|Veronica Skuban and fellow campers process in during the opening ceremonies for the Festival of Maidens.|
October 31, 2011. Captivenia, which means “captivating grace,” was
inspired by another Catholic medieval camp named Arcātheos (formerly
known as Camp Rivendell). The boys’ camp had been running
for eight years in Turner Valley, Alberta, under the leadership
of Dr. Brian Doran. This apostolate inspired many, and served
as a place for boys and their fathers to grow
in virtue in a rustic Catholic setting. Continuously, Arcātheos grew
in numbers and people imploring for a similar opportunity for
In the Spring of 2011, Valerie Doran (wife of
Brian) gathered 20 women who came together to make this
dream a reality: to design an adventure camp for girls.
Their goal was to develop this with an element of
mystery that would touch the core of their feminine being:
the need to know they are beautiful for who they
are, and that they are loved. Captivenia therefore became the
sister camp to Arcātheos. Mothers were invited to attend, as
an extension of the back-up team which helped create an
unforgettable experience for their daughters. In their inaugural year, there
were 100 girls and 26 Mothers who attended.
|Campers enjoy a special dinner night during the camp.|
Upon arrival, the
Maidens (ages 9-12) and Bellesera (leadership ages 13-16) discovered they
were entering a mysterious kingdom, and were to take part
in the Festival of Maidens. They were thrilled and honored
to be invited to such an occasion! The days were
filled with activities and theatrics, including: archery, horse-back riding, water-balloon
ballistae, storytelling, the Royal Spa, crafting leather-work, and much more!
Through the adventure the participants explored the richness of the
Catholic faith, and were led deeper in their understanding of
God’s love for them.
The team was grateful to see the
Bellesera (counselors) grow in their leadership by helping the Maidens
during the week. They also saw hope kindled in the
hearts of the girls as they entered into the storyline
with Christ, encountering and defeating the evil that plagued the
forest. In the end they experienced the tremendous generosity and
|Horsebackriding at a nearby ranch was a tremendous success.|
security afforded by the King through the beautiful medieval banquet.
Bellesera shared, “It was an amazing experience - it’s literally
indescribable!! We learned about Christ and once the week was
over we didn’t want to leave the boundaries of our
week-long home. We gained life-long friends and had life-changing experiences.
I can’t wait till next year!”
Please visit the official website
at www.captivenia.com for more details.