DYMO is embodying the vision of the Holy Father, Pope Francis:
From paragraph 161 of the finale relatio (synthesis document) of the Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment:
“Frequently in the Synod Hall there were heartfelt pleas to invest generously, for the young, in educational passion, extended periods of time and also economic resources. Gathering together various contributions and wishes that emerged during the synodal exchanges, and listening to experiences already under way, the Synod proposes with conviction to all the particular Churches, to the religious congregations, to the movements, to associations and to other ecclesial bodies that they offer the young an experience of accompaniment with a view to discernment. This experience – whose duration should be determined according to contexts and opportunities – can be described as a time destined for the maturation of adult Christian life. It should involve prolonged detachment from habitual environments and relationships, and it should be built around at least three indispensable elements: an experience of fraternal life shared with adult formators that is essential, simple and respectful of the common home; a firm apostolic program for living together; an offer of spirituality rooted in prayer and sacramental life. In this way all the necessary ingredients are in place for the Church to be able to offer the young who wish it a profound experience of vocational discernment.”
This is what we do every summer!
DYMO Fast Facts:
- A Catholic organization and follow the doctrine and practices of the faith
- Dedicated to serving the youth of the Diocese of Grand Rapids and surrounding areas
- Guided by the Diocese and the Bishop of Grand Rapids
- Governed by a volunteer board of directors
- A non-profit(501c3) organization
- 1972 First campers and staff attend Methodist Camp at Lake Louise in Boyne Falls, Michigan
- 1974 Format of Methodist camp modified to include Catholic theology
- 1977 Separation from Methodists to allow celebration of Eucharist during camp. Camp renamed DYMO Camp as a program of the Diocesan Youth Ministry Office in Grand Rapids. Location changed to Camp Pinewood, Muskegon.
- 1985 Group of former camp directors unite to give direction and ensure the future of DYMO Camp.
- 1986 DYMO Camp, Inc. incorporates as not for profit organization, 501(c)(3)
- 1994 Endowment fund started with a donation from diocesan Fund for the Faith
- 2002 Name change to DYMO Ministries, Inc. with addition of other opportunities to support parish youth ministry programs (helping parishes provide youth retreats, leadership conferences, etc)
- 2002 First camp committee formed to move responsibility of planning DYMO camp from Board of Directors to group of volunteers selected by DYMO Camp directors
- 2020 DYMO Presented camp virtually to accommodate the safety needs during COVID-19 pandemic
- 2021 Camp was modified slightly for COVID-19 and numbers were limited for safety
- 2022 Camp location was changed to Lake Michigan Camp and Retreat in Pentwater, MI and changed the name from DYMO Camp to DYMO Retreat in order to better showcase the intent of the program- the embracing of our Catholic faith in every day life.
- At DYMO there is no such thing as a non-perfect teen. All of our teens are perfect. There is no one type of teen that we are trying to minister to. We feel that all teens should have the opportunity to experience Jesus Christ, alive in their lives, in a means that resonates with them.
- From Scholastic students to those struggling academically; From those high in their spirituality to those who need more encouragement; From those who have many questions about Catholicism to those who have learned much about our faith; and everyone in between. You will find all types of high school teens at DYMO Retreat.
- Your teen will meet people from all over the Grand Rapids diocese that are at the same place in their faith journey as they are.
- Your teen will be able to ask trained chaperones questions about their faith and get answers that are in line with Catholic teachings.
- Your teen will experience the Holy Spirit in many ways and will be able to grow in their personal relationship with Jesus.