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What’s your pleasure - water sports, archery, cook-outs, crafts, sports, sleep-outs? Do it all and more! In addition, there are evening programs to enjoy with the whole camp and other special activities. Older campers will experience our high ropes course while younger campers will get a chance to conquer our climbing wall!
Type: Boys only/Girls only/Co-ed
A four day camp for ages 7 to 9 with all the traditional camp fun and lots of personal care from our staff. Perfect for parents not quite ready to be away from their adventurous young children for a whole week.
Type: Boys only/Girls only/Co-ed
PIO is ten days of primitive camping for teens ages 14 to 16. MINI PIO is seven days of primitive camping for ages 11 to 13. Cook over an open fire and learn wilderness skills! PIO adventures on a 4 day away from camp experience with 2 days of canoeing down the Rifle River; a combined trip with the PIO girls and PIO guys. MINI PIO takes an overnight trip down the Black River.
Type: Boys only/Girls only/Co-ed
Whether Beginner or Advanced, a certified instructor will teach you Western or English basic horsemanship and how to take care of horses at a nearby facility. Advanced campers will be able to share and model their knowledge with Beginners as all will work together to learn or improve on skills. Horse Adventure is open to campers ages 8 to 16.
Blue Heron Sailing
Blue Heron Sailing at Port Sanilac Harbor introduces campers to the fundamentals of sailing in catboats, while learning boating safety, maritime customs and traditions. Beginners will concentrate on handling skills and crewing in cat and sloop rigged boats. Returning campers will reinforce skills learned previously both with crew and single handed in addition to working as mentoring for the beginners. Blue Heron Sailing is open to campers ages 11 to 15.
Slow down; spend some one-on-one time with your daughter(s) or son(s). We do all the work while you relax, have fun, and let your child(ren) be number one in your life! Spend a weekend for Fathers and Sons at the Boys Camp, Mothers and Daughters at Girls Camp, or a co-ed family experience at the Girls Camp. The weekend includes Mass and time to strengthen our Catholic faith as we grow closer to God and our families. Grandparents, aunts and uncles are welcome to join us!
How to Register
A $100 deposit is required with registration, unless applying for a Campership.
Cancellation Policy: All but $35.00 will be refunded for cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the camp session. After this time no refund is given.
Return Check Fee: There is a $15.00 charge on all returned checks.
Upon Completion: Once we have processed the camper registration information, we will mail you the health form (each camper is required to have a current physical on file prior to camp), clothing list, directions to camp and bus drop off point, camper information form for your camper’s counselors, payment voucher form if not paid in full, and any additional information necessary to make the camper’s stay at CYO Camps successful. Camper forms can also be downloaded below.
No-shows for a scheduled camp will result in forfeiture of the full camp fee.
- $50 off if registered online by March 1 before 11:59pm or postmarked by March 1.
- $25 - if registered online by May 1 before 11:59pm or postmarked by May 1.
- $50 Sibling Discount - if you are registering siblings the oldest camper pays full price, all other siblings receive only one $50.00 discount – applies only to Boys, Girls and Coed Camp Weeks.
- $25 Refer a friend Discount – for every friend you refer that signs up for camp this summer a $25 discount will be applied to your registration next summer – Family Weekends do not apply.
- NEW THIS YEAR! $100 Multiple Trip Discount – the first trip is full price and the subsequent sessions are discounted; Family Camps do not qualify.
We recognize the CYO Camp program as being a most valuable step in the overall recreational and educational processes for young people today. It is our feeling that this opportunity should be available to all who desire it. For this reason, we have a Campership Fund to help families who are unable to afford the total camp fee. Please understand that we rely on donations from outside sources for this fund, and therefore may be restricted in the amount of assistance we are able to give.
PARTIAL CAMPERSHIPS ARE ONLY GRANTED FOR A ONE-WEEK CAMP SESSION AND ARE GIVEN TO HELP SUPPLEMENT THE COST OF THE CAMPING EXPERIENCE. Camperships are disbursed on a first come basis.
*Online registration is not available for families requesting camperships.
How to Apply for Campership
1) The information you provide on the campership application form is for the campership application process only and is strictly confidential. In order for a child to receive a campership, you must complete the Campership Application, Camp Registration and Summer Food Service Program forms.
2) Return all three forms and a copy of income information with a $25 non-refundable registration fee to:
7303 Walker Road
Carsonville, MI 48419
3) Please complete a separate form for each child requesting a campership.
4) Read through the Campership Application form very carefully. This application will be returned to you if not completed in full and accompanied by ALL necessary paperwork and deposits.
Preparing for Camp
Summer Camp Information
Family Weekend Information
CYO Camps Packing List
Every camper is different, and will have some different things they want to bring to camp. But the following list of suggestions for a week’s stay should give you a good start on packing. The following list is based on a Traditional Camp Trip of 7 days. Adjust accordingly to the Trip your child will be attending and your program.
And don’t forget: The camper’s name should be marked on everything he or she brings, for easy identification.
WHAT TO BRING
(Download the Packing List and check off as you pack!)
- 6 shirts/t-shirts (some long sleeves)
- 1 heavy jacket or sweater
- 8 changes of underwear
- 8 to 10 pairs of socks
- 1 swimsuit (camp appropriate for lots of activity.... sports type work best)
- 1 or 2 pairs of old tennis shoes
- 1 raincoat (we hope we don't need it!)
- 2 sweatshirts
- 4 pairs of shorts
- 3 pairs of blue jeans/pants
- 1 warm pajamas
- 1 visor or hat
- 1 pair of water shoes
Depending on the creek level - Boys Camp and Girls 12 and older: 1 pair of old jeans and t-shirt for mudslide (warning: these will be muddy forever and most likely not return home)
Girls camp 12 and under: Don't forget to pack a white t-shirt for tie-dying.
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Soap and soap container
- Insect repellent lotion
- Sunburn preventative lotion
- Comb and/or brush
- 2 bath towels
- 1 beach towel
- 1 wash cloth
- Girls Camp: sanitary protection
- Sleeping Bag (preferred)
- Pillow with pillow case
- 2 single bed size sheets & 1 blanket (if you do not have a sleeping bag, you must have these)
Miscellaneous (but important) Items
- Optional... paper, envelopes, and post cards already addressed to home, pens, and stamps
- Camera (inexpensive, disposable camera is ideal)
- Flashlight (and extra batteries)
- Laundry bag (no plastic bags except for use with wet clothes; a pillowcase works)
- Plastic bag for wet clothes
- Money for store items $20-$30 (disregard if you pre-ordered)
- Bring an address of a friend you would like to have at camp next year! Let your counselor know and they'll give you a postcard so you can send them a note telling them about all the fun they are missing! We'll mail it out while you are here!
AND WHAT NOT TO BRING
- Pets (even if they fit in your pocket)
- Electronic games
- iPod/music players/TV
- Cell phone
These items will be confiscated! Gone! So leave 'em home!
*All personal gear is brought at your own risk. Camp is not responsible for lost or broken items. Please do not send any items that you will be upset about if they are damaged or lost.
LOST AND FOUND
Your first line of defense is to label everything! Lost and found items will be kept at camp until August 14 after which time items will be discarded or donated to a local charity. Call the camp office to make arrangements to pick up items left behind by your camper.
For Alumni, Family, and Friends
Our CYO Boys Camp and CYO Girls camp have touched people in so many different ways over the years and we want to be sure that you remain connected to the memories and experiences you have with us. We want to hear your stories and give you opportunities to stay involved with the mission. Please take a moment to browse this section of the website, send in an alumni questionnaire, consider becoming a donor or volunteer, and view upcoming programs for friends, family, and alumni.
If you have not already done so, please register and share your favorite CYO Camp memories! When you register you'll be added to our CYO Camps Newsletter and you'll hear from us 3-4 times a year. We'll keep you informed about Alumni events and special camp happenings.
Find us on Facebook and connect with other CYO Camp Alumni, Families, and Friends!
Help us raise funds for CYO Camp projects, reunite with friends, and have a lot of fun too during our annual Bowling Fundraiser.
What ages are accepted for summer camp?
CYO Camps serve boys and girls ages 7 to 16. There is also a Mother Daughter weekend and a Father Son weekend scheduled for July, and a Co-ed Family weekend scheduled for August so adults can have fun at camp too!
Who are the staff?
Staff members are mostly college students and young adults who are chosen for their regard for safety, experience and training working with children, and ability to guide campers through an enriching faith-based summer camp experience.
All staff attend a required Protecting God’s Children Training, as well as a full week of on-site staff orientation prior to working with campers. Staff members responsible for activity areas receive the appropriate safety training needed for their position, including but not limited to CPR and First Aid, and activity area instructor certification.
How will my child be supervised at camp?
Campers will be placed into cabin groups determined by age: 7-9, 10-11, 12-13, & 14-16. There will always be 2 counselors assigned to a cabin group. During the day, cabin groups attend activities together with their counselors and activity leaders.
What activities do the kids do?
Swimming, arts and crafts, high ropes (12 and up), climbing wall, team initiatives, large group games, archery, creek dodge (boys), evening activities, campfire, outdoor cooking, camp out, sports (non-competitive), singing, creek walking, themed activities, and adventure Catechesis, just to name a few!
Do you play in the rain?
What if my child has special needs?
If they are mainstreamed in schools without physical disabilities then we can accept them into the camp program. If your child has special needs that require professional/skilled staff in those areas (like diabetes, down syndrome, physical, hearing impaired, blind), unfortunately we do not have the qualified staff, facilities and programs to properly serve them.
What if my child has a special diet?
We provide basic menu alternatives for various food allergies (ie, gluten, dairy, soy, egg). Menus will be available for parents to review before a camp session. We will do our best to coordinate these meals along with our existing menu while caring for your child’s dietary restrictions. We suggest that parents’ partner with us by communicating special dietary needs before their child’s camp, as well as sending snacks/foods their child is used to receiving at home.
What if my child is homesick?
Most children adjust quickly to the camp environment. However, homesickness is a natural feeling, especially for children who have never been away from home. Our staff is trained to handle this sensitive situation with compassion and understanding.
You can help your child, prior to camp, by being positive and encouraging about the experience, telling them it’ll be fun, you can’t wait to hear their stories or hear the songs they learned, how excited you are for them, etc. The most common mistake parents make is the Pick-Up Deal. It's normal for children to ask, "What if I feel homesick or I don’t like camp?" Tell your child that some feelings of anxiety and homesickness are normal and help them practice coping before camp starts. If a situation arises that you need to know about we will contact you.
What are the camp facilities like?
Our facilities are safe and provide the necessary space for living quarters and programs, including both small and large group specialized activities. We have a beautiful location along the shores of Lake Huron. The surf can often be heard on a quiet night as it comforts campers and staff to sleep and you can’t beat the sunrises!
What about transportation?
Bus transportation is available from Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak.
What if we cannot afford camp?
We provide scholarship opportunities. Please see Camperships above.