Thursday morning both parents and children took action to carry out the ideas of this year’s theme. Parents boarded a bus and took a short ride into nearby Emlenton, PA to spend time with local senior citizens. Although it was a small group, our participants brought joy and entertainment to all! The children created cards to send to someone in need of some cheer and decorated pillowcases to send to the orphanages in Ukraine. They also decorated a pillowcase to take home as a reminder of God’s message to care for others throughout the year. In the evening, the children completed the Saints Walk where they “met” saints whose lives are an example to us as we learn to be good keepers of our brothers and sisters. Then families gathered for the final campfire. This year many families shared their favorite campfire song and our repertoire continues to grow!
Our last morning together was spent celebrating Divine Liturgy. After brunch, families spent the rest of Friday morning packing and preparing for their journey home. The week closed with a short presentation from the children and recognition of our MMDM Graduates.
Next year’s encampment is scheduled to take place July 28-August 1, 2014. We hope to see you there!