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The CYO Camp Alumni Group is now a part of the CYO Camp and Caritas Creek Alumni Foundation. 

Inspired by the profound history of CYO Camp, nestled in the picturesque coastal redwood camp in Occidental, California, on the CCCYO Camp and Retreat Center property, the CYO Camp Alumni Group emerged in 2011 with a mission to reconnect and share experiences among generations while giving back to this cherished place. Committed to ensuring the viability and sustainability of Camp for generations to come, the Alumni Group has undertaken notable projects, including rebuilding the outdoor chapel/amphitheater, commemorating milestone anniversaries, hosting Annual Alumni Days, supporting capital improvement projects, and contributing to staff training and camper activities.


Together with the Caritas Creek board of directors, the CYO Camp and Caritas Creek Alumni Foundation has collectively raised over $500,000 in camperships since 2011, providing essential tuition support for kids to attend CC CYO Camp programs, including Caritas Creek and CYO Summer Camp.


In 2021, the CYO Alumni Group, in collaboration with the Caritas Creek Board of Directors and the CYO Camp Golf Day, orchestrated an unforgettable weekend-long family camp-style event to celebrate CYO Camp's remarkable 75th year. Nestled in the heart of the coastal redwood camp in Occidental, California, on the CC CYO Camp and Retreat Center property, this momentous occasion brought together generations of camp enthusiasts in a joyous celebration of community, camaraderie, and the enduring spirit of CYO Camp. The culmination of this milestone year was marked by the dedication of "David's Chapel" in memory of Caren Normandin's brother, David Normandin, serving as a lasting tribute to the camp's rich history and its profound impact on all who have been a part of it.

Immersed in over 200 acres of breathtaking redwoods, CYO Camp and Caritas Creek have been a haven for over a tens of thousands of youth since1946. CYO Camp offers am array of outdoor activities ,fostering a vibrant atmosphere for swimming, canoeing, archery, exploration, hiking, campfires, nature hikes, tie-dye, gaga ball, team building challenge course, arts and crafts, capture the flag, swimming, soul food, serendipity, and more.


The spirit of our diverse Alumni, who span multiple generations and share an unwavering passion for our beloved camp, dutifully keep the campfire burning, passing on the cherished stories of history, tradition, and camp community values. The incredible dedication steeped with the enrichment of childhood memories foster an everlasting camaraderie, ensuring that friendships, like the warmth of the campfire, endure a lifetime.


For more information about CC-CYO Camp, visit

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Looking to get involved with the Alumni Group? Please contact the following!

Devin Harris, alum 2000 - 2013


Rick Garcia, CYO Camp Director 


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