Cadicasu History

90 years of creative thinking has made our camp the perfect combination of tradition and responsiveness to the needs and aspirations of today’s youth.

What makes us unique is that people accept each other here unconditionally, for their likeness as well as their differences.

Multiple generations of campers come here because they know that it is a special place where they can fully be themselves.

camp logo sign
chapel front
red barn
medic door
old bell

The old Cadicasu we have known for many years continues to inspire new generations of campers and staff.

swimming pool hut

Photos of the original site of Camp Cadicasu located in Bragg Creek from 1930 – 2007 where over 60,000 children went to summer camp.

1929 St. Mary’s Parish in Calgary was donated land in Bragg Creek.
1930 Cadicasu opened in Bragg Creek as St. Mary’s Boys Choir Camp.
1951 Bishop Carroll turned it into a general summer camp for boys.
1952 Girls were welcomed at camp for the first time during separate weeks.
1955 The official name of the camp was changed to Camp Cadicasu.
1956 Camp Cadicasu became a registered non-profit charity.
1950s A new chapel, dining hall, swimming pool, and cabins were built.
1961 Mrs. Violini (a.k.a. “Mom”) started a 20-year relationship as the cook.
1965 Fr. Eric Nelson began an almost 50-year run as Chaplain.
1970s A co-ed program was initiated that reflected the cultural trends.
1980s Camp freshened itself up with some new buildings and upgrades.
1989 Mike Nelson embarked upon a multi-decade journey as the Director.
2006 The mess hall burned down and talk of how to continue emerged.
2007 The business association with the Calgary Catholic Diocese ended.
Camp Cadicasu became an independent non-profit charity.
2008 A new location was found with Frank Walsh as the Board Chair.
2009 Margie Schuett was elected Board Chair of Camp Cadicasu.
2010 The new Camp Cadicasu opened for campers in Kananaskis Country.
2012 An off-season Rental Program was created to build financial autonomy.
2013 Mike Nelson retired, and Heather O’Neill became the Executive Director.
2014 Our first Winter Camp was held in December to expand our program.
2015 Outdoor Education and Leadership School Programs were launched.
Clan Families were introduced to strengthen teamwork and camp spirit.
2016 Cadicasu joined the Birdies for Kids Shaw Charity Classic golf tournament.
2017 Cadicasu was named in the Top 5 Traditional Camps category as part of
the Flight Network‘s Top 60 Camps in North America.
2018 Cadicasu was voted the Best Children’s Overnight Camp in the Calgary Area.
2019 The cabin names were changed from indigenous tribes to animals. Cadicasu
was voted the Best Children’s Overnight Camp again in the Calgary Area.
2020 Camp was closed for most of the year due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
2021 Campers returned for a successful summer season with zero cases of COVID-19.

Rebuilding Cadicasu

In 2007, the construction of the new site began and the Board of Directors worked hard to fundraise and carry on the legacy that began over eighty years earlier.