In-person summer camping resumes at Knights of Columbus Blackstrap Youth Camp

The Blackstrap Youth Camp south of Saskatoon will be offered weekly four times in July 2021 as pandemic restrictions are eased in the province. Registration for the camp established by the Knights of Columbus is now open. (File photo courtesy of Blackstrap Youth Camp)

By Eric Olauson, Knights of Columbus

Since 1942 the Knights of Columbus Blackstrap Youth Camp (BYC) has been providing enjoyment, learning and faith to Saskatchewan children. This year is no different as they are once again offering full overnight camping as the pandemic restrictions ease.

BYC’s camps run weekly from July 4-30 this year. Each week, campers arrive on Sunday afternoon and depart on the following Friday afternoon.

In-between, there are campfires, activities like volleyball, swimming, paddleboarding, archery, and of course crafts, singing, worship; even a mudpit.

An integral part of the camp’s mandate is to provide Christian leadership and to help the campers grow in their spiritual life.

Bishop Hagemoen with campers. (File photo courtesy of Blackstrap Youth Camp)

Mass is celebrated typically on Wednesday and the counselors guide the campers as they participate, learn and express what their spiritual journey means to them. All this is done in a safe, friendly, loving environment that nurtures natural leadership qualities in campers.

S’mores, hot dogs, campfires, games, swimming and water activities are a great way to have fun while learning and appreciating what God has given to us. The memories and friendships made at Blackstrap Youth Camp are sure to last a lifetime.

The registration fees for a week of camp are $395.

To register, go to  and follow the links.  Or for more information or questions, call (306) 934-1838 or e-mail

Campers: what a great way to celebrate the beginning of the end of the pandemic and re-connect with all your friends after a very tough 16 months!