Thursday of Teen Week

Today has been such a fun day at Catholic Youth Camp. It rained for a short time this morning, so the run club ran in the rain and finished with abs in the chill zone. Coffee and convos, friendship bracelets and yoga all stayed dry inside. By the time breakfast (scrambled eggs and sausage) was over, the rain had stopped and it was another hot sunny day at CYC!

Our morning was full of fun activities. Following cabin activities, our entire camp gathered in Indian Point to turn our eyes to the stage for our CYC talent show. The list of campers signed up for the talent was so long, as our campers this week are so talented in song, dance, and skits.

Lunch was pizza and caesar salad.

After lunch, we headed into another afternoon of individual activities. On the last day of individual activities, it is clear to see how much fun our campers have been having throughout the week. The quickened routine of lifejackets and pushing off of the shore has given our boating groups time to play many fun games out on the lake. Our campers in arts and crafts finished up their final touches on paintings, drawings, and bracelets. And tek was filled with laughter and song as our dancing group reflected on their talent show performance.

At 4:30, we headed to Sweeney a little early for a happy half hour- appetizers and punch were set out on the deck. Campers mingled and munched on goodies. It was a lovely way to spend our final evening.

Dinner was ribs, baked potatoes, veggies and salad, with cupcakes (frosting corresponding to our team colors) for dessert.
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. Lead staff 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.

It’s been such an awesome first week and we are sad that the campers are leaving tomorrow. We are happy to still have a full morning ahead for many fun things!

The closing program will begin at 1:15 tomorrow and last about 45 minutes. Thank you for leaving your 4 legged friends at home. The bus will return to Roseville at around 5pm.

"CYC to me is a fun, uplifting, and spiritual camp for kids of all ages. Every morning there I wake up with a smile on my face, and I am like “ YESSSSS I’m still here!!!” I never want to leave. CYC has outrageous counselors there that give courage to be yourself and to love and adore God!" - Isabel

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