Extreme Faith Camp

Catholic Youth Summer Camp

Sunday, June 19 – Friday, June 24, 2022







1. Select the registration option that fits the participant above.

2. Create an account and add your camper(s). If you registered for camp last year, you’ll use the same account as before.

3. Select a person and click “Register.”  If you are new to camp, add your camper by clicking Add person”

4. Choose “I belong to a group that has already reserved space.

5. Enter your Group Code:

For 5th – 8th Grade (Campers): SJBNBNW22

For 9th Grade (Prayer Team): SJBNBPT22

For 10th – 12th Grade (Discipleship Team): SJBNBDT22

For Adults: SJBNBADULT22

Then, click next, and select the session for St. John the Baptist, New Brighton. We are part of session 2!

6. Proceed through the steps of making a reservation until you come to your cart. If you are returning to camp, make sure that all your information is up to date.

7. If you are making additional reservations for another middle school sibling, you may add them before proceeding. Please enter the Group Code for every new person.

8. When you come to payment and need a scholarship, choose “Add a sponsorship or promotional code” and enter a parish Sponsorship Code. SJB is offering $100 off per participant if needed – so use the code STJBNBNW100 for that! If you want to request additional scholarship, please contact Mikayla!   If you do not require a scholarship, please click the red next button once you are in your cart.

9. Select a payment plan and complete your reservation!

10. Tell your friends to register for CYSC!


For questions, please contact Mikayla Anderson


What is Catholic Youth Summer Camp Northwoods?

Catholic Youth Summer Camp Northwoods(CYSC) is a premier high adventure camp packed with incredible activities! High ropes, lasertag, zip lines, climbing walls, and more! CYSC is integrated closely with Damasuc and parishes from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, guaranteeing that summer camp is not just a mountaintop faith experience, but one that builds lifelong foundations of faith. Our faith programming is founded in the sacramental life of the Catholic Church, and our mission and work is anything but boring. This summer,  Damascus is launching a second campus apart from their main campus in Ohio, which will be based out of Heartwood Resort and Conference Center in Trego, Wisconsin.  This camp is going to be called CYSC Northwoods and is located about two hours from the Twin Cities.

Why is there a different name for camp this year?

 Last year at Extreme Faith Camp, we entered our first year of being partners with Damascus. They dedicate much of their year planning and running camps for teenagers with the focus to awaken, empower, and equip youth to live the adventure of the Catholic faith. The goal of the partnership was to unite the Archdiocese into one camp program and provide camp opportunities to more parishes in the Archdiocese. This year, some parishes from the Archdiocese have decided to pull out of the partnership to continue leading camp as Extreme Faith Camp. We really loved working with Damascus and believe that we can and will have great camp experiences through CYSC Northwoods so we are continuing our partnership with Damascus. Both camps provide very similar encounter experiences and we will work to make the transition as smooth as possible. Because there are now two middle school summer camps, we are calling the Damascus affiliated camp CYSC Northwoods and let the non-affiliated parishes continue to use the name Extreme Faith Camp. While we understand that EFC has a special place in our hearts, we ask that going forward we refer to our camp as Catholic Youth Summer Camp Northwoods or CYSC.

Why should I send my child to CYSC Northwoods?

As a youth minister, I could talk about camp for days. Rather than do that, here is some input from parents who have sent kids to camp in the last few years. The testimonies below are combination of EFC and CYSC participants.

“We have seen the Holy Spirit accomplish powerful change when our kids left their day-to-day activities and mixed serious fun (ziplining, lake activities, and wacky Olympics) with serious faith (small groups and profound adoration experiences) at Extreme Faith Camp. They came back energized and more engaged than when they left…and they couldn’t wait to return!” – parents of 4 EFC alum

“My son attended EFC for the first time during the summer after 7th grade. I had never been to a “church camp” growing up so you can imagine my apprehension in sending him. I eagerly awaited his arrival back home anxious to hear all about it. I will never forget the first thing he said when he got off the bus…”I will never miss a year of EFC”. He had just had the time of his life, surrounded by friends, participating in extraordinary activities while the whole time feeling the love of Jesus. When I questioned what his favorite part of camp was he responded Adoration. I must admit I was surprised…I was thinking it would have been an activity or a friend that made the lasting impression but for him it was Adoration. He returned with a new energy for his Catholic faith. If an experience can shape a person…this was it. He had discovered the love of Jesus and it has continued to grow since then. After attending EFC James was putting his faith first. It has led him to participate in nearly every retreat at Holy Name and to become a part of the high school Core Team. EFC not only affected my son’s faith life but also the relationships he has built. At EFC he encounters people with similar values and a strong faith. People who encourage him to take his faith even deeper. EFC provides experiences we cannot recreate at home. These are authentic experiences that invite kids to come to know Jesus in a profound way. To feel His love and better understand the true meaning of what it is to be Catholic.” – parent of a 2 year EFC alum

Most people who know my kids would assume from looking on the outside that their faith is strong. We attend Mass regularly, Vacation Bible School, I volunteered to help teach faith formation, we meet with other families for prayer and bible studies, and the list goes on. The church, in many ways, has been our second home. However, in talking with my son, it wasn’t until he attended Extreme Faith Camp that he experienced that true and personal encounter with Jesus. Before camp, he describes his faith as more of a surface faith, but not one that had really impacted his heart. I’ll never forget when he came home from camp. I can’t describe it, but he was different. More mature. His joy and gratitude were tangible. His faith more solid. It was a challenge for him to take the leap and go to camp, unsure if he would have any close friends there, not knowing what was to come and worried if he would have any fun. However, in many ways, I think all that was part of what made the experience more powerful. He chose to be open. To take a risk. Just once. If he didn’t like it, he didn’t need to go back, but he had always heard about camp and wanted to experience it once. Having that extended period of time away, mixing the fun and wacky with the moments of prayer and worship, true worship, it allowed the smallest opening in his heart, and that is all that God needs to change a life. God spoke to his heart in adoration and through the leaders he had. He continued to go to camp every year after that first summer and each year the experience made an impact.” – parent of 2 EFC alum

Frequently Asked Questions

When is CYSC? What grades are allowed to go?

CYSC is happening June 19 – June 24, 2022 at Heartwood Resort and Conference Center in Trego, Wisconsin. CYSC registration is open to all current 5th – 8th grade students to attend. Members from our high school Core Team will be at camp serving as our small group leaders.

How much does CYSC Cost? What is the refund policy?

The cost for CYSC is $495. Payment information and a $150 initial deposit is required when you reserve your spot, and you may select from three different payment plans.  Payment and registration will go directly through Damascus, not St. John the Baptist.

Every registration includes a $150 non-refundable deposit. Any additional payments are eligible for a refund up to 1 month before your session, after which point our costs are committed and we are no longer able to provide refunds. We are sorry, but this policy also applies to cancellations that may arise as a result of illness, injury or other unforeseen circumstances as our contracted expenses are also binding. If possible, transfers to another session can be made without charge. If cancellation is motivated by financial hardship, please inquire about campership aid before seeking cancellation. All cancellations must be submitted in writing via email.

What if all the spots fill up?

SJB only has guaranteed spots until Feb 11– so act fast! Then they will be open to the public.

Who will be leading the activities at camp?

All of the high action activities (zip line, archery, etc.) will be directed by Damascus Missionaries. The talks and daily teachings will be done by either Damascus Missionaries or Youth Ministers from our parishes of camp. Small group sessions will be lead by our high school leaders participating on the Discipleship Team.

How will COVID-19 affect CYSC?

In light of the present worldwide concern for health and safety posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19,) the staff and leadership of Catholic Youth Summer Camp would like to reaffirm our organizational commitment to the physical, emotional, and spiritual safety of every child, employee, and volunteer under our care. Because camp happens in the midst of a close community, we have always taken great care to develop and maintain cleaning and medical practices to address a variety of communicable diseases, both common and rare. These standards of care have been developed in consultation with the American Camping Association as well as our local public health authorities.

As the pandemic continues to evolve, we continue to monitor the guidance on best practices for prevention and the policies in effect at the time of each week of camp will reflect the guidance available at that time.

Does St. John the Baptist need to provide chaperones?

Absolutely! Chaperones get to participate in all the fun as well! If you are interested in serving as a chaperone, please contact Mikayla.

Questions? Please contact Mikayla Anderson at Andersonm@stjohnnyb.org