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Happy New Year!

The new year means the promise of new life and new opportunities. After an amazing year of programs and the celebration of 70 years of ministry in 2022, we can't wait to uncover all of the work that God will do at Pyoca in 2023!

There's so much to look forward to and summer camp is at the top of the list. We can hardly wait for another summer of exploring our call, growing in faith, resting in Creation, and playing with a purpose. 

Summer camp registration for Pyoca Programs* will officially open at 12:00PM (noon) EST on Sunday, January 8, 2023.
 
Registration Portal
Learn more about summer camp here, and check out our new programs below!

*Partner camp program registration dates may vary. Check in with your church or non-profit organization to determine when your registration is launching.

New Camp Programs

Day Camp: June 12th - 16th


We are so excited to be bringing back Day Camp to Pyoca! Campers will explore the outdoors all week through hiking, games, boating, swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, and more. Campers will participate in daily Bible study sessions focusing on this summer's theme Fruitful Faith, all about the fruits of the Spirit.


 

C.I.T. Training Weekend: June 23rd - 25th

We're excited to offer a brand new C.I.T. training weekend this summer! Many of our high school campers look forward to serving as a C.I.T. throughout the summer, and with this training weekend Transform campers will have the opportunity to extend their camp session to stay for an additional weekend of training. C.I.T. training is now required in order to work with younger campers in later Pyoca sessions.
This weekend is to provide time for fellowship, leadership development, and learning the ins and outs of running camp. C.I.T.s who will serve Week 2 Pyoca Programs will stay over the weekend and into the following week. Those serving during Week 4 will depart on Sunday morning and return on July 9th.

Best of all, it's free! Because we value leadership development at Pyoca, as well as the hard work each C.I.T. gives back to camp each summer, C.I.T. training is available at no cost to high school campers. 

Join us for a weekend of training and a weeklong session of pouring into younger campers! Learn more today.
 

Challenge Art Camp: June 25th - 30th

Express yourself at Pyoca this summer! We are excited to introduce Challenge Art Camp in 2023, open to campers entering grades 7 - 9 in the fall of 2023. Campers will get to explore their creative sides through a wide array of art projects, as well as the opportunity to engage in a number of traditional Challenge Camp activities. 

 

Discover Art Camp: July 9th - 14th


Express yourself at Pyoca this summer! We are excited to introduce Discover Art Camp in 2023, open to campers entering grades 4 - 6 in the fall of 2023. Campers will get to explore their creative sides through a wide array of art projects, as well as the opportunity to engage in a number of traditional Discover Camp activities.

Alumni Association

Join our alumni program and dive deeper into Pyoca's community! Your membership will go to support Pyoca camp and year-round program scholarships, as well as earn you discounts for future Pyoca programs!

You'll be joining a network of individuals with a love and passion for camp.
Alumni members will receive a 10% discount on Family Camp & Grown-up Summer Camp fees. Those who registered in 2022 will receive full benefits and membership through 2023!

More information to come soon, including additional discounted 2023 programs and member benefits. Click here to learn more and join today.

2023 Spring Programs

We have a lot of exciting things to look forward to and you can join in the fun! 
Check out all that 2023 has to offer, including a few new programs.
 

Confirmation Retreat: March 3rd - 5th

We're kicking off our 2023 program season with our annual Confirmation Retreat, open to youth in grades 6 - 12 and their mentors. This retreat focuses on building strong bonds between youth and their mentors, as well as helping confirmands learn the tools they will need on a lifelong journey of faith. This year's retreat keynote speaker is Rev. Carrie Winebrenner, Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Registration is now open! Learn more today.
 

20th Annual Mystery Quilt Retreat: March 22nd - 26th

For twenty years quilters have joined us at Pyoca each spring to sew their own "Mystery Quilt." Before arrival, each participant receives fabric measurements and cutting instructions for the Mystery Quilt, but will not see the full quilt pattern until they arrive. Learn more today.

Registration will open Monday, January 9th, 2023 at 8:00AM.*
*We are very excited for this year's 20th anniversary retreat, and with this being an anniversary year, we are anticipating a high volume of registrations. 45 spots are available for this year's retreat. If you need assistance registering, please do not hesitate contacting our office to ensure your spot!
 

Musical Middlers Retreat: April 15th - 16th

Join us this April for our first ever music retreat created just for older elementary kids! Experience song in a whole new context as your kiddos get to learn advanced musical concepts from accomplished professionals in children's music. A fun weekend full of exploration of Christian music, blended with traditional camp activities, this will be a program you won't want to miss! More information coming soon.
 

Spring Day of Service: Sat., April 29th


Each spring, Pyoca enlists members of our greater camp community to assist with our annual spring clean-up of camp! Volunteers with all different levels of skills are welcome. Projects typically include landscaping, cleaning, painting, small building/woodworking projects, and more. Join us from 10AM - 3PM -- free will lunch provided.

 

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 2023? 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 mike@pyoca.org.

Now Hiring 2023 Summer Staff: Join our Team!

Our summer staff are the backbone of our camp programming. We get so much joy and fulfillment as an organization through the training, support, and development of young adult staff each summer. Every year we hire resident counselors, unit coordinators, a craft & media coordinator, chaplain, and more to make a positive impact on our campers. Our coordinator positions are even eligible for internships!

Applications now open. Learn more about working on our 2023 summer staff and apply today! 

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.
 
Donate
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.

You can also join our brand new Alumni Association! All annual dues go to support camp and year round program scholarships. Learn more and join today.

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 program@pyoca.org or call (812) 358-3413.
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