In the wake of the successful Leaders’ Camp held in early January, the youth ministry team at Engadine [Youth Matters] hosted a just as successful junior camp for children in grades 4, 5, 6 from the local area from January 19 – 21. The campers set up tents on the Hanley Field and also utilised the new St. John Bosco Hall for their activities. There were over 45 campers with a team of 9 leaders ably led by Matt Humphries, the parish youth minister.
The campers engaged in a whole variety of activities from the ever popular Bullrush to a riotous waterfight. There was a talent quest on the second night to which the parents were invited. Every camper was involved in items that ranged from gymnastics to magic, an up and coming young comedian and various musical acts. The parents were very encouraging and appreciative of this opportunity to see their children in action having fun. The children were given the chance to learn lots of crazy action songs and engage in a mini-olympics as well as painting their own memorial t-shirts and icing biscuits with a variety of sweets and coloured icing.
Fr. Mick Court celebrated a camp eucharist with everyone. Beforehand, the campers were divided into a whole range of groups to prepare the different parts of the Eucharist, and came up with a truly memorable entrance rite and sign of peace. It just showed that the children are able to grasp the essentials of being a Christian.
The group of leaders consisted of 5 young recruits from the leadership camp and several of the more experienced leaders. They worked seamlessly together and worked hard to provide a safe and enjoyable camp. Don Bosco would have been smiling down on us all and what hopes to be the first of many more camps and holiday activities.