Diocesan Youth Council

The Diocesan Youth Council is a group of young people who represent the youth of the Diocese at Diocesan Convention. They plan and run Diocesan youth events and work ultimately to make the church a nurturing environment for the spiritual growth of young people in the Christian community. They seek to accomplish this through extending fellowship and hospitality with their fellow youth.

The DYC is comprised of members who are in high school grades 10 through 12 (as of September 2019). The DYC generally has an event and/or meeting once a month. During that time they plan and run four specific diocesan youth events, discuss relevant topics that concern the youth of the diocese, and explore their own journeys of faith 

Membership in the DYC is by application. The on-line application is available now and are due August 23, 2019.  Membership runs through the academic year.  Deanery representatives with voting privileges at Diocesan Convention are selected by their deanery assembly  from among the DYC members.

At the 1998 Diocesan Convention, an amendment to the Constitution passed that gave seat and voice at diocesan conventions to up to twenty members of the Diocesan Youth Council and vote to those members age 16 or older. The diocese is proud of this important step that reflects how seriously youth are held in this diocese.


Faith in Action:  Las Fronteras

for young people in 9th-12th grades


Join us as we prepare for a mission pilgrimage to las fronteras, the borderlands. Explore the borders and boundaries that exist for many right here in eastern Massachusetts and see how parishes and communities are coming together to build bridges rather than walls.

This new program includes a year of site visits around the diocese to see Faith in Action.  At each site, participants will explore issues of security and hospitality, stranger and neighbor, discipleship and servant leadership, all while partnering in community service projects across eastern Massachusetts and developing a community of faith and support among themselves. 

The program began with an organizational meeting in October, and the year will culminate in the group’s pilgrimage to the US/Mexico borderlands in August 2019.

Applications are available in the spring and due in early fall.


Held at the Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center and elsewhere, these gatherings--led by the Diocesan Youth Council members--give young people and their allies an opportunity to get away with each other, meet others from around the diocese, and listen together for God's outrageous plans for them through games and activities, reflections, food, fun, and lively worship.

Typically we host a weekend retreat for middle schoolers in Nov. and high schoolers in Feb each year, along with several overnight preconfirmation retreats during Lent.  Check the Year at a Glance for the most current schedule and information.


Regional Youth Events

The Diocesan Office of Youth Ministry supports the developing faith life of young people in local parishes by uplifting the particular needs and interests of the churches. We carry out this ministry of support and partnership with parishes in order to provide young people with the most life-giving ministries and faith-building experiences possible.

The Office serves the mission of youth formation by providing layers of administrative, planning, and on-the-ground presence at diocesan youth programs around the diocese. In the coming year these partnerships include the Creation Care Beach Clean-up Service Day on Cape Cod, the Las Posadas Advent celebration in Chelsea, the Service of Remembrance in Bridgewater, and the Lent Launch Lock-in at Trinity Church, Boston.

These events are often tied to holy times, holidays, weekends, and school vacations. If your church or youth group has an idea for an event, a passion you'd like to share with others, or you just want help making friends-in-faith with others from around the diocese, run it by hmsmith@diomass.org


Talking Shop:  Networking and Professional Development

These occasional offerings are designed to help adults who work with young people connect with colleagues from across the diocese, learn new skills, and share their experience and wisdom with others.  If you work with youth full-time or part-time, if you are paid staff or volunteer, if you are clergy or lay, if you are short or tall, these offerings are for you.


Barbara C. Harris Camp

Opened in June 2003, THE CAMP at the Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center has grown to serve over 1000 campers from throughout New England. THE CAMP has become one of the area's premiere Christian camps, offering great new facilities, an incredible staff, and a strong Christian community. 

THE CAMP offers many opportunities for fun and adventure, whether that means swimming, soccer, crafts, archery, hiking, kayaking or rock climbing. Based on a unique small group approach, it is also a place where all campers feel accepted, cared for, and develop great friendships.  But most importantly, it is a place with a special and higher purpose. . . helping kids grow in their faith. Our program builds on the opportunities presented by the wonder of God's creation found in nature and the camper's distance from the distractions of day to day life. Opportunities abound for campers to grow closer to God -- from powerful, high energy worship to quiet reflective prayer.  Campers learn important life lessons and gain new perspectives as they live, work, and play in a supportive and loving Christian community.

Come join us at THE CAMP this summer! We offer both a traditional, week-long overnight camp for children entering grades 4 through 12, as well as a family camp, where no matter your age you are welcome to come enjoy all of the fun things that BCH has to offer. Whichever program suits you best, our strong commitment to excellence means you'll experience summer camp at its very best. For more information, please be in touch with Summer Camp Director, camp@bchcenter.org.