A Beautiful Beginning
In 2013, Denis Blanchette along with the generous support of the Bodnarek family founded the first ever “Arch GM Summer Camp”.
There had been no Catholic summer camps held within the Archdiocese since Shaw’s Point belonged to the Oblates - not since the 1970s.
The primary motivations for a summer camp were:
a) a week vs a weekend experience gives them time to leave their comfort zones and enter into a more spiritual adventure.
b. we wanted good kids to hang out with each other and create strong friendships, to create community.
c. we wanted our priests to get involved and support future vocations.
d. we wanted to offer an attractive view of Catholicism to the future generation.
In 2016, “Arch GM Summer Camps” was renamed “Camp St. Martin” by a camper after the patron of the Archdiocese, St. Martin of Tours.
We offer our greatest gratitude to Denis for his dedication to starting the camp and to the generous support of the Bodnarek family in honour of Norman Mercier who passed away Aug 15, 2007. Without this contribution Camp St. Martin would not be possible.