Live a life that changes lives.

The Mission

At Damascus, we seek to awaken, empower, and equip a generation to live the adventure of the Catholic faith. We are a community of domestic missionaries, who believe in the transformative love of Jesus and who stand against the decline to bring revival to young people’s lives. We invite you to consider joining the adventure, and see what Jesus can do with a heart that is fully given. 

Applications for this year are now closed. Applications for CYSC 2024, and the 24-25 Full-Time year will open on October 15th, 2023!

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The Mindsets

Our counter-cultural lifestyle is formed by five missionary mindsets that challenge us to live lives of holiness and mission – the two universal calls of the Church.

  • Jesus-Centered
  • Mission-Focused
  • Joy-Filled
  • Obedient
  • Toilet Plunger

To be Jesus-Centered is to be committed to living for Jesus and His gospel. It means that relationship with Jesus is the source and the center of all that we do. As missionaries, we have committed to a life that looks more like His each and every day.


“It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And though I live now in the flesh, I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and who delivered himself for me.”

Galatians 2:20

To be Mission-Focused is to be radically consumed for the salvation of souls – that we would never lose sight of the war that has been waged, and that we would not stop laboring until every soul is won for Jesus and His kingdom.


“Without cost you have received. Without cost you are to give.”

Matthew 10:8

A French Philosopher once said that “joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God”. To be Joy-Filled is to receive the joy that comes from a life with Christ in every moment and to lead others to that same joy.


“Rejoice in the Lord always: Again, I say, rejoice!”

Philippians 4:4

To be Obedient is to honor the voice of God in your life, as well as the wisdom and guidance given by those in authority over you — Recognizing that the Lord speaks through others to draw us closer to sainthood!


“And so, as a prisoner to the Lord, I urge you to live a life worthy of the call that you have received.”

Ephesians 4:1

To be a Toilet Plunger is to be willing to dive into the mess! Whether a physical mess, a hard conversation, or a scary situation, we are called to bring the light of Christ into every place. Now is the time – you are the one!


“Do nothing out of selfish ambition, rather, in humility, regard others as more important than yourself.”

Philippians 2:3

The Programs

Through our missionary programs, you will be awakened, empowered, and equipped to spread the Gospel and bring revival to the Church in America. Read below to find out more about our missionary programs!


Serve as a summer missionary with our flagship program, Catholic Youth Summer Camp. Through high adventure activities and a world-class program, help lead thousands of young people to encounter Jesus and live the adventure! Twelve weeks of service. Two unique experiences. One incredible mission.

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Our full-time missionary program seeks to raise up leaders within the Church who are equipped to live out their specific call in life as a missionary disciple. With two years of formation, including radical service, retreat ministry, and Catholic communal living, young adults are given the skills, experience, and education to succeed in any parish position, or flourish in the workforce.

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