St. John Paul II Middle School Camp is designed to empower young people entering grades 7-9 to become disciples of Jesus Christ by engaging them in prayer, worship, leadership skill development, scriptural reflection, and service learning. This camp is designed for youth who have a desire to grow in their faith and share that faith back home in parish and family life.

“My dear young people, only Jesus knows what is in your hearts and your deepest desires. Only He, who has loved you to the end (cf. Jn 13:1), can fulfil your aspirations. His are words of eternal life, words that give meaning to life. No one apart from Christ can give you true happiness.” - St. John Paul II (World Youth Day) 

The theme for this years camp is entitled “Relentless Father” and we are going to explore and expand on how God is not just a Father, but a Relentless Father.  He is a Father that never gives up on us, never abandons us, will always search for us, protect us, and heal us.  This central theme will be expanded on through the various keynote talks and small group discussion that happens at camp.  

Spots are limited, so sign up quick.

Where: Northern Pines Camp, 20033 County Rd. 1, Park Rapids, MN 56470 218-732-4713
When: Sunday, July 7th - Thursday, July 11th >> (AT CAPACITY) and Sunday, July 14th - Thursday, July 18th 
Cost: $325 per camper or $300 per camper for two or more members of the same family (A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address you provide during registration. Spots are not held for registrants until deposit/payment has been received.)

CAMPER REGISTRATION

At the moment, Camp 1 is full. There are still many spaces open for Camp 2 (July 14-18). If you wish to be placed on a waiting list for Camp 1, please email Maureen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have any questions in regards to camp, please contact Brady at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The purpose of St. John Paul II Camp Staff is to help participants deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith, help them experience the love of Christ in new ways, and awaken a deeper desire to follow Him in His Church. This takes place in daily encounters with God through the Mass, Sacraments, Sacred Scripture, prayer, worship, fellowship, and service. Staff must be passionate, flexible, & prepared to work alongside the Diocesan Director to accomplish the camp’s mission.

Camp Staff members are asked to serve wholeheartedly, devoting ourselves to the campers’ needs, and for the glory of God. Your presence as the heart and hands of Christ will serve not only the campers, but your own faith journey.  If selected to being on staff, some of your roles will include: facilitating small group throughout the camp, supervising cabins at night, actively participating in large group activities, and being a role model to both the campers and the service team members. 

To help discern whom God is calling to staff St. John Paul II Camp, the application includes questions that will help us get to know you better, and reference letters from those that can attest to character.

STAFF APPLICATION

Requirements and Deadlines:

If you are NEW to applying at St. John Paul II Camp, follow the steps below.

- Submit two letters of recommendation (to be completed online HERE):
 1) From your DRE or Youth Minister
 2) from an adult who knows you well and is not a family member
- All applicants must be present for the entirety of their chosen camp: July 5-11, 2019 (training July 5-7, 2019); July 12-18, 2019 (training July 12-14, 2019)
- Applications and letters of recommendation must be received by Monday, April 15th, 2019.

- Commitment, forms, and balance of $50 per camp ($100 if working both camps) due by Saturday, June 1st, 2019.

If you have any questions, please call or email Brady Borslien: (218) 281-4533 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are a returning staff member, please fill out THIS FORM.  

The St. John Paul II Camp Service Team is an awesome opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to have a life-changing week with Jesus: Serving Him and His Church at our annual Diocesan camp for middle school. The Service Team (ST) will partner with the adult staff for the week, collaborating for the good of our campers. Service Team is a week filled with hard work for the glory of God. Come with a positive attitude and the heart of Christ for service and you will find that your faith will grow in profound ways as you show love to the campers and staff in a very practical and direct way.

More than work, those on the Service Team will participate in small-group activities with the rest of the ST, participate in formation led by Service Team Directors, perform skits and dramas, lead meal graces, and share their testimonies to the campers. This is an opportunity for you to grow deeper in your own relationship with Christ as a Service Team member.

To help discern whom God is calling to be on the service team for St. John Paul II Middle School Camp, the application includes questions that will help us get to know you better, and reference letters from those that can attest to character.

SERVICE TEAM APPLICATION

Requirements and Deadlines:

- Applicant must be entering junior or senior year of high school in the Fall of 2019 and must be under the age of 18 at the start of camp.

- Submit two letters of recommendation (to be completed online HERE):
 1) From your DRE or Youth Minister
 2) from an adult who knows you well and is not a family member
- All applicants must be present for the entirety of their chosen camp: July 5-11, 2019 (training July 5-7, 2019); July 12-18, 2019 (training July 12-14, 2019).
- Applications and letters of recommendation must be received by Monday, April 15th, 2019.
- Commitment, forms, and balance of $100 per camp ($200 if working both camps) due by Saturday, June 1st, 2019.

If you have any questions, please call or email Brady Borslien: (218) 281-4533 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

STAFF:
Deacon Mark Krejci, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Formation in Discipleship
218-281-4533 ext. 425
mkrejci@crookston.org

Bob Noel
Formator, Office of Formation in Discipleship
218-281-4533 ext. 439
bnoel@crookston.org

Brady Borslien
Youth Events Coordinator
218-281-4533 ext. 435
bborslien@crookston.org

 

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