Young people from across the Northampton Diocese joined a host of other dioceses at this year’s LifeTeen Summer Camp at Alton Castle, Staffordshire.
The five-day camp for those in school years 7-13 takes place each year during the summer holidays. This year over 175 young people gathered together making it the biggest camp so far. This year the camo celebrated its tenth anniversary in the UK.
One of the Northampton teens who attended said
“I did not know what to expect before I arrived but it has been the best week ever!”
Each year a different theme is chosen and this year the theme was ‘Real Presence’. This focussed on the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. On the day of arrival, the theme was centred around Jesus Christ as a real person for which there is historical evidence of his existence. The journey continued throughout the week finalising in the teens sending out as tabernacles for Christ himself having received Him in the Eucharist.
LifeTeen is an American movement supporting youth ministry by creating parish youth group resources, leading camps and offering training and conference for youth ministers. The model is responsible for 1/3 of all those training to be priests in the USA.
Teenagers from the Diocese of Northampton were accompanied by Frs Brendan Seery and Daniel Rooke. Fr Brendan said
“It is a great experience for our youth to gather with so many like-minded peers to explore the beauty of our Faith. They can be Abseiling in the morning and praising God in Adoration in the afternoon. I can see they have had a great time!”
Next year’s camp begins on Sunday 28th August. To bring a group from your parish email firstname.lastname@example.org