Monday, July 04, 2005

Back from Lac Ste Anne

Our family went to a Catholic family camp at Lac Ste Anne, Alberta (just west of Edmonton) over the Canada Day long weekend, hence the non-postage. The weather threatened rain briefly (last year it rained heavily every day for the 4 days we were there), but stayed quite warm through the weekend. Sickness continued to haunt our family, some combination of colds and croup, so a lot of time was spent sleeping during the camp - not a bad way to spend a vacation.

The camp itself is pretty hip, by Catholic standards. There were probably 2500 people there, and 60% of them were young people/singles/children. In fact, the one demographic that seemed underrepresented were the elderly (which may be due to the camp-y atmosphere of the whole thing). There were youth streams for 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, and 15-17, as well as evening coffee house activities for young adults (I took a picture of the 6-8 year olds, and estimated 100 to 150 in this age range). Each age group had opportunities for orthodox Catholic teaching, personal testimonies, and mounds o' fun. All in all a great way to start the summer vacation and celebrate Canada Day at the same time. This was only our second time at it, but will probably make it a mainstay of our summer. There is tremendous growth potential for this type of activity - we alone know probably a dozen more families who would be interested in this event if they knew more about it. It's also not at all unusual for families of 5-8 children to be found at it either. In fact, I felt like our family was on the low average end of things (we're expecting our fifth child in August).

Anyhoo - an enjoyable weekend for all, and a highly recommended way to see something positive. I haven't seen a web-site for it yet, but it's called the Lac Ste Anne family camp for any doing a search. Hope to see you there!


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