Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Catholic Youth Summer Camp

Camp Experience

Where is CYSC located?

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 2023. Map it >

CYSC Northwoods: This location in Trego, WI is hosted at Heartwood Resort and Conference Center has been serving the Minnesota-Wisconsin region since 2022. Map it >

CYSC Great Lakes: The newest location in Brighton, MI will be opening in 2023 at a newly renovated Our Lady of the Fields camp. Map it >

What should my camper pack?

Check out the packing list!

What high adventure activities will my camper experience?

Please refer to each camp location’s page for a description of the activities available there! Every camper will have the opportunity to participate in each activity throughout the week as their group rotates through a schedule.

We encourage campers to conquer fears and step out of their comfort zone, but will never force campers to participate in any activity. 

Can I send mail or email to my camper?

Bunk1.com offers packages of BunkNotes which can be sent electronically to be printed and delivered to campers. The Bunk1 access code will be send to parents of registered campers in an email prior to your week of camp.

Physical letters or packages can be labeled with your camper’s name and session and sent to the main address of your camp location:

Main Campus: 7550 Ramey Rd. Centerburg, OH 43011

Northwoods: N10884 Hoinville Rd. Trego, WI 54888

Great Lakes: 7000 McClements Rd, Brighton, MI 48114

We recommend sending your mail earlier in the week to ensure that it gets delivered on time!  All mail and BunkNotes will be delivered to campers at lunch Monday-Thursday (last call for mail/email to be received is Thursday at 10am).

Can I see photos of my camper?

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

Can I see any of the talks or other recordings?

The Digital All Access Pass makes the summer’s talks, homilies, worship and highlight videos available to campers and their families following the summer. This is a great way to come back to the most impactful moments and share them with loved ones! The All Access Pass can be purchased at any time prior to the end of summer for a one-time fee of $10, and login information will be sent in September for access throughout the year. Get access >

When are the drop-off and pick-up times?

Each week of camp begins with check-in on Sunday afternoon. Exact times vary by location, so please see the pre-camp email for detailed instructions.

The week ends with a closing Mass on Friday which is open to family and friends! Come early to hear camper testimonies prior to the 1pm Mass. Departure will follow shortly after the conclusion of Mass.

What if my camper is flying in from out of state?

For CYSC Main Campus, the closest airport is John Glenn International Airport (CMH) in Columbus, about 45 minutes south of the camp. CYSC can send a shuttle to pick up and drop off for a fee. You will have the opportunity to indicate this in your registration, and our staff will reach out to confirm details.

The closest major airport for CYSC Northwoods is the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (MSP), approximately 2 hours south of the camp. The closest major airport for CYSC Great Lakes is the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW), about 45 minutes away from the camp. If you are interested in arranging transportation from the airport for either of these locations, please inquire at registration@cysc.com.

Is there a lost and found?

Please make sure that your camper’s name is on all belongings!! Campers are encouraged to check the lost and found table for items before departure as items will not be held after the week ends, unless it is an item of value (e.g. phone, wallet).

Health and Safety

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.

Does Damascus accommodate vegetarian or special dietary needs?

Damascus is able accommodate dairy free, gluten-free/celiac, and vegetarian diets; and all of our food is prepared nut-free! Please make sure to include this information in the camper’s medical form. With any additional needs, we invite you to request a menu from our food services team (foodservices@damascus.net) to determine an alternative plan.

What if my camper has medications?

Medications must be updated in your account at least 2 days before camp begins. Log in, select your camper’s name, click on “Medications” and choose “Manage Medications” to add.

Please note that it is necessary for all medications to be in the original bottle. Please only send the exact amount of medication for the week in the original container for efficient and safe administration. As a reminder, campers may not carry oral medications with them and all medications are to be checked in with the nurse upon arrival. This includes emergency medications, such as epipens and inhalers. Further instructions for self-carrying emergency medications will be given by the nurse at check-in. If you have any questions or concerns related to medications or the medical care of your camper please reach out to our Medical Staff at nurse@cysc.com.

What if my camper has special needs?

We would like to know of any special needs in advance, to make sure we can appropriately accommodate for each camper to be set up for success at CYSC! Special needs include, but are not limited to,

  • Physical needs (hearing impaired, leg brace, wheel chair, blindness, etc.)
  • Mental needs (down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, aspergers, etc.)
  • Learning needs (use of an aide at school, attends a special needs school, etc.)

Depending on the level of care required, some families may be asked to supply an aide to attend with their child. All aides can attend camp free of cost with lodging and food provided.

Please reach out to registration@cysc.com with any questions!

What if my camper has diabetes?

Our medical staff would like the opportunity to review medical needs specific to your camper prior to arrival. Parents of campers with diabetes will be asked to complete an information form and a record of blood sugar and insulin levels for the 2 weeks leading up to camp, to equip the medical team with an idea of your camper’s typical glucose levels and insulin intake. 

If you have any questions or concerns related to the medical care of your camper please reach out to our Medical Staff at nurse@cysc.com.


Where do I register?

To register, simply make an account or log in to your existing account with our third-party registration platform. (Any “register” button on our website will direct you to your account!)

For helpful resources on how to register and navigate your account, please visit the Registration Hub.

When does registration open?

Registration for 2023 is open! Make an account or log in to view current availability.

For helpful resources on how to register, please visit the Registration Hub.

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.


How much does CYSC cost?

Main Campus (OH): $570.00 per camper

Northwoods (WI): $520.00 per camper

Great Lakes (MI: $520.00 per camper

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

Do I need to pay in full when I register?

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 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.

What is CYSC’s cancellation/refund policy?
Cancellation Policy:
Every CYSC 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. All cancellations must be submitted in writing via email to registration@cysc.com.
If possible, transfers to another session can be made without charge.
If cancellation is motivated by financial hardship, please inquire about financial aid before seeking cancellation.
Beginning in the 2023 season, a camper protection policy through Travel Insured International will be available to purchase at checkout. View their brochure for more information.