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Opportunity for faith, fun available to youth of diocese at camps

By KATIE LEFEBVRE, Globe staff reporter
(Email Katie)


MANSON – During the summer kids of all ages have several opportunities to attend a variety of camps – sports camps, camps for different organizations, Camp CAYOCA and now Totus Tuus Camp, said Karmen Bower, assistant diocesan director of youth catechesis and evangelization.cayoca

CAYOCA is the Catholic Youth Camp offered by the Diocese of Sioux City. It provides the camp experience and is an opportunity for youth to meet people from all over the diocese.

“It is important for them to have this option,” said Bower. “This is an opportunity for them to grow closer to Christ and learn more about their Catholic faith. It is a great experience. It is fun to see how the kids react to the speakers and how well they behave at Mass.”

Camp CAYOCA

Camp CAYOCA is held at Twin Lakes Christian Center near Manson. This year’s theme will be “I am the door; if any one enters by me, he will be saved” (John 10:9).

“It is the Year of Faith so we wanted to pull from that theme,” said Bower. “The pope’s document on the Year of Faith starts out with the door of faith. We wanted to use that imagery because it is really accessible to kids.”
Dates for Camp CAYOCA will be June 11-14 for those entering 4th and 5th grades and June 29-July 2 for those entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

“We have awesome volunteers who help out every year,” said Bower. “When students arrive at camp they are welcomed by adults who are helping and volunteering. We have great program assistants who also help.”

The campers will have a small group and a cabin group. The students participate in ice breakers and write rules for their cabins.

Days at camp are spent going to workshops that are based on the theme of camp, participating in reconciliation and adoration, going to Mass and spending free time exploring Twin Lakes – swimming, rock climbing, etc.
“It is a great opportunity for the youth of the diocese to come together to learn and experience their faith and have fun doing it,” said Sean Martin, diocesan director of new evangelization, catechesis and family life.

cayocaThis year a musician, Patrick Williams from Georgia, is being hired to provide music for morning prayer, adoration, Mass and other parts of camp.

“We are really excited about this,” said Martin. “We are hoping he will collaborate with the band that usually plays a concert during CAYOCA.”

Williams travels around the country playing for various youth events. Martin found out about him through the Theology of the Body Institute.

“This is a special opportunity for us,” said Martin. “It will only enhance the experience at camp.”

Program assistants, adult small group leaders, workshop presenters, leader team members and camp medics are needed for both sessions of camp.

“If your child is going to camp for the first time and you want to spend that time with them, you are more than welcome,” said Bower. “No prior camp experience is necessary for volunteers. I would really encourage parents and people who haven’t been to camp in a while or have never been to camp to volunteer. We would really love to have them. It is great to see new faces.”

Martin said Camp CAYOCA is nearing 30 years in the diocese and it has been “continually staffed by volunteers. I don’t think we could have had it without the volunteers.”

Early bird registration, by April 1, is $220 per camper. After April 1 the cost is $235 per camper.
For more information, contact Judy Forrest at (712) 233-7520 or judyf@scdiocese.org. Information, registration forms and program assistant applications can be found at www. scdiocese.org/cayoca.

Totus Tuus Camp

Diocesan students entering 9th through 12th grade and 2013 graduates will have the opportunity to attend Totus Tuus Camp this summer at Twin Lakes Christian Center.

“Because the Camp CAYOCA program has been so strong in our diocese, a lot of people who attended camp, in elementary or middle school, kind of miss it,” said Bower. “Even though they come back to volunteer, this is something we can give them, so they can continue to have that camp opportunity and grow themselves.”

Campers will spend time listening to talks given by the Totus Tuus teachers, attending Mass and adoration and participating in several camp activities. The first day, July 28, will focus on “Opening the Door of Faith” and cayocaJuly 29 will focus on “Answering the Call.”

“High schoolers can come for one of the days or stay overnight and attend both,” said Bower. “It is a fun way for our Totus Tuus teachers to interact with the high school students. If the high school students are thinking about ever being a Totus Tuus teacher, it is a good opportunity to talk to the teachers and hear their stories.”

Cost for Camp Totus Tuus is $30 for one day or $75 for both days, which includes meals and lodging for those who choose to participate both days.

For more information, contact Judy Forrest at (712) 233-7520 or judyf@scdiocese.org. Information and registration forms can be found at www. scdiocese.org/TTcamp.

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