Catholic Youth Camp


Catholic Youth Camp is a 6-day co-ed, residential, recreational, faith-building retreat for parish and school youth groups. Our goal is to enhance relationships ... above all with Jesus Christ, but also between the high school teens themselves and with the adult ministers who will disciple their campers throughout the year. Registration is done through the youth and campus ministers of participating Catholic parishes and schools.

For more information, please contact John Trabbic at or Fr. Ken McKenna, OSFS, at

WHEN Session 1: July 13-18, 2021 (15 spots still unreserved by a parish or school) Session 2: July 20-25, 2021 (9 spots still unreserved) Session 3: July 27-Aug 1, 2021 (8 spots still unreserved). Availability changes weekly (additions and cancellations) so please check back.

COST $395 per participant. Cost includes lodging, meals and all recreational activities.

CAPACITY 55 campers and youth ministers per session.

FAITH FORMATION Through thought-provoking discussions; heartfelt testimonies; joyful, energetic worship; quiet, peaceful adoration; and inspiring, beautiful Masses campers and staff celebrate Christ's intimacy, glory and love.

ACTIVITIES Camp offers a full range of activities campers love: swimming, tubing, canoeing, kayaks, paddle boards, pontoon boat rides, low-ropes course, paintball, gaga ball, 9-square, basketball, volleyball, spike-ball, capture the flag, crafts, campfires, s'mores and more.

FACILITIES Camp features retreat facilities and great food in a fun, friendly camp setting. Please contact Fr Ken for a tour. You can also view the camp online using the FACILITIES drop down menu above.

LOCATION Camp DeSales is located on Vineyard Lake in the Irish Hills of Michigan and serves parishes and schools in the Dioceses of Lansing, Toledo and the Archdiocese of Detroit. Click here for directions.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION For schedule & facility descriptions & arrival/departure times, click here.

CAMPER REGISTRATION To register risk-free, click here. For COVID-19 updates, click here.

PARISH AND SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTERS To reserve spots for your youth group, click here.

The Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, in conjunction with St. Francis' Salesian Leadership Initiative, are pleased to offer these new youth evangelization programs at Camp DeSales. Please join us!