The relationships that you form with your camp family don't end with summer. They give you lifelong love and support. Eric Macks was a CYO Camper from 1972-1977. He served on staff for a summer in 1981.
During Eric's time at camp there were many memorable activities, but his favorites were the evening programs which included the whole camp in activities that needed large groups of people and couldn't be accomplished anywhere but at camp. Eric also enjoyed the entertaining staff shows held on the last night of every camp session.
How Being at Camp Helps with Being an Adult...
"Camp taught me how people can care for each other and work together to accomplish great things. At CYO camps the campers and staff together bond with each other and learn to work as a team to do work; Chores, meals, and lifting each other's spirits and working together. It becomes clear after attending camp at CYO that it isn't stuff, like smart phones and video games but caring for yourself and others that makes life successful and great."
As a direct result of spending time doing group activities and recreating at CYO Boys camp, Eric developed a love for serving others and learned it is important to take time to make a difference in people's lives.
Tell Me About Your Camp Family...
"Above is a picture from 3/31/12. I'm on the left end of the group, and the rest of these people are some of my favorite people from times spent as a camper and staff at the boys camp. These relationships created great support systems to get through any home sickness at camp, and many friendships have turned into life long friendship and support. For example the annual Boys Weekend (father/son trip) at CYO has many participants that were campers and/or staff together at camp."
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments?
"Through actions in my personal life, my family, as a parent, and in my work I have kept foremost in my mind to make a difference, continuously improve, and have fun and leave time for recreation.
I'm proud to have been part of automotive engineering projects that improved the quality of products sold by General Motors and Ford, and created products which were received better the car buying public.
As a husband and father I strive to maintain balance in my life, keeping myself healthy and happy, but accomplishing this while caring for and loving my wife and two boys. We take pride in leaving time for meals together, praying and serving others as a family, and striving to be involved in activities while maintaining our sanity and sleep."
How did your time at camp help build your faith?
"It gave me a deep appreciation for the values instilled by the Catholic Faith that center on caring for one another. [If you are a] family who is considering CYO Camp, CYO camps will build independence and confidence, and a love and appreciation for working with others."
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