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Summer EncountersWe want to create a simple and fun atmosphere to help children grow from both the human and spiritual point of view. From the human point of view, the Servant Sisters, Brothers, and Priests of the Home help young people form themselves in values that will help them to become mature Catholic men and women in today´s society. From the spiritual point of view, they try to ensure that the young people understand the significance and need for prayer life and the fact that they should be striving for holiness every day.

Summer Encounters in USA

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Girls Summer Encounter: July 28 – August 4

Boys Summer Encounter: July 28 – August 4

The Home of the Mother summer encounters for girls and boys provide a simple and fun atmosphere to help campers grow from both the human and spiritual point of view. These summer encounters are packed with fun activities, daily Mass, Adoration, and a chance to interact daily with the Servant Priests, Brothers, and Sisters.

Participant age: All 8-13 years old girls and boys are invited.
Location: Camp Kateri, Hawthorne (Florida)
Cost: $250
To register click on the tab above that says "Registration" to register online.
If you have any questions or problems about registration, contact Delores Hambleton:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For doubts or questions about the camp contact the Sisters: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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HIGHSCHOOL HIKING TRIP

Boys Summer Encounter: July 20 – July 26

Girls Summer Encounter: July 20 – July 26
*Girls hiking trip is filled up. If you would like to be on the waiting list in case there is a space that opens up, please call Delores Hambleton
Delores Hambleton:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 904- 200-9842

The Home of the Mother summer encounters for girls and boys provide a simple and fun atmosphere to help campers grow from both the human and spiritual point of view. These summer encounters are packed with fun activities, challenging hikes, daily Mass, Adoration, and a chance to interact daily with the Servant Priests, Brothers, and Sisters.

hiking chicosParticipant age: All rising 9th Grade - 12th Grade Teens are invited.
Location:
 
Girls' Hiking Trip:
Star Mountain
621 Bailey's Branch Rd. 
Marshall, NC

Boys' Hiking Trip
246 Bee Tree Rd. 
Marshall, NC

Cost: $250

Spaces are limited. Sign up soon!

To register click on the tab above that says "Registration" to register online.
If you have any questions or problems about registration, contact Delores Hambleton:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For doubts or questions about the camp contact the Sisters: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

REGISTRATION

Option 1: To register and pay online, click here.

Then, download the following two forms, read and sign them:

Permission Slip and General Conditions Agreement

Send the signed forms to:

Delores Hambleton
1123 Wards Place
Jacksonville, FL 32259

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*Note: The highschool girls' hiking trip is filled up. If you would like to be on the waiting list in case there is a space that opens up, please call Delores Hambleton
Delores Hambleton:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 904- 200-9842


Option 2: Download the following forms to register.

Registration Form
Permission Slip and General Conditions Agreement

Send the signed forms and payment to:

Delores Hambleton
1123 Wards Place
Jacksonville, FL 32259

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WHAT TO BRING

Clothing to Bring:
Below is list of appropriate clothing for the camp. Clothing may have no offensive, suggestive or vulgar images, wording, or markings. For outdoor activities, bring clothing you don’t mind getting dirty.

•    Bring your own plate, bowl, cup and utensils (ALL marked with your first and last name).
•    One tin (size of a tuna fish, cat or dog food tin) to use for a craft.
•    Shower shoes/ flip-flops
•    Sports shoes that can get dirty, and nicer shoes for indoor and chapel use
•    Shorts, both athletic and regular. No short shorts! The shorts must reach at least to your fingertips when the arms are at your side.
•    A few pairs of nicer long pants or skirts (at least knee length) for chapel use
•    Several T-shirts and casual shirts (no halter tops, spaghetti-strap, or shirts that reveal your undergarments.)
•    Sweater or sweatshirt just in case
•    Undergarments
•    Full one-piece or tankini that looks like a one-piece swimming suit for girls/Thigh-length trunks for boys

What else to Bring:
•    Bedding: sleeping bag-no bedding will be provided for campers
•    Shower towel(s)
•    Swim Towel
•    Washcloths
•    Toiletries: toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, bath soap, deodorant, etc.
•    Flashlight
•    Bug spray
•    Sunscreen
•    Bible
•    Water bottle with name (to be used throughout camp)
•    Prayer books for adoration time (optional)
•    Rosary
•    Notebook or journal, pen

What not to bring:
Please leave electronic devices at home! (iPods/pads, MP3 players, video games, phones,* etc.). Staff will confiscate electronic devices from campers.
*Parents requiring a camper have phone access must either give the phone to staff at check-in or allow the camper to use a staff member’s phone.

Clothing to Bring:
Below is list of appropriate clothing for the camp. Clothing may have no offensive, suggestive or vulgar images, wording, or markings. For outdoor activities, bring clothing you don’t mind getting dirty.

•    Shower shoes/ flip-flops
•    Sports shoes that can get dirty, and nicer shoes for indoor and chapel use
•    Shorts, both athletic and regular. No short shorts! The shorts must reach at least to your fingertips when the arms are at your side.
•    A few pairs of nicer long pants or skirts (at least knee length) for chapel use
•    Several T-shirts and casual shirts (no halter tops, spaghetti-strap, or shirts that reveal your undergarments.)
•    Sweater or sweatshirt just in case
•    Undergarments
•    Full one-piece or tankini that looks like a one-piece swimming suit for girls/Thigh-length trunks for boys

What else to Bring:
•    Bedding: sleeping bag. Do not bring sheets, as there will be no beds. 
•    Shower towel(s)
•    Swim Towel
•    Washcloths
•    Toiletries: toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, bath soap, deodorant, etc.
•    Flashlight
•    Bug spray
•    Sunscreen
•    Bible
•    Water bottle with name (to be used throughout camp)
•    Prayer books for adoration time (optional)
•    Rosary
•    Notebook or journal, pen

What not to bring:
Please leave electronic devices at home! (iPods/pads, MP3 players, video games, phones,* etc.). Staff will confiscate electronic devices from campers.
*Parents requiring a camper have phone access must either give the phone to staff at check-in or allow the camper to use a staff member’s phone.


Modesty: Promoting the Purity of self and others to glorify God (an explanation of why we stipulate certain clothing)

Clothes should reflect your dignity as a child of God and as such it should glorify Him. Certain circumstances require certain dress i.e. if you’re playing sports you should wear athletic clothing of some kind, swimming requires a bathing suit, attending a wedding one usually wears a nice dress or outfit, for Church you dress up to honor God, etc. One underlying thing that we should always keep in mind when we clothe our bodies is human modesty. Modesty fortifies the 6th and 9th Commandments. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) states: “Modesty protects the mystery of persons and their love. It encourages patience and moderation in loving relationships; it requires that the conditions for the definitive giving and commitment of man and woman to one another be fulfilled. Modesty is decency. It inspires one’s choice of clothing.  It keeps silence or reserve where there is evident risk of unhealthy curiosity. It is discreet” (CCC 2522).

As Christians, we have the responsibility to keep our souls pure. The Catechism notes “purity requires modesty, an integral part of temperance. Modesty protects the intimate center of the person. It means refusing to unveil what should remain hidden. It is ordered to chastity to whose sensitivity it bears witness. It guides how one looks at others and behaves toward them in conformity with the dignity of persons and their solidarity” (CCC 2521). Our clothing choices can affect others for good or bad. You can ask a friend if your clothing seems modest. For a woman’s perspective, you can ask your sister or mother. And ask yourself: To what am I trying to draw attention in my appearance? Do I want people to remember me, or to think of me as a thing?

ALL Medications to include prescriptions, supplements, and vitamins must be brought to camp in the original container clearly labeled to include: Camper’s name, name of prescribing physician, prescription number, date prescribed, name of medication, and directions for use.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Home of the Mother Summer Camps
GENERAL INFORMATION

Who runs it?  - the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother, are the ones who run the camp. In the boys camp, the Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother run it. The boys and girls camps are entirely separate.

Who are counselors/volunteers? - There are a few volunteers, normally members of our group Home of the Mother, who help in the kitchen or with other odd and ends. They are generally adults who do not have kids at the camp and do not intervene in the activities with the girls or boys. Girls who are 14 and older, normally having attended other previous summer camps and know our spirituality and the rhythm of the camp help lead the groups of girls.

Sleeping arrangements - at Camp Kateri, the younger girls sleep with their counselors in platform tents at one location, and the ones in middle school sleep with their counselors in platform tents at another location, about 4 min. walking distance. We the Sisters sleep on our own about 3 min. walking distance from the girls. The whole camp is ours, so no strange people from outside are allowed in the Camp. We normally lock up and make sure all is safe in the girls' locations before going off to bed.
 The boys sleep in tree houses on another part of the property that is entirely for the boys. The boys do not enter the camp of the girls and vice versa.

Normal activities – Daily mass, daily time of adoration, games, crafts, meals in common with lots of singing and laughing, chores, time to make up skits for the final festival, etc...

Attitudes needed – At our camps, we take every opportunity to teach the kids the virtues and help them grow in both human and spiritual aspects.  It is very important to obey the counselors, camp leader, and the Sisters/Brothers. There are a lot of opportunities to overcome oneself and grow a little – eating all the food you take or put on your plate, singing even when you’re tired to make a joyful environment, making friends with people you don’t know, especially the ones on your team, opportunities to serve others, participating in all the activities even if it’s not the game you wanted to play, etc... and above all, offering everything up out of love for our Lord and our Blessed Mother, asking from them the grace to know them better, know yourself better, and learn to love like they do.

What happens if someone’s homesick and begins to cry? We always try to encourage the kids to overcome their homesickness and realize that camp will end very soon. It’s only a week. We don’t give much attention to this, as it becomes contagious if attended to. But if the child is not capable of overcoming him/herself, we will call the parents to come pick them up.

No Electronics - Children may not carry cell phones, mp3 players, iPods, PSPs, or other electronic devices that distract them from daily activities. These devices isolate them and interrupt the active participation and coexistence between the campers. In case of finding one, our monitors are authorized to keep it until the end of the camp.

Calls - It is best that there will be no phone calls home unless for a very serious reason. In this way we will contribute to improving your child’s autonomy and responsibility. The important consultations that the parents have during the camp will be resolved through the following telephone, at the number 904-322-1353 (Sisters) or 904-200-9842 (Delores Hambleton). It is much more effective to send us a text and we will respond when best suited for the good of the whole camp. For any emergency there is no problem in calling.

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