Diocese of Kansas Youth Events

Episcopal Summer Mega Camp

Three Camps : One Week
Faith ~ Friends ~ Fun

Episcopalians have been attending Summer Camp the first week in June at Camp Wood YMCA for over 80 years. Camp Wood is accredited by the American Camp Association–a process that has over 300 safety and quality standards. There are separate age-appropriate Christian education, camp activities, and sleeping arrangements for all three age-groups, as well as healthy well-balanced meals with accommodations available for allergies.

Camp Wood features a variety of activities such as horseback riding, archery, climbing tower, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, water slide, mud slide, arts and crafts, and sports. The volunteer Episcopal staff provides solid Christian education, featuring worship, music, small group discussions, and prayer.

When: Sunday, June 2, 2:30 pm to Saturday, June 8, 11 am, 2019
Where: Camp Wood YMCA, Elmdale, KS
Who: Students in grades 3-12 for 2017-18 school year (you must have finished third grade to attend); Camp is NOT restricted to Episcopalians or regular churchgoers. All are welcome, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Cost: $450 if registered by April 1, 2019
$465 if registered between April 2-May 10, 2019
$480 if registered after May 10, 2019.
Those needing scholarships should register for camp by April 1, 2019. The diocese has 20 scholarships for $150 available for those with extreme financial need. You can apply for scholarships on the registration form. Information about your household income will be required. Scholarships are awarded by a committee. Your parish should also be able to provide some scholarship money.
Cancellation Deadline: Thursday, May 16, 2019. There are absolutely no refunds after Friday, May 16. Regardless of your payment status, you will still owe the full price for camp unless you notify us that you are canceling your registration by May 16. 
Registration form: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/camp2019


Are you interested in learning something about mission work? Are you looking to have fun while moving more deeply into a meaningful co-existence with all of God’s people? Then MissionWichita invites you to join us this summer as we explore what servant ministry looks like in an urban setting. During MissionWichita you will do the following:

  • Learn more about poverty and mental illness.
  • Volunteer work with Episcopal Social Services and local parishes. (And YES this will count as service hours if you are required to do some for school or a club.)
  • Relax, hang-out and do fun activities in the evenings.

When: Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 7 pm to Sunday, July 14, 11:30 am, 2019
Who: Students who have finished grades 8-12 at the time of the event
Where: Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 8021 W. 21st. Street N., Wichita, KS
Good Shepherd has two showers available. Youth need to bring their own towels.
Cost: $100 ($120 after July 2)
Registration: click here


Happening is a Christian Experience by youth for youth. It’s a weekend retreat, focusing on Jesus and what he taught. There are games, music, great food, and a chance to talk with peers about things that really matter.

When: Happening #94 will be June 28-30, 2019
Where: Good Shepherd, Wichita
Who: Youth in grades 9-12 (including rising 9th graders)
Fee: $55 ($70 after June 14)
Priority deadline: Friday, June 14, 2019
Registration forms: Click here

Mission Trip

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world” ~Archbishop Desmond Tutu

When: July 23-30, 2019
What: Mission trip to Fairbanks, Alaska
Who: Adults, college students, and youth who have finished grades 9-12. (Note: trip is limited to 18 total participants.)
Cost: $500, includes local transportation, meals, and local housing in an AirBNB
Registration: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/alaska

We will be working with St. Matthew’s in Fairbanks, where The Rev. Betty Glover is now rector. This is the central church for the Diocese of Alaska (they don’t have a cathedral) and serves many of the surrounding villages. We will be helping them create digital archives of their historical pictures and documents and do some home and yard work for the local elders. We also plan to visit one of the nearby villages and take a day to travel to Denali National Park.

Everyone pays their own way (adults, college students and youth). The Diocese and participants will not be subsidizing anyone’s participation in the trip. Fundraising is recommended as the diocese is not able to provide scholarships for this trip.

Everyone is asked to book their own flight and purchase travel insurance (typically an option if you purchase a flight through the airline’s web site). If you want to travel with one of the adults on the trip, these are their flights:

  • Karen Schlabach’s flights:
    • July 23, Delta 5518/2246, KC>Minneapolis>Fairbanks, 3:40 pm – 8:38 pm
    • July 30, Delta 2246/2656, Fairbanks>Minneapolis>KC, 9:38 pm – 8:20 am (next day)
  • Will Chaney’s flights (as low as $573.25 including trip insurance):
    • July 23, Delta 2742/868/1332, KC>LAX>Seattle>Fairbanks, 3:15 pm – 11:59 pm
    • July 30, Delta 24/2881/2566, Fairbanks>Seattle>Minneapolis>KC, 1:30 am – 5:08 pm

Alaska Air and United also fly to Fairbanks, but currently Delta has the best rates.

Check with the airlines prior to leaving re: the most current baggage allowances. Don’t forget that any liquids in your carry-on must be in a quart size transparent bag and must be less than 3oz. in size. Be sure to have any essential medications and at least one change of clothing in your carry on. Have luggage identification inside and out of all luggage, including carry on. We will have a group luggage tag for each person’s bag to make them easy to identify as part of our group.

The 2016 Mission Team with our Honduran co-workers in front of the prayer wall we were a part of building for the week.


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