Pyoca's 70th Anniversary

Join us Saturday, August 20th as we celebrate seventy years of ministry at Pyoca. This family-friendly day will feature tours, camp activities, complimentary lunch, and a look into Pyoca's past, present, and future.

Throughout the day we will be raising funds to support camper scholarships. Your support of our Scholarship Fund will help ensure that summer camp and all of our year-round programs remain accessible to all for years to come.

Guests are welcome to join us for any portion of the day's activities:

     10:00AM - Camp Activities and Tours

  • Boating
  • Climbing Tower
  • Guided Hikes
     1:00PM - Lunch

     1:30PM - Pyoca: Past, Present, & Future

Visit for more information and to RSVP.

All Are Welcome

We have a lot of exciting things to look forward to in 2022, and you can join in the fun! Check out our full 2022 program calendar to learn more about what we're offering this year, including: volunteer opportunities, our 70th anniversary celebration, plus annual programs for youth, families, and adults.

Grown-up Summer Camp: July 28th - 31st

Join us for all of the fun of camp -- all grown up! This summer Pyoca is partnering with Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis to host Grown-up Summer Camp, open to adults 21+. Experience all of the traditional fun camp activities, enjoy time for rest, and spend the last night out with your new camp friends at the Jackson County Fair. Learn more.
Registration is now open!
Learn more about Grown-up Summer Camp by checking out our full schedule and guest speakers for the weekend!

70th Anniversary Celebration: Sat., August 20th

Join us on Sat., August 20th as we celebrate our 70th year of ministry. All members of our camp community are invited to come down and explore camp, have lunch, and join us for a brief program as we reflect upon 70 years of ministry and look toward our bright future at camp.

Learn more:


Overflow Women's Retreat: Sept. 9th - 11th

Join us this fall for our annual women's retreat Overflow. Dive into a weekend of renewal led by this year's devotional leader Rev. Kelley Jepsen. Spend a weekend at camp growing in faith and fellowship with other women, resting in Creation, and expressing your creativity.

Learn more: Overflow


Fall Youth Retreat: Nov. 18th - 20th

Save the date! Join us this fall for our annual Fall Youth Retreat. This year's theme is focused around PC(USA)'s Matthew 25 initiative.
We are grateful for the partnership of First Pres. Bloomington, First Pres. Columbus, and Fairlawn Pres. as we plan this amazing weekend retreat.
More information, including worship and keynote leadership, coming soon!

Did You Know?

We would love to connect with your congregation to share all that is going on at camp and see how we can partner further in ministry. Interested in scheduling an overnight or day church retreat for 2022? We'd love to assist! 

After so much time apart over the past two years, church retreats are a great way to reconnect and deepen the fellowship of your congregation. Both weekend and weekday stays are available. Learn more about booking your retreat or event at Pyoca.

If your session or mission committee would like to schedule an in-person or virtual meeting, call us at (812) 358-3413 or email

Molly will be preaching at United Presbyterian Church in Bloomington on Sunday, August 21st.

Summer Staff Spotlight: Jerome Zirnheld, Craft Coordinator

Hello! My name is Jerome Zirnheld and I am honored to be the Craft Coordinator for the 2022 Summer Season! This summer all of the campers had the opportunity to work with bisqueware (pottery). The junior and senior high campers painted mugs, whereas our younger campers painted crosses (left).

So far, every camper has participated in this new craft and it has proved to be a big hit! A special thank you to Nancy Peterson for originally donating our camp kiln.
During free time, the older campers were also able to make items out of leather. The leathercraft allowed campers to stamp, lace, and use a variety of tools, ranging from mallets, to knives, and a book. 

During Transform week, the Transform campers were asked to give a gift to a fellow camper for their Christmas gift exchange. Many of them made leather keychains or bracelets. A couple of campers even made wallets!

I have greatly enjoyed working in the Craft Cabin this summer and helping make memories for all of our campers.

How You Can Support Camp: Pass It On

Pass It On. Like the beloved campfire song, we know that in order to pass on the magic of camp to the next generation, we need the support of friends of camp and previous generations who have been transformed by this ministry.
There are a number of ways to support our ministry, including: donations to our Scholarship and Annual Funds, volunteer opportunities, in-kind gifts through our Amazon Wish List, and more.

Want to learn more about what is happening at Pyoca? We encourage you to follow, like, and subscribe to our InstagramFacebook, YouTube, and TikTok pages where you can keep up with the latest information on all things camp.

NEW: Follow our LinkedIn page to see all that's going on at camp and connect with other camper and staff alumni.
Rev. Molly DeWitt
Program Director

If you have any questions regarding Pyoca programs or booking your next retreat, please email or call (812) 358-3413.
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