|Challenge Camp in Denver, Colorado|
The following is a testimony from Anna Chase who was
part of the camp counselors at the 2013 Challenge Summer
Camp in Denver, Colorado held from June 23- 30, 2013.
it an exhausting week? Yes, to be sure. But was
it worth it? Completely and totally!
I will never forget the
effect that it has had on my life. My job
was as an activity leader, so I would help plan
and set up for each of the activities and help
with whatever else needed to be done.
One of those activities
was messy Olympics, where, in part, the girls made their
team leaders into ice cream sundaes. I managed to avoid
being made into an ice cream sundae, which I can
honestly say I was not too disappointed about!
It was so
great to be able to make so many new friends.
Some of us team leaders started off the week as
complete strangers, and by the end of camp, we knew
how to work together, side by side, complimenting each other’s
strengths and weaknesses.
It was so much fun to be able
to connect with each of the girls in one way
or another, whether it was sitting with them at dinner,
and trying to carry on a conversation over the laughter
and cheers of the other girls, or just simply sharing
a smile with them as you walked by.
|The "messy" Olympics|
For me, the
spirituality of camp this year was the “cherry on top
of the sundae.” It was unbelievable. We were so blessed
to have a young and enthusiastic RC missionary, Caitlin Chase,
(my sister!) helping direct the camp and inspiring all of us
counselors to give all we could give. (I also had
my sister Rebecca working with me too!) Encouraging us as well were
three dynamic college girls, Makena Clawson, Rachel Lanz and Megan
Ruzicka, all of whom, I can say, made an incredible
impact on all of us at camp.
Two RC consecrated
women, Cassie Wolfe and Victoria O’Donnell, were with us for
the whole week, giving spiritual guidance and sacrificing so much
of their time and effort for the success of camp.
|(L to R) Rebecca, Caitlin, Anna Chase |
best part of the week was that Fr. Peter Devereux,
LC was there every day, celebrating Mass, giving amazing, dynamic
homilies, and just being so present to the girls, and
all the participants. Had it not been for his prayers
and sacrifices, and those of the consecrated women and those
team leaders who woke up at 6:00 am every morning
to pray the Rosary for all of the girls, I
am convinced that camp would not have been the beautiful
and life-changing week that it was.