Top Summer Camp Position Filled With Top Notch Leader


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”!

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Last Images of Camp Howard Summer Camping Season


After dinner each night at Camp Howard, Old Glory is lowered and cabins take turns with the honor.  Campers learn to address the flag, proper protocols and folding the flag.  The flag was lowered the last time by the kids on Thursday night.  On Friday, after the busses head back to town, the camp staff lower the flag.  It is raised each morning again by camper groups with the intent of each cabin having the opportunity to participate.  This time honored tradition is an important part of the camping experience at Camp Howard.

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Leila Blakely and Eddy Reyes Making a Difference Behind the Scenes!


Health and Safety Director, Leila Blakely and her very helpful assistant, Eddy Reyes have contributed greatly to the cleanliness of camp, safety in food service, hydration stations around camp and pool safety.  Their daily routines include making sure all of the camp is recycling and composting which includes all of the food at the dining hall.  They gather all of the garbage bins and reline them.  They clean all of the mops in camp keeping them ready for use.  They are in charge of health and safety for food service outside of the dining hall including barbecues and groups that eat outside on the lawn or under the barbecue tents.  This means they deliver the food to the service area and make sure everyone helping with food service is doing it properly all the way down to wearing food service gloves.

They take pool readings and make sure the pool is safe and that it has been cleaned properly.  They make sure groups are showering before getting into the pool!

These positions were added two years ago to ensure that the health and safety of the children at camp was a priority.  The success of these individuals greatly contributed to the outstanding marks received from the Health Inspector last week!

Thanks Leila and Eddy for the great job you have done all summer making great memories for kids!

Eddy Reyes & Leila Blakely

Eddy Reyes & Leila Blakely

Eddy Reyes and Leila Blakely

Eddy Reyes and Leila Blakely

Eddy Reyes and Leila Blakely

Eddy Reyes and Leila Blakely

Fr. John Amsberry Knocks it out of the Park at Camp Howard, Corbett, OR


Family campers were treated to a fantastic “family themed” Mass last night as Fr. John Amsberry offered Mass Saturday night during the weekend of fun.  Fr. John shared many wonderful thoughts on family but my favorite was his acronym:

F – Forget

A – About

M – Me

I – I

L – Love

Y – You

The idea of being other centered, communicating and working toward healthy, vibrant families was the message Father John imparted to the Camp Howard Family campers with his wonderfully faith inspiring and motivational delivery.

Mass with Fr. John Amsberry at Camp Howard Family Camp 2015

Mass with Fr. John Amsberry at Camp Howard Family Camp 2015

Family Camp Mass 2015 at Camp Howard

Family Camp Mass 2015 at Camp Howard

A Close Call in the CYO 1500 Cadet Boys Championship Event


Ethan Reese (St. Pius X) edged out William Sheaffer (West Hills Christian) by less than a second when he posted a 4:33.72 final against Sheaffer’s 4:34.66 close second in the CYO Cadet Boys 1500 Meter Run Sunday May 17th, 2015 at the CYO Meet of Champions at Jesuit High School.

The race had people on their feet as the boys fought it out all the way to the end of a great race.  Steven Rowland (St. Anthony) was a close third with a time of 4:35.17.

Ethan Reese from St. Pius X CYO Club takes first place in the 1500 Meter run at the CYO Meet of Champions Sunday May 17, 2015 at Jesuit High School.

Ethan Reese from St. Pius X CYO Club takes first place in the 1500 Meter run at the CYO Meet of Champions Sunday May 17, 2015 at Jesuit High School.

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Champion: ethan Reese (St. Pius X), Second: William Sheaffer (West Hills Christian), Third: Steven Rowland (St. Anthony), Fourth: Ethan Black (St. Anthony), Fifth: Marcus David (Our Lady of the Lake), Sixth: Tiernan Morgan (Holy Trinity) Seventh: Shaw Powell (St. Thomas More), Eighth: Trafford Turkiewicz (Holy Family)

CYO/Camp Howard…New Website


We have been working very hard on not only a new website but also a new registration system for CYO/Camp Howard.  As we try to get all the bugs worked out I know it can be a little frustrating but hang in there folks, it is going to be a great system when we get through the newness of it.  Special thanks to all who have been working hard to get things in place.

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CYO 2014 THE SPIKE 6th Grade Girls Championship…And the Winner is…


Cathedral – 6th Grade Girls

Head Coach Christian Buchholz, Assistant Coach Jenni Valentine and Eric Valentine.  Team Members: Claire, Alison, Abigail, Ava, Scout, Meg, Aiko, Grace & Cierra.

The Cathedral 6th Grade Girls followed suit with the 5th Grade Girls and won the CYO Spike Championship for 2014

6th Grade Girls Champions for the CYO Spike Tournament CATHEDRAL

6th Grade Girls Champions for the CYO Spike Tournament CATHEDRAL