From Jan 5-7, the Salesian youth ministry team from Youth Matters at St. John Bosco parish at Engadine held their first leadership camp at the Dunlea Centre [Boys’ Town] at Engadine. About 20 young people ranging from year 10 level to their early 20s were invited to attend. Over the three days, the participants attended seminars about Salesian spirituality, the Preventive System, Leadership and the practicalities of running a camp. These seminars were delivered by Frs Mick Court and Marc Barry as well as Dave Cardamone and Mick O’Connor, two awesome Salesian youth leaders from Don Bosco camp at Dromana, and Peter Strudwick and Corrinne Lindsel.
As well as the serious stuff, the potential leaders were involved in a whole heap of interesting and fun activities ranging from the traditional Spotlight to a trivia night, a survivor competition where they had to build their own rafts and go ‘fishing’ – the pool at the Dunlea Centre was a perfect place for this, although one had to be careful to step clear of the calling cards left by the resident ducks 🙂
The participants slept at the Dunlea Centre and various families and individuals came there and cooked up several delicious meals for them.
Fr. Mick lead a very special ‘roving’ Eucharist that started off at the Dunlea Centre and wove its way down to one of the local parks in the beautiful bushland surrounding Engadine.
It was hard work for the team of leaders but an awesome undertaking and a real blessing for them. The parish at Engadine is especially proud of this group of young apostles who certainly went out of their comfort zone to start what will hopefully be the first of many.
Many of those involved in the camp will be back from January 19-21 to run a ‘real’ camp for youngsters from grades 4 – 6 from the local area. They will camp on Hanley oval at the primary school and will also use many of the Dunlea Centre facilities.
Let’s give God thanks for Emma Attard, Monica Rose, Kathryn and Pete Kingsley, Peter Strudwick and our overall co-ordinator of the Youth Matters team, Matty Humphries and pray for their continuing commitment to such a wonderful undertaking.