An update from CYT Japan

We’ve previously discussed how Eric Stapleton has a vision to bring CYT to Japan. He just completed his third short-term mission trip to Tokyo to serve the missionaries of TEAM and their families, and produced two CYT camps that blended music, drama, bible studies, VBS crafts, and showcases.


Eric sums it up best: “Our task was to bring a little fun and, hopefully, spiritual refreshment to the youth who have no such thing as CYT in Japan except for when we come there in the summer.”

Check out his CYT Japan blog for the full lowdown of his latest trip, including photos, videos, and some pretty incredible moments.

The amazing turnout for CYT Sacramento summer camps!

CYT Sacramento is new-ish, but it has been downright amazing to see what God has done there in just two short years.

Over the course of two weeks this summer, they had 197 campers attend their camps! That is more than triple the number of kids they had when they launched CYT Sacramento in 2012.

The video below shows footage from their two camps – Camp Side Story and Pirates & Princesses. Enjoy!

CYT Atlanta teens spent a week on an island

Summer is coming to an end, and that means most of the CYT Summer Camps around the country have wrapped. But we can relive the super fun weeks through recap videos. Like the CYT Atlanta Teen Summer Camp (theme: Once On This Island Jr.) video that they posted on their Facebook page. Looks like they had a blast!

Honorable mention: CYT Atlanta’s Fall Classes just started — check ’em out to register!

CYT Tri-Valley is off to a great start!

There’s a new CYT Affiliate in town! We are so excited to welcome CYT Tri-Valley to the family. Below are some thoughts from Tracy Whitney & Kristin Werder who are two members of the team behind our newest addition.  


Outstanding attendance was the hallmark of the CYT Tri-Valley Free Workshop on May 30! A great gathering of families from Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, Castro Valley, and San Ramon, California gave this new Affiliate the support and energy it needs to launch locally. With nearly 150 attendees, and over 80 children participating, CYT Tri-Valley experienced a successful and well-supported evening of song, dance, performance and hope. CYT co-founder Sheryl Russell’s presentation to the parents was informative and her words of wisdom encouraged the steering committee.

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Next up CYT Tri-Valley is taking a family field trip down to CYT Santa Cruz for a performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. CYT Tri-Valley families will get to know each other better and learn more about CYT by supporting Santa Cruz on opening weekend. Preparations are underway for Hats Off to Broadway mini-camp August 5-7. Registration is now open.


CYT Tri-Valley appreciates prayers as support is gathered and staff is identified. Anyone with California contacts in the San Francisco East Bay area is encouraged to connect those people with CYT Tri-Valley! Need: students, teachers, musicians, technicians, and especially some business savvy folks to balance the artistic volunteers.

Click: or Call: (925)421-1351

CYT San Diego to host students from Shanghai, China

Some performers from Shanghai children’s choir, Xin Yin, are attending CYT San Diego’s (first ever!) international summer camp. We got to catch a glimpse of some of the upcoming visitors in the below video when they performed at the Shanghai Cultural Center in honor of Disney’s 50th anniversary of “It’s a Small World”.

From July 19th through August 3rd, CYT San Diego and CYT Inc will host 34 children from Shanghai, China while they travel to California to put on Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” in a special two-week camp with American campers.

How can you get involved, you ask?

We are looking for 17 San Diego families to open their homes to host two children each. There is a $200 stipend per child paid to your family (could be used to pay for your child to attend camp!) If you and your family are interested in a cultural and life-changing adventure, please consider hosting our very special guests. More information about hosting, as well as registering for our various summer camps, can be found online at

Additional questions can be directed to

Thank you in advance!

Highlights from CYT San Diego’s Alice

This summer CYT San Diego offered an advanced camp, Jon Lorenz’s Alice: A Wonder Full New Musical.

The camp -see the highlights above- provided training in acting, singing and dancing as well as production, costuming, lighting and sound. Only 50 spots were available, and CYT alumni were also invited to sign up.

“The camp was pretty intense,” said Leif Corbeil. “It was just as fun as a regular CYT camp, but much more condensed and jam-packed.”


Cari Callen played March, the snobby girlfriend of Trevor McKnight.

“Being on a time crunch definitely taught us how to work quickly and remember our materials. It was super fun,” said Callen.