Camp Stella Maris of Livonia, N.Y., offers recreational and personal development programming at a 33-acre campus on the eastern shore of Conesus Lake in Livingston County. The camp, whose name is Latin for "Star of the Sea," is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester but has independent governance and is financially self-supporting.
The camp was founded in 1926 by seminarians Gerald Lambert and Eugene Hudson. Initially it offered the traditional summer camp experience for boys, but it began offering camping for girls in 1941. Camp Stella Maris now has resident, day and weekend camps as well as an after-school program. In addition, its meeting facilities are used by school, business and church groups for team-building activities, project learning and spiritual retreats.
In summer, children participate in weeklong residential and day camping with activities in five categories: adventure, ballfield, spiritual, waterfront and arts and nature.
Weekend camps focus on families with experiences intended to promote family interaction and build relationships. Mommy & Me, Daddy & Me and Family Camp are opportunities for parents and children to spend time together without televisions, telephones and Internet.
Winter Ski Camp, Camping in the Cold and Christmas at CSM give children the chance to enjoy the camp when it is cold and snowy.
Leadership camps are conducted throughout the year. Young people learn and practice communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills while developing their ability to work in teams.
Women's Getaway Weekends have become popular at the camp. Participants relax together and enjoy activities they have chosen-yoga, massage, cooking classes, high ropes, wine tasting and others.
Camping with Seniors, the newest program, is a weekend for people 62 or older. Exercise classes, boating, campfires and author visits are among the activities.
School-age child care is available throughout the academic year-before and after school, for full and half days off and during holiday breaks. The program is for children in kindergarten through sixth grade in the Livonia Central School District.
Since 1977, the Camp Stella Maris Campership Fund has provided need-based financial assistance for resident, day and family camp programs. Campership awards are given to families who otherwise might be unable to afford sending their children to camp. The fund, supported by donors and an annual fundraising event, provides more than $150,000 in aid each year.
Camp Stella Maris has eight full-time and three part-time year-round employees and approximately 130 summer employees. John Quinlivan is executive director. The camp is at 4395 East Lake Road in the town of Livonia, and the website is www.campstellamaris.org.
Financial Record Year ended Dec. 31, 2012
Fees and program income $1,476,882 91
Public contributions 148,034 9
Total revenue $1,624,916 100
Programs $1,426,170 80
Management and general 275,712 15
Fundraising 90,365 5
Total expenses $1,792,247 100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses ($167,331)
Board of Directors
Cathy Gueli, president
Kevin Fitzpatrick, vice president
Kathy Olbrich, vice president
Eileen Heizyk, treasurer
Al Schum, immediate past president
Rev. Ed Palumbos
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