Our Lady of Victory Camp Statement of Mission
The Mission of Our Lady of Victory Camp is:
“ To help deepen the Catholic Christian faith of children, teenagers and young adults in caring community through prayer, catechesis, the sacraments and recreation.”
“to help” — The mission of the camp is to enhance the work of parents in raising their children in the Catholic faith. We are but one dimension of a comprehensive ministry to children and youth. “It takes a whole village to raise a child.”
“deepen the Catholic Christian faith” — To assist in the growth of the child’s relationship with the God of Jesus Christ according to the teachings of the Catholic Church, but open to people of other faiths who would like their child to attend a Christian camp.
“of children, teenagers, and young adults” — For campers aged 9-13, teenaged counselors aged 14 and up, and Team leaders aged 18 and older. Part of the mission is to help these individuals grow into teens and adults in a leadership capacity as they journey towards Christian maturity.
“in a caring community” — The main characteristic of Christian identity will always be love. This attribute of our camp is first and foremost in our mission.
“through prayer” — At the camp, participants are taught to pray with Scripture, in silence, with nature, with music and with praise in community. They are given opportunities to experience these prayer forms in all of the richness.
“catechesis” — The teachings of the Catholic Church form the basis of camp life. Appropriate teaching methods are utilized according to the interest and age levels of the children and teenagers attending the camp.
“the sacraments” — The Eucharist is celebrated daily at the camp as we grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also celebrated each week.
“recreation” — In order to help the participants to experience God’s love through a loving community, trust and authentic friendship must be encouraged and ostered. Healthy and active recreational activities that promote relationships are a key ingredient in the Our Lady of Victory Camp summer program.