Catholic Youth Adventure Camp
Grow with us in the infinite love of Christ in the beautiful hills of West Virginia. Are you hoping to grow in your faith? The Blessed Carlo Acutis Youth Camp, affectionately known as Camp Carlo, is dedicated to leading young people to Christ & His Church. Join us as we grow in Christ’s love while backpacking up a mountain, horseback riding through hidden trails, sliding down mystic waterfalls and humbling ourselves in front of the true Presence of our Lord during Mass and Adoration. We want you to experience His immense love at Camp Carlo for Summer 2022!
Come Join us! | 225 Catholic Conference Center, Huttonsville WV 26273
2023 Camp Dates
- June 25th – July 1st – Rising 6th graders to 8th graders.
- July 2nd – July 8th – A “catch all week” from 3rd grade through 12th grade.
- July 9th – July 15th – Rising freshmen to seniors in high school.
- July 16th – July 22nd – A “catch all week” from 3rd grade through 12th grade.
- July 23rd – July 29th – “A Camp Carlo Summer Vacation” free program for 7-12 year olds who receive support from the government or Catholic Charities.
Blessed Carlo Acutis Youth Camp
Cum Ipso in monte
(With Him on the mountain)
When Pope St. Paul VI – then Fr. Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini – was ordained Archbishop of Milan, he chose the motto, “cum Ipso in monte,” for his episcopal life. In English, the translation is, “with Him on the mountain.”
The motto is a clear reference to the Transfiguration – in which the Apostles Peter, James, and John directly encountered the divinity of Our Lord.
A reflection of the Transfiguration, life at Blessed Carlo Acutis Youth Camp draws young people into direct encounter with the divinity of Christ through:
Our mission at Blessed Carlo Acutis Youth Camp is to lead young people to a deep relationship with Jesus Christ through His Church. In his short earthly life, Blessed Carlo cultivated great love for Our Lord in the Eucharist, His Mother, and His Church. As Blessed Carlo’s faith life drew him deeper into life with Christ, we seek to, through camping ministry, lead young people on the same path – the path to sainthood, the path home, the path to Him.
- A faithful, family atmosphere which models love for one another
- Regular access to the Sacraments for Catholic youth
- Relationship-building with faithful Catholic peers, adult laity, consecrated, and clergy
- Opportunities to experience the adventure of Creation
- Regular faith formation on the lives of Our Lord, His Mother, and His Church
Camp Carlo is a model of authentic Catholic community life. During ordinary Camp Carlo season, kids are actively engaging in building that authentic catholic community to prepare them to do that in their parishes. During Camp Carlo Summer Vacation, kids, often from less Catholic backgrounds, experience the community life at Camp Carlo. The point is less teaching and more experiential.
Once I’ve Registered, What’s Next?:
Once you have completed the registration process, you will receive an email two weeks before your camp begins. The content will include travel details, arrival/departure time, and documents that will need printed, signed, and turned in during registration. We cannot wait for your camper to join us at Camp Carlo!
A designated staff member who is trained by and complies to American Camp Association guidelines and regulation will handle medical needs. Camp Carlo is located ten to fifteen minutes away from Valley Health Clinic.
All Campers who wish to enter the deep side of the pool will undergo a swim test administered by the lifeguard. If the camper passes the swim test, they will be permitted to swim on the deep end of the pool, use the diving board and water slide without a life vest.
When Are Drop off and Pick Up Times?
Drop Off: Registration 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pick Up: Parent Reception 9:00 am. Final departure 9:30 am.
Contact between Parent and Camper:
Camp is where youth are gifted with the opportunity to experience tremendous growth. We strive to stoke the fire of love for Christ within the heart of every camper who steps on property. The goal is then, for them to share the love of Christ they have with their parishes and families when they return home. Parents are welcomed to call the Camp Carlo office, send emails to the leadership team, or send letters to their children during the week of camp; however, the expectation should not be that you will be able to talk with the camper. Personal phone calls may start a wildfire of homesickness which will take away from the experience and reason why the adolescent was sent to camp in the first place. It is important that the focus of the week is to help campers grow in every possible way, because growth through adventure and fun is the reason that kids attend summer camp.
Our activities include, high ropes course, giant swing, swimming, water slide, horse riding, backpacking, camping, fishing, canoeing, field games and more! Every camper is encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and conquer their fears as they grow in experience at Camp Carlo.
How do I know my child will be safe at camp?
- Safety policies, a particularly safe environment that follow safety protocols, and thoroughly trained staff members.
- Closely follow American Camp Association guidelines
- Diocesan Risk Management Team implemented trainings and protocols.
- All staff members comply with the VIRTUS safe environment training and have a federal background check on them.
- Blessed Camp Carlo Acutis Youth Camp complies to the CDC’s COVID-19 Guidelines
Where will the camper be sleeping?
Campers will be given the choice of either top or bottom bunk within their assigned lodge for the week. Campers and Adult staff members do not sleep in the same room. Counselors are in the counselors lodge next to the campers lodge. The Lodges for Blessed Camp Carlo Acutis Youth Camp are well maintained throughout the programing week and thoroughly cleaned every Saturday.
What To Bring:
- 8 outfits of modest, comfortable attire
- Bed clothes
- 8 pairs of underwear and socks
- A jacket or sweatshirt
- Rain jacket or rain poncho
- Bathing Suit (girls’ bathing suits must be one piece or tankini: no bikinis)
- Closed toed shoes (preferred tennis shoes)
- Water Shoes (For creek stomping)
- Must be closed toed
- Bedding for twin sized bed
- Sleeping bag
- Bath Towel
- Pool Towel
- Toiletries including, shampoo, body soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant.
- Goggles (If desired)
- Any Needed Medication
What Not to Bring:
- No bikinis
- No noodle strap tank tops
- No cut off t-shirts
- No open-toed shoes
- No cell phones or other electronics
- No knives
Are you interested in learning more about Blessed Carlo Acutis Youth Camp? Give us a call.
Camping Asst. Director Phone Number: 757-995-4486
Camp Office Phone: 304-335-2130 (Not applicable during off season)
The Blessed Carlo Acutis Youth Camp seeks to lead young people to Christ and His Church through encounters with His creation, love, and teachings.