Retreats and Events - All Youth

This page lists all the upcoming Retreats and Events. The most recent events and retreats will be listed near the top of the page. For more information, please click on the Event title.

If you are not a member of any organization, you are still required to fill out our generic health history form for any of our events.  Here is the form!

For past events and retreats, please visit the

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Encounter is a weekend of camping and outdoor fun with friends, challenging games, hiking, and Activity Stations in the woods. We'll have live praise and worship music as well as Eucharistic Adoration and Reconciliation on Saturday Evening. The weekend concludes on Sunday with an outdoor Mass and breakfast.



All Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts


September 16-18, 2016


Beaumont Scout Reservation


$25 per scout and adult

We provide: Programming, Saturday lunch, and Sunday breakfast
You provide: Camping gear and all other meals at your campsite

What to Bring:

  • Medical forms (attached below)
  • Copy of unit roster
  • $$$ for Trading Post and Friday night hot dog sales

Info for Leaders and Adults:

We are offering a Two-4-One program just for you!!! If your unit is registered for the weekend, come join us on Saturday from 9am-3:30pm for the NCLD Program (formerly known as Scouter Development) FREE of charge! Your scouts will be out during this time on the Activity Statioins led by our adult and hight school staff. If you attended last year, each year is different! The NCLD program fulfills a requirement for local and national quality unit awards. Plus, lunch will be provided! If you do not have Scouts attending the weekend, you can still come to the NCLD Program for only $10. Why not come and see what we have to offer?

Additional Info:

  • All payments must be received prior to the Encounter Weekend.
  • Registrations accepted through September 16th
  • Need-based scholarships are available.
  • This weekend can be used to fulfill the retreat requirement for Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius, but is for all scouts
  • We run two separate programs: one for grade school scouts and one for high school scouts. The $25 registration fee applies to both groups.
  • Troops and crews will be mixed with other troops and crews for the Activity Stations.
  • Everyone gets an awesome patch, t-shirt, and more!

FYI Beaumont-Antire Road will be closed due to construction please visit here to see detour routes.

More info: ST. LOUIS � Drivers who use the Beaumont-Antire Road to access I-44 should be aware that the road will close on August 15 for reconstruction.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is closing the section of roadway between Bussen and the I-44 ramp for 45 days, starting August 15, to remove and replace the roadway. Access to Bussen and Antire Road will remain to the south, and the intersection of Bussen and Antire Road will remain open during construction.
The posted detours for the closure are:
� Drivers from the west can use Route 109, Route W, Route PP and Little Antire Road/Antire Road as a detour.
� Drivers from the east can use Route 141, Route 30, Route PP and Little Antire Road/Antire Road as a detour.




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A day retreat at the Black Madonna Shrine for girls in 4th-6th grade who want to grow in their faith with great friends!


When: Saturday, April 1st, 2017; Rain or shine!
Time: Check in at 8:30 a.m. -program runs 9 a.m. through 3:30 p.m.
Where: Black Madonna Shrine & Grotto in Eureka, MO
Who: For Girls 9-11 years old or 4th-6th grade

What to expect: A day of outdoor fun and faith building activities with friends.

Did you know?: As an option, the girls can start working on the "I Live My Faith" Faith-Building Program. Some of the requirements can be met by participating in this retreat. There is no need to bring the project books to the retreat.

Sponsor & Questions: Catholic Youth Apostolate|Office of Youth Ministry Phone Number: 314-792-7613 Email:

What to Bring: Sack Lunch (snacks and beverages are provided) Optional: Money for gift shop, items range from $0.50-$10. Appropriate clothing (closed toe shoes and socks are required) for outdoor fun and weather.

Cost: $10 per person: covers snack, materials, and patch. Payable to Catholic Youth Apostolate or CYA 

Optional Book Cost: $6 if you would like to use this as a jumping off point to begin working on the "I Live My Faith" Faith Formation Program, you can purchase the book at our online store and we will have it for you on the day of the retreat. If you are not sure at this time, books will be available for purchase on the day of the retreat.

Release Form  If a Girl Scout ( or American Heritage Girl (, fill out and return the Health Permission Form for each girl.  If not affiliated with either or those, fill out and return the OYM Health History Form. Make checks payable to Catholic Youth Apostolate or CYA. Sorry no refunds.

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Our goal in providing this week for our Catholic Scouts is to give them an experience of living their faith, growing in their faith, and loving their faith within the Scouting movement and especially out in the wonders of God’s creation. Open to all Boy and Venture Scouts!

Catholic Adventure Week June 25th - July 1st


at Swift Explorer Base Catholic Adventure Week, offered at the Swift Base of the S-F Scout Ranch, is sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Area Council of the BSA, the Office of Youth Ministry, and the Catholic Committee on Scouting, BSA.Catholic Adventure Week is coming up on June 25-July 1 at the scenic Swift Explorer Base on the S-f Scout Ranch near Farmington, MO.

Catholic Venturers and Boy Scouts from around the Region are invited to have an inspirational week of high adventure/Kodiak training, faith, and fun.  Go to the link below on information/forms or contact Tom at  Don't miss this very unique camp experience.  Our goal in providing this week for our Catholic Scouts is to give them an experience of living their faith, growing in their faith, and loving their faith within the Scouting movement and especially out in the wonders of God’s creation.While at Swift for CAW, Scouts will be camping with their individual troops or Crews, under their particular adult leadership. Since a number of our participants are attending this camp in addition to their troop or crews summer camp, there will be cases where a Scout from a troop or crew does not have a leader present at camp.  A “provisional unit” will be made for one of the camp sites, with leadership being provided by members of the Catholic Committee on Scouting, BSA.  In the past this system has worked very well, and Scouts seem to mix easily with other Scouts, without the tension that can be experienced at a normal summer camp.While at CAW, Scouts will be exposed to the entire High Adventure program offered at Swift.  Intertwined with the outstanding program offered by the Swift staff, merit badge program time, and there will be opportunities for prayer, religious instruction, and reflection.  Meals are in the dining hall, a t-shirt is provided as a memento, and Mass on Friday.  Program manuals will be made available in March. We will be offering again the “Voyageur program” for new Scouts.

To enroll your Troop, Crew and/or individual Scouts for this special summer camp week, turn in a Troop/Crew reservation form (if your Troop/Cfrew plans to attend with adult leadership) and turn in individual Scout forms, see link, for those Scouts wishing to be in the provisional unit.    Contact Tom Kroenung for more information at

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A celebration and group sharing of the Mary, the First Disciple Program! This offers the girls to share the growth and excitement shared after completing their journey discovering the Mother of God.

Saturday, November 19 -Day of Discipleship: This is the final requirement for the Mary, The First Disciple Award. This is a day of sharing and celebrating for the girls. This is not an exam or review. This is a day just for the girls! We will start with a prayer service have trained facilitators from the Catholic Committee to help with this event.

Location:  Cardinal Rigali Center located at 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63119.

Time:  9:00am-12:00 p.m. We will begin our day with a prayer service in the Chapel. All moderators and parents are invited to attend. Immediately following the prayer service, the girls will proceed to the Sr. Ebo room for a light breakfast and the start of their faith sharing groups.

What to wear: Something comfortable, but nice.

What to bring: The Mary, the First Disciple award project book and all of the related project materials that the girls worked on for the award. We will have tables to display their work as well as a laptop and TV, VCR, DVD player to show videos. We encourage the girls to bring their own laptop for ease of presentation.

We will provide: Breakfast, faith sharing and fun for the girls!

In case of bad weather: Please check the website at for up to date information.

We ask that the girls make every effort to attend the Day of Discipleship, but we understand that major conflicts do arise from time to time. If for some reason, a girl is unable to attend the Day of Discipleship, e-mail us as soon as possible with the name of the girl.

November 30-Evening of Discipleship- We will hold an Evening of Discipleship only if it is needed. The evening starts at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m. The location is the same as the Day of Discipleship.

There are no files attached to this Retreat/Event.
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A chastity retreat for young women presented by the REAP Team!

This retreat is open to young women in grades 7 - 9 interested in learning more about relationships, romance and pure love in today's world. At least one adult for each group is expected to attend (no more than 10 girls per adult), and moms are more than welcome - there will be a session just for adults too!

Teen and young adult members of The REAP Team will give testimony to the power and beauty of chastity and how only through living out this virtue can true romance be revived in our world.

Registration Fee: $10 per attendee (adult or teen). If paying past September 12th registration increases to $15.. Registration is open!

To register visit:

*For those earning the Mary, the First Disciple Award, the Romantic Revolution fulfills the Chapter 1, Requirement #8 in the Award book.

There are no files attached to this Retreat/Event.