Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Catholic Youth Summer Camp

CYSC 2022 Details

Where is CYSC located in 2022?

CYSC // Main Campus: Located in Centerburg, OH, the first campus has been the home of CYSC since 2016 and will host over 4,500 campers throughout 9 weeks in the summer of 2022. Scroll down this page for answers to your frequently asked questions!

CYSC // Northwoods: This location in Trego, WI will primarily serve parish groups from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, but limited space is available to others. Learn more about dates, cost, and other information for CYSC // Northwoods here!

When does registration for 2022 open?

Registration for CYSC // Main Campus opened on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Currently, all sessions have waiting lists except for Middle School 9 (July 31- August 5).

For step-by-step videos about how to register and more, please visit the Registration Hub.

CYSC 2022 Session Dates

Main Campus (OH) Dates for Summer 2022:

Weeks 1-8 will have two sessions: one session for campers in Middle School (entering grades 6-8) and one for High School (entering grades 9-12). Week 9 is for Middle School campers only.

Week 1: June 5-10

Week 2: June 12-17

Week 3: June 19-24

Week 4: June 26-July 1

Week 5: July 3-8

Week 6: July 10-15

Week 7: July 17-22

Week 8: July 24-29

Week 9: July 31-August 5

Northwoods (WI) Dates for Summer 2022:

Week 1 (Middle School): June 12-17

Week 2 (Middle School): June 19-24

Week 3 (Middle School): June 26-July 1

Week 4 (High School): July 3-8

Week 5: (Middle School): July 10-15

Week 6: July 17-22

Week 7: July 24-29

Week 8: July 31-August 5

The Big Question

How do I know my child will be safe at CYSC?


There is no more pressing question that parents could ask than for the assurance of their child’s safety at camp.  We hold every child’s physical, emotional, and spiritual safety as our highest priority.  As a result, we are committed to partnering with families in providing the same degree of care that you show at home in your children’s time away.  In order to do this effectively, we have adopted policies around providing a safe environment to which we hold every staff member personally responsible.

Organizational policies and procedures have been crafted through careful consultation with four key organizations:
1. The policies and procedures, particularly safe environment policies of our local diocese.
2. The best practices advised by the American Camping Association.
3. The policies and procedures of the Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT).
4. The Redwoods Group, our insurer and partner in risk assessment and safety implementation and training.

Implementation of all policies and procedures is made possible by thorough individual staff oversight and management, a strict adherence to proper training, certification and licensing, and the intentional establishment of an organizational culture of safety and accountability.  Damascus maintains a two-deep strategy with all interactions with minors and maintains head counselor positions who specifically monitor camper/counselor interactions. In addition to enforcing safe environment policies based on those of the Catholic Diocese of Columbus Ohio, all missionaries and staff receive additional training beyond what would be offered in any typical parish or school environment.  They are trained in the observance and implementation of Damascus policies from the day of their application through their interview weekend, 10 days of dedicated staff training prior to camp, and through ongoing pastoral and activity leadership supervision.

As a campus with emphasis on high adventure activities, we have a policy of zero tolerance when it comes to risk in our facilities, equipment, and operation. Every one of our adventure activities undergoes annual third party inspection or recertification and all of our staff are trained by a certification body approved by the ACCT, or American Red Cross in the case of lifeguards. Their training and certification is kept current and tested regularly.

Additionally, Damascus holds an organizational liability policy to specially address not only accidents and injuries, but also sexual abuse by both staff members and other campers.

A full copy of our policy manual, notably, policy 100.63, on risk management is available here.  All of our safe environment training is recorded and available upon request.

Thank you for the trust that you place in us.


How much does CYSC cost?

Main Campus (OH): $545.00 per camper

Northwoods (WI): $495.00 per camper

 The cost includes all activities, meals, lodging, and a camp t-shirt.

Do I need to pay in full at registration?

No! Payment information and a $150 initial deposit are required when you reserve your spot, and you may select a payment plan that divides the remaining cost across 4 installments of $100 paid every other month (December 1, February 1, April 1, June 1). Please note that once a payment date has passed, that amount will be added to the amount due at registration. There is a $5 fee for the payment plan.

Is financial assistance available?

The leadership, staff, and benefactors of Damascus want to see families, schools, and parishes experience true and lasting revival through encounter with Jesus. Through the generosity of our benefactors and ministry partners, income-based scholarships are available and the application may be found during the registration process. Our team will hold your reservation while they review the request and respond within the week. Please reach out to financialaid@damascus.net with any questions.

How do I update my credit card or payment information?

Please log in to your account by clicking here. From the menu in the top left corner, choose “Finances” and from that page select “Payment Accounts” > “Manage Payment Accounts” to add or update a payment method. Make sure to select for the rest of your scheduled payments to be withdrawn on the new payment method.

To speak to a member of our Guest Experience staff, call 740-480-1288.

How do I cancel a CYSC registration? What is CYSC’s refund policy?
Every registration includes a $150 non-refundable deposit. Any additional payments are eligible for a refund up to 1 month before your session, after which point our costs are committed and we are no longer able to provide refunds.
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.
If possible, transfers to another session can be made without charge.
If cancellation is motivated by financial hardship, please inquire about campership aid before seeking cancellation.
All cancellations must be submitted in writing via email.


How do I update my camper's cabin buddy request?

Log in to your account. Click on “My Reservations” and select the reservation you would like to edit; click “additional information” to see the current buddy request and select “edit information” to make changes.

How do I edit my camper's t-shirt size, medications, or personal information?

Log in to your account and select the name of the camper from the home page. To edit personal information, choose “Edit My Bio Information”.  Click “Manage Medications” to add or update medications. To update camp t-shirt size select “My Forms” and then “Camper Personal Information.”

Can I move my reservation?

Our registration team can move your reservation to any open session at no cost. If the session you would like is full, you can join the waiting list. You may maintain your reservation while on the waiting list for another session(s).

How do I get off the waiting list?

You will receive an email letting you know when space has become available. You will have 72 hours to complete your reservation before the spot is automatically offered to the next person.

If you already have a reservation, you may reach out to our office to transfer your reservation to the new week; otherwise you can make a new reservation and cancel the first.

Do I need additional physicals or medical forms?

All forms can be found on your account if you click on your camper’s name and go to the “My Forms” and “Medications” tabs.  No additional physicals or forms are needed.

Camp Experience

What high adventure activities will my camper experience?

Every camper gets the opportunity to participate in every activity. We encourage campers to conquer fears and step out of their comfort zone but will not force campers to participate in any activity.

Main Campus (OH) activities include high ropes, paintball, blobbing, archery tag, giant swing, dual zip lines, a 5-story climbing wall, giant swing, vertical play-pen, and low ropes. For a complete list and more information, see our Land, Air and Water sections on the “Camp Life” page.

Northwoods (WI) activities include paintball, archery tag, a climbing wall, extreme capture the flag, swimming, water inflatables, a canoe trip, low ropes, and more.

What are your cabins like?

Main Campus (OH): Our beautiful Hillcrest cabins sleep 20 campers per cabin. Our Woodland cabin area consists of 4 quad cabin communities of 32 per cabin, and our Lakeside retreat centers house 60 overlooking the beautiful Lake Joy. Each cabin has at least two overnight counselors with the campers 24/7, and all cabins include full bathrooms and HVAC. Click here to see the facilities.

Northwoods (WI): Heartwood’s beautiful duplex cabins sleep 4 small groups (32 campers) per cabin. The duplexes are divided in half, and each half has 4 bedrooms, a full bathroom, and a furnished common space. Each cabin has at least two overnight counselors with the campers 24/7, and all cabins include HVAC. Click here to see the facilities. Campers do need to bring their own bedding to camp!

What should my camper pack?

Check out the packing list!

Does Damascus accommodate vegetarian or special dietary needs?

Damascus is able accommodate most dietary needs (dairy free, gluten-free, celiac, or vegetarian), and all of our food is nut-free! Please make sure to include this information in the camper’s medical form. With additional questions or to request a menu, please contact our outstanding Food Service Directors:

Main Campus (OH): theresa@damascus.net.

Northwoods (WI): whitney@damascus.net

Can I send mail or email to my camper?

Please visit Bunk1.com to view the options for sending email to your camper while at camp.  USPS letters or packages can be labeled with your child’s name and sent to 7550 Ramey Rd Centerburg OH 43011.  We recommend sending your mail earlier in the week to ensure that it gets delivered on time!  All mail and email will be delivered at lunch (last call for mail/email to be received is Thursday at 10am).

How do I see photos of my camper?

All of our photos are posted at Bunk1.com each day. There is an option to view the gallery for free. Parents of registered campers will receive an access code in an info email 2 weeks prior to their week of camp.

Who is invited to closing mass?

Everyone! Friday’s Closing Mass is open to family, friends, grandparents, etc. to join the celebration. Come at 12:15 to hear camper testimonies prior to the 1pm Mass (at both Ohio and Northwoods locations).

Where is Catholic Youth Summer Camp located?

CYSC’s home is Damascus Catholic Mission Campus. Damascus is located in Centerburg, Ohio, about 45 minutes northeast of Columbus and within 2 hours of every major city in the state. Our address is 7550 Ramey Rd. Centerburg, OH 43011. The closest major airport is John Glenn International Airport in Columbus.

CYSC Northwoods will take place at Heartwood Resort in Trego, WI, approximately 2-2.5 hours northeast of the Twin Cities.