Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in Catholic Youth Summer Camp!

Frequently Asked Questions

SUMMER 2020 AND COVID-19

In light of the present worldwide concern for health and safety posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19,) the staff and leadership of Damascus would like to reaffirm our organizational commitment to the physical, emotional, and spiritual safety of every child, employee, and volunteer under our care.  Because camp happens in the midst of a close community, Damascus, as is the practice of most camps, has always taken great care to develop and maintain cleaning and medical practices to address a variety of communicable diseases, both common and rare.  These standards of care have been developed in consultation with the American Camping Association as well as our local public health authorities.  Check out our CYSC 2020 and COVID-19 response page for the full description of our operations this past summer, which we are grateful to share allowed us to host nearly 2500 campers with no outbreaks.

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.

Finance

How much does CYSC cost?

A session of CYSC costs $545.00 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 is required when you reserves your spot, and you may select a payment plan that divides the remaining cost across 4 additional payments paid every other month.

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.  To stand behind this mission, we are blessed to be able to grant an automatic campership of $50 to every individual who would select that option at checkout, with no application necessary.

Through the generosity of our benefactors and ministry partners, additional financial aid may be available on a case by case basis. To apply for financial aid, please fill out an application here. 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. 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.

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.

Registration 

What are the dates?

Summer 2021 Dates:

Weeks 1-8 have sessions for both High School (rising 9-12 graders) and Middle School (rising 6-8 graders). Week 9 will offer two identical Middle School sessions, 9a and 9b.

Week 1: June 6-June 11
Week 2: June 13-June 18
Week 3: June 20-June 25
Week 4: June 27-July 2
Week 5: July 4-July 9
Week 6: July 11-July 16
Week 7: July 18- July 23
Week 8: July 25-July 30
Week 9: August 1-August 6

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: High School 3). 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.”

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?

Our activities include wake boarding, 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 encourage campers to conquer fears and step out of their comfort zone but will not force campers to participate in any activity.

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

What are your cabins like?

Our beautiful hillcrest cabins sleep 20 campers per cabin. Each cabin has at least two overnight counselors with the campers 24/7. Our hillcrest cabin area consists of 4 quads with cabin communities, and our lakeside retreat centers house 60 overlooking the beautiful Lake Joy.  All cabins include full bathrooms and HVAC. Click here to see the facilities.

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 – theresa@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. Please use the access code CYSC2020 when you create an account.

What should my camper pack?

Click here to view our CYSC packing list.

Who is invited to closing mass?

2020 Edit: Unfortunately, due to distancing requirements, we will not be able to invite parents or family members to Closing Mass as normal. A recording will be sent following the week for attendees!

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

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.