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Camp Weed & Cerveny Conference Center

Live Oak, Florida

A PLACE SET APART
Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center is a rare jewel set in the center of North Florida. An ideal site for summer camp and those special celebrations of life. It is also a popular meeting site for colleges, government organizations, corporations, and other religious/non-profit groups. With 520 acres of beautiful, unspoiled land, this camp and conference center celebrates the best in nature with a retreat center set apart from the bustle of the world.

Owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Florida, Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center is a wonderful place for recreation, renewal, and reflection. Named for two Bishops in the Episcopal Diocese of Florida, Edwin G. Weed, and Frank S. Cerveny, this center is the “Heart of the Diocese.”

Click here to visit the Camp Weed & Cerveny Conference Center website

Recent News from Camp Weed

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW: CAMP WEED SUMMER CAMPS 2021

By Samantha (Sam) Marxsen
Youth Director for Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center

Registration is looking good for summer camps at Camp Weed. As of today we have 335 campers registered. We ended summer 2019 with 587 campers, so after everything that’s happened in the last year, we set a goal of 450, which we are well on our way to, especially with an increasing number of registrations each day. After cancelling summer 2020 we weren’t really sure what to expect, so I think this is a very good number considering everything that’s happened.
Sessions
We have a total of 7 camp sessions. The first is Mini Camp for ages 6-10. This is a shorter session, Wednesday-Saturday, and serves as a way for younger campers who may be nervous or haven’t been to sleepaway camp before, to get to know camp without being away for a whole week. The second is Senior Session for ages 15-18. This is for our oldest campers, many of whom spend this week as a camper and come back later in the summer to serve as counselors-in-training. Then we have our sessions 1-5 for our biggest age group, 7-14. Between each of these sessions we hold Stayover Sessions on the weekends, so campers can come for multiple weeks in a row without having to check out in between.
Safety protocols
With how quickly guidelines, policies, testing, vaccine distribution, etc. have changed in the past year, we have not completely solidified exactly how activities and cabin interactions will occur yet. The goal is to make camp as “normal” as possible, so we will still be doing the same activities, the beloved Camp Weed 500, campfires, Weed Wide Olympics, counselor hunt, and many more, but with added safety measures. We will be doing daily temperature checks, adding sanitizing measures, ensuring distancing when indoors, spending more time outdoors, and having sanitizing products readily available everywhere.
Registration deadline
Registration will stay open until the Friday before the start of each session (Monday for Mini Camp). We know many families are still unsure about sending their children to camp this summer, so we want to give ample time for everyone to register.
Scholarships
From the Bullock Scholarship Fund we are thrilled to provide over $10,000 in scholarships each summer. Applications can be found at campweed.org under the “Dates and Fees” tab. Applications are due by April 30th.
Where can parents or kids go for more info to register?
You can go to campweed.org under the “Summer Camp” tab for more info and register at http://campweed.campbrainregistration.com. You can also always email me at [email protected] or call me in the office at 386-364-5250. I’m always happy to talk camp!
Camp Counselors
We have recruited counselors from past campers, former counselors-in-training, Episcopal University Centers, and other online job posting platforms. We generally want our counselors to be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent, but exceptions can be made. We do still have several cabin counselors positions available! You can apply today at http://campweed.campbrainstaff.com

OUTDOORS AT CAMP WEED

By Thomas Frazer
Director of Camp Weed

Editor: Camp Weed is busy this beautiful Eastertide preparing for a full summer Camp after a year of lockdown. The Cerveny Conference Center is experiencing a slow but deliberate return to full bookings as north Florida and our country emerges more and more out of lockdown and isolation. As I have kept up with things at Camp Weed over the last few months I have especially enjoyed reports from the Director, Thomas Frazer, on the vitality and energy of nature on the five hundred acre estate that is in so many ways the heart and soul of our Diocese. Here is Thomas, in his own voice, sharing observations about outdoor things at Camp:
Fly fishing
I enjoy ending a busy day at Camp Weed with some fly fishing. I mostly fish off of one of the two docks at the Damon Boat House or else work my way down the shore and around Mandi’s Chapel. I enjoy fishing the last hour of daylight at Camp Weed. We call the first and last hour of day light “The Power Hour”. I find a sense of peace on White Lake, making imperfect casts, and enjoying the view from God’s Playground. We mostly target bass, crappie, and blue gill when fishing at Camp Weed.
Sometimes one of the maintenance employees will join me. You will often find Randy Winton and his son Easton out on the lake, or Joe Chamberlain entertaining friends at the secret spots, or Dick Michaelson and a guest or two from his fly-fishing club in Jacksonville. Dick Michaelson has a club event planned for later this month. Fr. Aaron Smith from Grace Episcopal in Orange Park and his boys Ambrose and Clement (pictured) had a very successful trip last spring. Sam Marxsen has agreed to let me teach a fly fishing to summer campers this year! She is adding fly rods, tackle, and flies to her summer camp wish list.
Camp Weed is the perfect environment for anyone that would like to learn how to fly fish and I would be very excited to teach a fly-fishing course if there might be interest for it in the Diocese. I think we could have some fun events, some great speakers, and priceless fellowship centered around fishing at Camp.
This all means a lot to me as I have been fly fishing since I was a child. An old timer I used to take fishing gave me my first fly rod. I fumbled around with it catching small bass and crappie in our pond in Alabama. I received my first formal lessons, around the age of eight years old, at Lookout Mountain Camp in Mentone, Alabama. I was hooked! In my early twenties I began traveling to Colorado to fly fish and to learn as much as I could from the best in the industry. I went through the Orvis School in Beaver Creek and spent time guiding between Colorado, Montana, and Alabama.
Each place you fish is an entirely unique experience. It brings forth its own set of memories, emotions, and questions as you search for that perfect cast and drift. Sometimes you fish all afternoon in solitude, without a single strike, but you still walk away completely satisfied and at peace. My favorite place to fly fish is in the Gallatin Gateway in Montana. There is something about fishing that canyon, in the evening light that is seemingly transcendent. It is one of the things in this world that you simply have to experience to understand. But come join me for some fishing at Camp Weed!
Thomas Frazer