Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in Catholic Youth Summer Camp!

Frequently Asked Questions

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 do I update my credit card or payment information?

Please log in to your account by clicking here. Once you have logged in to your account click “View my Finances” > “Manage Payment Accounts” > “Add Credit Card” and select for the rest of your scheduled payments to be withdrawn on your updated card. Or call 740-480-1288.

What are the dates?

Summer 2019 Dates:

High School Sessions (entering 9-12 grade in the 2019-20 school year):

High School 1: June 9-June 14
High School 2: June 16-June 21
High School 3: June 23-June 28
High School 4: June 30-July 5
High School 5: July 7-July 12
High School 6: July 14-July 19
High School 7: July 21-July 26

Middle School Sessions (entering 6-8 grade in the 2019-20 school year):

Middle School 1: June 9-June 14
Middle School 2: June 16-June 21
Middle School 3: June 23-June 28
Middle School 4: June 30-July 5
Middle School 5: July 7-July 12
Middle School 6: July 14-July 19
Middle School 7: July 21- July 26
Middle School 8b: July 28-August 2
Middle School 8a: July 28-August 2

 

How much does CYSC cost?

A session of CYSC costs $495.00 per camper. The cost includes activities, meals, lodging, and a camp t-shirt.

What high adventure activities will my camper experience?

Our activities include high ropes, paintball, blobbing, archery tag, giant swing, dual zip lines, a 5-story climbing wall, giant swing, vertical play-pen, extreme capture the flag, swimming and low ropes.

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

For a complete list and more information, see our Land, Air and Water sections under “Camp Life.”

Do I need to pay in full at registration?

No. Payment information is required when you reserves your spot, but full payment is due one week before your camper’s session begins.

Do I need to bring a physical or any extra 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.

What are your cabins like?

Our beautiful cabins sleep 20 campers per cabin. Each cabin has at least two overnight counselors with the campers 24/7. The cabins include full bathrooms and HVAC. Click here to see the facilities.

Is financial assistance available?
  1. Reach out to your parish priest or youth ministers. Many parishes set up scholarship codes for parish families.
  2. Apply for a campership at registration. CYSC is usually able to provide $100 to families who apply.
  3. Sign up for the payment plan. Payment plan allows families to schedule payments over a period of months.
Can I send mail or email to my camper?

A block of 5 emails can be purchased for $5 on your account under “Additional Options > Email a Camper.”  Mail 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 mealtimes.

How do I see photos of my camper?

All of our photos are posted on our Catholic Youth Summer Camp page with links to a gallery for each week.  If you want photo of your camper sent directly to your phone, sign up for Waldo Photos face-recognition service for $14.99, and half of what you pay will go towards our campership fund!  Text CYSC18 to 735343 and follow the instructions to sign up.

How do I cancel a CYSC registration? What is CYSC’s refund policy?

All cancellations must be submitted in writing via email (registration@cysc.com). 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
Where is Catholic Youth Summer Camp located?

CYSC’s home is Damascus Catholic Mission Campus. Damascus is located in Centerburg, Ohio, about 40 minutes northeast of Columbus and is less than 2 hours away from every major city in the state. Our address is 7550 Ramey Rd. Centerburg, OH 43011. The closest major airport is John Glenn International Airport.

What should my camper pack?

Click here to view our CYSC packing list.

 

Who is invited to closing mass?

Everyone! The closing Mass is open to the public, scheduled at 1pm Friday. You are welcome to invite friends, family, grandparents, etc.

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

Log in to your account. Under the “Reservations” category, click on the reservation of the camper you would like to update (ex: Session D: High School). Then click on “additional information” under Reservation Details. Select “edit this information” to make changes.

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

Log in to your account. Select the name of the camper under “Account Details” > “Account Members”. Once selected you will be able to click to “Edit My Bio Information” or “Manage Medications.” To update camp t-shirt size select “My Forms” and then “Camper Personal Information.”

Does Damascus accommodate vegetarian or special dietary needs?

Yes, Damascus is able accommodate most dietary needs (nut free, dairy free, gluten-free, celiac, or vegetarian). Please email our Kitchen Manager with additional questions or to request a menu – whitneyfisher@damascuscampus.com.