Challenge Camps:
100% Catholic faith
filled experiences

Challenge Camps are
fun for girls 5th- 12th grade

Over 20 Challenge Camps
across the US and Canada!

Why ECYD and Challenge Camps?


ECYD and Challenge Camps are unique experiences for girls to grow in their Catholic faith and make lasting friendships. We have over 20 camps across the US and Canada. Challenge Camps have been present for the past 15 years with thousands of campers participating each year. Visit the ECYD website, to find out more about ECYD.  Conquest – our brother program- also offers over 20 camps for boys each summer.

A Day in the Life of a Camper


At camp, girls ages 10-18 will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. They will enjoy prayer and spiritual growth through participation in Mass and Confession. Sports, games, workshops, team dynamics, exciting night activities, swimming and fun in the sun, are typical ECYD and Challenge camp activities. To find out what activities are offered at specific camps, visit the local camp websites or download the local camp flyer. Our camp staff is made up of a wonderful team of teen camp counselors and skilled adult volunteers.

ECYD and Challenge Camp Themes and Resources


All ECYD and Challenge camps share the same common elements of formation, faith, friendship and fun.  Many camps choose to have a specific theme each summer. There are also affiliated camps with a specific theme they repeat each year. There is usually an ECYD National Summer Convention as well for girls across the US and Canada.  Check out the list of camps on this page for more information about themes this year. 

Nationally, we have developed four Challenge Camp themes with Leader Guides and resources that have the activities, flyers, camp gear and much more. “CONNECT”  is all about relationships with God and others. “JUMP” is all about leadership and service. “INSPIRE” is all about beauty and holiness.  “LIVE IT” is all about faith and courage. These Challenge camp themes and guides can be used in a four year rotation to change things up for the campers. Contact Customer Service about how to special order the Camp Leader Material.

Visit the ECYD website for more information about ECYD national convention!

Summer 2020
US & Canadian Camps


Camp Tekakwitha IV

Where: Camp River Ridge Oldensburg, IN
When: June 7 – 12
Contact: Jaquie Lustig
Website: Camp River Ridge

Texas: ECYD Challenge Summer Camp

Where: Camp Cho –Yeh, Livingston TX
When:  June 7 – 13
Contact: Carrie Frain
Website: Challenge Houston

ECYD Atlanta Summer Camp

Where: Diakonia Camp, Salem, SC
When: June 7 – 13
Contact: Natalia Santos
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Challenge Summer Camp

Where: Sky Lodge Christian Camp, Montello, WI
When: June 8 – 13
Contact:  Kathy Vogel
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Team Leader Camp

Where: Camp Castleton, VA
When: June 10 – 14
Contact: Amelia Hoover


Girls LTP Day Camp

Where: Our Lady of Bethesda, Bethesda, MD
When: June 15 – 28
Contact: Amelia Hoover



ECYD Summer Camp Tekakwitha

Where: Bocamb Farms, Covington,LA
When: June 18 – 27
Contact:  Rachel Jacob

Challenge Camp

Where: Camp River Ridge, Oldenburg, IN
When: June 21 – 26
Contact: Ally Wheeler
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ECYD Summer Camp

Where: Hunting Ridge Retreat, Winchester, VA
When: June 21 – 26
Contact: Amelia Hoover
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High School Mississippi Mission Trip

Where: Sacred Heart Southern Mission Walls, MS
When: June 28 – July 3
Contact:  Maria Knuth

Girls LTP High School Internship Course

Where: Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
When: June 28 – July 3
Contact: Amelia Hoover
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Challenge Camp Arise

Where: Holy Spirit Center Cincinnati, Ohio
When: July 5 – 10
Contact:  Maria Knuth

JPII Outdoor Adventure Camp

Where: Camp River Ridge, Oldenburg, IN
When: July 5 – 10
Contact: Lorianne MacDonnell

Camp Captivenia

Where: Turner Valley Alberta, Canada
When: July 15 – 25
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Challenge Summer Camp

Where: Incarnation Center – Ivoryton, CT
When: July 18 – 24
Contact: Sallie Roth
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ECYD / RC National High School Convention

Where: Myrtle Beach Christian Retreat, Myrtle Beach, SC
When: July 20 – 27
Contact:  Rachel Jacob