Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Posted in Events on September 4, 2014

 It is no secret that the beautiful state of Wisconsin is a leading source of harvest for the nation through a variety of crops and produce. But perhaps the greatest of all these is little known: the innocent fruit of Catholic Girlhood. Tucked away in the hills of Wausau, the Institute of Christ the King’s annual Girls Camp provides an occasion for young girls to spend time with like-minded hearts and to be so influenced by virtue and grace as to forget the distractions of the world entirely. Hosted by the Institute of Christ the King and the faithful of St. Mary’s Oratory, this year’s Girls Camp welcomed nearly 100 girls to a private campsite that became much like a “heaven on earth”.

Heaven truly came to earth every morning in the new Camp Chapel, erected with the campers in-mind and including a High Altar, a sacristy, Marian shrine, and choir loft. This marvelous addition to camp allowed for daily sung Masses, which were rehearsed throughout the week by choir rotations amongst the campers themselves. The girls also welcomed many opportunities to learn more about their Faith through spiritual talks on the Cardinal Virtues given by the three Canons in attendance, along with a talk on Modesty, and a special visit from Sister Rosemary, who shared stories, songs, and advice with her young audience.

Organized into teams representing different American saints and regions, campers learned skills of the heart by practicing charity and serving one another in the spirit of their special patroness. Campers, events, and activities were all guided and provided for by a volunteer staff of nearly 20 young women from across the country, each contributing different talents, skills, and excellent examples in Catholic girlhood having blossomed into womanhood.

Hearty doses of good clean fun peppered each day in the form of games, skits, and races, with larger events such as a visit to the local water park and bowling alley and the famous Cooking Contest. The arrival of bonnets and horses announced “Pioneer Day”, where the girls learned about gardening, tried their hand at an old-fashioned washing “machine”, ground corn that they made into cornbread over an open fire, churned butter, and even dipped their own candles. As always, the sun set each night to the sweet sound of young girls’ voices lifted to God in prayer during the rosary walk, followed by laughter, song, and s’mores around a glowing campfire.

Yet even the best of times must come to an end. The youthful chords of Byrd’s Mass for Three Voices heralded the end of camp at the closing Solemn High Mass, with families in attendance. Once again, campers left for home filled with hope, invigorated by new and renewed friendships, and confirmed in their resolve to live a happy and Christ-centered life. Though Girl’s Camp 2014 may be officially over, the seeds of Catholic womanhood planted and nurtured here will live on for years to come. The Canons, counselors, and staff look forward to seeing you next year!

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Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp