If you prefer a boring summer, you might want to skip this section entirely. Life Teen Summer Camps aren’t just fun, they’re so much fun you’ll almost wonder how they’re so Catholic. The ropes courses and messy games, the water slides and mud pits, the bonfires and gaga pits… they create an engaging and energetic backdrop to the main events: daily Mass, adoration, Confession, praise, Bible study, and dynamic sessions that speak to the heart and rattle the soul. Sign up at your own risk; camp has been proven to transform not just campers, but their families and parishes, too!
The Dunkeld Youth Service has facilitated a trip to the Life Teen Europe Summer Camp for 3 years running, and we just keep going back! For an idea of what has happened at previous camps, check out some of our news posts here.
The Life Teen Europe Summer Camp takes place in the Emmaus Retreat Centre, Helvoirt, the Netherlands. The camp takes place over 5 days and welcomes teenagers from across Europe, in particular the Netherlands, Germany, Scotland, Spain and Italy. Over this week, they will participate in a range of faith- and team-building activities which will not only give them a chance to grow in their own faith, but also to receive the support of other teens in their faith, as well as allow them to make friends and connections that can last for many years to come. Each year the camp has a different theme which is explored in depth throughout the camp.
The centre, a former monastery, now run as a retreat centre by the local Emmanuel Community, incorporates a large dining area, a chapel, a professional kitchen, a large conference room, two floors of dorm rooms and a games room in the basement. There are also extensive grounds to run around in and participate in outside activities.
Unfortunately, we have been unable to take a group out for the past couple of years, but as soon as we can, we’ll have our annual trip back up and running. So watch this space!