|The legion officers of Arcatheos|
In the realm beyond mortals lies the Kingdom of
Arcatheos. Its main gate is protected by the Arch-Lord Valerian.
He rules over an ancient race known as the Duxarium,
carrying out the will of a mysterious and powerful King.
Through him the most terrifying of enemies, Reth Malock, was
shackled in chains, and imprisoned for a time in the
great abyss. If this dark menace and his legions of
Droch minions were to pass through the gate of Arcatheos,
the world of men would fall into darkness. Thus, many
of noble blood are summoned at times of greatest need.
Those who answer the call to defend Arcatheos will help
decide the fate of mankind!
This is the setting of a
unique boys camp in Canada called Arcatheos. The rustic medieval
camp is affiliated with Conquest and Mission Network, initiatives of
Regnum Christi. It is located 45 minutes south west of
Calgary, Alberta, near Turner Valley on the scenic ranch donated
by benefactors Bill and Linda Britton.
Founded in the year
2003, and previously known as Camp Rivendell, it has grown
into one of the most exciting boys camps in North
America. As the Arcatheos website says, “What boy can
resist the chance to draw his (foam and fiberglass) sword,
or fire water balloons by catapult, against a menacing horde
of evil villains?”
This year’s program took place from August 2-7,
2013. Overseeing the camp were nine priests, including seven Legionaries,
45 dads, 15 young men, 35 teens (who also participated
in a 4-day officer training program before camp), and 104
Everything in this camp is designed to inspire friendship with
Jesus Christ and give boys an opportunity to encounter the
great strength of their Catholic faith. The boys train to
be “soldiers,” undertaking a rigorous set of training objectives. Dads
|During the Live Action Role Play, Aurelius, a leader of the Duxarium, is wounded in battle.|
and college-aged young men assist in camp activities. They are
enlisted as an extension of the adult leadership, help prepare
theatrical scenes, teach wilderness skills, help with mentoring and serving
the boys, and participate in the action in “battle.”
of the camp is to teach the boys virtue, following
the ECyD methodology “Experiences, Convictions, and your Decisions.” The
boys then put their skills to the test with special
designed “Live-Action Role Play.”
To sign up for the next camp,
go to www.Arcatheos.com. There is also a sister camp
for Catholic girls called Captivenia.