ABOUT US

  • Camp Veritas is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of New York and organized exclusively for the purpose of inspiring and forming young Catholic teens into disciples of Jesus Christ. Camp Veritas is faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Catechism and to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

  • Camp Veritas has been approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for listing in the Official Catholic Directory, which is also known as the Kennedy Directory.  Camp Veritas is recognized by the IRS as a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.  This classification allows donors to claim their contributions as tax-deductible.

  •  Every person involved with Camp Veritas is entirely volunteer.  They give of their time, talents, energy and knowledge with the common goal of bringing our teens to the foot of the Cross in the Eucharist. 

  •  Camp Veritas is a one week sleep away pilgrimage experience for teens going into 7th grade through 12th grade (ages 12-18).  The recipe is play-and-pray with a full immersion in the Catholic Faith through sacraments and activities. 

FACILITIES
  • Camp Veritas rents space from existing facilities owned by other organizations:

  • Starting in 2008 and every year thereafter, Camp Veritas has reserved, for one week in late August, the facilities of Camp Lakota. Camp Lakota is an existing campsite located in the foothills of the scenic Catskill Mountains. This camp is located near Middletown New York, just 90 miles North of New York City, and 55 miles West of Poughkeepsie.  The Camp Lakota facility is situated on 200 beautiful acres of land with access to the magnificent spring-fed Masten Lake which facilitates an array of water activities. The camp has a heated swimming pool, sporting fields, a beach volleyball court, basketball courts, go-carts, a climbing wall, a roller hockey rink, and a ropes challenge course. 

 

  • In 2013, we expanded to a new facility that can handle even more campers; Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY.  Mount Saint Mary College was founded by the Sisters of Saint Dominic in 1959, but the Mount has been an academic presence in Newburgh since 1883. This facility boasts a beautiful campus on a hilltop in Newburgh with views of the Hudson River. It's less than a mile from the intersection of the New York State Thruway and Interstate 84, and just a few blocks from the entrance to the Newburgh side of the Beacon-Newburgh Bridge.  The Mount Saint Mary College location has a beautiful new all-weather athletic turf field for soccer and six new tennis courts. They also have a competition-sized pool, indoor running track, and beautiful dorm room style accommodations for our campers.  They boast a generous indoor space for our catechetical instruction, testimonies, and praise and worship.  

  

  • We expanded across state lines in 2014 and offered Camp Veritas at Summit Lake Camp, which is our newest venue located in Emmitsburg, MD.  The camp has a rich history of providing retreat space for all kinds of Christian groups to grow closer to God in an outdoor nature setting.  In their words: "It is our prayer and expectation that the atmosphere at Summit Lake will facilitate your spiritual and educational goals and enrich your life for years to come.  As you enter the gate, allow your mind to rest, and open your heart to the Creator and His beauty all around you."  For us at Camp Veritas, it doesn't get better than that prayer for all of you.

  • As many of you have heard, we are now offering this experience in Ireland!  In 2015, we hosted the Irish at Gormanston College in Co. Meath.  In 2016, we held the camp at Maynooth University in Co. Kildare, just west of Dublin. Last year, we hosted camp at Clongowes Wood College in Co. Kildare.  We are thrilled to announce that we will once again offer camp at this location in 2019! Clongowes Wood College is a beautiful facility with every modern convenience to make your experience comfortable. Campers and volunteers enjoy the top notch facilities there while having the same Camp Veritas experience we offer in the states! 

  • In 2018, we opened a new camp location at Lake Placid Camp and Conference Center in Lake Placid, Florida!  Yes, the Sunshine State! Lake Placid Camp & Conference Center is centrally located in Florida just 85 south of Orlando, 150 miles north of Miami, and 75 miles from the eastern and western Florida coasts.  Lake Placid Camp & Conference Center is a beautiful facility that offers a variety of activities on our grounds for everyone, from ziplining to swimming, whatever your degree of adventure.

 

SPIRITUAL PROGRAM
  • The daily spiritual activities at all locations include the Mass, scriptural Rosary, Adoration, confessions, education, and personal testimonies.

 

  • The structured spiritual program is led by Priests from the Archdiocese of New York and surrounding dioceses and is supported by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, the Sisters of Life, and the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal as well as other Religious orders. 

 

SAFE ENVIRONMENT CONSIDERATIONS
  • The Camp Veritas volunteer policies are in accordance with the Safe Environment Program policies of the Archdiocese of New York and for the Ireland camp, we abide by the Archdiocese of Kildare's "Safeguarding our Children" Policy.

 

  • To ensure the personal safety of the youth, every Camp Veritas adult volunteer submits to a background check and attends a Safer Spaces training session designed by the Archdiocese of New York.

 

“I just wanted to let you know that the three students that attended the Lakota Camp Veritas absolutely loved it and came home flying and filled with the Spirit  - ready for Confirmation.”

“My daughter is still on fire and filled with love for Christ.

Thank you.”

“Our daughters were at your wonderful camp last week.  They are still on Cloud 9 and have declared their desire to return next year if they can. They are all singing and won’t stop talking about the experience.”

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