chapel Rock offers an early bird discount for summer camp registrants prior to March 31st and the work to keep costs low and offer an affordable rate! Donating to their Campership Fund will give campers the chance for acceptance, and to become a part of a unique Christian community. At Chapel Rock, kids have an opportunity to explore their faith and hopefully even embrace the love of Jesus Christ and their fellow cabin mates. There is no better time than now to be part of helping children have this potentially life-changing experience.
When you donate to their Campership Fund, you are helping make a transformative difference in the life of a child. It is anticipated that this summer will be a record year for tuition assistance and Chapel Rock needs to be prepared.
Apply to Be a Summer Camp Counselor
Summer Camp isn’t just for little kids. If you love kids, summer camp, leadership, and sharing the love of Jesus, you can apply to become a Camp Counselor. Chapel Rock is seeking responsible and caring leaders who live enthusiastically and care deeply about building relationships with others. Applicants should want to impact the lives of children and youth positively and understand the importance of their position as mentors for young people.
Working at camp can be demanding, and staff members need to know how to stay balanced and how to deal with stress. Chapel Rock looks for Camp Counselors who enjoy having fun and who inspire others to do the same.
If you are interested in applying, you must be at least 18 years old and have graduated from high school by the beginning of training week in May. Staff is required to be present for counselor training week and all four weeks of camp. You can submit your application today! Once your application is received, a confirmation will be sent to you and an interview may be scheduled. Just keep in mind that not everyone will receive an interview opportunity. These are paid positions and so the job search process is based on your application, pastoral recommendation, and responses to the personal questions.
Apply to Volunteer for Summer Camp
If you are not available to be a Camp Counselor, you can still apply to become a Volunteer. As a Volunteer, you have the opportunity for an unforgettable summer to grow as a Christian through service, worship, and teamwork.
Volunteers at camp work alongside Campers, Counselors and Staff. Our volunteers help with arts and crafts, music, canteen, fun and games setup and facilitation, and pastoral care.
“Camp is a place to let your true personality run free while growing closer to God. A place to create meaningful friendships that will last a lifetime. A place to learn more about yourself, whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually. A place to look forward to coming back to.” – Volunteer testimonial
Donate During Chapel Rock Sunday
Chapel Rock Sunday is scheduled for Sunday, March 6th this year. We would greatly appreciate your support in raising funds to help children attend camp. Please share your passion and commitment with your fellow parishioners. Most people don’t understand the urgency and need for campership funds. Many families have experienced hardships during this pandemic and summer camp may seem like it is out of their reach.
We ask that this year each Parish please take the collection for Chapel Rock Sunday and write one check to Chapel Rock for the total collected amount. You can contact Kelly Wood, the Executive Director for questions on how to participate. Every dollar counts towards bringing joy to children here in the Arizona diocese.