In this crisis, let us be open to the Holy Spirit, who will “inspire us with a new imagination of what is possible!

– Pope Francis

Session Status Update

(Updated June 6, 2020)

WE’RE OPEN!

An order from the Ohio Department of Health has allowed residential camps to reopen! We’re excited to be able to meet the operational criteria, and bring back the week-long, Sunday-Friday overnight schedule for Weeks 2-10. The At-Home option will also be offered as an alternative to the Residential option every week. Read on down this page for a full description of what to expect for each option and answers to your frequently asked questions!

Session 1: June 7-12 At-Home + 3-Day On-Site
Session 2: June 14-19 At-Home + 3-Day On-Site Residential/At-Home
Session 3: June 21-26 At-Home + 3-Day On-Site Residential/At-Home

Session 4: June 28-July 3 Residential/At-Home
Session 5: July 5-10 Residential/At-Home
Session 6: July 12-17 Residential/At-Home
Session 7: July 19-24 Residential/At-Home
Session 8: July 26-31 Residential/At-Home
Session 9: Aug 2-7 (Middle School Only) Residential/At-Home
Session 10: Aug 9-14 Residential/At-Home

Summer Camp 2020: Here’s the Plan

  • ON-SITE
  • ONLINE
  • WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

On-Site: 6 Days. 5 Nights. Unlimited Adventure.

We can’t wait to see you!

Our full overnight camp will be in full operation starting June 14, and we couldn’t be more excited!

You can trust that when you’re here, you’re safe.
The leadership of our staff and nursing team at Damascus maintain regular communication with third-party safety advisors and local public health and safety authorities to create a safe space regardless of circumstances.  In light of Covid-19, know that our efforts have increased to include what we believe to be a thorough communicable disease plan.

How we keep you safe on site:
In accordance with state guidelines, modifications to standard operation in light of the Covid pandemic include, but are not limited to:
– implementation of staff and participant health pre-screening and daily screening protocol
– all camp activities (small group, large group sessions, lake-time, activities, Mass, meals, bunks) will take place in a restricted group of 10 (1 counselor, 9 campers) to limit diversity of interactions throughout the week
– arrangement of spaces to allow for appropriate distancing
– enhanced cleaning standards for shared equipment and food service
– sleeping quarters physically separated to small group of 10 to limit interaction
– use of face-masks will be requested from all campers, counselors and staff except when restricted due to health or particular activity requirements
– reduced total site capacity
– revisions to illness policy in-session
– site-wide access to additional hand washing locations
– programmatic focus on personal hygiene, nutrition, hydration, and sleep

In all of our operations, we’ll be in accordance with the regulations set forth in the Ohio Day and Resident Camp Health Order of June 2, 2020. The full text can be found here.

The best of what we have to offer
There is simply no substitute for the incarnational reality of personal relationship.  This is what camp does best. And in light of the present atmosphere of social isolation, it’s what our kids need most.  This is why we’re willing to work hard to ensure a secure environment where your children can grow in confidence, encounter God’s love, and enjoy the adventure.

Click on the adjacent tabs in this section for FAQ as well as information about our At-Home offering.

At-Home: Catholic Youth Summer Camp. No compromises.

The Catholic Youth Summer Camp you know and love.

Imagine bringing the joy, fun, and captivating faith of CYSC into your home.

From main-stage teachings and worship, to daily Prayer Labs, hilarious skits and awesome montages, no element will be left out. Live small group time throughout each day will allow campers to connect with their counselors here at Damascus for personalized faith formation. In combination with all of the materials from “the Box”, our staff will be with you every step of the way to provide everything you need for a week of engaging fun, community, and transformation in your own home (and/or backyard!).

What’s included?

The Box will be delivered to the home of every registered camper in the week before your session is scheduled to begin. The digital content will be delivered to your inbox shortly after, and you’ll be ready to go! Click here for a list of everything that you’ll receive, and check out the schedule for a week at home.

Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions.

When do I need to decide?

We’ll ask you to let us know a week or so before your session if you want to participate virtually. Otherwise, we’ll plan on seeing you on-site on Sunday!

When are check-in and pick-up for residential camp?

Plan to arrive early Sunday afternoon to check in, and to conclude mid-afternoon on Friday. We’ll communicate specific procedures regarding pick-up and drop-off to your session by email.

What should I bring to site?

Here’s a packing list to help you prepare for the adventure! Please also remember to bring your pre-screening sheet on the first day.

Is financial aid available?

Yes! If participation in either option is a financial concern, we have generous donors who are making it possible for us to offset costs through camperships. Please request whatever amount you need using the Campership Aid form below.

Can I still sign up?

Yes! Follow this link to register for an available session. If you were previously registered, follow the same process to make a new reservation.

What do I need to do?

  • You're All Set!
  • At-Home Option
  • Transfer Sessions
  • Covid-19 Campership Aid

As a registered family, you are already set for the full CYSC 2020 experience

Your participation enables us to awaken, empower, and equip a generation
Thank you for trusting us with the incredible responsibility of the faith formation of your sons and daughters, especially during these challenging times.  We are only able to do what we do because of your support.  Thank you for enabling us to serve your family and countless others in years to come.

Thank you to those of you who have chosen to Live the Adventure with us, especially in these challenging times, and rest assured that every one of you is in our prayers.

Be sure to check your email for information specific to your week. Forms to request the virtual option, session transfer or financial assistance are located above.

At-Home Experience Request Form

  • At-Home Experience Request Form

Registration Information

If you would like to participate in the At-Home Experience during your week, please let us know below! Note: This should only be completed once you have made a reservation for a session.

Your name

Your email address

Camper name(s) and session name/dates for at-home participation

Thank you for your submission! The content of this form will be submitted to our Guest Experience team and we'll send you an email confirming receipt. If you do not receive an email in the next few days please email us directly at registration@cysc.com.

Request to Transfer to a Different Session

  • Request to Transfer to a Different Session

Registration Information

If you would like to move your registration to a different session this summer, please let us know below and we will make the move! Adjustments will be processed in the order in which they are received. If there is no availability in the session you request, we will reach out to you letting you know what is available. (Please note: transfers may not be made to 2021).

Your name

Your email address

Camper names and session dates (currently registered)

Dates of requested session (please specify for each camper)

Thank you for your submission. The content of this form will be submitted to our registration team and will processed within the next week.

If you do not receive an email confirmation, please email us directly at registration@cysc.com.

Application for Covid Campership Aid

  • Application for Covid Campership Aid

Registration Information

In recognition of the hardships and changes due to Covid-19 this year, the generosity of donors has made available camperships that can cover any amount of the cost of your participation in camp (on-site or at-home). Please indicate below the amount that you are requesting.

Your name

Your email address

Camper names and session dates

Amount of aid requested (must be a number)

Thank you for your submission. The content of this form will be submitted to our registration team and will processed within the next week.

If you do not receive an email confirmation by then, please email us directly at registration@cysc.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline for cancellation? Why is there a deadline?

As communicated by email and phone, the deadline for requesting a full refund for CYSC 2020 was May 15, 2020.

We believe that our plan for your “camp-in-a-box” combined with the option of being on-site at Damascus or engaged at home allows you, our camp families the greatest degree of flexibility possible in response to the particular needs your family may be facing, or the specific requirements that may be imposed by the state of Ohio in the coming months.  While the future looks bright, we want to put that freedom in your hands.

In order that we might accomplish the necessary steps associated with ordering and assembling packages for every camp family, and that we might appropriately commit to the staffing required to make this the best summer of Catholic Youth Summer Camp ever, a mid-May deadline for ordering was necessary.

What is the current status of my particular session?

Please see the section entitled “Session Updates” above for the most up-to-date status per session for Summer 2020.

How will I know what my options are for my individual session?

In order to maintain the greatest degree of flexibility, we will communicate specific details for each session directly to registered families at least 2 weeks from their opening date.

Other questions? Email registration@cysc.com.

June 6 – Good News! CYSC is Residential

May 8 – CYSC is “ON!”

The mission of Damascus is more important now than ever.

Welcome to Catholic Youth Summer Camp, the flagship program of Damascus.
This summer, thousands of young people and their families will be awakened, empowered, and equipped to Live the Adventure of the Catholic faith. In the midst of the present crisis, we have been working diligently to respond in a way that is faith-filled, innovative, and responsible.

Catholic Youth Summer Camp is not cancelled!
Our creative programming team is in the midst of the greatest endeavor we’ve ever taken on – we are re-thinking our entire model for summer camp programming.  Why?  To give you the most time and flexibility to make the best choice for your family.

Please watch the videos linked here, and read on to learn all about the unique and timely response Catholic Youth Summer Camp is making in the midst of this challenge.