|The quintessential caneoing trip.|
Celebrating our “One Life” as a gift received from God
was the theme of several ECYD camps for French-speaking
and English-speaking girls this summer in Eastern Canada.
Le Petit Bonheur,
a campsite located in Quebec, Canada, hosted girls ages 10-16
at their annual Camp Alizé from July 10-16, 2011.
up in the morning to the song “Chacaron Macaron,” the
girls danced their way out of bed to start their
day of fun, friends and faith formation. With an atmosphere
of joy centered on Christ, the camping day was filled
with activities including sailing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, practicing archery, and
wall climbing. The girls also participated in daily prayer and
Beginning July 18, 2011 St. Stanislas Parish in Montreal hosted
a week-long day camp for children aged 5-10.
day began with 4 ECYD Missionaries presenting a skit on
a certain virtue, and continued with arts and crafts, games
and two cultural visits to an “insectarium” and the house
where St Marguerite Bourgeois lived with her students and nuns.
|Campers experience an atmosphere of joy centered on Christ.|
for the children included serving at the daily Mass in
the afternoon. Every camper participated in some way, as an
altar server, a reader, or in the presentation of the
gifts during the offertory.
“God’s precious angels surrounded his table
in their little white robes serving and adoring Him as
He offered Himself for them,” said Veronica Canales, a Regnum
Christi consecrated woman who helped with the camps.
On July 25-38,
2011, girls aged 10-15 participated in another French-speaking day-camp, based
at Sainte Collette Parish in Montreal Nord. They also shared
the theme “One Life.” These girls had conferences, made crafts,
visited Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament daily, played games, and
enjoyed the activities the ECYD Missionaries prepared for them. On
one of the days, campers focused on “friendship” and made
friendship bracelets and discussed the qualities they want in a
friend. Through the discussion, they found Jesus is the perfect
An English-speaking camp Alize took place in Lanark, Ontario
|Being among like-minded peers, forming deep and lasting friendships. |
during the week of July 31 through August 5, 2011.
This camp followed the same theme, with similar activities and
dynamics as the French camp. Activities included scavenger hunts and
a “live Clue game” to find out which “vice” killed
“happiness.” The girls enjoyed investigating each “suspect” and avoiding getting
caught by the “police” to solve the mystery.
On the last
night after the bonfire, the girls shared their experiences. Many,
having come to the camp for the first time, particularly
enjoyed the fun and faith-filled atmosphere and the fruits of
being among like-minded peers, forming deep and lasting friendships.