SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAMS
"We had a great experience. Emily and Tina were awesome facilitators and I appreciated Anne going above and beyond to help me contact a parent who was concerned about her daughter attending the trip. Our students don't get many experiences like these so it's great to see them excel in this environment."
– Maplewood School Group Leader
"I really like going to camp. My favorite part was when we hugged the tree. I also liked when we played the seed, grass, shrub, tree game. I also like the human, insect, reptile thing."
– St. Jude sixth grader
"We owe a huge thank you to you and your incredible staff. The kids (and adults!!!) had a great time! They are still talking about it today, and we just want you to know that we truly appreciate you all for making it such a worthwhile experience for us. As a bunch of "rookie" attendees, Mrs. Floyd and I are looking forward to coming back next year!!"
– Dustin George, St. Vincent de Paul
"Thank you for helping everybody on the high ropes. It is one of the most challenging things I have ever done. You helped me overcome my fear of heights. Thank you for teaching everybody how to put on the gear. You're the best counselors I have ever had. You make everything seem easy."
– Seton Student
"Dear Staff, Thank you for letting me come to camp. I had a great time. I hope I can come again next summer."
– Summer Camper
"Abby had a fantastic time!!! Hats off to the staff who made it happen. Her first camp experience was a huge success."
– Parent of a summer camper
"Y'all are awesome. Morgan had a great week. Thanks for all you do to keep them safe and entertained all wee, Most importantly, thanks for the opportunity for growth. You provide such a valuable service and we appreciate it."
– Parents of a summer camper
"I just wanted to thank you for a WONDERFUL time! It could not have been a more perfect weekend. Thankfully the weather cooperated. But more importantly, the whole experience was fantastic. Plenty of fun activities, plenty of time in which to do them, great meals...it was all great! And I wanted to comment on what a wonderful group of people you have working with us campers. They were terrific Their enthusiasm and energy was amazing and they were all so patient with the kids. Truly outstanding! Thanks for making our weekend perfect."
– Annie Endres, Mother-Daughter participant
STAFF & STAFF ALUMS
"I love camp because camp is home. And where there is a home, there is family. And where there is family, there is love."
-Sarah Garvin, Summer Staff 2015 & 2016
"Camp is looking down at a smiling child and knowing that you're helping them make memories that they'll remember for the rest of their lives. I love knowing that my job is helping kids make outdoor memories outside of their normal every day lives with people that they'll form lifelong friendships with"
-Josie Wanner, Summer Staff 2016
"The experience of working at CYO Camp is amazing because it is so much more important than cashing in a paycheck. Camp is always changing people for better, and we're not just talking about campers. While it has been many years since my first summer as a counselor, I still feel the magic of camp deep inside me. My core identity as a husband, teacher, and education administrator was formed on the hills of CYO Camp. The most meaningful friendships and connections I have in my life are all traced back to Clay Lick Road."
-Eric Lecher, Summer Staff 2002-2006, Boom Crew 2006-Present
"When you're at camp, you always know that the staff is working together to better themselves and to better each other by being camper-centered and making sure that the campers are in a safe, fun-loving, and inclusive environment. CYO Camp is one of my favorite places to be and to work because by serving and helping those around us, we encounter the purest forms of love and community."
-Kristin Foresman, Summer Staff 2016
"For me, CYO Camp Rancho Framasa was a place where I learned who I was and who I wanted to be. Campers and counselors were able to connect to their inner "YOU" through silly songs, catching crawdads in the creek, dressing up crazy for Ranch Fest, or even quietly listening to the wind in the trees. This amazing place allowed me to grow deeper in my love of Christ and understand how precious the children of our world and communities are to us all. I am now a teacher, and I see my experiences as a counselor come to life in my classroom everyday to help bring joy and love to my students."
-Amber Johnstone, Counselor Manager 2013, Day Camp Coordinator 2016