Camp St. Andrew serves the youth of northeastern Pennsylvania by offering fun-filled outdoor activities while building character, developing leadership skills and establishing life-long friendships.
Located in Tunkhannock, Camp St. Andrew is run by the Diocese of Scranton’s Catholic Social Services, which is committed to fulfilling the social teachings of Jesus Christ in the Gospel spirit of love and justice.
Tens of thousands of Pennsylvania youth have participated in Camp St. Andrew in its 75 year history, enjoying weeks packed with outdoor activities that build campers’ personal character and improve self-esteem. While Catholic Mass is offered, Camp St. Andrew is open to campers of all faiths.
Camp St. Andrew also strengthens family relationships by providing a place for families to connect away from the frenetic pace of everyday life. The camp’s annual father/son weekend allows fathers to spend quality time with their sons through activities like fishing, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. They are able to meet other father/son teams through activities such as softball, basketball, horseshoes, and whiffle ball.
Camp St. Andrew sponsors two girl’s week-long camp packed with activities like boating, swimming, arts and crafts and other group activities like campfires, scavenger hunts and skit nights. Canoeing, kayaking, ropes course, swimming and archery are also available. Basketball camps for boys and girls are also offered.
“I’ve seen kids start a week of camp shy or removed from the group and end it on the stage, acting in comedy skits. Summer camp is an important part of building a young person’s character while also improving their communication skills and athletic ability,” said Monsignor Joseph Kelly, who has been working with Camp St. Andrew for 45 years.
Summer camps are just one of the ways that Catholic ministries serve Pennsylvania’s children and families throughout the year. For more information about Camp St. Andrew visit the Diocese of Scranton’s website here.