Wilderness camp open to high schoolers

Friday, May 10, 2019 - Updated: 8:52 am

By Theresa Sullivan Correspondent

The thrill of Christianity meets the rugged wilderness of Pennsylvania again this summer through Camp Lajas, a Catholic adventure camp for high school students.

Begun last year, Camp Lajas immerses high schoolers in the outdoors to encounter the healing and redemptive power of Christ through challenging adventures, allowing them to live out the Catholic faith through a revival of confidence as sons and daughters of God.

This year, Camp Lajas will include a men’s week, double the number of weekly campers from 8 to 16 and add an extra camp day. The women’s week is set for July 15-20, while the men’s week is July 22-27.

Camp activities include rock climbing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, archery and other team-building activities. Campers are encouraged to ponder how things like climbing a mountain or aiming an arrow toward a target serve as metaphors for the spiritual life. The campers will sleep in tepees and eat organic food donated by local farms and cooked at the campsite.

The campers will be fed spiritually through Mass, worship music, the sacrament of reconciliation, Eucharistic adoration and spiritual talks. Many priests, religious sisters and youth ministry leaders will serve the campers and participate with them.

Camp director Emily Cunningham hopes that the camp theme, “Set Out Into the Deep,” teaches campers to go beyond their comfort zones and rely on the Lord more fully.

“The Lord calls us to take risks for our faith,” she said. “It’s amazing to see how the Lord fills you with grace when you put all your trust in him.”

Camp Lajas, a ministry of Holy Sepulcher Parish in Glade Mills, is open to all high schoolers in the diocese. To register, sign up at https://www.camplajas.org by July 1.

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