Alumni and Friends

FAQs

Where are the CYO Camps Located?

CYO Boys Camp is located south of Port Sanilac and the CYO Girls Camp is located north of Port Sanilac, MI along the Lake Huron shoreline– just 2 hours north of Detroit.

Both camps boast stunning views of Lake Huron and the opportunity to experience shoreline ecology. Fall asleep listening to the waves crashing on the beach! With sunny summer days, starry nights, and beautiful sunrises, there’s no better place to be!

What ages are accepted for summer camp?

CYO Camps serve boys and girls ages 7 to 16. There is also a Mother Daughter weekend and a Father Son weekend scheduled for July, and a Co-ed Family weekend scheduled for August so adults can have fun at camp too!

Who are the staff?

Staff members are mostly college students and young adults who are chosen for their regard for safety, experience and training working with children, and ability to guide campers through an enriching faith-based summer camp experience.

All staff attend a required Protecting God’s Children Training, as well as a full week of on-site staff orientation prior to working with campers. Staff members responsible for activity areas receive the appropriate safety training needed for their position, including but not limited to CPR and First Aid, and activity area instructor certification.

How will my child be supervised at camp?

Campers will be placed into cabin groups determined by age: 7-9, 10-11, 12-13, & 14-16. There will always be 2 counselors assigned to a cabin group. During the day, cabin groups attend activities together with their counselors and activity leaders.

What activities do the kids do?

Swimming, arts and crafts, high ropes (12 and up), climbing wall, team initiatives, large group games, archery, creek dodge (boys), evening activities, campfire, outdoor cooking, camp out, sports (non-competitive), singing, creek walking, themed activities, and adventure Catechesis, just to name a few!

Do you play in the rain?

At the first sign of thunder we move indoors or under the nearest shelter. We take the standard precautions during extreme weather and make every effort to keep campers occupied with alternative activities, depending on the weather situation at hand.

Do you have emergency and safety procedures?

ACA Accreditation means that the CYO Camps you are considering care enough to undergo a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. American Camp Association® collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation.

What if my child gets hurt?

At CYO Camp, we have a certified health officer. This person has been certified in First Aid, Responding to Emergencies, and Professional CPR through the American Red Cross.

Any minor incidents that occur at camp (example: minor scrapes/cuts, headache) will be recorded on a health log. If you would like to know what services your child received call the camp office. Calls home to parents on minor incidents will be left up to the health officer and Director’s discretion. If at any time during your child’s time at camp, an illness or injury occurs that will affect their enjoyment of camp (example: broken bone, extended flu, sprain, severe poison ivy) you will be notified by the health officer and/or Camp Director.

What if my child needs medication?

All prescribed and non-prescribed medications must be turned in to the health officer during check-in. Prescribed and non-prescribed medication, including vitamins and herbal supplements, must be in their original containers with the directions and dosages affixed by the pharmacy or doctor’s orders. You do not need to send common over the counter medications as we have those at camp.

The health officer will administer all medications including over the counter medications such as Tylenol or Benadryl. All medications are kept locked in containers in the infirmary.

What if my child has special needs?

If they are mainstreamed in schools without physical disabilities then we can accept them into the camp program. If your child has special needs that require professional/skilled staff in those areas (like diabetes, down syndrome, physical, hearing impaired, blind), unfortunately we do not have the qualified staff, facilities and programs to properly serve them.

What if my child has a special diet?

We provide basic menu alternatives for various food allergies (ie, gluten, dairy, soy, egg). Menus will be available for parents to review before a camp session. We will do our best to coordinate these meals along with our existing menu while caring for your child’s dietary restrictions. We suggest that parents’ partner with us by communicating special dietary needs before their child’s camp, as well as sending snacks/foods their child is used to receiving at home.

What if my child is homesick?

Most children adjust quickly to the camp environment. However, homesickness is a natural feeling, especially for children who have never been away from home. Our staff is trained to handle this sensitive situation with compassion and understanding.

You can help your child, prior to camp, by being positive and encouraging about the experience, telling them it’ll be fun, you can’t wait to hear their stories or hear the songs they learned, how excited you are for them, etc. The most common mistake parents make is the Pick-Up Deal. It's normal for children to ask, "What if I feel homesick or I don’t like camp?" Tell your child that some feelings of anxiety and homesickness are normal and help them practice coping before camp starts. If a situation arises that you need to know about we will contact you.

What are the camp facilities like?

Our facilities are safe and provide the necessary space for living quarters and programs, including both small and large group specialized activities. We have a beautiful location along the shores of Lake Huron. The surf can often be heard on a quiet night as it comforts campers and staff to sleep and you can’t beat the sunrises!

We have been blessed to operate CYO Camps for over 68 years! Therefore, our facilities may need a little outward TLC, but what they don’t provide ascetically they make up for by providing the magical atmosphere of great memories!

What about transportation – camp is too far away!

Bus transportation is available from Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak.

What if we cannot afford camp?

Please consider applying for a scholarship to help off-set the cost of camp for your child. Scholarship forms and directions for applying can be found here.