I grew up going to and working at a Catholic summer camp on the Kansas side, Camp Tekakwitha. I started there the summer before 8th grade, my experience transformed my life and at 13 years old I decided I was going to live my life for Christ. I chose to become a youth minister during that week and that journey is what led me to help start the first [Camp Savio] in June 2011, as part of my youth ministry internship.
My experience at [Camp Savio] as a summer staffer has been amazing! My first summer as a summer staffer was unforgettable, I had 11 girls in my group and we became close really fast. Even after camp, I continued to pray a Rosary for my girls every day, after a few weeks of doing this I began to hear stories of how my girl’s had transformed their families after returning from camp. Several asked their parents to start going to Mass again, others became more involved in their parishes and others began praying Rosaries with their parents at night. The excitement they had for their faith even challenged me to continue to grow more in my faith.
From my experience being a camper and working at both summer camps and seeing the transformation of the kids, I know the importance of sending kids to a Catholic camp, it not only effects the camper’s life, but also their family and friends now and even years down the road. One week at camp can change a life forever, campers hear the message that God loves them, and that simple fact makes all the difference. The students also see that being Catholic is cool as they are surrounded by kids their age and adults who are also on fire for their faith and are walking and have walked the same journey the middle school student is on now. Just one week at Camp Savio can impact countless lives!
– Jen, Summer Staff 2011, 2012, 2013