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.
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.
In 2015, our high school staff grew to 23 people. We quickly realized the need for a camp for our high school students and tried to turn the Savio Servants into part work, part their own camp experience. When it came time to start planning for the 2016 camping season, we realized, due to the way the scheduled laid out, we would be able to be at Maur Hill a week longer than we’ve been able to in the past. Our options were to add a third middle school week or a high school week. Camp Bosco was born. Every year has been great with deeper teachings and growth among all the participants.
In 2019, we changed the focus of Camp Bosco to a service based camp. It is no longer held at Maur Hill Mount Academy, but at a different location in Kansas City.