January 12, 2021
Dear All Angels’ Families,
Maybe we don’t know what the summer will bring, but let’s hope! In this letter, you will find:
- What is the All Angels’ Farm Summer Campership Fund?
- How do I access a campership for my children?
- Who qualifies to receive a campership?
What is the Campership Fund?
During the years 1901-1954, All Angels’ Church, like many churches of its day, operated a farm encampment outside of the city as a fresh air get away. When the Farm was sold, in 1954, a fund was created to be used as a fresh air fund for All Angels’ Church’s mothers and children. Fast forward to today, the All Angels’ Farm funds many projects that connect All Angels’ moms and children with fresh air experiences outside of the city. One of them is their campership program. Other funded projects include youth retreats, youth mission trips, parish retreats.
Policies and procedures around the Farm Campership Program are designed to foster “dreaming big” for families for whom sleepaway summer camp is a pipe dream. To this end, applications for summer camperships will be approved, up to $2500 per child on a first come first served basis. That said, if your budding virtuoso is applying to an $8000 summer sleep away camp intensive in Vienna, please note how and why you need the full $8000, not just $2500. The Farm’s main desire is to see children experience summer sleep aways that normally would be out-of-reach.
How do I access a Campership?
Applications may be found here. The Farm Board expects to allocate enough monies to cover campership requests from all eligible children and youth from the parish.
What qualifies an eligible child or youth?
Qualifying Children and Youth are those who have demonstrated active engagement in the life of All Angels’ Church. Active engagement is defined by 50% or greater involvement in children and youth ministry activities. Attendance records from the last 12-24 months will be used to determine eligibility. I will make the award and communicate to parents as applications are received. Decreased involvement in children & youth activities because of Covid Zoom fatigue will not disqualify anyone.
I am happy to discuss your particular details and concerns with you personally. Check out this FAQ.
Mary Ellen Lehmann
Director of Children and Youth Ministries
All Angels’ Church