Summer Missions

(Following Him shouldn’t be either.)

12 weeks of life-changing adventure at Catholic Youth Summer Camp

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Will you answer the call?

Every summer, young adults from across the United States and beyond answer the call to be missionaries. They leave behind homes, campuses, and workplaces to spend a season investing their time, energy and prayer for the sake of sharing the Gospel with a generation of young people who desperately need it.

They are the leaders, the listeners, the truth-speakers and the intercessors who will help thousands to discover and accept the love of God in their life. And in giving of themselves, they will discover the adventure of living generously for the Lord, and return to their communities equipped to launch into a lifestyle of mission.

Join the Adventure

Be a CYSC Missionary

Applications for the summer of 2024 closed on January 15. If you're interested, please don't hesitate to reach out to to ask about your options!

Ways to Serve

There are many roles that make the mission of CYSC possible through the diversity of each missionary's unique gifts! Missionaries are encouraged to express their interest in any of the various staffs and/or locations on their application, and final offers of acceptance will specify a position with one staff and location.

In 2024, CYSC will operate at 2 locations:
CYSC Main Campus (OH)
CYSC Great Lakes (MI)

Classic Staffs

Specialized Staffs

How do I get there?


Applications are open between October 15 and January 15 every year.


Continue your discernment by attending an on-site or web-based interview retreat in December, January or February


Offers will be extended and staff commitments determined by early March.


Get more people involved through Mission Support Raising


Arrive in late May for 2 weeks of training and formation at the EQUIP Conference


Live the adventure of 9 consecutive weeks of camp from early June into early August.


Launch into the fall ready to take on your next mission!

Mission Support Raising

Your missionary work begins before campers even arrive. Every member of CYSC’s missionary staff engages in Mission Support Raising: inviting others to join the mission prayerfully and financially so you can have your needs provided for and be fully available to mission.

Specific, hands-on training will be provided in order to help you attain your goal, which you will determine according to your circumstances within the range set by Damascus.

Some of the amount raised will cover the cost of food and lodging, after which missionaries receive 100% of everything they raise after taxes up to their limit. This stipend will be disbursed in 5 installments beginning June 15 and concluding August 15.

Questions? Email!


Age Requirement

Applicants should have graduated high school prior to serving at CYSC, with the exception of incoming seniors in high school who may serve on Service Staff or Kitchen Staff.

Those who will be 18 or older during their service with CYSC must complete the following requirements prior to the start of camp. Opportunities for both will be offered during training at the beginning of the summer, and we strongly recommend taking advantage of the on-site opportunities. Once accepted, if you have already completed one or both of these requirements or have questions about the process, please email

1. Background Check

Those who have lived in Ohio for the last five (5) years consecutively must obtain an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI) background check.

Those who have resided outside of Ohio in the last five (5) years must obtain a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check.

2. Protecting God’s Children (PGC) / Virtus training session.

Those who have lived in Ohio for the last five (5) years consecutively must obtain an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI) background check.


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