Friday, March 01, 2024


A new “Escape to Emmaus” series kicked off March 2 with a sunny woodworking day enthusiastically attended by nearly 30 people of all ages. Camp manager Randall Westfall led the activity, showing participants some basic cutting techniques, followed by an opportunity to put those to use by carving whimsical trees, mushrooms, and other items. Additional Escape to Emmaus events coming up include April 6, Flintknapping and Arrowheads (10 a.m.-2 p.m., cost $12, tools provided); May 4, Birding (in partnership with Northwest Illinois Audubon); and June 1, Target Sports (archery/slingshots). See for details and registration.

The Camp Emmaus “Spring into Camp” event will be April 13, 1-6 p.m., with time to informally enjoy the camp’s amenities in the afternoon before a dedication of the new stone council ring at 4 p.m., a campfire at 4:30 p.m., and a cookout dinner (food provided) at 5:30 p.m.

Camp Emmaus (Mount Morris, Ill.) has also announced its summer camping schedule for 2024. Registration will open soon. This year’s curriculum theme will be “Linked by Love”:

April 13 Spring Into Camp
May 24-27 Memorial Day Family Camp
July 7-11 Intermediate Camp (grades 3-5)
July 12-14 Young Adult and Young at Heart Camp (YAAYAH)
July 14-20 Senior High Camp (grades 9-12)
July 21-27 Middle School Camp (grades 6-8)
Aug. 2-4 CIT training
Aug. 3-4 Elementary Camp (grades 1-2)
Aug. 8-10 Women’s Camp
Aug. 16-18 Men’s Camp
Aug. 30-Sept. 2 Labor Day Family Camp

Camp Emmanuel (Astoria, Ill.) has announced its summer 2024 camping schedule. Registration will open in March:

Women’s Camp May 31-June 2
Youth Camp (grades 9-12) 2nd week in June or 2nd weekend in June (to be determined)
Middle School Camp (grades 6-8) June 9-15
Junior Camp (grades 3-5) June 19-23
Pre-Junior Camp (grades K-2) June 28-30
Day Camp (grades K-5) July 15-19
Men’s Camp Aug. 9-11
Family Camp Aug. 30-Sept. 2
Creation Camp (grades 3-6) Sept. 6-8

Stay up to date on what’s happening at our district camps! Visit for Camp Emmanuel news and for Camp Emmaus news.