The Camp Veritas Story
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.
WE ARE FAMILY-FOUNDED
Camp Veritas was founded in 2008 by Ryan and Elizabeth Young. Recognizing the crisis of young people leaving the Catholic Church after Confirmation, Ryan and Elizabeth answered the call to found a fun-filled Catholic summer camp for teens. With a primary focus on Eucharistic-centered worship and evangelization; orthodox teaching in line with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and teachings of the Magisterium; and interaction with clergy and religious. Campers enjoy traditional camp activities during the daytime (swimming, sports, hiking, etc).
WE ARE COMPLETELY VOLUNTEER
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.
WE ARE A NON-PROFIT
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.
WE ARE APPROVED BY THE USCCB
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 Kenedy 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.
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.
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.
“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.”