Camp Savio inspires youth to live as lifelong disciples by empowering them to form a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
It all began in the summer of 2011. Two youth ministers in the Kansas City area had a problem, the camp they went to every summer closed. Leaving them with two options, try to find another great Catholic camp close to home or start their own camp. Being completely fearless and encouraged by the staff at Maur Hill, they decided to start their own camp (known then as “Edge Camp”). The first summer definitely had a lot of bumps in the road. But there were also many blessings.
For the summer of 2012, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph took on a bigger role in helping this home-grown initiative. More staff were hired, more campers attended, and more blessings were given. All said the second year was better than the first.
In 2013, it was decided to break into two weeks of camp to help accommodate the growing number of interested people.We added a low-ropes course. First year campers questioned why more did not attend and/or support this camp.
In 2014, we realized camp was for more than just the campers. We had many conversions among chaperones and staff – some coming back to their faith after 20+ years of being away. The Holy Spirit is moving in Kansas City!!
2015 brought us record numbers! Record number of campers – over 200 and record number of staff – over 40! Rain tried to delay us all three weeks, but prayer helped keep it away most of the time. Our 5th year went fabulously. A week after it ended, there was staff already asking when the application process would begin for 2016.
2016 was our first year for a high school camp. It went fantastic! Even the high school staff were impressed that we were able to surprise them with the activities.
2017 we began actively looking for a camp ground to have a permanent home. While we don’t have it yet, keep your eyes and ears open soon for us to start raising money for it!
2018 is just around the corner and we are excited to see what God has in store.
At Camp Savio, we believe
…that camp should be FUN! We play hard, but more importantly, we pray harder! Every camper should walk away from camp with a better relationship with God than when they arrived.
We pray, plan, prepare, and execute the programming for each week of camp. (So the hard work is already done for you!) In planning and carrying out the programming our goal is to create an environment for campers (and their chaperones) to experience adventure, faith, trust, and safety.
During the week, a lineup of dynamic presenters, talented worship leaders, and dedicated priests serve along with the camp staff to encourage a deeper relationship with Christ for each camper.
OUTLINE OF A TYPICAL DAY OF CAMP
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day
- A morning and afternoon filled with a variety of games, actives, and adventures (team building actives, messy games, mud pit, low ropes, obstacle courses, field games, and more)
- Retreat like sessions each night revolving around the yearly camp theme
- An opportunity for the sacraments – Reconciliation, Adoration, and daily Mass
- Off-site day to Schlitterbahn Water Park
- Free time to shop at the general store
ROLES AT CAMP
Group Leader: This is the person organizing the trip and the main group contact throughout the registration process and leading up to your arrival at camp. The group leader must be an adult, age 21 or older, who is actually attending camp with the group.
Adult Chaperone: To attend as an adult chaperone, you must be at least 21 years old. While at camp, the adult chaperones are to participate as any camper would. They will be the role models of openness to God throughout every adventure. Along with having fun, they will be responsible for the actions and participation of your campers. Throughout the day, they will need to keep the campers on task to the adventure at hand. At night you will be sleeping in the same dorms as the campers. Therefore, we expect that you will help us with enforcing the curfew and lights out rule, as well as helping wake the campers in time for the day.
Campers: Participants at summer camp. For Camp Savio, these include incoming 6th graders through graduating 8th graders. For Camp Bosco, these include incoming 10th graders through graduating seniors.
Savio Shepherds: Savio Shepherds are college aged students who have applied and have been accepted to serve you and your campers at camp. The shepherds will help run the sessions in the evenings, coordinate the daily activities and games, get to know your youth, provide a listening ear and prayerful spirit.
Savio Servants: Savio Servants are high school aged students who have applied and have been accepted to serve. During Camp Savio, they run all the behind the scenes work: setting up and taking down, making sure water jugs are full, running the technology, working in the kitchen, taking photos, taking video, editing photos and videos, running song lyrics, delivering the night snack, working in the camp store, etc. During Camp Bosco, they attend as campers