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CYO Retreat Center brings year-round activity to camp

The CYO Retreat Center is located near the historic town of Occidental.
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Catholic Charities CYO Camp has been known for providing enriching summer camp experiences to Bay Area youth for nearly 70 years. Located 60 miles north of San Francisco near the historic town of Occidental, and just six miles from the Pacific Ocean, the camp also offers year-round programming for youth and adults. Situated among 216 acres of coastal redwood trees, CYO Camp hosts conferences and retreats throughout the year, hosting more than 75 groups last year.

"The CYO Retreat Center accommodates all types of retreats and meetings for diverse groups including public and private schools, parishes, businesses, family and class reunions, athletics, martial arts and performing arts groups. Youth and Confirmation Retreats have gotten quite popular," said Jim Willford, executive director of CYO Camp and CYO Retreat Center. "Our professional staff is prepared to help each group make the most of their visit."

The property includes 24 heated cabins that can house up to 12 people each. There are central handicap-accessible bathhouses, with separate facilities for men and women. The cabins include many modern amenities such as radiant floor heating, automatic lighting and climate controls.

"There are also a limited number of luxurious Day House apartments available for group leaders and key attendees, each offering amenities such as a full kitchen, living room and separate bedrooms and baths," Willford said. "We have a fully-equipped and staffed main kitchen ready to prepare a wide selection of meals for up to 300 people."

The centerpiece of the CYO Retreat Center is a spacious 6,800-square foot lodge with surrounding decks. The dining hall and meeting facilities are both housed there.

The property also features a large playing field that includes a regulation-size softball field with a short backstop, a large sports court including six basketball courts and a volleyball court, a second "sand" volleyball court and a horseshoe pit. Most sports equipment is available on site.

There are two full-size, heated pools and multiple camping and campfire sites, including two large campfire areas that each offer bench seating for up to 100 people. Fishing is available, but groups must provide their own equipment.

"Hiking trails link all parts of the property including the tranquil lake with a dock — a perfect place for a quiet reflection," said Willford.

To schedule a tour or book a retreat, dial 707-874-0210 or email cyoretreats@cccyo.org. Visit www.cyocamp.org/retreatcenter to learn more.

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