Castaway Planning

  • 09:00 AM
  • 212 1st St SW, Avon, MN 56310

About Castaway

Castaway is a 3-day retreat experience for youth in grades 9-12 and sponsored through Catholic Education Ministries. Youth from our Diocese have been participating in this retreat for 46 years. Castaway is usually offered the last weekend(s) of March (depending on when Easter occurs) and is held at the Young Life- Castaway Camp near Detroit Lakes. Registration information is available through contacting the Consultant for Youth Ministry and Religious Education at CEM.

Info Sheet and outline of 2019 Weekends.

About Meeting

This year we are changing to longer meetings and meeting fewer times throughout the spring.  All parishes who would like to attend Castaway are asked to be present at each and every leader training. Our first planning meeting will be at St. Benedict’s Parish in Avon, MN


The day will run from 9 am to 2 pm with lunch at Noon. We will be breaking into planning groups and working in specific areas to prepare for the energetic youth who attend the retreats.


Due to the type of event, each parish who would like to attend Castaway will need to attend the meetings, there is no real need to register.  It is a general expectation that Parishes who have submitted their enrollment forms will have designated leaders to attend the meetings.  If you have questions, please call or email Kent Schmitz at 320-251-0111 ext. 4 or