Camp Survive

Camp Survive

Camp Survive 2023 

We are planning to host two sessions of Camp Survive this summer!

Grade 6-8 campers:
Week 1: July 24-28, 2023
Week 2: July 31-August 4, 2023
Adult and JC Staff training: July 22-23, 2023
Prayer Team Week 1: July 23-July 28, 2023
Prayer Team Week 2: July 30-August 4, 2023
JC and Prayer Team members must apply.  Applications below.
Adults must be approved by the Youth and Young Adult Ministry department.
Camp Survive 2023 Information is below!

General registration for Grade 6-8 campers opened on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 6:00pm.  Please register now!

Week 1: July 24-28  Click Here to Register
Week 2: July 31-August 4 Click Here to Register

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 18th @ 12:00 NOON (please note: camp may fill before then)
Letters to JC and Prayer Team applicants will be e-mailed after Wednesday, May 24, 2023.*  The JC and Prayer Team registration links will be available when e-mails are sent.  Please register for the right category and week. Due to the influx of applications submitted right at the deadline, we need time to process the applications. (*updated on 5/25/23 to match information in application letter) 
Information about Camp Survive

Camp Survive is a 5-day junior high camp open to students who have completed grades 6-8 this school year. Activities at camp include talks, music, daily Mass, Reconciliation, Adoration, games, swimming, archery, laser tag, survival training, and more! The registration fee includes all meals, lodging, and a camp t-shirt.

Due to the popularity of camp, we are going to offer two weeks of Camp Survive again this year!

Week 1 is scheduled for July 24-28 at Big Sandy Camp*
Week 2 is scheduled for July 31-August 4 at Big Sandy Camp*

*Campers may only register for one week of camp.  Big Sandy Camp is located at 52511 - 185th Pl, McGregor, Minnesota, 55760.

Open to: Students who are in Grades 6-8 in the current school year (2022/2023) and who live in the Diocese of Duluth.  We are not able to take non-diocesan students because of the popularity of this event.  We always fill up and have a waiting list with students from our own diocese.  If you do not live within the boundaries of the Diocese of Duluth, please contact your diocese's Office of Youth Ministry to see what is offered.  Thank you for understanding!  God bless you!


  • All campers must have completed 6th, 7th, or 8th grade by the end of the current school year ('22/'23) 
  • Catholics and non-Catholics who live within the diocese are welcome to register. 
  • People who do not live within the Diocese of Duluth are not able to attend.  If your primary parish (not vacation or relative's parish) is in the diocese 
  • If registration fills, you will be directed to register for the waiting list when you click on the registration link or you can try to register for the other week.  We will contact you if we are able to register your child from the waiting list.  We sometimes have last minute cancellations or are able to add students once rooming is assigned.

Payment and Cancellation Policy:  We are changing registration systems.  No payment is due during Step One of registration.  We will collect the non-refundable $50 deposit when Step Two of registration is ready (mid-June or late-June).  The total cost is $419.  You will be able to sign up for an automatic payment plan if needed during Step Two of registration.  After you register, you are also able to make payments in your account anytime (at a link that will be provided provided later so people do not mistakenly click on it for registration). All payments are due by July 14th. A refund of all but the $50 deposit is available until July 16th.  The deposit is non-refundable. There are no refunds after July 14th.  

Students are not allowed to have their cell phone with them at Camp Survive.  Parents, do not send phones with your child.  Phones are available in case of emergency.  If you need to get a hold of us, there is a note and phone numbers on the packing letter you will receive as a link in your confirmation e-mail.

Grade 6-8 Camper Registration: General registration opened on Thursday, May 25, 2023.  Please find the links above.

Junior Counselor Applications and Registration

Students who are in 10th-12th grades this school year (2022/2023) from the Diocese of Duluth can apply to be Junior Counselors.  Applications are due on May 22, 2023. 

JC Application 2023 
Online JC Reference Form 2023 (To be completed by reference)

If you receive an acceptance email, you will have the opportunity to register below. Links will be posted when e-mails are sent out. If you are serving both weeks please remember to register for both weeks.

WEEK 1 JC Registration: Training and Camp July 22-28, 2023 (link coming soon)

WEEK 2 JC Registration: Training July 22-23 AND Camp July 31 - August 4, 2023 (link coming soon)

Prayer Team Applications and Registration

Students who are in 9th grade this school year (2022/2023) from the Diocese of Duluth can apply to be on the Prayer Team.  Applications are due May 22, 2023. 

Prayer Team Application 2023
Online Prayer Team Reference Form 2023 (updated 4/25/23, To be completed by reference)

If you receive an acceptance email, you will have the opportunity to register below. Links will be posted when e-mails are sent out. If you are serving both weeks, please remember to register for both weeks.

WEEK 1 Prayer Team Registration: July 23-28, 2023 (link coming soon)

WEEK 2 Prayer Team Registration: July 30-August 4, 2023 (link coming soon)

JC and Prayer Team applications and references are due by May 22.  Everyone who applies will receive a letter via email letting them know if they are able to serve at camp this year.  You can apply to work one or both weeks and we will staff camp as needed.  Check with your youth ministers to see which week(s) they plan to attend.

In Memory of Mallory Norrell
For the tribute page for Mallory Norrell, please click here.


Updated 5/25/23

Father Michael Schmitz

Heather Serena
[email protected]

Annette Merritt
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Diocese of Duluth
Youth/Young Adults
2830 E. 4th Street
Duluth, MN 55812
Fax: 218-724-1056

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