Discover Camp fills Motherhouse with laughter, prayer and song

June 27, 2017 by

The Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia with ringing with the sounds of giggles, laughter, prayer and song during the annual slumber party/spiritual retreat for junior-high age girls known as Discover Camp. The theme of this year’s camp was “We Are One Body.”

Under the guidance of camp coordinators Sisters Beverly Carlin and Anna Marie Broxterman and camp directors Katelyn Hutley and Kinsey Levendofsky, 36 girls came from across Kansas to spend June 15-17 with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia. Campers, many making return visits, came from Concordia, Salina, Clay Center, Junction City, Chapman, St. George, Milford, Manhattan, Hanover, Ellis, Delphos and Wichita. Twelve high school- and college-age counselors, four staff members and countless other volunteers rounded out the group.

The campers, divided into groups of six, spread their sleeping bags throughout the open space on the fifth floor of the historic Motherhouse, but shared meals and other activities — including a Nazareth scavenger hunt and afternoon bingo at both the Motherhouse and Mount Joseph Senior Village — with the sisters who live there. The girls learned about teamwork by navigating a low ropes course with their group as well as creating and performing a group cheer.

One shared activity Friday evening was a cookout on the Motherhouse grounds. The meal is made possible by the local Knights of Columbus, who donated the hamburgers and hot dogs and then handled the grilling duties.

The days of fun came to an end Saturday evening when campers’ families were invited to a special Mass in the Sacred Heart Chapel at the Motherhouse, followed by an ice cream social hosted by the Sisters of St. Joseph.

The sisters have hosted Discover Camp for girls entering the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grades since 2000. Girls wanting to attend the 2018 Discover Camp are encouraged to apply early in the spring as Sister Anna Marie noted that this year’s camp was full and had a waiting list.

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