That’s the End Folks!


All good things must come to an end they say and so it goes with the Camp Howard summer sessions!  The busses will pull out today at around 4:00 and arrive at the Madeleine at 5:00 God Willing.  This will signal the end of another great time honored summer camping season for youth in the Greater Portland area!

Who knows what life altering events took place this summer, a friendship made that will result in some wonderful experience later in life.  One thing for sure, camp does a child a world of good and they are better for it.  Special thanks to all of the parents who trusted us with their loved ones this summer.  We are grateful!

2015 Camp Howard Staff – THANK YOU!


Campers love their counselors and it is important to Summer Program Director, Bill Fogarty, to find young people to work at the camp who will make great memories for the kids.  Bill did another great job of assembling a group of young people to lead the camp through the summer sessions, make great memories for the kids and keep them in safe and fun environments!

Camp Counselors are a special group of people who make a lasting contribution to youth while making great memories for themselves as well.  We are grateful to all of these young men and women for the great job they have done this summer on behalf of CYO and Camp Howard!  THANK YOU!

2015 Camp Howard Staff

2015 Camp Howard Staff

Leila Blakely and Eddy Reyes Making a Difference Behind the Scenes!


Health and Safety Director, Leila Blakely and her very helpful assistant, Eddy Reyes have contributed greatly to the cleanliness of camp, safety in food service, hydration stations around camp and pool safety.  Their daily routines include making sure all of the camp is recycling and composting which includes all of the food at the dining hall.  They gather all of the garbage bins and reline them.  They clean all of the mops in camp keeping them ready for use.  They are in charge of health and safety for food service outside of the dining hall including barbecues and groups that eat outside on the lawn or under the barbecue tents.  This means they deliver the food to the service area and make sure everyone helping with food service is doing it properly all the way down to wearing food service gloves.

They take pool readings and make sure the pool is safe and that it has been cleaned properly.  They make sure groups are showering before getting into the pool!

These positions were added two years ago to ensure that the health and safety of the children at camp was a priority.  The success of these individuals greatly contributed to the outstanding marks received from the Health Inspector last week!

Thanks Leila and Eddy for the great job you have done all summer making great memories for kids!

Eddy Reyes & Leila Blakely

Eddy Reyes & Leila Blakely

Eddy Reyes and Leila Blakely

Eddy Reyes and Leila Blakely

Eddy Reyes and Leila Blakely

Eddy Reyes and Leila Blakely

Leadership Behind the Scenes at Camp Howard is What Makes the Difference


Leadership in my opinion is what makes the difference between a good experience and a GREAT experience!  There have been some wonderful youth leaders employed at Camp Howard this summer and it has been a pleasure to watch them lead and grow these past 5 weeks.

The staff take their responsibility very seriously because after all they are taking care of people’s most prized possession…their kids!  Developing that special eye that looks out for the best in kids and making sure to keep them out of harms way at all times is what the Unit Directors impress on the counselors who are responsible for the cabins of children each week.

Leadership experiences on staff provide young leaders with an abundance of new tools for their personal toolboxes.  Camp work develops great skills in young people.

The camp Howard Leadership Team has done an outstanding job leading the camp, providing excellent experiences for the kids and I am very proud of them!

Front Row: Candi Trapp – Asst. Camp Director, Khaki Anderson – Program Director, Morgan McAllister – Fircrest Unit Director, Anna McLean – Cougar Den Unit Director, Kirsten Klein – Aldergrove Unit Director,  Leila Blakely – Health and Safety Director, Alli Caster – Greenwood Unit Director, Sr. Krista von Borstel – Executive Director, Back Row Left to Right: Bill Fogarty – Summer Program Director “Camp Director”, Karen von Borstel – Property Director, Patrick Laughlin – Sparpole Director, Robert Augar, CIT Director.  Not Pictured: Phoebe Bellisario – Daycamp and Mini Camp Director

Camp Howard Leadership Team 2015

Camp Howard Leadership Team 2015

The Health Inspector Visited Camp Howard this Week and Guess What they Found?


It was a 5 hug salute to Karen von Borstel for an outstanding camp!  Health Inspector said she was going to write an article for their National Magazine citing the excellence she found at Camp Howard!  Hadn’t seen anything that good in her 20 years of inspections!

She was especially thrilled with the hand washing stations newly installed at the camp to get those hands clean!  Everyone washes their hands three times a day at least!

Karen has instilled in the staff the importance of cleanliness in the restrooms, pool and kitchen in particular as these are areas which serve everyone.  The staff has responded to the call to cleanliness and now it is a basic instinct to clean it well and clean it often!

All of the camp staff are to be commended for the excellent job they have done all summer keeping the camp clean and inviting!  Nice job to everyone on the Camp Howard staff!

Girls washing station

Girls washing station

Handwashing station on the boys side

Handwashing station on the boys side

Happy Camper

Happy Camper

Girls ready for lunch!

Girls ready for lunch!

Boys ready for lunch!

Boys ready for lunch!

Update on Camp Howard Basketball Courts Cover


The Structure has been inspected and found to be excellent and ready for the front and top to be applied.  The building is beautiful and fits well, nestled in the forest surrounded by Douglas Firs.  It will be an absolute thrill to use it for camp in the future shading from the sun and shielding from the rain!  Special thanks to the women of the Christ Child Society and Champions of Faith supporters!

Christ Child Basketball Courts Cover Under Construction Summer 2015

Christ Child Basketball Courts Cover Under Construction Summer 2015

Capture the Flag…A Camp Howard Highlight Activity


CAPTURE THE FLAG…we could not operate the camp without it…there would be mutiny!!!  Capture the Flag is an all camp event that takes place at the end of the week and all of the camp participates.  Kids LOVE it!  Khaki Anderson shows a map she drew of the camp to assist in explaining the rules of the game to the kids.  Khaki is the Program Director for Camp Howard this summer and has done a first class job in the role.

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Khaki Anderson explains the rules to Capture the Flag at Camp Howard

Khaki Anderson explains the rules to Capture the Flag at Camp Howard

Gift of Corn a Treat and Blessing at Camp Howard


Thank you, Margie Haener Barnett for the thoughtful gift of corn for all of the campers last week and family campers this weekend!  It was so greatly appreciated by everyone who was present!   The corn was prepared in the Camp Howard propane-heated wok and served up with hamburgers last night at family camp.  It was a major hit!

Karen von Borstel and Sr. Krista von Borstel open the lid to the wok to show the corn being cooked for Family Campers!

Karen von Borstel and Sr. Krista von Borstel open the lid to the wok to show the corn being cooked for Family Campers!

Camp Howard Begins 63rd Camping Season July 5, 2015


We are off to the races with the first week of our 63rd camping season in the books.  One hundred eighty campers made their way to Camp Howard via bus transportation and parent cars to engage in a weeks worth of fun, outdoor adventure, and a variety of camp experiences.

It’s not too late to sigh up for summer camp at Camp Howard.  We will be running through the third week in August.  www.cyocamphoward.org

Nurse Cindy and Camp Registrar, Nora, chat at the bus stop

Nurse Cindy and Camp Registrar, Nora, chat at the bus stop

Nurse Cindy talks to parents at Bus Check in

Nurse Cindy talks to parents at Bus Check in

Checking in the meds for each of five units of cabins.

Checking in the meds for each of five units of cabins.

Counselors wait for the busses to arrive

Counselors wait for the busses to arrive

Luggage Crew unloads the luggage before the busses arrive with campers

Luggage Crew unloads the luggage before the busses arrive with campers

Unloading Luggage

Unloading Luggage

Unloading Luggage

Unloading Luggage

Waiting for luggage trailer to return for a new load to a different unit of cabins.

Waiting for luggage trailer to return for a new load to a different unit of cabins.