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July 31, 2003 Edition   •   Volume 133, No. 28   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Camp Gray: Celebrates 50 years

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left arrow  In a heartwarming Camp Gray style, counselors, staff members, and alumni clap and sing at the end of a joy-filled Mass celebrating Camp Gray's 50th anniversary. (Catholic Herald photo by Julianne Nornberg)

BARABOO -- "Camp Gray is always a place one can return to and call home."

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Laura Sowinski's sentiments echo in the hearts of many who have attended Camp Gray, a Diocese of Madison-run Catholic camp located on 225 acres in the Baraboo area.

This year Camp Gray celebrated its 50-year anniversary during its annual Founders' Day July 12.

'Warm spot in my heart'

Sowinski, a member of St. Albert the Great Parish in Sun Prairie, was one of the 75 people who attended the celebration.

She attended Camp Gray for the first time in 1979 when she was eight years old. After being a camper until she was 16, she then served as a counselor for three years. Her cousin is Fr. Larry Bakke, a former director of Camp Gray.  Full story ...

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Camp Gray then and now

BARABOO -- Camp Gray was founded in 1953 by Msgr. Francis Xavier Gray, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Baraboo. He had a dream of a creating a camp where Boy Scouts "could enjoy nature and become acquainted with it firsthand."

Camp Gray began as a boys' camp, owned by St. Joseph Parish in Baraboo and directed by the parish priest. Four weeks of summer camp were offered and the counselors were diocesan seminarians.

In 1963 the Diocese of Madison purchased 125 more acres to add to the original 100-acre wooded tract of land. The diocese incorporated the camp in 1968. Gradually, several structures were added to the camp, such as the Chapel of St. Joseph, pool, pond, gym, open-air pavilion/ampitheatre, St. Vincent Retreat Center, outdoor chapel, and health center.

Camp Gray held the first summer session for girls in 1980 and its first co-ed session in 1984.

Accredited by the American Camping Association, Camp Gray now offers nine weeks of summer camp. Children from all over the Diocese of Madison and beyond come to have fun, build new skills, and learn more about their faith.

Staying at the camp for one-week or two-week sessions, campers range in ages from those going into first grade to those going into 12th grade.

After morning praise and prayer each day, campers work on different skill-building areas such as archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, swimming, fishing, field sports, nature, horseback riding, outdoor living skills, performance, and mountain biking.  Full story ...

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