|Convention girls show their JUMP! spirit.|
(Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada, July 25-30 and August 6-13, 2010)
– More than 80 girls were jumping for joy at
this past summer’s “JUMP!” Convention. The event took place over
two different weeks in July and August in Alberta and
The theme for this year’s camp was “The Ultimate
Leadership Experience.” From July 25-30, the camp took place Our
Lady of Victory Camp for those in the Alberta Region,
and from August 6-13 for those in Saskatchewan and surrounding
Daily sessions centered on developing dedication, authenticity, conquering faults with
willpower, and developing character. A handful of volunteers and team
leaders were in attendance to direct the sessions and activities,
and two Regnum Christi consecrated women were also there to
provide daily prayers, spiritual talks and one-on-one mentoring.
the conference opened with a dynamic activity focusing on a
world leader and role model such as Tony Melendez, Eduardo
Verástegui, John Paul II, and Mother Teresa. All camp activities,
including canoeing, Olympic games, scavenger hunts, and dance and swimming
competitions, were linked to the theme of the day. At
meal times, girls dressed as their favorite role model, as
guests at the Vatican, and even wore their craziest hairdos.
the weeks, girls were separated into teams, which offering some
of the best opportunities to develop and exercise leadership. One
daily team activity called the Camp Campaign involved teams choosing
a challenge requiring the virtue of charity. If they fulfilled
the challenge, their team’s colored frog moved forward on a
“lily pad towards heaven.” Girls also individually received a secret
pal to pray for, write encouraging notes to, and offer
other acts of kindness for.
|Getting ready for some fun out on the water.|
A memorable moment from the
conference took place when one of the youngest teams in
the 10-year old group gathered around to motivate and cheer
on a fellow team member who was too shy to
pose for a group photo.
Haley Herbert, age 15, who
was invited to help out as a team leader for
the Alberta camp, admitted that, before she arrived, living out
her faith had been a challenge.
“The experiences I had
at camp were life-changing,” she said, with all the enthusiasm
typical of a teen. “And I have a new friend
for life!” (She was referring to Maddy Herring, another team
leader at the event.) Haley is currently fundraising in order
to return to Canada to help out in the future.