In 1999, Bishop Bruskewitz approved the purchase of a farm near McCool Junction to be used for a Catholic Camp for youth and families. The campground is named after Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, who was beatified in 1980 and canonized in 2012. The first SKY Camp for junior high youth was held at Camp Kateri in the summer of 2001.
Camp Kateri hosts retreats, parish groups, and family events including:
SKY Camp Summer religious camp for youth in 5th-9th grades.
Leadership Camp Week-long Catholic summer camp for boys entering 6th-9th grades.
If you would like to schedule a group or family event at Camp Kateri, please contact Executive Director, Russell Koos: 402-319-3289;
. Mailing Address: PO Box 127, McCool Junction, NE 68401-0127.
Please visit the Camp Kateri Website for more information about the campsite. Directions: Drive 1 mile south of McCool Junction on Highway 81. Turn east on gravel road. Camp entrance is 1/4 mile further (on south side of road). Click here for a map. Street Address: 1305 Road 3, McCool Junction.
SKY Camp (Catholic Summer Camp for Youth) is a fun, prayerful, and powerful experience for children going into grades 5-9!
Camp activities include Mass, swimming, catechesis, skits, Reconciliation, campfires, basketball, crafts, archery, music, and a multitude of outdoor games. Each camper receives an "official SKY t-shirt" displaying the current year's theme.
At SKY Camp everyone is on "God's time." All time telling devices are turned in at the beginning of camp (don't worry you will get them back) allowing the campers the freedom of not having to worry about time.
Lay directors, Priests, Sisters, seminarians, adult and teen counselors staff the camps each summer. Additional volunteer staff includes cooks, musicians, and camp nurses.
*A confirmation letter will be sent out 2 weeks before each camp with directions and a packing list.
**PLEASE NOTE--ALL SKY CAMP QUESTIONS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO RUSSELL KOOS AT CAMP KATERI. THE YOUTH MINISTRY OFFICE NO LONGER COORDINATES SKY CAMP. THANK YOU! To register for SKY Camp, go to the Camp Kateri website.
Three Day Camps (entering grades 5th - 7th) are a 3-day, 2-night stay at camp: $120. Opening day gates open at 2 pm. Pick up on closing day is 11 am.
Session 1: May 30 - June 1 (Tues-Thurs) - 20 boys/30 girls
For more information about SKY Camp as a camper or as a staff volunteer, contact Russell Koos at
Leadership Camp is a Catholic boy's summer camp for Altar Servers entering 6th grade through 9th grade in the fall. The camp is 7 days, 6 nights, held at Camp Kateri Tekakwitha at McCool Junction, Nebraska. The camp is full of fun, personal growth, and spiritual development. We take very seriously our role in the process of the formation of young Catholic lives through wholesome recreation in a religious atmosphere.
Campers will experience incredible daily encounters with Christ through the Sacraments. Days and nights are filled with exhilarating activities, inspiring worship, challenging and engaging talks, interactive sports, and life-changing prayer experiences. We assist boys to become self-disciplined and confident young men. Through this formation we hope to imprint within their soul a true zeal to know Christ and to embrace His plan for their lives. Our goal is to give them the confidence and strength they need to continue their faith journey and to help them foster healthy vocations.
With the assistance of our camp Chaplin, Fr. Scott Courtney, the daily Mass has remained the centerpiece of the camp since Leadership Camp's conception.
2017 Leadership Camp - watch this space for Forms and Registration
The Marian Sisters of the Diocese of Lincoln sponsor an annual summer camp, Campin’ with the Marians, at Camp Kateri. The camp is for girls entering grades 6-9.
2017 Counselor Training: June 24
Camp: June 25 - 29
More information and registration fliers can be found at www.mariansisters.org. If you have questions, you may contact Sr. Janelle at 402-440-9998. Counselors are also needed and the opportunity is open for girls who are entering 10th grade through college on an application basis. Please inquire about counseling positions at