Camp Apostles – A Week of Faith, Fun and Service!

Registration for Camp Apostles, a week of faith, fun and service, is now open! The goal of the camp is to make the Catholic Church matter by inspiring teens 6th through 8th grade to become missionary-disciples in our community. The week will be broken down into several parts to create an all-encompassing camp full of service, fellowship and spiritual formation. There will be opportunities to hear inspiring talks, participate in small-group discussions, play fun games and serve in the local community. Camp Apostles brings together various aspects of our faith including spiritual, service, fellowship and community into one amazing week!

The camp typically runs most of the day from 8am to 3pm Monday, July 23 through Thursday, July 26. One parent from each family is expected to participate in one role during the week. Please read below for more detailed information.

If you are in high school and are looking for service hours or to give back to the community, please click below or check out the High School Counselors page

Please note that this year’s camp will be slightly different due to renovations at the school. Monday and Tuesday the teens will be dropped off at the basilica, Wednesday they will be dropped off at the service sites, and Thursday they will be dropped off at the school.

For more information about this year’s camp, please contact Mariane Leite at (703) 836-4100 or mleite@stmaryoldtown.org.

General Information

Location

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday we will meet at the Basilica School of Saint Mary in the morning. Teens will be picked up at the Basilica School of Saint Mary. Wednesday teens will report directly to service sites. Please refer to the schedule for specific drop-off/pick-up times.

What to Bring

Teens are expected to dress modestly throughout the week (shorts need to be fingertip length, no tank tops). Teens will need sneakers to be active and a change of clothes, towel and water shoes, old sneakers or strapped sandals for whitewater rafting and hiking on Thursday. Please also bring a water bottle with name labeled, sunscreen and a pair of garden gloves. Please NO flip flops, yoga pants or electronic devices.

Cellphones

In order for teens to fully participate and engage throughout the week, we ask that cell phones stay at home. If parents are concerned or need to contact their child, they may call Mariane Leite at 703.371.4230 or Arragon Perrone at 860.841.4766.

Meals

Breakfast and snacks will be provided throughout the week but we ask that teens bring a bag lunch. 

Schedule

The following are the drop-off/pick-up times for each day.

  • Monday
    • Drop off, 8am @ Basilica of Saint Mary
    • Pick up, 3pm @ Basilica School of St Mary
  • Tuesday
    • Drop off, 8am @ Basilica of Saint Mary
    • Pick up, 4:30pm @ Basilica School of St Mary
  • Wednesday
    • Drop off, 10am @ Service Site
    • Pick up, 3pm @ Service Site
  • Thursday
    • Drop off, 7:30am @ Basilica School of St Mary
    • Pick up, 5:30pm @ Basilica School of St Mary

Volunteer Opportunities

In order for Camp Apostles to be a truly memorable experience, we need all the help that we can get! That means we need parents, young adults and high school teens within the parish to come out and volunteer for various roles throughout the week. All volunteers must be Virtus-certified/OPCYP compliant.

The following are the volunteer roles that we will need covered in order to have a successful week:

Food Committee

  • Help prepare and set up food for breakfast one of the mornings during camp
  • Help clean-up after breakfast and set out snacks for the teens later in the day

Crew Leader

  • Must be present 8:30am-3:30pm on Wednesday
  • Assigned to 5-10 kids making up your crew (assisted by high school counselor)
  • Will lead & work with crew throughout the day at work sites
    • Sites include Christ House, St. Martin de Porres, etc.
  •  Must be over the age of 21
  • You may also volunteer to be a small group leader if you take on this role 

White Water Rafting Chaperone

  • Must be present the entire day Thursday, 7:30am-5:30pm
  • Supervise teens during white water rafting and hiking

Small Group Leader

  • Must be present at entire Camp Apostles, July 23 to July 26.
    • 7:30am-5pm days
  •  Some conflicts during the week will be accepted
  • Lead a gender-specific discussion group with another leader
  • Participate in program activities
  • Participate in white water rafting

If you are willing and ready to commit to one of these roles, we ask that you please sign and complete the form below or download the Volunteer Packet and return the last two pages to Mariane Leite (mleite@stmaryoldtown.org).  An official schedule will be sent to you after the forms have been returned.

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