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August 5, 2010. Tomball, TX. From July 13 to 19,
100 American and Mexican girls ages 10 to 13 converged
on Tomball, Texas, just outside Houston, for the annual Camp
Summit & ECYD convention. The girls and their slightly older
team leaders were accompanied by about a dozen counselors (ECYD
coworkers from across the United States), four consecrated women, and
a group of mothers who served as chaperones.
The theme for
the camp was “JUMP into Leadership!” Accordingly, the girls received
talks on the virtues of a true leader, from authenticity
and conviction to willpower, positive spirit, friendship, and teamwork.
fun activities kept the girls hopping, such as Messy Olympics
(with a fire truck to wash the girls off afterwards),
a giant bubble machine, a water slide, and a trip
to Splashtown water park, where the girls’ cheers could be
heard echoing through the park.
Every night, the camp counselors
hosted a different party with activities for the girls. The
first night’s party was themed “It’s a Year Round Party,”
and each of the counselors dressed up as a different
holiday season, from Valentine’s Day and Easter to St Patrick’s
and the 4th of July. Meanwhile, the camp director dressed
up as Birthday Girl and invited everyone to her party,
which was full of activities.
The twist of this party
was that the campers had to go from party to
party to earn a rainbow stripe on their arm. But
halfway through, the “party crashers” (the ECYD coworkers) came storming
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in to black out the girls’ stripes, obliging them to
go back to the party they had been to before.
“It was a blast and the girls really got into
the game. It was a great way for them to
meet their camp team leader for the week,” said Michelle
Weatherford, one of the mothers who volunteered as a chaperone.
The girls also had moments of prayer together, such
as the Holy Hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament
exposed or morning prayers.
There were also other quiet moments when
the girls took it upon themselves to pray.
One mother observed,
“One night, as I was busy turning out the lights
(for the second time), I went by a room with
three EYCD girls who were on their knees praying together.
My heart filled with joy! It isn’t easy being twelve
and witnessing to your friends.”
On another occasion, one of the
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girls wasn’t feeling well and had to go be with
the nurse, so the girls on her team spontaneously suggested
that they pray the Rosary for her. It was a
small gesture, but a meaningful one.
“As a mom, I
love watching the girls as they do a quiet charitable
act for someone or help a girl that needs a
little extra kindness or laugh so hard as they totally
dance themselves into exhaustion on the dance floor,” said another
In the midst of the cheers, games, and parties,
Camp Summit was planting little seeds of faith, love, and
unity. Not a bad way to spend one week out
of the summer.
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