Louisiana Call to Chivalry Camp June 28 – July 7, 2011

July 9, 2011

By Kenneth Murphy

 

Msgr. Berggreen giving Holy Communion to the boys

Who should young Catholic men look up to as role models? Rock stars? Football players? Actors? At the annual Louisiana Call to Chivalry camp, boys are presented with true Catholic role models to admire and imitate.

Each camp has its own theme and this year’s centered on historical figures of the British Isles. Many skits, lively presentations and a challenging treasure hunt brought life to heroes like Saint Patrick, Saint Kevin, Saint Columba, and Saint Brendon. The participants followed Saint Brendon on his voyage to the new world 300 years before Columbus.

They met William Wallace, who insisted that he was not a barbarian as depicted in Hollywood’s version but a champion of good who became the guardian of Scotland. The participants then helped Saint Patrick rescue a camp participant who was captured by druids. Armed with prayer and sheer numbers they chased the druids away.

Saint Patrick rallying the boys to rescue their colleague being held hostage by the druids

The camp encourages its participants to not only look up to true role models but to become leaders like them as well. Canoe runs, obstacle courses, and group problem-solving drew out the leader in everyone. Games like “French football,” “Shield Ball” and “Capture the Flag,” can only be won through teamwork and strategy.

Never a dull moment during the games

Essential to true formation, the camp fostered piety through the daily reception of the sacraments of communion, the availability of confession and by concluding the day with a rosary procession. Like the crusaders of old, all participated in a vigil of arms before a relic of the true cross.

During the camp, the boys pray the Rosary daily as Our Lady asked in Fatima

Tyler del Rosario being surprised by a birthday cake

The Blessed Mother presides over the vigil of arms

TFP member Matthew Shibler giving his talk on Fr. John Gerard, the "Hunted Priest."

The Camp participants after Sunday Mass at Saint Agnes Church in Baton Rouge

Our youth needs good role models, not bad ones. If you are interested in learning more about future

TFP Call to Chivalry camps please call Mr. Cesar Franco at (717) 521-8013.

 

 

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