Camp Wojtyla leads and challenges young people through adventures in the wilderness into a joyful and transformative relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.
Named after Saint John Paul II, who loved to minster to young people in the outdoors, Camp Wojtyla (pronounced voy-tee-wa) is a Catholic Adventure program located on 1200 pristine acres of wilderness in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. We believe that adventure experiences can be one of the most powerful tools for self-discovery and personal and spiritual growth. Climbing up a 13,000 foot mountain, our students learn perseverance, teamwork and experience first hand God's glorious creation amidst breathtaking views.
Everything at Camp Wojtyla is intentionally designed to bring out the best in each camper---and bring each person into a closer relationship with God. We believe that this then empowers each camper to grow in their relationships with others (known as interpersonal skills, being a “person for others”), within themselves (intrapersonal awareness, growing in virtue) and with the created world. Here, we sleep in Teepees, not cabins, as a Teepee allows one to hear the sounds of nature and view amazing starry nights. Each day has a variety of adventure activities designed to challenge, empower and encourage each student to be the man or woman of God that he or she was created to be.
Camp Wojtyla was launched by FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, in 2006 under the direction of Annie and Scott Powell, both of whom have served as FOCUS missionaries. Annie attended and worked at several camps within the United States and felt an urge at the young age of 15 to consider starting a camp that would help people know and love God in deep and profound ways within a wilderness setting. In 2004, Annie pitched the idea to FOCUS's president, Curtis Martin, who fully supported it, encouraged her to pursue advanced studies, and helped set Camp Wojtyla's path towards success. There were MANY committed people along the way, who shared this dream of starting a Catholic adventure program. Camp Wojtyla was born because of the passions and skills of these individuals. In 2010 the great success of Camp Wojtyla led us to launch our own non-profit organization, and Camp Wojtyla is now officially it's own 501(C) 3, Camp Wojtyla, Inc. Praise God, for he is good, His mercy endures forever. St. JPII, Pray for us! .