BASH 2017


BASH is our largest gathering of Catholic middle school students (6th-8th graders) every year! This event is a celebration of our Catholic faith and love of the Lord. We are planning for hundreds of middle school students to gather for an evening of faith, fellowship, and fun!

This event includes music, games, inspirational speakers, confessions, and Sunday Vigil Mass. BASH is designed to be open to any Middle School aged youth that want to attend, so please welcome and invite them to participate in the life of the Catholic Church!

Our goal is to have all 70 parishes and 5 missions participating in this event. If you have a child in middle school, we encourage you to call your parish to see if they will be participating. Perhaps if they are not already planning to participate, this will change if they hear that there are interested families! 


WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 2023. 3:30pm-8:30pm  
WHERE: Bishop O'Connell High School, Arlington, VA      
COST: $15.00 per participant (youth and adults) 
HOW TO SIGN UP: Young people that want to participate must sign up through their parish point of contact (usually the Director of Youth Ministry).

Registration Procedures

Young people that want to participate must sign up through their parish point of contact usually the Director of Youth Ministry). The cost is $15.00 per participant (youth and adults), which includes entertainment, dinner, snacks, and a t-shirt. 

Instructions for Directors of Youth Ministry to sign up your youth: 

  1. Get your youth excited about BASH by putting the poster up around the parish, sharing the promo video, and having some of your older, "veteran" youth talk about the event at a youth meeting or in their religious education class or the classes at the parish's school.
  2. Get a headcount of how many will be participating, and download the BASH Permission Slip/Forma de Permiso for each to complete.
  3. You will register your group online. The registration link and instructions will be posted here when online registration has opened. 
  4. Fill out the Parish Participation Survey if you have teens that are willing to serve in these specific ways during the event. This must be completed by 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 14.
  5. Online registration is open through Monday, April 17 at 11:59 p.m. If you would like to register any additional participants after that date, please contact Clarissa in the Office of Youth, Campus, and Young Adult Ministries at (703) 841-2559.

Check-In Procedures

  1. Come to BASH on Saturday, April 22 (check-in begins at 3:15 p.m.). Be sure to bring a SIGNED ORIGINAL permission slip for each participant and keep it with you at all times. To be determined in fall 2022: You may also need a COVID-19 waiver (the revised version published on 9/20/21) on file for each participant.
  2. When you check in, you will verify your list of attendees, pick up pre-printed name tags and sign a statement agreeing to have the OYCYAM bill your parish $15.00 per attendee.
  3. Your parish will be sent an invoice following BASH. Instructions on making your payment will be included.
  4. BASH begins at 3:30 p.m. & concludes at 8:30 p.m. 

Address and Directions

Bishop O'Connell High School
6600 Little Falls Rd
Arlington, VA 22213

Take Rt. 66 East to Exit 69 (Lee Highway/Washington Blvd.). Go to traffic light at end of ramp and turn left onto Lee Highway. Go two blocks and turn left onto Underwood Street. Continue on Underwood for about three blocks. Bishop O'Connell High School is located on the right.


Available here in early 2023!

Promo Video

Available here in March 2023!



BASH Videos

BASH 2018 Promo

BASH 2018 Promo

BASH 2017 Promo

BASH 2017 Promo

BASH 2016 Photobooth Fun!

BASH 2016 Photobooth Fun!