By Jen DeCoster
Special to the Catholic Key
As the weather warms up, we hear birds chirping and see flowers blooming; we know summer is on its way, which means it is almost time for Camp Savio!
Camp Savio is named in honor of the teenage saint, Dominic Savio, who was known for challenging his friends to live their faith daily. Saint Dominic Savio was chosen as a role model for the middle school students who attend camp.
This summer, Camp Savio will be held during the 2nd and 3rd weeks of June at Maur Hill Mount Academy, in Atchison, Kansas. Week one is June 8-13 and June 15-20 for all incoming 6th to 9th graders. The theme for this summer’s camp is “Inspire[d].” Who inspires you? How has God inspired each of us?
Each day of the week will also have a theme from Jesus’ Divine Mercy, based on St. Faustina’s Diary. The day’s theme of Divine Mercy also ties in with what the campers will be doing that day.
A typical week of camp is full of activities: a day at Schlitterbahn, a mud pit, a 100-foot slip ‘n slide, bubble soccer, low ropes course, water games and a day at the lake. Each evening, there is daily Mass, Adoration and a talk by the host, followed by a small group discussion and a parish meeting to apply the day’s experiences back to their parish life.
Registration is now open for both weeks of camp. Campers attend with their parish. During the week, the teens go on a faith journey with their Youth Minister or Adult Chaperones, when they return back to their parishes, it has had a huge impact on both their Youth Ministry programs and their parishes. Teens can sign up by contacting their youth minister or pastor. If you do not have a parish to attend with, contact the Diocesan Youth Office. For more information on Camp Savio, visit www.campsavio.com.