Ray, a member of the Heart’s Home Youth Group, shares with us the days spent at the ICCC at the end of July.
"Thanks to some generous donors, the Heart’s Home Youth Group was able to go upstate New York and camp at the ICCC for the 4th time. In the past, these same donors also gave us funds in order to watch the inspirational movie Hugo which teaches us that God has a plan for everyone and everyone has a part in the great creation that is life. The 2012 summer camp included Laetitia, Marian, and Guillaume, Tim as the adults of the camp and Eli, Ray, Bruce, Junior, Christopher, and Marionel as the guys and Katherine, Isabella, Lily and Thea as the girls. The first day we set up camp, tents, campfire, kitchen, sanctuary, shower and bathroom. The credit of the bathroom and supplies for the shower go to Sister Diana. Ray and Bruce created the shower while Eli, Marionel and Sister Diana built the bathroom. We all had a great time the second night we went to the prayer/ping pong house and watched the movie Up, it’s a touching tale of how people aim for their dreams and help others along the way by making sacrifices and making bonds.
We prayed the rosary at least twice a day at the shrine of Mary on top of the hill. On that same hill on the third day we had a game called “trouble in the Vatican” in which the guys and girls split up into two teams and searched for envelopes with special challenges in each once all coded and having a secret message. We also played capture the flag on that same hill along with a relay race in which we had to dress someone up as a Swiss guard using clothes spin and blue and yellow ribbons, a three footed race and a sack race. We also took a trip to the lake nearby where there was a canoe and swimmable area; we had a Barbeque and enjoyed the time with everyone from the ICCC. On the last night we had plays to represent a specific person given to the girls and to the boys: the girls had Mother Theresa and did a beautiful song honoring her and the guys had Pope John II and they did a skit on the shooting of the Pope in which he forgave his shooter. That night we all had smores, games, songs and an amazing time."