Camp Howard Has a Great Staff!

Camp Staff Photo

Every year we wonder, how could we get a better staff than this…somehow, God provides!  We have a first class group of young men and women at Camp Howard this summer doing some very special work.  They are MAKING GREAT MEMORIES FOR KIDS!

Our Staff Members this Year:

Youth Program Leader: Paige Alie (She is the leader of the pack!)

Unit Directors: Anthony “Fergie” Ferguson, Emily Cochran, Madeline Parvankin, Maggie Miller & Hannah Duffey.

Program Staff: Anthony Cioeta, Colleen Rooney, Gabe Klinger, Kay Greene, Kayla Hoston, Kenna Reid, Latece Brown, Gabe King, Erik Gravengaard.

Counselors: Amanda Weddle, Amber Parkins, Andreas Markantonatos, Carlie Leach, Elijah Ward, Elle Vodden, Gianna Sullivan, Jeremy Clark, Kelly Gentry, Kelsey Stankye, Kenna Sandblast, Mads Gwynn, Margo Stermer, Mariah Graham, Marquis Cruz, Meg Gilbert, Natalie Andersen, Olivia Worley, Phillip Kent Jr., Ryan Ohm, Skylar “Sky” Deitch, Sofie Dobberfuhl, Thomas Gray.

Year Around Leadership:  Nora Gravengaard, Camp Director, Shawna King, Asst. Camp Director, Leila Blakely, Health and Safety Director, Sr. Michael Francine, Camp Store, Karen von Borstel, Property Director, Sr. Krista Exec. Dir.

We are also most grateful for the support we receive daily from the CYO/CH office in Portland where the staff do all possible to help make camp run smoothly!

New Open House Opportunities at Camp Howard!

Three Opportunities to Hear About Camp Howard BEFORE Camp this year!!!

Your first opportunity is the…

In-Town Camp Sampler at Holy Trinity Parish, Sunday, April 29th from 3 to 5pm. This event is brought to you by popular demand. We heard from our community that parents and prospective campers would like the opportunity to ask questions and get information sooner so they can start scheduling summer activities. It also offers an opportunity for groups of friends to schedule their Camp Howard weeks together.  Special thanks to Holy Trinity for hosting this opportunity!

Your second and third opportunities are at Camp Howard…

At Camp Open Houses: Sat. May 5th and Sun. June 24th from 2 to 5pm

  • Meet our counselors and staff
  • Tour the Camp. Come and fall in love with our breathtaking camp and numerous camp options
  • Visit Mary’s Lodge, our newest addition
  • Enjoy some refreshments including scratch-made breads and cookies

Camp Offerings:

  • We are a fully accredited, residential youth camp located about 30 miles from Portland in the scenic Mt. Hood Wilderness above the Bull Run River.
  • Camp Howard is owned and operated by the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO).
  • Weeklong residential Summer Camps are available from July to mid-August; Sunday-Friday
  • 3-4 Day Mini-camp, Day Camp and a Weekend Family Camp are also offered
  • Experienced staff including an on-site registered nurse will ensure a summer of FUN for youth
  • The food is homemade, nutritious and delicious.
  • We have added character building activities for middle school kids including an amazing Zipline and giant swing for ages 13 and older and Laser Tag is offered to campers ages 11 and older

Please visit our camp website: to learn more



Birdhouse Building at Camp Howard

One of the new additions to the line up of activities was bird house construction Session 6 at Camp Howard.  The bird houses were pre-cut out of 3/4″ pine in a traditional slant box pattern with bevels at the camp.  Campers assembled the houses with screws and glue then painted them in the color scheme of the original cabins at Camp Howard.  The Fircrest Unit of cabins was the original unit with 6 cabins.  The board and bat buildings are painted in a rust red paint with burnt orange trim.  All of the original buildings at the camp are painted in that color scheme.

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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