Extreme Faith Camp 2023
Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30, 2023
Registration starting at $465. See info below about costs.
What is Extreme Faith Camp?
Extreme Faith Camp is a premier high adventure camp packed with incredible activities! High ropes, lasertag, zip lines, climbing walls, and more! Extreme Faith Camp is led by parishes from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, guaranteeing that summer camp is not just a mountaintop faith experience, but one that builds lifelong foundations of faith. Our faith programming is founded in the sacramental life of the Catholic Church, and our mission and work is anything but boring. This summer, Extreme Faith Camp will be at Camp Victory Ministries in Zumbro Falls, MN.
Why should I send my child to Extreme Faith Camp?
As a youth minister, I could talk about camp for days. Rather than do that, here is some input from parents who have sent kids to camp in the last few years. The testimonies below are comination of EFC.
"We have seen the Holy Spirit accomplish powerful change when our kids left their day-to-day activities and mixed serious fun (ziplining, lake activities, and wacky Olympics) with serious faith (small groups and profound adoration experiences) at Extreme Faith Camp. They came back energized and more engaged than when they left…and they couldn’t wait to return!" - parents of 4 EFC alum
"My son attended EFC for the first time during the summer after 7th grade. I had never been to a “church camp” growing up so you can imagine my apprehension in sending him. I eagerly awaited his arrival back home anxious to hear all about it. I will never forget the first thing he said when he got off the bus...”I will never miss a year of EFC”. He had just had the time of his life, surrounded by friends, participating in extraordinary activities while the whole time feeling the love of Jesus. When I questioned what his favorite part of camp was he responded Adoration. I must admit I was surprised...I was thinking it would have been an activity or a friend that made the lasting impression but for him it was Adoration. He returned with a new energy for his Catholic faith. If an experience can shape a person...this was it. He had discovered the love of Jesus and it has continued to grow since then. After attending EFC James was putting his faith first. It has led him to participate in nearly every retreat at Holy Name and to become a part of the high school Core Team. EFC not only affected my son’s faith life but also the relationships he has built. At EFC he encounters people with similar values and a strong faith. People who encourage him to take his faith even deeper. EFC provides experiences we cannot recreate at home. These are authentic experiences that invite kids to come to know Jesus in a profound way. To feel His love and better understand the true meaning of what it is to be Catholic." - parent of a 2 year EFC alum
"Most people who know my kids would assume from looking on the outside that their faith is strong. We attend Mass regularly, Vacation Bible School, I volunteered to help teach faith formation, we meet with other families for prayer and bible studies, and the list goes on. The church, in many ways, has been our second home. However, in talking with my son, it wasn’t until he attended Extreme Faith Camp that he experienced that true and personal encounter with Jesus. Before camp, he describes his faith as more of a surface faith, but not one that had really impacted his heart. I’ll never forget when he came home from camp. I can’t describe it, but he was different. More mature. His joy and gratitude were tangible. His faith more solid. It was a challenge for him to take the leap and go to camp, unsure if he would have any close friends there, not knowing what was to come and worried if he would have any fun. However, in many ways, I think all that was part of what made the experience more powerful. He chose to be open. To take a risk. Just once. If he didn’t like it, he didn’t need to go back, but he had always heard about camp and wanted to experience it once. Having that extended period of time away, mixing the fun and wacky with the moments of prayer and worship, true worship, it allowed the smallest opening in his heart, and that is all that God needs to change a life. God spoke to his heart in adoration and through the leaders he had. He continued to go to camp every year after that first summer and each year the experience made an impact." - parent of 2 EFC alum
Frequently Asked Questions
When is EFC? What grades are allowed to go?
EFCis happening June 26- June 30, 2023 at Camp Victory Ministries in Zumbro Falls, MN; about 90 minutes from HNOJ. Camp registration is open to all current 6th - 8th grade students to attend. Members from our high school Core Team will be at camp serving as our small group leaders. Space is limited to 36 middle schoolers (18 girls, 18 boys) so make sure to register early!
How much does EFC Cost? What is the refund policy?
The cost for EFCC is $465, but the cost does increase as we get closer to camp, so make sure to register early for the best price! Your final price for camp will depend on when you submit your registration for camp. A $150 deposit is due at registration, but the option to pay in full is available. If you decide to defer payment, you will receive a monthly email with a reminder of your remaining balance. Payment for camp should be complete by June 1, 2023. Once your registration is in, you are guaranteed a spot for camp.
- Sept 30, 2022 - Nov 30, 2022: $465
- Dec 1, 2022 - Jan 31, 2023: $485
- Feb 1, 2023 - Mar 31, 2023: $505
- April 1, 2023 - June 1, 2023: $525
This year we are introducing Camp Punch Cards to help defer the cost of EFC. Come to Friday Night Alive throughout the year and receive $5.00 off your final registration cost for every event attended. Get up to $30 off your final camp cost! See the Friday Night Alive webpage for dates.
Outside of the desposit, any additional payments are eligible for a refund up to 1 month before your session (May 24), after which point our costs are committed and we are no longer able to provide refunds. Refunds due to illness, injury, or other unforeseen circumstances will be allowed only if we can find a camper to fill your spot. All cancellations and refunds must be submitted in writing via email.
What if all the spots fill up?
If our camp spots fill up and you have a camper intersted in attending, please email Elliut and you'll be placed on a waiting list until a spot becomes available. If you are next in the queue and a spot becomes available, you will have 72 hours to claim the spot. After that, the spot will be offered to the next person in the queue.
Who will be leading the activities at camp?
All of the high action activities (zip line, archery, etc.) will be directed by Camp Victory staff. The talks and daily teachings will be done by either Youth Ministers or adult leaders from our parishes of camp. Small group sessions will be lead by our high school leaders and supervised by an adult leader.
How will COVID-19 affect EFC?
In light of the present worldwide concern for health and safety posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19,) the staff of Camp Victory and leadership of Extreme Faith Camp would like to reaffirm our organizational commitment to the physical, emotional, and spiritual safety of every child, employee, and volunteer under our care. Because camp happens in the midst of a close community, we have always taken great care to develop and maintain cleaning and medical practices to address a variety of communicable diseases, both common and rare. These standards of care have been developed in consultation with the American Camping Association as well as our local public health authorities.
As the pandemic continues to evolve, we continue to monitor the guidance on best practices for prevention and the policies in effect at the time of each week of camp will reflect the guidance available at that time.
We will be following Camp Victory's COVID guidelines while at camp. To see their guidelines, please click here.
Does Holy Name of Jesus need help?
Absolutely! The success of camp relies heavily on volunteers. Below are some ways in which you can help with EFC.
- Pray for our middle school campers, high school leaders, and adult volunteers that we may encounter the Lord in new, beautiful ways.
- Consider volunteering to chaperone EFC. Chaperons will get to participate in all the activities as our campers, build relationship with our middle schoolers, supervise a small group, and pray with the kids everyday.
- Are you registered nurse or doctor? We need at least two nurses or health professional for our week of camp. For information about stipends, please contact Elliut.
- Please consider making a donation towards scholarships for Extreme Faith Camp. Every bit helps get more campers to encounter our Lord at camp! To make a donation to the Extreme Faith Camp Scholarship Fund, please contact Elliut Fonseca.