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Fifty-two boys preparing for week of faith and fun

Fifty-two boys entering sixth- through ninth-grade are preparing for a week of fun in the water, mudslides, campfires, archery and an obstacle course – mixed with daily Mass, eucharistic adoration and Bible study.

It’s the second year of the archdiocese’s Camp Virtus et Veritas, July 24-30, at Camp Kateri Tekakwitha near McCool Junction in the Diocese of Lincoln.

Modeled after that diocese’s successful Leadership Camp, the archdiocese’s get-together is finding success of its own, said Toby Korensky, the director and a member of St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Omaha.

Several boys last year said that for the first time they had experienced a deep, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, Korensky said. Eucharistic adoration and other faith events at the camp had an "amazing" impact, he said.

Volunteers at this year’s camp include parents, 16 high school students and three seminarians – Patrick Moser of St. Theresa of Avila Parish in Clearwater, Padraic Stack of St. James Parish in Omaha and Taylor Leffler of St. Mary Parish in West Point.

Jen Moser, Patrick Moser’s sister and coordinator of youth ministry for the archdiocese, said an important goal of the camp is encouraging more parents and other adults to help students grow in leadership and faith. As interest grows, perhaps two summer camps of 52 boys each can be organized, she said.

One key will be finding enough adult volunteers – particularly fathers and mothers of boys at the camp – to make that happen, Moser said.

Korensky said the camp appears to provide a good formula for success.

"The Holy Spirit is definitely working," he said. "It’s kind of a camp and retreat, bundled up in one."

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