MN Catholic Camp Fund
Stewarded by the Catholic Community Foundation on behalf of Minnesota Catholic Youth Partnership
The goal of Minnesota Catholic Youth Partnership (MCYP) is to create an environment where young people can encounter Jesus Christ within nature, through relationships and the Sacraments. All of this will occur at MCYP’s new summer camp, Trinity Woods.
After a three-year search, MCYP has settled on a property in Trego, WI, and currently has it under contract. This property has a grand lodge with dining and seating for over 300, dorms nearby, a huge field for outdoor games, beautiful beachfront, an ice cream shop, four houses, five cottages, and much more. Good things come to those who wait!
During the summer, Trinity Woods will offer young people a best-in-class faith camp experience. The rest of the year, the camp will benefit the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis with a large, well-equipped facility to host retreats and science camps for youth and adults. This will fill a major need in the archdiocese for Extreme Faith Camp, youth groups, adult retreats, and more.
MCYP seeks donations to the MN Catholic Camp Fund to cover the purchase of the property and enhancements for Trinity Woods.
At camp, youth will pray, hear talks challenging them to respond to God’s calling, see skits that inspire, sing inspirational songs, spend time before the Blessed Sacrament, feel God’s grace through the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Mass, and learn to reflect on their experience in small groups with their peers.
To round out the camp experience, campers will engage in high adventure activities that not only enhance the joy in the experience, but also provide more opportunities to encounter God by testing their limits, surrounded by natural beauty. High ropes, archery tag and water activities all help youth embrace the camp environment, break down “walls” and build trust among the youth, counselors, and each other.
Camp will offer daily Mass, daily talks pertaining to the theme of the week, Adoration, opportunities for confession, lake time, and the chance to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds the camp through engaging activities.
By purchasing and renovating this property, the capacity for campers would more than double, allowing more than 4,000 boys and girls to attend camp each summer — not to mention the hundreds of others who would use the camp throughout the year. What’s more, MCYP would have the ability to create an environment that is perfectly suited to their needs.
Property Amenities Include:
- 700 acres full of natural beauty
- 20 km of scenic hikeable trails
- Access to two natural lakes
- River access
- Athletic fields
- Tennis, basketball, pickleball, and sand volleyball courts
- A wide variety of housing options, including 2-bedroom cabins, cottages that sleep up to 28, and large dormitory-style buildings
- Space for large gatherings
- A full-service kitchen
- Dedicated chapel
- Equipment for adventure activities
- First year of operating expenses
- Activity barn
Ways to Give
Write a check or give online with a credit card or ACH transfer. Write “MN Catholic Camp Fund” on the memo line of the check, or type it into the fund space on our giving website.
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With Support From
ARCHBISHOP BERNARD HEBDA
“I have been dreaming of the day when the youth of our Archdiocese will have the opportunity to attend a summer camp close to home where they can encounter Christ in the Eucharist, grow in their faith with other Catholic kids and make memories that will last a lifetime.
I am encouraged to see how the Holy Spirit is working through those involved with planning for a local facility that would make that dream for a summer youth camp a reality, and how those efforts fit into our broader Archdiocesan hopes for youth ministry and discipleship as reflected in our Synod priorities.”
Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda
Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis