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Aug 25-27, 2017
Catholic Kumbaya Retreat

Join the NEIC for the Kumbaya Campout Aug 25-27th!




What is Kumbaya?

Kumbaya is the annual Catholic Campout open to Webelos, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Venturers, and their families. It explores Catholic and Christian spirituality, but scouts of other faiths are more than welcome to attend. It will be held this year at Camp Oakarro in Wadsworth from Friday evening to Sunday morning, August 25 to 27th, 2017. It is a great way to start off the scouting year! If you cannot stay the night, you can also attend Kumbaya as a day camp, or just stay for the first evening. 

What happens at Kumbaya?

Scouts camp with their unit or families, but then are split up into small groups. Trained Counselors lead each group all weekend and journey with them through campout. There are skits, small group activities, large group activities, Mass, campfires, games, reflections, and time for units and families to prepare their meals. 

What is the theme this year?

This year, the counselors chose the theme "The Parables." These are the Gospel stories told by Jesus that we all know, and scouts will spend the weekend exploring them for themes, deeper meanings, and greater understanding.  

Who are the Youth Counselors?

Our counselors are Boy Scouts currently working on or who have earned either the Ad Altare Dei or Pope Pius XII religious awards,  high school age Girl Scouts, and any Venturers up to age 21. If you have any interest in being a youth counselor, please contact Marc Elberts at

What should we bring to Kumbaya?

Enthusiasm! Troops are responsible for their own camping gear and providing their own meals. If you like, bring materials to create a gateway to your unit’s campsite, to bring the Kumbaya 2017 Theme “The Parables” to life. Day campers can bring their meals and use the picnic tables in the Pavillion for meals.

Any Questions? 

Boy Scouts: Marc Elberts, 847-989-0303,

Girl Scout: Bev Great, 847-291-9208,


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