|Campers take their "JUMP!" motto seriously...|
Phoenix, Arizona, June 20-25, 2010 -- Several last minute registrations
helped the organizers of the 3rd Annual ECYD Convention in
Arizona reach its attendance goal. Forty-three campers participated, most of
them coming for the first time.
“The JUMP! convention was our
best so far,” said Carrie O’Connor, a Regnum Christi consecrated
woman who helped host the event. “All the girls left
with a better understanding of leadership and what it means
to really live it out – but more importantly, lasting
friendships with one another and with Christ, their best friend.
The girls had the time of their lives!”
The event took
place at a retreat center in the mountains just north
of Phoenix, where the air is a bit cooler than
the desert temperatures below. Carrie said the area has been
hit hard economically, and the good attendance was “a sign
of God’s blessing.”
During the welcoming talk, the team leaders did
a skit entitled “JUMP into leadership!” that set the tone
for the week. They portrayed scenarios that were likely to
take place during the convention, such as going out of
one’s comfort zone to meet new girls, getting out of
bed at the “Christ our King!” morning wake-up call, or
swimming in the “icky pond.” The girls shouted, “Jump! Jump!
Jump!” to encourage the skit actresses to take on the
challenge. As the week went on, the same cheer would
be heard many more times.
|. Forty-three campers participated, most of them coming for the first time.|
A highlight of the convention was
the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament held during night prayers
every day. A different team would accompany the chaplain each
night as he carried Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament
from the chapel to the conference room, accompanied by candles,
bells and voices raised in song.
“We could see how their
appreciation for this moment of prayer grew each day,” said
The girls also took an outing to Slide Rock
state park, where a rock-bed river runs through the mountains
of Sedona, Arizona. The girls who were daring enough got
to jump off the cliffs along the river, complementing the
“Jump!” convention theme.
As Celine Minton, a mom who attended
as a chaperone, shared with other moms, “The convention is
a hidden jewel! I was able to get a better
bird’s eye view of how Challenge works and I was
blown away! What a gift we have here, moms! …I
believe in the formation of Challenge. When I meet young
ladies who have had the benefit of years of participation
in Challenge, I am convinced that God is at work
The girls are eagerly brainstorming for fundraising projects in order
to attend next year’s convention.