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CYO Camp Howard 091315

Sep 8, 2015|

AN INTERVIEW WITH SISTER KRISTA VON BORSTEL, ANN REINHART, AND JUDY WINCZEWSKI WITH CATHOLIC YOUTH ORGANIZATION’S CAMP HOWARD ABOUT CAMP AND THEIR FUNDRAISING EVENT, THE CHAMPIONS OF FAITH BENEFIT DINNER.

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This is microscope and under column radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks in the summer of 2015 was a pretty great summer and it was also a great success at the CY OKO power. I'd like to welcome sister Christie Milan bourse all executive director with CY know and Reinhard development director was the oil and Judy when Chatzky champions of faith dinner chair welcome to microscope. Thank you very much a script beard I think we should start off today by getting a little bit of the history of camp Howard. Well can't parent has a really interesting history in 1952. Of a group of adults who were interested in acquiring a Catholic camp. Took a group if students up to camp Wyeth in the Columbia River gorge. And they had a fantastic experience they did it under Catholic Charities. And when they came back firm and the weeklong Camp David wrote an article about their experience and it was published in the Catholic sentinel. A little family sitting up between carbon CNB hung their little tree farm read that article in the Catholic sentinel about. The group wishing to be able to put together a Catholic camp for youth from all walks of life. Responded by calling archbishop Howard's office. At the archdiocese. And they said we'd like to donate our tree farm for a youth camp now they were an elderly couple. They ran a little tree farm and they had no children. And so they come they thought that would be a nice contribution to the church in a way to. Make use of their campus they were heard their tree farmers they were elderly folks. So archbishop was thrilled to get the call and they already had a camping committee in place that was working on. On trying to put a camp together. So that the family asked that it be named after archbishop powered Hance camp Howard. And down. That's how it got started and 63. Years later here we are hand. It's very exciting to work works where. I I'm always very enthusiastic about history stories but I ain't I loved the story about camp parity and the fact that we've got its 62 years down the road. And improving in every year and it's a great little camp and a lot of kids go there Sony answered your question about had a death here gold this year we had. About almost thirteen hundred campers visit to camp in six weeks. And they had a spectacular time the kids that go to camp carried live the experience because there's a lot to do up there. And done. I think it was a successful summer. Judy towns like you have some history with Kempthorne can tell us about those are you sure Israel about. I'd be glad to Aaron. A long time ago in my good old days we used to have youth organization in each perished in that department sanity. And we had a board to in that I mean epic teenagers who where from different parishes. That ran that India holds an organization along with the bishop. And bitch power at less than. Archbishop I guess. And it. I was on that board. And we had a wonderful time because they had a dance every week. Every Thursday night we had a dance we plan but we're gonna do to help the parishes sometimes we invited and hosted. Another parish coming in for example holy redeemer parish youth group could come over to ours at sinks a serious and we are hosted dance with Sam. Sometimes we took beach trips. And to. It went that way all the way through our middle school years so as wonderful opportunity to meet and be around. A lot of our peers that went missing schools. And I loved it so I just thought that she rhino is fantastic because it gave me a social life. And we had a lot of fun dancing and we also have some training with running event's. In planning events her. Larger numbers of kids we went to the beach and we did little social peace with the archbishop and all the clergy and fundraisers. For the parents invaluable experience yeah and then. As I grew older I am actually met my husband's through a sea lion dance when he was in college and his. His sister in law and brother were at the chat rooms for my eight. Perish organizations so. We got to know each other because they arranged that I would happens to be at the dance that they want to believe Thomas is where they wanted to see in your sneezing again. So that was and then as I guess it got better in life I had kids and and I. Has been who'd like to do basketball. So can he coached that children with basketball teams when they were in grade school and then he went on to do central Catholics through the Knights of Columbus. High school. So there's been a little bit acts he violent around her yeah. Many years so when it's going to be a big part of your life and economic has cast without no knowing about it. Those is can't Howard is a pretty traditional. Camp it is when the when the camp was some. Established the board. And the archbishop wanted to. The camp to be a fun recreational place for kids of all walks of life so it's not just for Catholics it's for all kids and we don't try to. Convert kids we just want kids to come and have a good time and so there's. Swimming. Archery B begins. Arts and crafts. We have a hundred foot long slip and slide. Hiking. All kinds of fun things to do up there and we have specialty camps that. That we come up lists. That kids might pay a little extra to be able to do such as paint ball. And so yes it is a very traditional camp for accredited by the American camping association. And that means that we hold ourselves to the highest standards in camping and. We try to give kids just. A great week out in the forest. Experiencing. Making decisions on their own. On campus just as kids. A lot of good because they. They get an independence there that they don't normally get to get to make their own decisions about things what am I gonna do. But it is very traditional. Slower months more is included in the. The most important thing now is not. We forgot one big thing though you forgot to tell him about ST test track shooting up there with the Kindle of course saved. Are enamored with being able to do that so it's trying experiencing everybody wants to do trap shooting you know including all the adults. A. So what are the ages of the of the kids that come up to camp. Well I always say we'll take him as young as they're willing to come or as young as are well parents are willing to send them tough but generally about seven years old six or seven. Through eight grade for the general camping program. And then when they're on. When their past that may be. Freshman sophomore junior we have left counselor in training program which we refer to as CIT. And it's a leadership training program. Where the kids learned. You know a lot of leadership skills how to take care of kids. The proper things to do with kids today and and the things not to do and how to live how to be safe with kids end. The environment at camp so whether they're going to be accounts or not it's a great opportunity for them to. Learned those skills and hopefully put them to work camp powered. When they're old enough now for sure what they're great skills to learn and and didn't skills of a lifetime rain certainly. So there's some new additions to campus here. Well one of the most exciting things as we've been working on putting together gain. You know or campus located it's really a pretty rainy we get a lot more rain up there that we do here in Portland. So. We. We. Have been dreaming of putting this cover over our basketball courts have got three full size basketball courts that we built in 2010. And then numb we finally were able to save enough money thanks to the Christ child society which is a group of women who. We're very supportive of camp powered further. The first sixty years. And then on champions of faith also has been a big help to us our fundraisers that we're going to be talking about and down. We finally raise enough money to be able to put a steel cover over all three basketball courts and that was accomplished this summer saw. That's just going to be huge going forward there's a lot of programs will be able offer under those hands. Mom and just keep the kids. Dry on a rainy day imagine. Having 250 kids. On a rainy day. Up there because where ranger force strength. He's off that that's in there probably Iron Bowl word on his LeRoy yeah something else serves are pretty crappy though they they they keep them be you know doing different activities but. It it'll help a lot to have a big dry place to be able to now. Offer didn't have to worry about the for the summer of 2015 of the two no we did not. I don't think Rainier to be building PI thought the first chapter. Yeah one thing up at camp that we're we're really hoping to have in the next couple of years as a new dining hall. We've them. And the original planning home was built in 1953 and it still in use today. And we helped be kicking off a capital campaign and soon to raise funds to to building a facility up there that'll really. Function as the heart of the camp for calling it the logic can't powered. So. That'll be our next newest addition. Yeah. That's exciting stuff happening at their most think it takes a lot of staffed around the camp young and about yourself. We'll look at Nam. In the sue my office we have certain we have twelve staff and then we have another staff up camp on the lives here year round. As caretaker of the property. But in the summertime we bring on an additional 55 to sixty staff members depending on what our camper numbers look like for the particular year. So they work forests for about six weeks during the run of our summer camping program and we look for. You know the cream of the crop kids. Because it will we say that you know it takes a special. Employee. To work with these kids and that this isn't just an ordinary jobs they're taking care of other people's kids. And I don't think there's so a higher calling than that tend to be entrusted with other people's kids and that's something that we take very seriously so. We. We do a very thorough. Check on their background we require. That they have. People write references for them we do our due diligence in the area of checking all the people out that are going to be working at the camp. And we keep a real good iron on what's going on because we want these kids to be safe and about volunteers bigger so I am assuming you have some volunteers does well we do we have about. It's tough 150. But that's a that's a few hundred independent Irish players and that's a few of them but yeah. Well we've got a lot of in addition to the camp with better C whale sport program way we have about him. Gosh a bottle of a thousand kids that we facilitate through camping and sports talent. There are a lot of basketball teams lot of well it would restore on the fall which were doing right now with the football and cheerleading volleyball. There'll be about 12100 gullible players. So we can figure there's going to be approximately ten to twelve kids per team. We've got about Tom. 300 football players. And then. Every every coach every team has to have a coach and maybe an assistant coach. So you know when Seattle's Jeff when you get into the winner we've got basketball. And we've got about almost 4000 kids that play basketball. And then we've got to swim program at about 800 kids and now. And then in the spring we have track and field with nearly 2000 kids that participate in that. Lacrosse and baseball we just brought the baseball program back. So there's a good number of teams that participate and you know when you add up the coaches score keepers the assistants. It takes a lot of people to have run these programs and thank god for the volunteers that we have because. It's a war for the volunteers there'd be no CY now volunteers that life blood yes. Absolutely you know wanting I think it's really important has is that CY knows about making great memories for kids. All kids term we really wanna make camping in sports experiences available to everybody. And we've been very fortunate to be able to help with scholarship funds to do that. For the last years. And I wonder how we have to name. And how we can provide their friends right great we'll have my next question how well you're right on test. Judy you're on your mind reader fish. That was what we have this champions have faith dinner and then this is in its fifth year this will be their Shakira south. With them friends of raised from there provide scholarships for the camp for students at the camp and for our students that are participating in the perished. Activities sports activities. So I'm we have after sign evening with orders and and it whining and just visiting engage in each other and then we have I mean a special dinner. And there's a speaker this year. It's Jessica Cox and some that he might be aware of who she is she happens to have been. I young lady that was born. With their result of a birth defects with no arms. And he has. Not let that hampered her life as far as accomplishments because. She's into Taekwondo. And she can pilot her own playing. And she does everything that you and I would do just about probably a little help she's a college degree. And she is very inspiration I understand my sister happens to bar reading no ordinary matter and she said she's just a delight so. I'm looking forward to and getting a chance to know her with a dinner when she comes back into town. So Aaron. Sister joining and anything else not to dinner. Or. And well I am. The other thing we're doing this year is part of our program is in dusting. Into our hall of fame. Each year we induct someone. Whether it be someone who's been involved in sports or can't throughout the years. And this year weren't acting father Karl Kimball who played a huge part in their early years at camp powered. He was the executive director. There and really engaged many seminarians that we're down a man Angel at the time as counselors at the camp and they were during their early years in the fifties and sixties. The seminarians would come up and be counters at the camp and we're going to honor a number of them actually. Brother Leo Remington father pat McNamee father Don Buckman. Father Charles liner just to name a few and them so we're really looking forward to honoring them in the legacy that they helped to build up to camp. And. Now there's a really big important assets suspected this whole evenings to that we want eggs. Bring tear attention is that Joseph west and and BP last during Regina John foundations are going to be matched teams every 250. Dollars that is. I'm dedicated to see right house so any donation of 250 dollars gets stuck out. And it's. That's the one result that there aren't you do discus it just makes a great deal more kids able to participate in sports and camp. When we started the dinner Brenner fished here. We decided that the funds that we praise should go to four different areas. Scholarships for C royal sports scholarships for camp. Capital improvement to camp powered and and then our endowment and we really wanna emphasize that every dime every penny of donations given that champions of faith. Go directly to funding are four areas. None of it goes to administrative support or anything so a 100% of the sun's rays goes to our programs and. And I will and that Gary McGhee are auditor. On mixed known that every year when he presents the audit to our executive board so I think in and that just really pleases the board and places are donors to mold it. The dog every dollar they give us gonna go to the program so that's pretty awesome that is very awesome the only this year. They were actually able to grant 400. Scholarships. For storage and can't. That's hefty number can you can't yeah after the championship chase down your provided all of that the transfer cash. How can we get registered Zulu to attend the Tuesday. And it's very easy register we have an online registration this year for the first time. At our website. Www. COM can't powered dot org. Click on the champions of faith tab and you can register and paid for tickets online and register your guests. We have four levels of sponsorship for champions of faith. Beginning at a thousand dollars going all the way up to 101000 or you can purchase individual tickets for a 125 dollars apiece. And and we will be around. If you are unable to attend by any chance we will be more than happy to have you gone our website and make a donation. But let them hundreds of probably a big donate button renal mind. Set the but it is a nice thing to have. Whose support C loyal. Well there's all kinds of people that support CYL starting with our executive board which is made up of about ten individuals who. Who weren't. They guiding force behind CY ON camp parent there wonderful individuals who dedicate. Time you know depending on what their talents are and they I'm. They're just a wonderful group of people so I would start out by saying our executive board. And an in the local parish schools we of course have the I'm athletic directors. And AC wire aboard for each Paris and they also do fundraisers and are helping in all aspects of the games that the kids playing with tournaments and even practices. The parents are there enough. Our biggest support fell off has recently been champions of faith benefit dinner. And the many sponsors who have so generously give to make you know to make it possible for us to be supported. And I will say that since we started this dinner five years ago. It is transformed our organization were able to do things that we were never able to do before. And that's pretty exciting I'm gonna go back to we talked about the things we've done it the exciting things that we did this year but I wanted to go back and just say that after our very first dinner. The number one complaint about the camp from the kids for years had been the cold swimming pool. In the executive board said. Let's he kept cool it would be really great to be able to do something special. For the kids and and and get rid of that number one complaint so that's a we did the first year the campus week. Heeded the pool and that just made a big difference for all the kids so now I can't say if there's any one big thing that the kids. Don't like you know but that there are certainly was in the early years for many years and it was that cold. Cool. The roof over the basketball courts can be pretty amazed to rest home absolutely and let them. You got up and see it it's really quite a sight though it low is huge iron arms all been Dina and reaching up about those tall trees and it's been wonderful. Where does camp Howard located that you kind of briefly said it's up near corporate or yes located actually between Corbett and sandy. Can so I always go up through Trout dale on up through Springdale and he just kind of Weiner around those drugs of their we've got directions on our. Website for how to get to the camp. But time. Yeah it's it's basically just senator great between Corbin and sandy. Give dates Farouk camp next year already planned out yes which generally start after the fourth of July and we run for six weeks. Now the fourth of July I think falls on Monday next year. So we will push it out a little bit arm. But. That's generally the time that we run so the family were good morning to register their kids for camp what's the best way to do that well they can do that beginning around. January 1 through the summer program. Because we. Now they camps over we come in week. We have meetings and talk about what went well what needs to be fixed. What programs to we wanna offer next year course we have our basic programs that we always offer. For general campaign but then we'll come up with some of special things each year we try to do something new every year and down. So after we get that figured out then will put a brochure together and have an online we traditionally do that by the first of the year. One other thing that people should know about camp Howard is if it's available for rentals we have people that come up and told family reunions there and we have schools that have sports camps up their for their high school teams and it's a really great place to gather. And have retreats and reunions in those kinds of things. Let's get to know them and the senate that says that's only the army opens around the involve not during the summer camp times that great well I can't can sometimes we do. The tent at a camp really is and you hear around them with different programs so. The one of the big ways that you have to raise money to help support empowered is with the champions of faith benefit dinner. Right when is that coming duty. Well that is going to be taking place in October it's always on a Tuesday evening this year it's October 13. It runs from about 6 o'clock Intel nine. And it's as simple ask it's not an an enjoyable. Visiting social it's not chatted and a wonderful dinner and it's served hot. He's not leave out the cause of benefit dinners I've been to that this was the first run at the dinner came in their variety like you're a nice hot meal. So it's a worthwhile experience everybody enjoys that and it's a fun atmosphere so October 13 is the big night just get on. Www. CYO camp powered dot org and you can registered economy. I'm gonna add that it's at the orient convention center. The season to love people matter yes you know we're expecting 900 people well now. That's see that's why it's hard to serve hot dinners that's 900 people got up that's an accomplishment a. Fried suffer but can it not congratulations to the convention center cracks yeah but the and please feel free to contact me by phone and Reinhard at 503. 2319484. At the office if he need more information. In CY OK empowered dot org is the would like to go to right yes yes that's probably the best place to get tons of information brought him more than you ever imagine you would. I'd like to think he'll be on the show today. Sister Kristen on forceful executive director Lucy oil and Reinhart development direct to receive whale. Continuing testing champions that they can nurture thanks for being Amish school today thank you dale thank you again. Metals gold was an intercom communications and public affairs program. My name's Gary and if you have a nonprofit or public affairs organization that you'd like to let others know about you can email me at microscope @entercom.com. Remember intercom starts with a need for you can go directly to the station's website click on the community link and submit your information there. Also we like to hear this program again you can visit our podcast paged pat microscope PDX dot com. Thanks for listening to match a scope and enjoy your weekend.