2017 Details

Catholic Youth Summer Camp operates at Damascus Catholic Mission Campus, a incredible 471 acre property in Centerburg, OH complete with a beautiful 30-acre lake. Damascus is located in the geographic heart of Ohio. These facilities provide Catholics in Ohio an excellent and local Catholic retreat center for year-round use now available for reservation (Contact christie@cysc.com for details).


Damascus Catholic Mission Campus is 50 minutes from Columbus and within approximately 2 hours of every major city in the state of Ohio.

Through the generosity of many generous benefactors, this property will become, and is becoming the premier camp and retreat facility in the state of Ohio!





Summer Camp Features:

  • Lodge and Dining Hall for 350
  • Lodging for 300
  • Welcome Center and Gatehouse
  • Adoration Chapel
  • High Adventure Activities:
    • 30 Acre Lake and Beachfront
    • High Adventure Activity Barn
    • 48 foot Climbing Wall
    • Zipline, Paintball, Giant Swing

Retreat Center Features:

  • 48 Person Capacity Hotel Style Adult Retreat Center
  • 200 Acres of Wooded Trails
  • Two 40 Person Capacity Bunk Style Retreat Houses
  • Capability to Host 4-5 Separate Retreats Simultaneously
  • Dedicated Lakefront Chapel
  • Marian Grotto and Stations of the Cross
  • Clergy Retreat Cabin

2017 Dates

Session A: june 11-16 – 9-12 grades (2017-18 school year)

Session B: june 18-23 – 9-12 grades (2017-18 school year)

Session C: june 25-30 – 6-8 grades (2017-18 school year)

Session D: july 2- 7 – 9-12 grades (2017-18 school year)

Session E: july 9-14 – 6-8 grades (2017-18 school year)

Session F: july 16-21 – 6-8 grades (2017-18 school year)

Session G: july 23-28 – 6-8 grades (2017-18 school year)

Session H: july 30- aug 4– 6-8 grades (2017-18 school year)

Campers are to arrive on the first day of camp between 1 and 2 pm. They will be dismissed on the last day of camp at 3 pm.

Daily Schedule:
8:00 Rise & Shine
9:00 Breakfast & Prayer
9:45 High Adventure Activities
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Free time & Activities
2:00 Lake Activities
5:00 Dinner
7:00 Club (music, skits, talks)
9:00 Small Group Time
11:00 Rosary and Lights out


The fee for camp for the summer of 2017 is $495 and is due in full at time of registration (or commitment to a monthly payment plan). This cost includes all meals, activities, programs, and a souvenir camp T-shirt.

Many well-deserving Catholic families approach us each year requesting financial assistance so that their children may attend CYSC. Since CYSC is not a profitable venture, we must rely on the generosity of individuals, pastors, and parishes to meet these requests. Please consider your ability to assist those in need by offering a tax deductible gift to help us fund these special requests. THANK YOU!

Campership application is included in the process of registration for CYSC.

Health and Safety
Each week of camp will be staffed with on-site certified First Aid Personnel and a Registered Nurse. The facilities have been inspected and approved by local Health Departments. All swimming activities will be monitored by certified Lifeguards. The nearest hospital is located within 25 minutes of camp.

Camp Staff, Counselors, and Clergy
All Camp staff, counselors, and clergy must comply with CYSC, Inc. Policies and Guidelines. Counselor to camper ratios preserved in small groups are 1:8-10 (counselors include high school seniors and college students). Staff, counselors, and clergy over the age of 18 have on file a Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI&I) background check and have attended the “Protecting God’s Children” workshop. Through formal application, interviews, and references, all CYSC counselors, programming staff, and clergy have been determined to be persons of excellent character and reputation. All of the above mentioned will participate in the CYSC counselor and programming staff training program.

Camper Group Requests
Participating campers will be assigned to a small group of 8-10 campers (same grade and/or requested group) with a counselor (same gender) for their stay at camp. Campers will have the opportunity to request placement with their friends by means of a specific request, which this year, is attached to the online registration. These requests will be met on a first come, first served basis.

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be submitted in writing via email. We are sorry, but this policy also applies to cancellations that may arise as a result of illness, injury or other unforeseen circumstances as our contracted expenses are also binding.

Postmarked 90-60 days prior to the first day of camp: 50% refund
Postmarked 60-30 days prior to the first day of camp: 25% refund
Postmarked less than 30 days prior to the first day of camp: $0
Refunds will be issued by check September 2016.

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