HUTTONSVILLE—Part of a refocus on Catholic identity, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s Camp Tygart at Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center in Huttonsville is changing its name to Camp Bosco.
“This name change is an outward sign of an inward refocus on Catholic roots and identity,” said Bob Perron, executive director of the diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. “It also better describes the camp as a program and not a physical place. It is a program of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry and the Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center, as opposed to a separate property.”
The diocese, through the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, has operated the four-week camp known as Camp Tygart each summer for many years. The diocesan camp was started by Father Leon Alexander and he and many volunteers ran the camp for several years. Over the years, Camp Tygart has gone through several changes in both programming and leadership.
Prior to the diocese owning the property it was operated by the Salesian Brothers, who ran a school and camp programs. As one arrives at the property, he or she is greeted by a statue of St. Don Bosco.
The Bishop Hodges Center has been the home of camping for 49 years. Perron said in addition to the four weeks of diocesan camp, parishes and vicariates have had long traditions of camping there and they will all continue next summer.