As the Thanksgiving Holiday draws near this week and I reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving and our family traditions I am reminded that THANKFULNESS takes the sting out of adversity. Let me explain.
Do you ever feel like the more you try to obtain happiness the easier it can slip from your grasp? The key is THANKFULNESS. God instructs us to give thanks for everything. (Ephesians 5:20)
Yet, there is an element of mystery in this matter of faith: We give God thanks (regardless of our feelings), and God gives us joy (regardless of our circumstances). (Psalm 118:1)
This simple spiritual transaction of obedience - blind obedience at times - can seem irrational. To thank God for our hardships, doubts, and difficult circumstances can seem impossible.
By being thankful, even though difficulties remain, we will be blessed as our thankfulness opens our hearts to God's presence in our lives. (Psalm 89:15)
We may still be in the same place with the same set of hardships, but amazingly we will begin to see our circumstances from God's perspective and begin to find the rest we are seeking from our burdens in His love. (Matthew 11:29-30)
Challenge: Who is the one person who you need to pick up the phone and call to tell them how thankful you are for them? Who is the one person you need to write or e-mail? How will you demonstrate to them that you are thankful and grateful for all they do for you and what they mean to you?
- Written by Jenny Fehn, Media Specialist
5. You'll support Camps Connect and its programs and services for children
Camps Connect rents its properties and facilities for groups to enjoy throughout the year and to support our mission of providing a summer camp experience for over 500 boys and girls each summer. Created as the joint venture between
Catholic Youth Organization Camps and St. Vincent DePaul Camps, Camps Connect makes a valuable impact on the quality of life for the children and families we serve.
4. You'll be active at camp
As concerns for our declining level of physical activity continue to climb in this culture of technological connectivity it is very important for children and adults alike to remain active. Physical activity can:
When your group is at camp you have every chance to be physically active. There are games to be played, hikes to take, adventure climbing, swimming, and so much more to discover.
3. You can deepen your communication skills
Through the community of a camp experience your group will practice many social skills. You'll build a sense of community by sharing a common living and dining space, as well as helping duties, and quality time. Throughout your time at camp you will experience cooperation with others, listen to others, and witness the value of honest communication.
2. You can unplug from technology
When you "unplug" at camp you'll receive the full benefits of a nature connection!
How long have you gone without playing or working with technology? Do you ever think you need a break from it all? Camp offers a place where you and your group can come, be unplugged, and experience real people, real emotions, real activities, and face to face communication. You'll remember that there is a lot to do outside of technology and a lot of great ways to connect with people through nature!
1. You'll be able to renew, refresh, and restore yourself for a better life!
During your time at camp your group will remember what its like to take a deep breath, find joy again, and feel the stress of life melt away. You can be renewed, refreshed, and restored to a better you!
By Robert Hugh Farley, M.S.
Facebook has become the 21st century "brag book" for parents and grandparents to tout the photos and accomplishments of their adorable children and grandchildren. While many adults are exploring and enjoying the social networking site, where are our young people and children? Keeping abreast of how our children (or the children we serve) spend their time online is essential to helping them create proper boundaries, maintain safe and healthy relationships and avoid potential dangers. It is only by understanding the technologies used by so many young people that we can protect them.
Originally introduced in 2003 as a network for college students and alumni, Facebook is a social networking platform. A high school version was launched in 2006; at this time Facebook became widely accessible to children who must affirm that they are 13 or older (though there is no way to actually verify users' ages), only requiring an email address to register. Although other Internet social networking platforms existed prior to Facebook such as AOL (1997), Friendster (2002) and MySpace (2003), none of these platforms were embraced by the public quite like Facebook. Facebook was cutting edge, yet also extremely user-friendly and also multi-functional.
Facebook was identified as the site that one should utilize to locate old friends, keep in touch with new friends and even identify people who could be potential friends, all with a simple search feature. In some cases, popularity at school or among young people was based on the number of Facebook friends one was able to tally. As of 2012, Facebook purported to have over one billion active users.
However, just as numerous adults began to join the fun of social networking, young people seemed ready to move on to the next social media trend. For many, Facebook's long newsfeed, the public nature of comments, and very fact of their parents' participation, caused teens to look for something new.
The Expanding Landscape of Social Networking
As Facebook became less popular with young people, they turned to social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram. Twitter is a microblogging service that enables users to send and read short 140 character text messages, called "tweets." Instagram is a mobile photo-sharing and video-sharing application that allows users to take pictures and videos and then share them with others.
Another reason for the trend toward new social media platforms was the progression from the use of a desktop computer to the pervasive use by young people of apps on their smartphones and tablets for social interaction. Messaging apps offer free private communication, through the use of a cell phone number, for text messaging, face-to-face video conversations and other forms of communication. Young people are able to communicate with people they actually know without using Facebook, which allows less familiar "friends" to see their social interactions.
It is also important to note the rise in popularity of the "selfie," or what some are even referring to as an "ussie," which are self-portraits taken at arm's length with a smartphone, as well as the ever-present accessibility to smartphone cameras with their instant ability to circulate images. Because selfies and other photos may be taken in an awkward or silly situation, one may not want it posted on Facebook for just anyone to view. As a result, one of the most popular photo sharing alternatives is a free cell phone app called Snapchat. This app allows one to send a selfie or other photo "snap" to a controlled list of recipients. This problematic program is different from other picture sharing applications because Snapchat photos, or even videos, will self-destruct 2—10 seconds after they are received, making it impossible for parents to know who is communicating with their teens and what they are sharing.1
Today a variety of social networking platforms that are easily accessible on smartphones offer some type of anonymity that many young people seem to crave. For instance, Whisper is a free app that allows users to send short public messages anonymously and receive replies. Users post messages that are displayed as text superimposed over an image—similar to a greeting card.
Yik Yak is another free app that allows anyone to post anything without attaching themselves to a username. It does not even require a password to log in. The timeline of Yik Yak is similar to Twitter, but without the ability to post photos. It is extremely localized; anyone within 1.5 miles of an app/message can read the post. The use of Yik Yak by a high-school student, for example, could result in other students teasing, maligning, gossiping or even threatening someone else nearby with the bully remaining anonymous.
Highlight is an app that runs quietly in the background of a smartphone, continuously providing and also sharing information about the people nearby - about 100 yards away. When one meets someone who is also running Highlight, the two users may be able to see what they have in common. Highlight has been criticized for its ability to disclose private social networking information to strangers.
Tinder is another location based app that gathers nearby Tinder user's 500 character profile information in an attempt to match individuals who are likely to be compatible. The app allows one to anonymously like or pass by swiping or tapping. If two users like each other then it results in a "match" and Tinder introduces the two users and opens a chat. Tinder has been criticized as being a haven for ultimately creepy exchanges and sexual encounters.
There is little doubt that millions of young people will embrace these and many more innovative apps that exist or are on the social networking horizon. Adults should not be lulled into believing that because they have a Facebook account that they are attuned to today's social networking landscape as it relates to young people and children.
Technology continues to rapidly change. Parents, teachers and all of us who are charged with protecting children must continue our efforts to stay abreast of the many new programs and latest apps that may be used by young people and child molesters seeking to manipulate and sexually abuse children.
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True peace and reflection is increasingly difficult in today’s modern world. With the distractions of social media, our busy schedules, and the pressures of today, the increasing “noise” can keep us and our children from hearing God’s voice.
The NSYR reports that young people are interested in a genuine experience of the transcendent and in a faith that relates to their daily lives.
“Time in nature is not leisure time; it's an essential investment in our children's health (and also, by the way, in our own).” ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.” ― St. Francis of Assisi
“…To find room in our cultural context for the encounter with Christ, with Christian life and with the life of faith is very difficult. Young people are in great need of support to really be able to find this path." ― Feb. 22, 2007 / Pope Benedict XVI
Let us provide your family, parish, or youth group with the perfect natural outdoor setting to relax, unwind, and reconnect with each other and God. Research tells us that the need for youth ministries to provide opportunities for Catholic youth to connect with their faith in a real and engaging way is staggering. (NFCYM Research: NSYR Catholic Data)
At Camps Connect we offer the perfect setting for a relaxing retreat, conference, or youth event, as well as high-energy activity options for any youth group! Located just 2 hours North of Detroit on the beautiful Lake Huron shoreline!
With four camps to choose from we can meet the unique needs of your next group gathering.
Reprinted with Permission from Daniel Crockett. Originally Posted: 22/08/2014 11:56 BST Updated: 22/08/2014 11:59 BST at www.huffintonpost.co.uk @dancrockett
By Daniel Crockett
Writing the Wild
Something is amiss and we can't quite put our finger on what. It seems that the further our society progresses, the more disenfranchised we feel. The hyper-connectivity of social media (which has its own potential) leaves us cold and over-informed, saturated with unwanted information and more aware than ever of the injustices of the world. It seems that the more virtually connected we get, the more disconnected we become, both from each other but also from our communities. I believe that a necessary backlash to this trend is a large-scale reconnection with nature that has the ability to transcend previous environmental movements and reshape our world. Moreover, I believe this undercurrent is gaining momentum and influencing every element of our lives. It's a revolution of belonging.
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, the curator and co-author of a book called Spiritual Ecology, summed it up by saying: "until we go to the root of our image of separateness, there can be no healing." For many people, this 'image of separateness' is permanent. The idea that they could be connected to a wider environment is completely entrenched. Technology, we seem to believe, remains the solution. Yet as Nancy Dess of the American Psychological Association states: "none of the new communication technologies involve human touch; they all tend to place us one step removed from direct experience." However, my belief is that through connectivity, we have a powerful opportunity to learn. That is, to recognise authenticity. Neurologist Frank Wilson, author of The Hand, identifies the problem: "These young people are smart, they grew up with computers, they were supposed to be superior - but now we know that something's missing."
Cultural stories have an incredibly powerful influence on shaping society. As the philosopher Mark Rowlands says, "Humans are the animals that believe the stories they tell about themselves." At this stage, many believe that we are between stories. We have been fed the myth of progress, of advancement, of increased technology. Yet what we have found is growing dissatisfaction with late-stage capitalism as a means to answer any substantial questions. And objectionable treatment of planet, of other humans, of animals are all now laid bare by social media. As Thomas Berry said, we are still 'between stories.' The importance of telling appropriate stories is best summed up by biologist and Biophilia author E.O. Wilson who stated: "A culture creates its present and therefore its future through the stories its people tell, the stories they believe, and the stories that underlie their actions. The more consistent a culture's core stories are with biological and physical reality, the more likely its people are to live in a way compatible with ecological rules and thereby persist." Currently, we aren't even close.
As Chellis Glendinning pointed out: "we split our consciousness, repress whole arenas of experience, and shut down our full perception of the world." And at no point is this more obvious than in the rise of social media. I believe we use social media to connect with the world, seeking to soothe a misplaced sense of longing we can't quite understand. Similarly, the entirety of celebrity culture is based on a fundamental human yearning for acceptance. The private universes we are taught to inhabit serve core underlying business models. Stanley and Loy said: "By glorifying self-concern as never before, consumerism generates a mental environment of endless competition. It undermines empathy, altruism and cooperation. The dominant institution of our age is no longer religion, government or academia. It is the global business corporation." The great undoing of our communities serves the few, not the many.
The greatest fear of disconnection with nature, and the widest response thus far, seems to be for children. At some point, society separates our young people from the natural world, reinforcing a doctrine that has been evolving for hundreds of years. There's a transition point, before which the poet Anita Barrows confirms; "the infant has an awareness not only of human touch, but of the touch of the breeze on her skin, variations in light and colour, temperature, texture, sound." Once we are walking and talking, the natural world appears to us in its full faculty. Philosopher David Abram, the founder of Wild Ethics, defines how we experience the world: "humans are tuned for relationship. The eyes, the skin, the tongue, ear and nostrils - all are gates where our body receives the nourishment of otherness."
The response to this paucity in our society is starting to be clearly recognised. Pioneer writers such as Richard Louv (author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle) recognized that something was deeply wrong and started planning solutions. In America, the Child and Nature Network operates under the vision of: "A world in which all children play, learn and grow with nature in their everyday lives." Louv, who coined the term Nature-Deficit Disorder, co-founded their Nature Rocks initiative. Meanwhile, in the UK, Project Wild Thing stands tall as the social organisation reconnecting children with nature.
Yet if children are the most obviously affected, this speaks volumes about our society, and how nature deficit most adults truly are. Thomas Berry made it clear that humans actually need to "identify with the nonhuman." He firmly believed that children should be the guide to how our universe is experienced, but what about us adults? The strategic health advisor to Natural England, Dr. William Bird, has long been on record pointing out the connections between health and nature for children and adults alike. Adolescence and rites of passage into adulthood are forgotten. Paul Shepard made it clear that: "Western peoples are separated by many generations from decisions by councils of the whole, small-group nomadic life with few possessions, highly developed initiation ceremonies, natural history as every person's vocation, a total surround of non-human-made (or "wild") otherness with spiritual significance, and the "natural" way of mother and infant. All these are strange to us because we are no longer competent to live them - although that competence is potentially in each of us."
I believe that this movement (whose many voices remain disparate) has the ability to unite a new generation, to dispel (to paraphrase Vaughan-Lee) our "image of separateness." And the reason for this has to do with our own shared identity as children, something we all once were. George Mackay Brown puts it well: "We were all poets, and have squandered our inheritance like the prodigal son. But we have kept enough back to remember how immensely rich we were once, in our childhood, when poetry flowed in unchecked through our senses." George Monbiot brings it back to the heart of the issue in his book Feral: "Of all the world's creatures, perhaps those in greatest need of rewilding are our children. The collapse of children's engagement with nature has been even faster than the collapse of the natural world."
Wide-open spaces were my childhood and surfing has taken me to wilderness all over the world in search of empty waves. The wild is a voice that never stops whispering. It enters your pores by osmosis, and once it's under your skin, good luck forgetting. The wild haunts the imagination, calling you back to places of vast sky and fast-running light, where solitude hunts for you and the edges of the world get ragged. These empty places are mirrors; they reflect back everything of yourself. They are teachers too, of a thousand lessons beyond anything our hands have made. Out there time stops walking, takes on different hues.
So what are we looking at here? The Great Turning as identified by Joanna Macy, a final push into the Ecozoic Era described by Thomas Berry, a mindful revolution of consciousness as advocated by the unlikely figure of Russell Brand? Neil Evernden highlighted the potential: "the really subversive element in ecology rests not on any of its more sophisticated concepts, but upon its basic premise: inter-relatedness." Vaclav Havel went one step further: "without a global revolution in human consciousness, nothing will change for the better in the sphere of our being as humans."
Being green in the United Kingdom still attracts a sort of stigma. I believe that the movement outlined here transcends the doom-and-gloom environmentalism of my lifetime and offers great potential. I also believe this ideology is leaking into the way we conduct business and govern our society. As Gus Speth, a US Advisor on climate change (must be a harrowing job) said: "I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don't know how to do that." Therefore, more than ever, it comes down to you and I, to us.
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Allowing kids to play in an unstructured, natural atmosphere is a valuable component in any camp program.
According to Tom Jacobs' article, The Value of Unstructured Playtime for Kids, "Free play allows children to develop the flexibility needed to adapt to changing circumstances and environments—an ability that comes in very handy when life becomes unpredictable as an adult."
Free unstructured play helps children build a wide range of skills necessary for success in school and out, from making friends and negotiating to problem solving, thinking creatively, and practicing self control. Parents that send their kids to camp are take a solid step to ensure that they have plenty of time to get out there and play, especially during the more leisurely summer months.
Here's How We Do it at Camps Connect
What Kids Can Learn
The advantages your child gains from play may seem a mystery when he's tearing through the yard with sticks in hand, but he's growing in mind, body, and spirit by leaps and bounds:
Character virtues. Children develop a unique sense of resiliency from being creative. While finishing a stick tower, for example, they may encounter a moment when the tower refuses to stand. It may even topple a few times. By trying again and again, kids learn about perseverance and gain courage and confidence in their own problem-solving abilities.
Social skills. Research shows that make-believe games provide kids with opportunities to learn about group dynamics. Give kids of almost any age a ball and a few miscellaneous objects for instance, and they'll create their own game, and in the process hone their ability to collaborate, cooperate, lead, empathize, and control impulses.
Physical development. Babies learn how to crawl, to stand, and eventually to walk. You watched your preschooler figure out how to hang from the first rung on the monkey bars (with perhaps a boost from you), and then work his way on his own to the second rung and the third, and so on, as he also builds up his physical development with strength, coordination, competence, and sense of body awareness in space. Given the space and time of free-play in a camp environment children hone those large and fine motor skills while sifting through sand for seashells, practice shooting hoops, or blowing bubbles.
Self-discovery. Kids need time to be kids — to write, think, dream, draw, build, dance, fantasize. That's how they discover their likes and dislikes. Be sure to allow your child this special kid time.
Creativity. Above all, creative play is a simple joy that is a cherished part childhood. Creativity in adults is highly valued in our society. Personal creativity contributes to inventiveness, innovation, social and cultural change. The creative child is an innovator, a problem solver, an entrepreneur, an artist. Allowing children the opportunity for creativity help them to achieve their life goals as adults and teach them to enjoy the journey. After all, where else can you be the mud queen?
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ANNA BLACK MORIN, Camp Director of Pine Forest Camp in Greeley, PA recently received national attention when she wrote about the truths she's learned about being a fourth-generation camp director, new mom, and the incredible things that kids are learning at camp. Written with her wit and wisdom, by asking your camper a few leading questions you can discover how camp has given your child independence, resilience, and confidence.
Morin's article is a great resource for parents so much so that we want to share it with you. We also encourage you to ask your camper these leading questions, to discover just how powerfully they have changed with the light of Christ.
What's One thing you learned about God that you can apply at home?
When we meet Jesus, not only does He change our present, He changes our future.Sometimes life leaves us in confusion - head down, discouraged, and without hope. The pressures that kids face today can make the dreams of becoming something or someone great seem so distant. When you fan the flame of what your child has learned about God at camp you give them an encouraging reminder that they can shine!
What has God taught you about the truth of who you are?
Everyone loves a good story.
Gripping stories can launch us to the edge of our seat championing for the underdog to win the big game. Then, bring us to tears when injustice befalls the innocent. And then sigh with contentment when everything turns out alright in the end. God has a purpose for your child's story. In Mark 4:21-34, Jesus reminds us of the power He has given us in our personal story. It echoes the purpose for the light He has given us - to shine!
How can you let your light shine?
See the theme here? Asking your child how they can apply the theme of summer camp to their life at home reminds them of who they were at camp.... the courageous song leader, the supportive cabin-mate to a homesick friend, the star of the stage, the camper praised for helping others, or the camper who conquered their fears on the high ropes course. The identity that kids earn at camp gives them the opportunity to become the best, happiest, truest version of themselves as they rejoice in the reality of who God created them to be!
When we ask our kids about camp and how it has changed their life, we are sharing more than words - we’re sharing the most valuable gift, the Gospel!
This post was originally published on the Gary Forster Camping Newsletter and is being republished here with permission. www.garyforster.com
Why do we sing camp songs? Willy Therrien is one of the great philosophers of camping, and past director of Camp Takodah in NH. I asked Willy for his thoughts on how “intentionally” he and his staff used camp songs. He replied: “Here are a few reasons why we generally stick with traditional songs and hold off on using current pop songs for singing at camp:
1. They sound better.
Great songs can be sung unaccompanied. The great folk songs of the 1900's and pop music written in Tin Pan Alley could be performed on a street corner or in someone's living room or parlor - sometimes with a small guitar or banjo. Today's pop music is crafted differently - it relies on instrumental hooks and rhythm tracks that marginalize the role of the singer. Vocal parts are more ornamental and designed to show off a vocalist's talent rather than to carry a melody. And those vocal parts sound pretty weak without an accompanying band or karaoke tape.
2. They're portable.
Campers sing camp songs all over the place - in the cabins, in the Dining Hall, in the shower, on the car ride home... Songs that sound good unaccompanied can get carried anywhere.
3. They leave some mystery.
Remember when, as a child, your parents would talk about some things that you would understand ‘when you got older?’ By referencing adult themes like sexuality, violence, criminals, and death, old-time songs tend to use metaphors and innuendo that keep some mystery in the song. Old time songs also tend to refer to the consequences of dangerous acts in ways that resemble Roadrunner Cartoons - winding up in jail, having 48 kids, and blowing up the planet - rather than the explicit images in the lyrics of a lot of songs on the radio.
4. They're unique to camp.
If you can hear it on the radio and sing it with your friends at school, what's the point of going away to camp? Things at camp should feel different, and songs from another era - or songs written at your camp - lend to that feeling of living in (and belonging to) another world.
5. Feeling a part of Tradition.
As songs are passed from generation to generation, it's pretty cool for kids to go home singing the same songs their grandparents once sang. It gives families something to connect with one another about. That's important, since so few of our grandparents went to a camp that had a Ropes Course or Windsurfing...
6. Challenge and Rewards.
When campers master learning some of the tongue-twisting lyrics and tricky melodies of a few of our camp songs, they feel some real accomplishment and mastery. It's also created a tradition where campers teach one another songs rather than staff having to teach kids - it gives them a kind of ownership in the camp experience.
7. They can change.
The words to these songs changed dozens of times before they even arrived at our camp. We have multiple songs that go with these same melodies. The folk tradition lends itself to change, and that has made it easy to alter or omit songs when they don't fit well at camp. Some of our oldest camp songs had some racist overtones in them when I looked back at old word sheets. Glad to see they could evolve as our country's social awareness and morals evolved.
8. Camp Pride.
We must have a dozen "pride" songs about how great our camp is. People can't spell our camp name without singing the words to in their head. There's nothing like hearing our campers roar some of these songs and cheers in the Dining Hall at the end of a great session at camp.
“Finally, I can't overlook the benefit of "new" camp songs. Songs don't have to be "Old Timey" to work at camp, though most of our songs are over 60 years old. We have some campers from other nations and ethnic backgrounds that have brought some great, positive music to camp that will be with us for decades. I can't wait to learn some new ones this summer.” -- Willy Therrien email@example.com
Summer staff training has begun at Camps Connect, and that means a flurry of activity taking place on the camps. From greeting new staff members from Michigan and beyond, to participating in new name games and activities, this time of new beginnings is filled with hope and promise for our 2014 summer camp staff!
So why do we do staff training? In a nutshell we do it to experience camp life before the campers arrive so that we can share with them the same experiences we have as staff members; being the new person, playing name games, and building a team through activities and initiatives are all important steps that we take to relate to our campers.
Having a properly trained staff is also an important step in reducing the risk of accidents and injuries on camp. Safety training is an essential part of every activity area and embedded in the culture of Camps Connect. Staff are required to take a 3 hour course on Protecting God's Children. After all, we are in fact taking care of someone else's gift from God when we act in loco parentis, which literally means, "in place of the parent."
The number one concern of parents in staff qualifications and supervision. This week and in the week to come we'll be diving into a variety of training sessions to ensure that our staff have the skills and qualifications to be entrusted with their most precious children. In addition, staff will learn to facilitate camper health, opportunities for communication with children, camper expectations and behaviors, and camp program logistics to ensure a smooth and successful summer camp experience for each child.
So stay tuned! We've got lots to share as we journey into Summer Camp 20141
For more information about Camps Connect and our summer camp programs for boys and girls ages 7-16 on the shores of Lake Huron please visit: www.campsconnect.org
As we mentioned before in our last post, staff orientation is just days away! Today our admin staff arrive at camp and put the finishing magical touches on all the great stuff happening this summer! We still have more summer staff to introduce...
Hi, I'm "Blossom"! I currently work at a preschool and I'm from Oxford, Michigan. I've worked at camp since 2011 and I'm excited to be a counselor at CYO Camps this summer!
I love working at camp. It's like my second home. I am really excited about meeting the new campers and staff and seeing who is returning to camp this summer.
Hi, I'm Trevor Harnden and I'm from Marlette, Michigan. I've been working at camp since 2012. This summer I will be a Team Leader at the CYO Camps.
I want to work at camp this summer to give kids of all ages, one of the best weeks of their lives., and give them an experience they will always remember. I also want to help kids, either grow their relationship with God, or even just learn more about God and the the word of the Bible. I also want to learn more about myself, and maybe find some new talents I never knew I had.
I'm really looking forward to being around nature and getting away from technology for a while. Just having a fun time with the campers, and staff. I am a musician, (I write music and I can also play, piano, ukulele, guitar, drums, accordion, bass.) Other hobbies include soccer refereeing, video games, telling lame jokes, going to festivals, dressing up in costumes, juggling, D.J.
When I grow up I want to travel around the world, doing something I love.
My name is "SASQUATCH"! I'm from Clinton Twp., Michigan and a recent graduate of Wayne State University with a dual major in English and History. I want to be a high school teacher. I like reading, swimming, video games, and CAMP!
I've been working at camp since 2012 and this summer I will be a counselor at Camp Ozanam. I can't stay away! These past two summers have been the best of my life and I can't imagine not coming back again.
This summer, I'm really looking forward to EAGLE'S EGGS!
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