Merry Christmas from Camp

What a year of joy and challenges 2021 has been! We are so thankful for our camp community supporting us over the past two years as we continue to adapt and make strides as a ministry through this pandemic. The Advent season has us excited for all that is to come in this season and well into next year as we celebrate seventy years of ministry. We will have much to share in the new year and look forward to seeing many of you back at camp in 2022. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

- Mike & Molly

Christmas Canteen:

Christmas Canteen, Pyoca's online store, is still open! Grab your favorite camp gear just in time for the holidays: NEW long sleeve shirts, 2021 camp tees, mugs, and more.
Order before noon on 12/16:

2022 Pyoca Programs

Summer Camp Dates:

Summer camp dates for the 2022 camp season are now posted. We can hardly believe that this will be our 70th summer of camp!

Registration will open on Monday, January 10th. Be on the lookout for your summer camp brochure, headed your way the beginning of January!

Confirmation Retreat: Mar. 11th - 13th


Save the date for our upcoming Confirmation Retreat this March! Youth and their mentors will gather together for a weekend of faith exploration and bonding.

More information to come soon!


Mystery Quilt Retreat: Apr. 6th - 10th

For nearly 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.

Registration will open Feb. 1st. More information available here.

In Case You Missed It...

Fall Youth Retreat: Nov. 19th - 21st

We would like to extend our thanks to Rev. Wes Kendall, Jeff Moles, and all of the youth and youth leaders for such a wonderful retreat. We are already looking forward to next year! Mark your calendars for Nov. 18 - 20, 2022.

Ordination of Rev. Sammie Smith:  Nov. 28th

It was a true gift of this ministry to be able to walk alongside Sammie throughout her youth and as she took the final step to become a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Sammie, we are so proud of you. Thank you for continuing to support the work of Pyoca and camp ministry. May God bless you in your call to hospital chaplaincy.
Click the video above to watch the full ordination service of Rev. Sammie Smith.

Jackson Co. 50/50 Ultramarathon: Dec. 4th

This was our largest race yet, with 280 runners in the 10 mile, 50k, and 50 mile races! Many thanks to the folks at D.IN.O for all of their hard work putting this race together and to our fantastic staff who ran the aid stations throughout the forestry.

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 a virtual or in-person Minute for Mission, call us at (812) 358-3413 or email

Molly preached at Edinburgh Presbyterian Church on Nov. 28th and will be preaching at Main Street Presbyterian in Petersburg, IN on Dec. 19th.

Join Our Staff:

Applications are now open for 2022 Summer Staff! Do you love kids, camp, God, and want to grow in faith this summer, while also developing as a young professional? Join our team and make an amazing impact upon the lives of the children and youth we serve. Check out available positions here.

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 blog pages where you can keep up with the latest information on all things camp.

NEW: Check out our TikTok account for fun videos of our staff!
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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