Ninja Warrior Thursday

Today has been amazing here at Catholic Youth Camp. Our C of the day was Christ, and we discussed a very important quality of Christ: humility. After a little singing and challenging our campers to live humbly today, our ninjas began a morning of individual activities right after morning Holy Ground. Their week of practice and fun really revealed itself in our talent show this afternoon!


This afternoon, our campers competed in a lip singing battle. There was so much laughter and joy at friendship circle as we gathered around the fire pit to sing, dance, and watch our hilarious staff and campers perform.


We also got the chance to come together for Mass this afternoon. The Mass was beautiful, and our campers got to experience the miracle of the Eucharist right here at camp. The chapel was filled with prayer and song as we celebrated our faith as the CYC community.


Following mass, our ninjas put all of their new agility skills to the test in another round of obstacle courses. They ran, jumped, crawled, and swam! We have quite a strong and stealth group of ninja warriors here at camp this week.


Later in the day, our campers performed in an all-camp talent show. Our dance class performed for us, and they were so amazing! We also got to enjoy a skit put on by our fantastic drama class! Our campers revealed their individual talents of song, dance, and other skills on the stage at Friendship Circle.


Following dinner and Praise and Worship, our campers attended the Catholic Youth Camp bead ceremony. During the ceremony, we reflected on the five Cs of CYC: community, charity, cooperation, courage, and Christ. Amanda, our Programs and Operations Director, read the story of the five travelers who traveled the world in search of the key to life, finding that they were the five Cs. Our campers were given necklaces with beads, indicating their dedication to living out the five Cs here at camp and in the world as they leave CYC tomorrow.


At the end of the bead ceremony, campers were given the opportunity to add leaves onto our C Tree. Each leaf represented an act that revealed community, charity, courage, cooperation, or Christ here at camp. These acts were seen in campers throughout the week. This tradition gave campers the chance to offer thanks and love to their new friends, friends that played a role in bringing them closer to The Cross this week. The bead ceremony provided for a wonderful last evening together as we commemorated an amazing group of campers who will carry the legacy of CYC’s five Cs out into the world with them.


"What camp means to me is learning about God, making friends and having fun. But the most important thing is being yourself. We have lots of fun at camp. The counselors are great, the friends are nice, the themes are awesome, and the games rule! When I grow too old to come to camp I want to be a camp counselor, but for now, I will enjoy the fun at camp. See you this year!" - Josh

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