Kids play & learn at first-ever camp

August 6, 2009 by

Sister Julie Christensen, right, laughs with the kids on her team during an outside game Tuesday morning.

Sister Julie Christensen, right, laughs with the kids on her team during an outside game Tuesday morning.


Sister Julie Christensen listens to the conversation among the team members during one of the games Tuesday morning.

Sister Julie Christensen listens to the conversation among the team members during one of the games Tuesday morning.

About 10 Concordia kids laughed, chased each other, learned a little geography and practiced saying “please” and “thank you” in a new program offered three mornings this week at the Motherhouse. And helping them do that were four older girls who have been involved before in other programs offered by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.

“Missy Mania at the Motherhouse” actually started as a way to broaden the experience for the older girls who were at the Motherhouse from Sunday evening through Wednesday afternoon. Sister Anna Marie Broxterman wanted to develop a relatively short program that would give the girls — Anna Hall, Andrea Mattas, Kara Huntzinger and Jessalyn Allen — a chance to grow in leadership skills and spirituality.

A cast on her arm didnt slow down Jessalyn Allen, one of four girls who served as leaders during Missy Mania.

A cast on her arm didn't slow down Jessalyn Allen, one of four girls who served as leaders during Missy Mania.

As a part of that, Sister Anna Marie worked with Sisters Julie Christensen, Jean Rosemarynoski and Beverly Carlin to put together the Monday-through-Wednesday morning camp for local children in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades. The older girls would help the younger kids practice skills to get ready to return to school.

The kids spent part of each morning in team games on the west lawn of the Motherhouse and then came inside for more team-building with Math Olympics and Mighty Manners games.

They also played Map Magic and practiced listening skills with a storytelling time.

The teen girls also had reflection time and shared prayers each morning.

Sister Beverly Carlin watches as the boys and girls work on a Map Magic game of identifying U.S. states.

Sister Beverly Carlin watches as the boys and girls work on a Map Magic game of identifying U.S. states.


Outside, the camp kids along with the leaders and sisters joined in a variety of team games on the west lawn of the Motherhouse.

Outside, the camp kids along with the leaders and sisters joined in a variety of team games on the west lawn of the Motherhouse.


Inside the games were more sedentary, including a team challenge match between the Bless Yous and the Thank Tank as part of Mighty Manners.

Inside the games were more sedentary, including a team challenge match between the Bless Yous and the Thank Tank as part of Mighty Manners.

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2 Responses to “Kids play & learn at first-ever camp”

  1. Carm Thibault on August 9th, 2009 7:50 pm

    This looks like a fun event – new for kids in Concordia! Thanks to all who planned and carried out those days! I am sure the kids won’t forget those days……..

  2. Bette Moslander on August 7th, 2009 2:21 pm

    This is just great fun and a learning process as well–learning for the children, for the older girls in leadership, and the sisters as well. My guess is, it will be repeated. Thanks to t he vocation team for seemingly endless energy.

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