Permanent Home of
Catholic Youth Summer Camp
where the youth of today will become the hope of tomorrow.
Centralized Retreat Center
in the State of Ohio
that awakens faith and builds missionary disciples.
An Innovative Training Center
where the Church’s renewal begins with the transformation of her leaders.
That over half of Americans raised catholic no longer identify as such? When more than 70 % of American Catholics no longer attend Mass regularly, isn’t it time we did something? Many Catholics view their faith as dull and boring, irrelevant and unimportant. Still others see Catholicism as outdated and out-of-touch.
We seek something greater. A church where:
For too long the facts have been planted in our minds, without a relationship being planted in our hearts. 89% of Catholic who have remained faithful to the Church after college identify a particular event or experience that triggered their faith commitment. Damascus Catholic Mission Campus will provide these events and experiences.
Damascus Catholic Mission Campus will create an environment of encounter with Jesus and His Church. Like St. Paul who encountered the living God on the road to Damascus, Damascus Catholic Mission Campus will bring the impact of encounter not only to the youth of our church, but to thousands more.
CYSC quickly became a joy-filled environment that challenges young people to live the adventure of their Catholic faith through an encounter with Jesus Christ and His Church. What began as one week of summer camp has grown to a full summer of 8 camp sessions serving the dioceses of Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, and far beyond!
Over the past 15 years, CYSC has touched the lives of many thousands of campers and has made advances into the active service of young people with special needs as well as outreach to inner-city youth. In 2015, the Catholic Youth Summer Camp Campership Endowment Fund was established with The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Columbus in order to provide camperships for families in financial need. Catholic Youth Summer Camp was incorporated as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation with the permission of Bishop Frederick Campbell in 2006. Since that time, the Board of Directors has worked diligently to position CYSC for its long-term future success.
Catholic Youth Summer Camp is the only Catholic camp of its kind. In the past 5 years, CYSC has more than tripled in size, serving youth from every diocese in the state of Ohio, as well as youth from all over the globe. In the spring of 2015, Catholic Youth Summer Camp was blessed with 471 acres of land in Central Ohio. With this gift came the establishment of a group of faithful Catholic businessmen and women who helped to create the vision for and sustainability of Damascus Catholic Mission Campus. Damascus will be developed into a fully featured adventure camp, leadership and training institute, retreat and conference center that will be a blessing to the Church for years to come.