Girls and their mothers experienced grace and adventure in the
rustic setting of Camp Captivenia this past August. Approximately 90
girls, 25 team members and 15 mothers attended the camp
located outside Turner Valley, Alberta in Canada.
With its fun medieval
setting, the mission of the Challenge-affiliated camp is to “help
girls embrace their baptismal call to be a light in
Camp Captivenia uses live-action role play
with a storyline that highlights God’s desire for each person
to discover a sense of mission in the state of
life He has chosen for her.
This year’s theme was
“Hearts Undivided - Set Apart for His Majesty.” While getting
to better know their King, Jesus Christ, the campers took
part in the storyline in the beauty of the forest.
They participated in archery, leather-crafting, horseback riding and much more.
|A camper is officially admitted to Camp Captivenia.|
souls were touched during the week!” said Valerie Doran, founder
of Captivenia. “Particularly impacting was all-night Eucharistic Adoration where girls
took turns spending half an hour with Christ. Many said
it was life-changing for them.”
Moms prepared for the camp in
advance by reading 33 Days to Morning Glory and then
consecrated their lives to the Blessed Virgin Mary during the
|Camp Cativenia use live-action role play in its storyline. (No persons, flora or fauna were harmed during this scene.)|
Professional singer Janelle and renowned Catholic speaker Mike Chaisson
were on the program agenda. Another memorable part of the
week was the Eucharistic procession through the forest and along
the river. At the end, the group celebrated with a
medieval banquet in a beautifully decorated tent designed to provide
the aura of heavenly celebration!
Many inspiring stories have been shared
since Camp Captivenia 2013 came to a close. One participant
who was not Catholic said she came away with a
strong desire to attend Church. She eventually brought her entire
family to Sunday Mass. Another camper said she had been
an atheist before attending Camp Captivenia, but has since been
confirmed in the Catholic faith. Others said they had significant
growth in their relationship with Jesus, and some reported great
healing during Confession.
For more information about Camp Captivenia 2014, go
to their website: www.captivenia.com.