From the Directors

For over 75 years Catholic Youth Camp has served the Catholic children of Minnesota and beyond. It is an incredible blessing to see thousands of lives impacted by the work done at Catholic Youth Camp; both for the staff and the campers throughout the year.

After a late start due to some unforeseen flooding at the beginning of the year we hit the ground running. Over 250 campers from around the state (and even some others) came to Big Sandy Lake to pray and play together. 

Every summer I spend at CYC feels like the most magical summer ever but this year was something else. The past camp season was so filled with the Holy Spirit it was palpable. Each chapel session resounded with songs of praise, heartfelt intentions were genuinely prayed for in late night devos, stories of the Saints came alive with real life examples from our counselors, and the joy of being able to celebrate our differences made it an unforgettable year. 

One of the hardest parts of ministry is that you don’t always get to see the seeds of faith you plant be nourished and grow. It’s not until we all meet in Heaven that we will truly know how we may have impacted another person. That is a ways away so we may have cheated a little this year. Based on our camper surveys over 92% of campers this year felt like they grew in their faith over just five short days. That is incredible. They stated things like Praise and Worship, small group discussions, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and their counselors as some of the top reasons for this increase.

Our theme came from Psalm 139:17-18 and read: ‘How precious to me are your designs, O God; how vast the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the sands; when I complete them, still you are with me.’ It was clear that each camper, staff member, volunteer, and visitor was meant to be at camp this year. The prayer of all of us at CYC is that the seeds of faith that were planted this year continue to grow.

 

-Augusta Loehrer
Program Director
Interim Executive Director

 

 

"To me, CYC is a place where I can really be myself and make new friends. At CYC, I feel safe and happy. The counselors at camp have inspired me. I feel closer to God since my experience at CYC." - Anna

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