Camp Howard has always been a beloved camp to the youngsters who attend. The most important thing to them is their friends they bring or make at camp and their counselors. Those relationships mean the world to them.
To enhance that experience, however, the camp facilities need to be in good shape. We found a camp in 1997 that had not been maintained in several years. There was not a bit of paint inside or outside of the buildings, foliage had grown around the buildings and dirt gathered around the edges causing rot on the bottom of the buildings. Time had taken its toll on the camp.
My first year with the organization 1997-1998, I worked on getting the lay of the land. I could see where we could improve but money was tight especially after losing so much om the camp the previous summer. I did an analysis of the sports and camp and realized we needed to increase fees by a lot and change the way we were doing business. My mentor, Dick Weigel, coached me along as I did my work and helped me put a plan together to dig out of the hole. It took three years to stop the financial hemorrhaging and we finally turned the corner after the camp season of 2000.
At the end of each camping season, we retained ten to twelve staff members who wanted extra work and paid them to help us work on a camp improvement project. We began with one or two of the five units and each summer we would move to another unit to paint the exterior and do special repairs. By the end of twelve years we had made it around all of the units and all of the major buildings three times and the facilities greatly improved. I felt we were finally on top of our delayed maintenance. We have continued the end of camp maintenance projects for 24 years and it has been life changing for the facilities.
We cleaned the roofs every year and in the early days, I cleaned them myself as we did not have money to spend on anyone to come up and do it. The feeling of satisfaction was never ending. Everything we did was an improvement!
PHOTOS: Before and after photos of 1997 cabin vs 2020 (St. Cecilia cabin in Fircrest Unit at Camp Howard.
Basketball Commission Members provide a variety of services to CYO. They attend championship games, track playing time, go to games where a CYO presence may be needed and really help the program out where controversy may be a factor. We are indebted to all of the members for their dedication and help. We are always looking for members of our CYO Commissions. Call the CYO Office at 503-231-9484 and let us know if you are interested in helping.
Joe Pisaneschi, Bethany MacNeur, Jenna Bass (CYO Director of Basketball) and George Weivoda are three of the Basketball Commission Members who helped out on Sunday at the championship games.
The first points of the game were scored, with 45 seconds remaining, in first quarter, by All Saints. All Saints had 13 kids on the team ( a lot for a bxb team) and they did a great job with getting all of the girls playing time. Both teams played with a significant range of height on the teams.
All Saints led 2-0 at the end of the first quarter and at half time it was the Fighting Dutch 5 – 4. By the end of the third quarter All Saints had reclaimed the lead and the Final score at the end of 4 was…..All Saints 19 – 11! (Fighting Dutch are from Visitation in Verboort and St. Francis of Assisi in Roy, CYO’s rural Catholic School teams). Great job to All Saints and the Fighting Dutch!
The Fighting Dutch 4th Grade Girls win Second Place CYO Basketball Championship 2015 at Valley Catholic High School
All Saints 4th Grade Girls win CYO Basketball Championship 2015 at Valley Catholic High School
CYO Football has been under a lot of change these past two years. The goal has been to develop a seventh grade team separate from the eighth grade team. In order to do this, it was necessary of merge the regions to create more players and thereby have enough players to have the two age / grade groups stand alone. Therefore Region 1 Spartans joined the Region 2 Bishops and became “CYO North”. Region 5 Saints and Region 6 Knights merged to become “CYO WEST”. Region 3 Kings and Region 4 Eagles merged to become “CYO SOUTH”. Region 8 Stayton Rams continued on unchanged and Region 7 Vancouver Cardinals became “CYO Vancouver” and changed their nick names to the “Cougars”. There was a lot of give and take necessary for the changes to take place as CYO merged with the PYFL Portland Youth Football League and began playing games with them. In most cases it turned out to be a positive experience and CYO will continue down this road. The PYFL does not play an end of season championship so CYO continued the tradition playing for the CYO title at the end of the season.
In Third and Fourth grade the Stayton “Rams” played the CYO West where both teams were plagued by fumbles at the beginning of the game. Pre game jitters for sure! In the end after a well played and fun to watch game, the Regis Rams won with a final score of 24 – 6.
Stayton Rams make a trip to Beaverton for the 3/4 grade championship football game November 2014
CYO West Football from the Beaverton area play in the CYO Football Championships November 2014
The CYO North “Warriors” took on the CYO Vancouver “Cougars” in a very competitive game where the score did not tell the whole story. Both teams played a tough season and had a great showing in the championship event. The final score was 16 – 30 in favor of Vancouver. Congratulations to both teams.
Vancouver “Cougars” Fifth and Sixth Grade win the CYO Championship for 2014
The CYO West “Knights” took on the CYO North “Warriors” for the CYO Championship in November of 2014. Highlights included a 0 to 0 score at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter The West recovered an on side kick and finished the half with a 12 – 0 score. At the end of the third quarter, the Warriors had battled back and tied the score 12 to 12! (Josh Broderick blocked an extra point kick as well!) In the final quarter, the West Knights prevailed with a final score of 18 to 12. A great game to watch for sure!
CYO West “Knights” win the 7th Grade CYO Football Championship 2014
CYO North “Warriors” play a tough game against their opponents in the CYO Championship Game 2014
Jenna Bass, CYO Director of Basketball and Volleyball is getting ready to schedule high school basketball teams. The CYO High School basketball program is a wonderful way for high school youth to stay involved in CYO sports and have a LOT of fun doing it too! Most of the games will be played at the HOOP facility.
The High School program plays on Sunday afternoon and some 500 to 600 players generally turn out for the program. If you are interested in putting a high school team together, contact Jenna Bass at the CYO Office at 503-231-9484. Packets will be available at most of the area Catholic High Schools next week. You do NOT have to attend a Catholic High School to participate. Put your own team together, the registration includes reversible jersey, officials fees and facility rental. CYO will schedule your team into the proper grade. Teams are put together by grade and gender. Girls play in one league but boys have a league for frosh, soph, jr and senior.
We are getting ready to launch our second CYO CHAMPIONS OF FAITH BENEFIT DINNER. It will be held October 2nd at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. I am still amazed at our first dinner and what a fun event it was. Joey Harrington scored a major touchdown for us with a touching and heartfelt talk on his football career. His connection to CYO, Camp Howard and the Catholic School system made everyone in the room proud.
This years dinner features another outstanding CYO product, Karen Gaffney, who has found herself an esteemed speaker on behalf of Downes Syndrome. Karen, with the help of her parents, set out to achieve some goals and as a result has accomplished some pretty incredible milestones. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear her speak at the Champions of Faith Dinner this October.