CYO Social Activities Overview
The CYO sponsors a variety of social activities for teenagers in the parish so that they can build a sense of community with each other and feel that St. Dominic Parish is a true home for them. CYO sponsored social activities also provide a safe, structured environment of Christian values that serves as an alternative to just "hanging out" with nothing to do. The Annual End of Summer Lock Out, the annual Summer Trip, field trips to ice skating, the corn maze, canoeing, and much more are some examples of the activities that take place throughout the year.
2019 Summer Trip Update
The payment by check schedule is as follows: $200 due on or around May 10, June 10, and July 10. Credit cards will have the full balance charged shortly. May payments should be dropped at the church office. June payments could ideally be brought to the June 9th Monthly Meeting. Also, please note that the deposit was $175, not $165 (both prices were in different places on the registration form.) If you paid a $165 deposit, please add $10 to one of your next payments.
You may combine payments or work out another payment schedule with me if needed. The church office is open Monday-Friday from 8 AM – 4 PM. Please place envelopes marked “CYO” through the front desk mail slot or even through the glass doors after hours. There are no refunds unless replacement is found. We are spending trip money as it’s received to pay deposits, purchase the admission tickets, etc.
If you have any difficulty with this payment schedule, please contact me. I know that some of us are facing some financial challenges; I can work with you if I have some advance notice.
Roommate Arrangements & T-shirt Sizes
1) Hotel roommate requests (4 total including yourself) – HINT: if everyone in a room submits identical requests, you are more likely to get your complete request. You are only guaranteed being with at least some of your requests. Each room has two queen beds at a Hilton Garden Inn.
2) Approximately 5 friends you want to be with on the bus. (The busses are usually organized by grade.)
3) Requested T-shirt size (worn in the group photo on the trip)
If you do not send this information by the deadline, you will receive a size XXXL T-shirt and will not be guaranteed rooms with your friends.
Itinerary & Forms
The detailed itinerary, permission and medical forms, draft hotel room list, packing list, etc. will be mailed in a trip packet at the beginning of June.
Plan on attending a mandatory meeting for all trip participants and at least one parent on Monday, June 17, 2019, at 6:00 PM in St. Dominic Gym. Trip itineraries, rules, and questions will be covered. Forms will be notarized (complimentary) at the meeting and submitted. Trip T-shirts will be distributed. If you and your family will be out of town on June 17th, please send the completed forms with someone who will be attending the meeting, and have them pick up your T-shirt.
Although a CYO summer trip has never been disrupted by a hurricane, our experience tells us to plan ahead. If the New Orleans area is under a hurricane threat and/or mandatory evacuation at the time of trip departure, the trip may be cancelled. All efforts will be made to refund as much as possible, except in cases where vendors (amusement parks, hotels, etc.) refuse a refund per their own policies. If New Orleans comes under a hurricane threat and/or mandatory evacuation order while the CYO is away on the summer trip, I will use my best judgment, with the safety of the group as my main concern, on when/how to return to Louisiana. If we cannot return before enactment of contraflow or other measures that prevent entry into New Orleans, we will remain out of state and make contact with parents. We will provide housing and meals for as long as necessary until we can transfer you to your parents. If “504” numbers become inoperable, the CYO website at www.stdominiccyo.org will contain up-to-date information on our plans.