Why Making Friends Is One of the Most Important Things That Happens at Summer Camp|American Camping Association


Join us this summer at Camp Howard for a week of making friends, experiencing the great outdoors and fantastic fun designed just for you! Rated “Best Camp Food” by the campers! #CampHoward

Former CYO Athletes Sign to Colleges

Congratulations to the six Jesuit Seniors, former CYO athletes, who signed on February 7th to compete in sports in college.

Left to right: Evan, Joe, Will, Sara, Emily & Anna. See below for their sports and colleges they will be attending.

Emily Buchholz, Fordham University, Crew

Anna Fanelli, Colorado College, Basketball

Joseph Quillin, Air Force Academy, Football

Sara Sanders, Oregon State University, Track & Field

Will Spitznagel, University of Oregon, Baseball

Evan Wyno, Marquette University, Lacross


We invite parents of seniors from all high schools to share their school’s CYO athletic college signings photos and details with us. We would like to blog about all of our CYO seniors who will be competing in college. 

Rhonda Shelby Thoughts on CYO and Camp Howard

Spotlight on Rhonda Shelby – CYO & Camp Howard supporter and volunteer!

Portland, Oregon’s Rhonda Shelby, local weather celebrity weighs in on CYO/Camp Howard

CYO and Camp Howard programs operate due to the amazing support of over 1,500 volunteers across the Portland Metro and SW Washington area. Over 11,000 youth participate in our programs annually due to your support and volunteers like Rhonda Shelby.

A few member of the CYO team got a chance to visit with Rhonda to learn more about her family’s participation in CYO Sports and Camp Howard. Below are links to two short video clips.

Rhonda Shelby – Sports Teaser Trailer: https://youtu.be/AwQPd0oBiuw

Rhonda Shelby – Camp Teaser Trailer: https://youtu.be/AKp6L_pnzs0

Giving the Best of Yourself


I was thrilled to find this wonderful document about the Christian perspective on sport and the human person. I have long believed that sports are crucial to the school day, that contests help promote schools AND that occasional games on Sunday’s, outside of Mass times, are a wholesome and appropriate activity for youth. Please enjoy the following short excerpt taken from the document:

“The Church has been engaged in dialogue with sport from the earliest years of its existence. It is well known that St. Paul used sports metaphors to explain the Christian life to the Gentiles. In the medieval period, lay Catholics played games and sports on feast days, which accounted for a good deal of the year, as well as on Sundays. Such play found theological support in the writing of Thomas Aquinas who argued that there can be “a virtue about games” because virtue has to do with moderation. A virtuous person, by this account, should not be working all the time, but also needs time for play and recreation. The humanists of the Renaissance and the early Jesuits made use of Thomas Aquinas’ understanding of virtue when they decided that students needed time for play and recreation during the course of the school day. This was the original rationale for the inclusion of play and sports in educational institutions in the Western world.”

The beautiful document is worthy of a read by of us! Enjoy!

St. Clare Takes the Championship in the CYO Volleyball Championships for 6th Grade.

November 17, 2018 Sixth Grade Girls Spike Championships

St. Clare CYO wins the 2018 CYO Spike Volleyball Championship November 17 at Valley Catholic School.

Home Team: St.Pius X (Green/Black), Coach: TomMcKeen, Players:  Kaci, Ana, Emery, Jaycee, Keely, Grace, Elle,Brittney, Destiny, Kendal, Madison, Delanie, Helena

St. Pius X CYO takes second place in the CYO 2018 Spike Championships at Valley Catholic School November 17.

Visitor Team: St.Clare, Coach: Theresa Dreves,Stephen Hunt, Tammy Ollivier, Molly Schick Players: Katherine,Shannon, Charlotte, Sydney, Francesca, Sofia, Mia, Anna, Riley, Rami, Norah,Gabriella

Set 1: 25 – 20 St. Clare

Set 2: 25 – 23

Set 3:

Game Highlights:

St. Clare dominated the first game and had St. Pius X down by 7 toward the end of the second game.  Pius came back but could not get close enough to stop St. Clare from taking it in 2

Holy Trinity Nets CYO 3rd Grade Volleyball Championship

November 17, 2018 CYO Volleyball Championships Portland, OR

Home Team: St. Joseph (Vancouver) (Red) Coaches: Ronan Eggleston, Shari Eggleston, Gretchen Nwoke Players: Evelyn, Paige, Lizandra, Madelyn, Ezinay, Lyla,Gracie, Malia

Visiting Team: Holy Trinity (Red)

Coach: Tara Cenova  Players: Samantha, Josie, Hadley, Maya,Alessandra, Amira, Katie, Skylar Coaches: Ronan Eggleston, Shari Eggleston, Gretchen Nwoke

Scores:  Set 1: 25-17 St Joseph, Set 2: 25 – 20 Holy Trinity, Set 3: 15 – 12 Holy Trinity

Highlights: Third grade volleyball is best defined as who can consistently serve and “one bump” over the net.  Both teams did a very good job in their championship game and a keen eye could see future “players” in the making.  Both teams will be fun to watch in the coming years.  Today it went to Holy Trinity.

Holy Trinity took home the 3rd Grade Girls CYO Volleyball Championship Trophy November 17, 2018 games played at Valley Catholic School
St. Joseph School in Vancouver, WA took home the 3rd Grade Girls CYO Volleyball 2nd place Trophy November 17, 2018 games played at Valley Catholic School