This week we welcomed 26 staff for orientation/training (pictured above) to staff CYO Camps and Camp Ozanam through the Camps Connect collaborative. What an amazing group of staff we will have this summer! Our theme for 2018 is “On Fire for Jesus,” and they are definitely on fire! We ask that you keep the staff, volunteers, and campers in your prayers this summer. Many of them will be working at both CYO Camps and Camp Ozanam as need arises, even with one camp designated as their "home base". Per camp traditions, CYO Camp staff do not usually have "camp names" and Camp Ozanam staff do.
And now, we would like to introduce you to each one of them!
Welcome to ALL the Camps Connect staff this summer! Parents, volunteers, and camp supporters, please partner with us in praying for our staff and campers this summer, that lives will be touched and set "On Fire for Jesus!"
Join us July 8-10, 2016 for CYO's Adult Only Camp at CYO Girls Camp!
A perfect adult-only (no kids!) weekend at the CYO Girls Camp with time to relax, meet-up with other adults, and enjoy a weekend at camp just for you. All ages welcome over the age of 21. Bring your own refreshments (water too). Experience archery, crafts, swimming, campfire & songs, and the freedom of being at camp! Enjoy nearby shopping and golfing destinations as optional activities (fees do not cover off-site activities).
For more information, download the 2016 CYO Adult Only Camp document below!
Join us for a weekend, a day, or a couple of hours to spruce up the camps and get them ready for the camping season! Download the flyer and registration for April 15-17, 2016 Work Weekend.
Please join us for a fun night, raising funds for CYO Camp improvement projects. New this year - there are two time slots for bowling! To register, download the attached Registration Form. We hope to see you all there!
If you've been asking yourself (SELF), "I wish I could spend a weekend back at camp!" BOOM!
It is with great excitement that we announce the return of Mary Pat Brennan and Cheryl Robisch as "Co-Directors" of the Adult Only Weekend on July 8-10, 2016 at the CYO Girls Camp. If you would like to help them in the planning of this weekend and/or have suggestions about activities and such, talk with them or send me an email to me at email@example.com and I'll forward it on. There is a planning meeting scheduled for November at St. Joan of Arc in St. Clair Shores if you are interested.
Time to leave adulthood at the door!
CYO Camps - Follow the Stars!
CYO Camps are our traditional Catholic camps for boys and girls along the beautiful sandy shores of Lake Huron near Carsonville, in Eastern “thumb” area of Michigan. For over 68 years they have provided children with a safe, summer experience filled with fun, friendship, adventure and tremendous personal growth. There are over 20 activities to choose from, such as archery, boating, swimming, horseback riding, arts & crafts, sports & games, team building initiatives, rock wall climbing, high ropes, off-site trips, and more!
Going away to Camp can really be transformative in such a positive way for kids. This summer, kids ages 7-16 will learn about God’s All Stars; The Saints of the Bible and real life who have blazed a path for us to follow on our journey closer to Christ. Real people, who experienced sadness and sorrow along with joy and happiness, who we can learn from as we walk with God.
At CYO Camps, we know how to handle separation anxiety and ensure children have a warm, positive overnight experience. We have programs tailored for boys, girls, and co-ed (separate housing) camp opportunities.
Click here to enroll now! Our first trip begins July 5th!
April 10-12, 2015
What an amazing weekend! We accomplished so much throughout the weekend it's hard to express our sincere gratitude to all who came out to help.
Lots of tree cut up, split and then moved to one of the two fire pits to be stacked for later use; Woods Cabin 3 had two layers of shingles removed, cleaned up and new shingles laid; beach was raked; batteries replaced throughout the entire camp; picnic tables painted, lifeguard tower painted along with other painting projects throughout; electrical work done in the Sandpiper Cabins; windows cleaned inside and out in mulltiple buildings; and there was more work done. The best part... that was all at the Girls Camp. The Boys Camp north field was cleared of down trees / brush; climbing wall has a layer of wood chips and ready for summer; the dining hall was scraped and the first coat of paint is on; brush cleared at pioneer; and the gym was throughly cleaned and mopped!
Our dedicated work crew consisted of current summer staff, alumni, campers, die hard families and friends; the Youth Ministry Programs of St. Jane Frances de Chantel, Christ the Good Shepherd and St. Cyprian; and young adults from Siena Heights and Madonna Universities.
Photos include what it looked like before everyone arrived. Friday's work crew working into dark and our long day on Saturday. Saturday we worked from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. when we stopped to celebrate Liturgy on camp. Fr. Bob Fisher joined us and participants of the weekend assisted and sang beautifully! Saturday night we ended with our annual "Spoons" competition. Congratulations to Alex who won! We also had a log rolling contest on Saturday. Congrats to the ladies of CGS whose team work brought them First Place! Sunday everyone helped move as much wood as we could, finished up projects, burnt more brush, etc. etc. Just an amazing weekend!
Thank you to everyone that came out and gave of their time! A special thank you to those who made a financial contribution to assist with the weekend projects. So grateful to all! So excited for summer to be here!
On Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, volunteers were thanked and awarded for their time, talents, and service for the Catholic Youth Organization of the Archdiocese of Detroit. This year's theme was, "CYO Volunteers... Can't Imagine Us Without You!" And, we truly can't!
Here are the photos from this special evening. A huge THANK YOU to all our CYO Camp supporters and Volunteers!
By Jenny Fehn, Media
Hi Everyone! One of the most exciting parts of the year is introducing summer camp staff. Today we're blessed to be able to re-introduce a returning counselor! Alyssa has worked at Camps Connect for the past 3 summers, and she's returning this summer!
Alyssa is from St. Clair, MI. She works at Vinickers and subs at a preschool. When she's not busy working she attend Macomb Community College to become a preschool teacher.
Alyssa loves working at camp because she loves "working with kids, working outside and getting away from the 'real world' to experience something new and different each summer."
Alyssa is looking forward to "meeting all the new staff members and seeing all the new and returning campers."
When you're at camp, be on the lookout.... Alyssa is known for doing the "crazy eyes"!
Welcome back Alyssa! We're so glad to have you on staff again this year!
CYO Camps Alumni, friends, and family joined us at Woodland Lanes in Livonia on Friday, January 30, 2015. Together we raised funds for CYO Camp projects, reunited with friends, and had a lot of laughs! Thank you to everyone who came out to support the camps and reconnect!
Our next CYO Alumni Event will be the Fish Fry at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Port Huron on March 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm. Jim Racz is graciously coordinating this effort so if you have questions contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our alumni group on Facebook at CYO Camp Staff Alumni.
Here are some great memories from the 2015 Bowling Fundraiser!
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