Lead in Order to Serve, Not Rule
Youth Office Contact
Director of Youth Ministry
573-635-9127, ext. 233
Mary Madelyn Mertes
573-635-9127, ext. 228
Moderator of Youth and
Young Adult Ministry
Fr. Joseph Luzindana
Alphonse J. Schwartze
Memorial Catholic Center
2207 West Main St
Jefferson City, MO 65109-0914
What is Camp Maccabee?
Camp Maccabee was founded in 2009 with the purpose of forming bold, Catholic, masculine leaders. Since then, the camp has evolved into a much-anticipated summer event for many young Catholics across the Diocese of Jefferson City.
Campers experience daily adventures, ranging from ropes courses to rafting trips, enrichment with the sacraments, and thought-provoking reflections. Year after year, young men have left the camp with great friendships, and a renewed sense of what it means to be an authentically Catholic man.
Camp Maccabee was named for the Maccabeus clan, the Old Testament family who led a revolt against the Greek Seleucid Empire seeking to destroy the Jewish faith and culture. Like the Maccabeus family, Camp Macabee seeks to build strong men who will courageously fight for what is right, and stand as virtuous Catholic men. Since the conception of the camp, and we've grown in number from 9 to 28 campers, and we have expanded from one to two sessions every summer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Registration opens February 15!
Resources for Campers
Support Camp Maccabee
For one session of camp, the cost to the individual is only $250, but this fee only covers a small portion of what it costs to send a young man to camp. For each individual’s food, activities, and transportation the cost is around $450. For that reason, we rely upon the generous donations of individuals and businesses.
We ask you to please consider helping a young man experience a life-changing camp by supporting Camp Maccabee in prayer, service, or monetary donation.
If you feel called to donate, checks may be made payable to “Diocese of Jefferson City" with “Camp Maccabee” written in the memo line.