Casowasco Connection No. 5

Casowasco Connection No. 5

Welcome to the Casowasco Connection Newsletter! Here, you’ll find updates on Casowasco as we prepare for summer, learn about upcoming events, and find more ways to support this life transforming ministry. Join the mailing list by filling out this form.

Upcoming Events
  • June 22 10am-3pm: Rookie Camper Day
  • June 30: Opening Day of Summer Camp! Please keep Casowasco in your prayers for our programming from June 30-August 14!
  • October 3-6: Fall Quilt by Faith
  • October 4-6: Keep These Words: A Beginner Storyteller Retreat
  • October 25-27: Scrapbooking and Fall Crafts Retreat
  • December 13-15: Look Up to the Skies and See: A Full Moon Silent Retreat

Head to the events tab on our website to learn more and get registered!

Program Spotlight: Time Jumpers

July 28th-August 2nd 

Ages 9-12

Jump in the TARDIS and join The Doctor for a spin or get your seatbelt on with Marty and Doc Brown in a time machine made from a modified DeLorean DMC-12… however you do it, get here! Experience Gold Rush excitement in the Wild West, try your hand at archery or sword fighting during Medieval mayhem, or darst ye search for buried treasure with pirates? The perfect opportunity to race through time, so get your chain mail, cowboy hat, peg leg, or toga on for this mad dash through the decades!

Joining us as Chaplain that week is Pastor Alison Schmied of Lansing United Methodist Church. Pastor Alison has been a chaplain at Casowasco for many years and was the speaker at Solid Youth Retreat 2024. We are very excited to welcome her back!

Click HERE to register for camp and click HERE to see all the Summer 2024 programs!

An Update on Dmytro

In our last newsletter, we shared the story of Dmytro, a young man who is a Ukrainian refugee who came to Casowasco for a work day and can’t wait to come back. Thanks to the generosity of our community, we were able to raise to money for Dmytro to come to Casowasco this summer! You can read Dymtro’s story here.

It is our mission to send as many people to camp to experience a loving Christian camp community as possible. We recognize that camp is expensive and is sometimes beyond a family’s budget. Often, children whose families cannot afford camp are those who need camp the most. Camperships (Scholarships for Camp) are a way to help get these children to camp. If you are able, donating to our campership fund helps kids like Dymtro experience God’s love at Casowasco. The true cost of a week of camp is $795. We partner with agencies such as the Syracuse Housing Authority to send kids to camp. The Campership Fund makes it possible for us to do that. Please consider a donation to the campership fund to help us make camp accessible to as many children as possible.

Rookie Camper Day

Summer is just around the corner and camp at Casowasco opens in 30 days! If you’re still on the fence about camp or it’s your camper’s very first time coming to camp, join us June 22nd from 10am to 3pm for Rookie Camper Day! This open house is open to anyone and everyone who wants to come visit and is especially geared toward first time campers. This Open House happens during staff training and is the perfect opportunity to see the cabin you might get to stay in, play some games, make a s’more, and maybe even meet your counselor! It’s also the only place to earn the extra special Rookie Camper Day Bead!

Get Those Registrations In!

With summer just 30 days away, it’s super important to make sure those registrations are complete! Registering for camp is the only way to save your camper a spot for their favorite program and allows us here at Casowasco to plan the best week possible. Need a paper registration? You can find the form here. We are happy to answer any questions about the registration process and help find ways to make camp affordable. You can call us and talk to Donna at (315) 364-8756 ext. 2151 or email

How are we preparing for summer this week?

This week, we have been able to work outside to set up program areas! With the help of volunteers during our Homecoming Weekend, we were able to set up the Archery Range, open up Mt. Tabor for all the campers who will get to live there this summer, and continued to clean up debris from winter. We are blessed to have such devoted volunteers! As the lake gets warmer, we will be looking forward to preparing the waterfront for a summer full of fun in and around Owasco Lake!

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