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What Is Diocesan WorkCamp?

WorkCamp is a week-long intentional Christian community for high-school aged youth. We begin each day with the celebration of Mass before going to work sites where we serve those in need by making their homes safer, warmer, and drier. The evening program consists of Christian entertainment, songs, and speakers. A reconciliation service and Eucharistic adoration is always a part of the week.

Who Can Attend WorkCamp?

Senior High Youth, rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who are active members of their parish youth group may attend with a ratio of 5 youth to 1 Adult Crew Leader. Parishes wishing to attend need to designate one person to attend WorkCamp as “Stakeholder” who will attend all of the required preparation meetings.

Where Is WorkCamp Held?

WorkCamp is held within the boundaries of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.  We are presently serving Frederick and surrounding counties. This includes the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren along with all of the cities and towns within an approximately 45 minute drive from Winchester, VA.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost to attend WorkCamp is $550.00 per teen and Adult Crew Leader. In addition to this fee, each parish must also fund vehicle rental, costs associated with pre-WorkCamp formation, and various additional supplies. As part of the formation process, parish groups are encouraged to engage in fundraising activities that can greatly offset these costs.

Who Can I Get More Information From About WorkCamp?

If you have any questions about WorkCamp, how to get involved, how to get your parish involved, or perhaps have some "project referrals", you can reach Ed Gloninger at the office: 703.841.2559 or edward.gloninger@arlingtondiocese.org.

Sports Leagues

The Arlington Diocese has a very active Northern Virginia Junior Catholic Youth Organization (NVJCYO) sports program. These leagues are for younger kids who are not yet in high school. You should contact your parish for more details about the leagues that you can participate in. For general questions, contact Jim Rourke at 703.841.2559.


How do I get to the Office of Youth, Campus, and Young Adult Ministries?

From The West:

Take I66 East to Fairfax Dr./Glebe Rd. Exit. Follow the ramp past the Holiday Inn and take a right onto N Glebe Rd. (Route 120) heading south. Follow Glebe Road past 5 traffic lights. You will see a large 10-story office building on the right (200 N Glebe Rd.). Pass the building and make a right on Cathedral Lane (in between McDonald’s and Dunkin' Donuts restaurants) Turn into the parking lot on your right. The Office of Youth, Campus, and Young Adult Ministries is on the 5th floor in Suite #540.

From The South:

Follow Interstate 95/395 toward Washington DC. Exit at Glebe Road North. After merging onto Glebe Rd. follow Glebe Rd. until you pass over Route 50 – Arlington Blvd. (about 2 miles). Just after passing over Rt. 50 make a left onto Cathedral Lane (between McDonald’s and Dunkin' Donuts restaurants). Turn into the parking lot on your right. You will see a 10-story office building directly ahead of you (200 N Glebe Rd.). The Office of Youth, Campus, and Young Adult Ministries is on the 5th floor in Suite #540.


Where can I find out more about scouting programs and activities in the Diocese?


The Office of Youth Ministry works with the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting to support youth in a variety of scout and scout-like organizations operating in our parishes as well as Catholic youth in non-parish-based units. More information can be found at the scouting link and by contacting scouting@arlingtondiocese.org.

My Parish Does Not Have A Youth Ministry. How Can We Get One?

The first step is to talk to your pastor/administrator about your desire to have a strong youth ministry and that you are interested in helping to make it happen! Feel free to contact Kevin in the Office of Youth Ministry for ideas or suggestions.

Which Parishes Offer Summer Activities For Children, Junior High, Or Senior High Youth?

Each parish plans separate activities for their individual parish. If your parish is not providing anything then the first thing to do is to speak with your pastor or youth minister about your desire for summer activities. In the event that you still have no activities, then you can call neighboring parishes to inquire if their programs are open to individuals outside their parishes.

What Is RALLY?

RALLY is a day-long celebration of our Catholic faith. Many parishes use this event as an outreach to youth in the parish who are not members of their youth group. The celebration includes Christian Rock Bands, Christian speakers and entertainers, an event T-shirt, dinner, and the highlight.... Mass with the Bishop.

Who Can Attend RALLY?

RALLY is an event for 9th – 12th graders. Groups usually participate in the event with their school/parish with a ratio of 10 youth to one chaperone. Unchaperoned youth are not admitted – there is no walk-in admittance. Parish/school registration is required before the event. The cost for the event is $25.00 per person.