This is the summer to be a 5 to 10 year old at Camp Howard! We are focusing on their summer activities and plan to kick it up a notch for this age group at camp this year. Why this age group? Last year we focused on 11 – 17 year olds adding zip line, big swing and lazer tag!
What is a corcl? It is a round, plastic floating vessel designed with our younger campers in mind. The corcl is made to be paddled around in the pond. Camp Howard supplies life jackets for all of the campers and make sure they are in them before they get into the device. This activity is sure to be a confidence builder in the kids!
The corcls come in a variety of colors and look like they will be a lot of fun. If you haven’t done it yet, sign up for a week of fun at Camp Howard! Camp Howard is accredited by the American Camping Association. Open House: Sunday June 25th from 2:00 – 5:00.
April 12, 2017 CYO/CH…The lasertag and paintball courses have been redone at Camp Howard this winter by Ashtien King, Assistant to the Property Director. Ashtien is no stranger to either sport and has put his own personal touch on the stations.
The Paintball range has moved to a location below Aldergrove Unit which will be exciting for the kids.
A new laser tag shed is under construction to store the materials in during the summer. Campers age 11 and up are eligible to participate in the laser tag program at Camp Howard.
Above: Laser tag arena at Camp Howard has new areas to hide behind this year.
Parents…before you read this, please know our staff are all certified every year to operate the zip line and giant swing at Camp Howard. Our program has been built by SYNERGO, a company specializing in zip lines and located here in Oregon. We think they are the best in the business and that is why we do business with them. OK…read on!
Oh boy…Phase two of the Camp Howard Zip Line was installed in March and it is going to be a crowd pleaser! The second leg of the line zips from the end of last years ending pointto the platform in the background. The camper clips to the cable above the bridge for safety and walks along the bridge which is suspended in air with cables. From the platform in the foreground, the camper zips to….
This platform which is about a 100′ zip. This will be the new ending of the zip line and the camper will belay to the ground where they will receive a “Courageous Heart” certificate from yours truly! 🙂
Campers will enjoy a spectacular view of the Bull Run and Mt. Hood along the way!
JANUARY 9, 2017 CYO/CAMP HOWARD–Anna McLean will step into the position of Program Director at Camp Howard for the 2017 summer camping season. Camp administration is pleased to name this position early in the year and look forward to working with her this summer. The Program Director is seen through the eyes of the summer campers as the “Camp Director”. That goal of the administrative staff behind the scenes such as Nora Gravengaard (Camp Director), Shawna King (Asst. Camp Director, Leila Blakely, (Health and Safety Director), Jolie Abraham Phanton, (CYO Office Liason), Karen von Borstel, (Camp Howard Property Director), and Sister Krista (Exec. Director) is to promote the youth in the Catholic Youth Organization to leadership roles.
McLean who has been a summer camper, Counselor in Training and on the summer staff for multiple years, brings a lot of “can do” to her role. She has been around the camp for many years and has a thorough understanding of what works.
Camp Staff positions are being filled between now and June. Individuals 18 years and older are sought to fill the nearly 60 positions available at the camp this coming summer. Camper materials will be available very soon. The snow and ice took a toll on our process at the end of December and early January!
BELOW: Anna McLean, 2016 Unit Director and part of the Big Swing and Zip Line crew, prepares a camper for a ride on the “Big Swing”!
December 8, 2016
The cold winter winds and icy snow and rain sometimes play havoc at Camp Howard. Fortunately we do not have a lot to complain about but about every 5 years a cabin comes in contact with a falling tree. During my 20 years with the camp all of the destruction has taken place in Aldergrove unit (built in 1995).
A tree fell during the night and pretty much destroyed a Greenwood cabin, St. John the Apostle. This unit was built in 1955 making it the second unit built at Camp Howard after the original Fircrest Unit built in 1953. The tree pretty much had its way with the cabin and crushed one side of the cabin entirely opening the cabin and destroying the bunks, roof, floor, pylons, windows and heating system!
What next? Generally we have been able to repair the cabins that have been hit but this one is probably a total loss. We will see. The good news is that this is the one unit that has not been re-roofed yet! How’s that for finding the sunny side? And most importantly, no one was at the camp as is our practice during times of high winds.
Photo Credits: Karen von Borstel, Property Director, Camp Howard
One of the new additions to the line up of activities was bird house construction Session 6 at Camp Howard. The bird houses were pre-cut out of 3/4″ pine in a traditional slant box pattern with bevels at the camp. Campers assembled the houses with screws and glue then painted them in the color scheme of the original cabins at Camp Howard. The Fircrest Unit of cabins was the original unit with 6 cabins. The board and bat buildings are painted in a rust red paint with burnt orange trim. All of the original buildings at the camp are painted in that color scheme.