Faith Meets Fun

By Mary DeGoede

More than 1,650 campers participated in 64 Challenge and Conquest camps in the US and Canada this summer.

CQ22-1Summer 2012 was a busy one for Challenge and Conquest youth groups. Conquest hosted 31 camps for boys in the US and 7 in Canada, with more than 1000 boys in total attending. Challenge held 22 camps in the US and 4 in Canada, with a total of more than 650 girls.

This year, Conquest spotlighted the 2nd Annual Conquest National Camp, Call & Duty: Undaunted Courage, which was held in Elizabethtown, PA. This year, the camp organizers used Facebook to give parents daily updates on the boys’ activities, which was very successful.CQ22-2

More than 200 boys attended Conquest’s largest camp in Canada, Camp Arcātheos. This medieval-themed camp, held each year in Alberta, gives boys a hands-on experience of the epic battle between good and evil.

Three of the Conquest camps in the US were day camps this year; Todd Brechbill, Conquest national director, says that these camps are growing in popularity, especially for younger boys.

CQ22-3Most of the Challenge girls’ camps this year used a unified theme: Live It! The national Challenge office offered the theme to the camps as a package, complete with a camp guidebook and CD, as well as other optional items such as water bottles and T-shirts. The package was a hit, and next year another theme will be offered.

Girls’ camps in Canada included 2 French camps in Quebec, as well as Camp Captivenia, the ‘sister camp’ of Camp Arcātheos.

All told, it was a successful summer for Challenge and Conquest; through their camps, they were able to give many young people a fun and faith-filled experience.