Summer of Sanctuary

We want to thank our campers, their families, and our congregational partners for your continued support during our Summer of Sanctuary. Your support of our Camp to You program allowed us to send camp boxes to all of our 2019 Pyoca Week 1 - 3 campers for free.

We hope that you and your families are staying safe through this year, particularly as our campers prepare for an uncertain school year this fall.

We are eagerly preparing for Summer 2021 and cannot wait to see you! Summer Camp registration will officially open January 1, 2021. We are anticipating a busy summer next year, so be sure to register for your preferred week as soon as you can!

Have additional questions? Feel free to call our office at (812) 358-3413 or email program@pyoca.org.



Program Schedule Summer 2021

Session Program Dates Grades
Southport Becomer's Camp June 5 - 11 Rising 6 - 8
Gemini Mission Camp June 13 - 18 Rising 4 - 11
Pyoca Week 1 Discover June 20 - 25 Rising 4 - 6
Pyoca Week 1 Challenge June 20 - 25 Rising 7 - 9
Pyoca Week 1 Transform June 20 - 25 Rising 10 - 2021 Grads
Pyoca Week 2 Explore June 27 - 30 Rising 2 - 4
Pyoca Week 2 Discover June 27 - July 2 Rising 4 - 6
Pyoca Week 2 Challenge June 27 - July 2 Rising 7 - 9
Pyoca Week 2 C.I.T. June 27 - July 2 Ages 16 - 18
Pyoca Week 3 Family Camp TBA All Ages
Pyoca Week 4 Discover: Creation July 11 - 16 Rising 4 - 6
Pyoca Week 4 C.I.T. July 11 - 16 Ages 16 - 18
Orchard Park Camp Friendly July 18 - 24 Rising 4 - 9


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do You Offer Scholarships?

    We believe that camp is important for all children and want to ensure that camp is accessible and welcoming to all children. If you are interested in a scholarship for your camper, please fill out the Scholarship Request Form, now built into our online registration system.

    Pyoca is blessed to have many churches providing financial support for their youth to attend summer camp. If you are a member of a PC(USA) congregation in Whitewater Valley or Ohio Valley Presbyteries, be sure to check in with your church to see if they provide camp scholarships.

  • Why Three Prices?

    We know that every family has different abilities and resources to pay for camp, which is why we offer a voluntary three-tiered pricing program. In the past, Pyoca has offered a single subsidized rate which is lower than the true cost of camp, made possible by generous presbytery support, gifts from churches, and individual donations. The three-tiered pricing model gives families the option to more fully support the total cost of Pyoca's excellent summer camp. Please consider the three tiers and choose the best fit for your family, keeping in mind the true cost of camp and the value of Pyoca's ministry. No matter which tier is selected, all campers receive the same camp experience.

  • If you are requesting a scholarship, or your church pays part or all of your camper fees, please select Tier 1.

  • Tier 1 is Pyoca's historically published rate and does not reflect the full cost associated with providing quality summer programs. Presbytery mission support and donations supplement this price to support the full cost of Pyoca's summer camp programs.
  • Tier 2 is a midpoint between the historically published rate and the full cost of summer camp, giving you an opportunity to choose to pay a "little more" to support Pyoca's ongoing ministry.
  • Tier 3 most closely reflects what it costs to run Pyoca including facility maintenance, staffing, utilities, and equipment. Choosing this tier helps Pyoca's summer camp remain sustainable for years to come.
  • What time is check-in?

    Check-in will run from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the Lodge for all Pyoca programs.

  • What time is pickup and where do I pick up my camper?

    Pick-up for weeklong camps is at 3:00 p.m. each Friday. Pick up for Explore camps is at 10 a.m. Wednesday with a brief closing program.

    Per our policy, we ask that you please sign out your camper and have a photo ID so we know they have left with the appropriate person. You should provide us with the names of people who will most likely be picking up your camper at registration. If plans change or you need to pick up your camper early please call the camp ahead of time.

  • May I keep in touch with my camper? Should I send them with a cell phone?

    We encourage you to send mail or e-mail to you camper while they are here at camp. We deliver mail on a daily basis at dinner (5pm, US/Eastern). E-mail should be free of any attachments and should be limited to one page to help us save on paper. Campers do not have the opportunity to send e-mail. The camper e-mail address is camper@pyoca.org.

    If you are sending mail via the US Postal Service we ask that you do not send care packages because campers are not allowed to have candy in the cabins. Campers are allowed to send letters home and can purchase stamps in the Canteen.

    We understand that you are concerned about your camper while they are away from home. We stronlgy believe that technology detracts from the camp experience, so we ask that you do not send a cell phone with your camper.

  • What does my camper need to bring with them to camp?

    Click here for a copy of our summer camp packing list.