This summer girls in Quebec and Ontario, Canada, had the
opportunity to encounter Christ and to deepen their faith through
Two week-long camps (for girls ages 10-16) were
designed around the theme “You’ve Got a Message.”
were challenged to discover the most profound messages they hold
within themselves --those they have received from a God who
loves them passionately – and to transmit this Gospel message
with their very lives,” said Melanie Pilon, one of the
Regnum Christi consecrated women in Montreal who ran the camps.
camp was offered in the French language from July 7-13,
2013, in Quebec at the scenic lakeside property of the
“P’tit Bonheur” near Mont Tremblant. The camp was also offered
from Aug 3-9, 2013, in English on a riverside property
called Providence Point, in Lanark, Ontario.
|The girls of Camp Alizé|
Participants experienced outdoor adventure
“as well as an interior journey with God,” said Melanie.
Camp activities included paddle-boarding, kayaking, sail-boating, swimming, archery, rallies, dancing,
bonfire, sharing, songs, formation, morning and night prayers, daily Mass
and much more. In the English camp, the girls also
formed a youth choir and brought their vocal and musical
talents to the Masses at their local parishes. In both
camps, several girls made or renewed their pledge of friendship
The consecrated women also organized day camps for
younger children at two Montreal parishes where the consecrated serve
as catechists and coordinators of youth and family activities. The
theme of both camps was “Getting to know Jesus.” Each
day the children went on a virtual tour of one
of the cities where Jesus walked. They learned about Him
through skits, played outdoor games and sports, made crafts connected
to the theme, and discovered new churches and “secret corners”
of their own parishes.
“I think seeing the children play
and pray together brought hope and joy to the pastors
and parishioners,” said Melanie.