Can love be found? In God? In others? In
yourself? In giving love? This was the theme that girls
explored during ECyD summer camps in Quebec and Ontario this
Le P’tit Bonheur, a campsite located in Quebec, hosted
girls ages 10-16 at the annual Camp Alizé from July
8 -14, 2012.
Waking up in the morning to the song “Chacaron
Macaron,” the girls danced their way out of bed to
start their day of fun, friends, and faith formation. With an atmosphere of joy centered on Christ, the
day was filled with activities including canoeing, swimming, kayaking, sailing,
practicing archery, and wall climbing. Throughout each day the girls
accompanied a character who was searching for love, whether it
was the Princess, the Pirate, the Martian, or the Indian.
By the end of the camp, the girls were able
to rejoice with the characters at having found love in
God, others, themselves, and in giving love. These girls also
enjoyed participating in daily prayer and Mass.
Sainte Collette Day Camp
Fron July 23-27, 2012,
girls aged 10-15 participated in a French-speaking day-camp based at
Sainte Collette Parish in Montreal Nord. All year
long, most of the girls had been meeting monthly for
some fun, cooking classes, and
faith formation. In an under-privileged
area, these girls were also able to profit from the
theme of “Finding Love.” These girls had conferences, visited Jesus
in the Blessed Sacrament, made crafts, played games outside, and
enjoyed the activities the ECyD Missionaries prepared for them.
The English-speaking camp Alizé took place in Lanark, Ontario during
the week of August 4-10, 2012. This camp
followed the same theme, with similar activities and dynamics as
the French camp in the Mont Tremblant Region. Activities included
scavenger hunts and daily skits prepared by the ECyD missionaries
and team leaders, introducing the character of the day.
Every year the
girls look forward to “secret angels” on the camp. On
the first day of camp, the girls receive a paper
with another camper’s name on it. Throughout the week, they
pray for and carry out secret acts of charity for
this girl. On the last night, as the girls share
their favorite experiences from camp, they reveal who they were
an ‘angel’ for. Many friendships are solidified and others sparked
by the kindness and generosity of seeing what they did
for each other. Many girls mentioned that they particularly enjoyed
the fun and faith-filled atmosphere, and the fruits of being
among like-minded peers, forming deep and lasting friendships.