Camp Guadalupe was our first program of cultural education and a wonderful way to honor the Mexican heritage of our adopted Latino children. This week-long camp has now become an exciting Catholic experience for local school children and invited guests. Our theme for 2011 is - "Jesus, King of My Heart."
Living Bridges Co-Founders and Directors, Bob and Anna Iatesta, with their daughter Michelle, began Camp Guadalupe 20 years ago. Today the camp has expanded its faith mission to touch everyone in a local setting. Anna has said, "The camp is impregnated with Catholic faith and that is what is so beautiful."
Along with our children attending camp, we have always invited guests to share this blessing. In previous years Living Bridges and local families have sponsored orphan children from Mexico and in recent years, children from Mision Santa Maria and St. Rocco's Parish in Avondale, PA. Many children are sponsored by your donations to Our Lady's Scholarship Fund. This exciting mix of faith, fun and Catholic culture has been given great reviews by local media, church leaders and families. One DRE called Camp Guadalupe the most authentic Catholic camp for children she has ever seen. The exciting story of Our Lady of Guadalupe is woven through the fabric of this camp. Along with camp activities, original music and broad community involvement, we now have ongoing Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for campers, adults and teen volunteers. We call our teen helpers "prayer warriors." They are living up to their name while providing critical service to all aspects of camp. Recent camps have experienced the Travelling Mission Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe blessed at the Basilica in Mexico City.
Camp Guadalupe has been hosted by a variety of parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, with long time priest friends. Over the last few years we have seen large numbers of teens and young adults wanting to serve at camp. With exceptional youth leaders like Rob Longo and Jeff Braconnier, original theme music and creative arts have become part of our experience. The young people have also served as "prayer warriors" providing ongoing intercessory prayer in Adoration Chapels.
AT CAMP WE NEED… YOU! OUR BLESSED VOLUNTEERS!
Group Leaders – In charge of a group of children; Escort them to sessions
Group Aides - Help the group leader; Accompany the children to their sessions
Teachers – Develop and teach curriculum based on Camp Theme in Art, Games, Music, or La Vida (The Life of the Church)
Teacher's Aides – Classroom set-up/clean-up daily and in class assistant
Liturgist – Prepare Liturgy for Friday Mass
Sacristan (Extraordinary Minister)– Expose and repose the Blessed Sacrament (am & pm); Fri. Mass duties
Adoration Escorts – Escort Adorers to/from Adoration during Camp
Photographer/Videographers – Take still photos & video at Camp; provide to office
Bell ringer – Ring the bell for change of classes
Sign in/out Table Monitors - Greet campers, sign them in, give name tags, take lunches, etc.; Oversee camper sign-out matching campers with their parents
Safety Officer – Supervise the… Open & Close Camp; Outdoor Signage; Secure Pedestrian Safe Zone; Direct Auto Traffic to Parking; Direct Foot Traffic to Sign-in; Monitor Doors; Walk Camp throughout day ( visit every useable space); Supervision of Lunchroom
PRE-CAMP & AT CAMP WE NEED… YOU! OUR BLESSED VOLUNTEERS!
Office Assistants –Process camper registrations, volunteer applications, and criminal record checks; phone calls; Camp shopping & delivery
Adult Volunteer Coordinators – Train, schedule, and support adult volunteers
Youth Volunteer Coordinators - Train, schedule, and support youth volunteers
Camper Coordinators - Schedule campers to groups; Supervise sign in/sign out campers; Parent Contact; Give vital info to Group Leaders; Meds/first aid; Troubleshooting
Facilities Coordinator - - Design Floorplan/map;- Supervise Set-up/Tear Down; Liaison with on-site personnel; Provide facilities tours to volunteers; Indoor Signage; Supervise Clean-up
Please fill out the Volunteer Form, save it and email it back to us.