Alaska’s Catholic summer camp geared up for second season

The second season of St. Therese’s Camp in the Mat-Su Valley begins June 28. The Catholic summer camp, located outside of Wasilla, offers four weeklong programs on a forested 57-acre lakeside campus. According to the camp website, programming for children ages 8-14 includes “swimming, kayaking, canoeing, singing, campfires, archery, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, arts and crafts and outdoor skills training.”

Camp Director Rudy Poglitsh said the camp is open to Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

“We desire that every child — regardless of their faith background — come away from a week at camp with fond memories and a closer relationship with God through exposure to Catholic Christianity.”

The camp launched last summer after the nonprofit Catholic Camp and Conference Ministries of Alaska, Inc. purchased the long-standing Camp Challenge from Alaska General Assembly of the Church of God — a group that had operated the summer camp since the mid-1960s.

The camp’s name — St. Therese’s Camp — is in honor of the former Catholic summer camp in Soldotna, which closed in 1998 after three decades of operation.

According to Poglitsh, the new camp “was born out of a desire to have a permanent Catholic summer camp in Alaska.”

Poglitsh said the camp received “rave reviews” from its inaugural 2014 season and he looks forward to building off a solid start and continuing the tradition of Catholic summer camp in Alaska.

“The camp takes a week out of kids’ normal routine — even out of a ‘normal’ summer routine — where they can interact with exemplary young adult Catholics and other children in a safe, fun environment,” Poglitsh said.

He added that several parents reported that the faith life of their children deepened through the week last summer, which included 125 camper registrations with some kids coming back for multiple weeks.

“And the joy shining in the faces of campers showed that the kids did get faith, fun and friends out of the summer,” Poglitsh noted.


For more information or to register, visit or call (907) 232-2066 or email

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