Middle School WorkCamp - a glimpse inside
This year's Middle School WorkCamp is a great success. Tomorrow, August 10, marks the final day of service projects in our local community. We have a great group of high school and adult leaders and could not have performed our service projects without them.
To get a better grasp of WHAT we actually DO during MSWC, we asked one of our adult leaders, Laura Juricic, to provide a brief recap from her site on Monday:
"Today at the Nature reserve we learn about caring for God's creation by identifying and removing invasive species of plants. This lovely park is in the heart of Alexandria and free for anyone looking for a bit of solitude in our busy world. Our guide was knowledgeable and patient as he took us through the park pointing out native plants and creatures. We ate lunch in the science room and spent some time looking at the exhibits before heading out to see if we could beat our morning record of 27 pounds of trash and weeds--we did collecting nearly 33 pounds for a total of 60 pounds of unwanted debris in a beautiful natural setting. Our last half hour was spent honing our balance and rock skipping skills in the stream."
International Festival, September 5
WorkCamp & VBS Recap
WorkCamp had a fantastic turnout of both student and adult volunteers. We enjoyed a great evening with Father Tom when he visited and joined our group discussion on Tuesday night and then said Mass on Wednesday morning. The teens decided they wanted to mix up their discussion groups each day, so we grabbed a deck of cards and broke the teens down by suits. In the end, everyone enjoyed the many different perspectives among our teens. But the week wasn't just fun and games, there was some real hard work and long hours out in the sun. We even had some teens and adults return after WorkCamp finished to help finish a challenging project.
VBS also had a great Youth Ministry representation. Each year we have more teen volunteers and the VBS week is truly run by the teens. They lead the individual "family" groups, serve as Master of Ceremonies, help in the kitchens and man the booths in our "Egyptian" village. The event was a huge success and the young kids truly enjoyed themselves.