Summer Bible Camp
This week is our parish’s “summer bible camp,” a week-long gathering of children and adults featuring music, games, crafts with a smattering of catechesis. After years of attending, my son is now a counselor for the first time. We stayed up late helping the kids decorate their t-shirts. Since the theme this year is “SonSurf Beach Party,” my wife ironed a picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe surfing to the back of her shirt.
My understanding is that this concept was pioneered by Protestant churches. My parish, though, probably has the largest such program in the area, with more than 500 kids signed up. The music is bloody awful and I’m not a big fan of using the sanctuary for a performance, but seeing 500 cute kids sing their hearts out about Jesus tends to melt my inner liturgical curmudgeon.
I’m curious whether anyone else here has a Bible Camp at their parish this summer. Has this become as common at Catholic churches as at Protestant churches?