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St. JPII Camp participants learn about, experience the Father’s love

By Katrina Genereux / Associate Editor, OND

Park Rapids – St. John Paul II Camp has been a mid-summer staple for diocesan middle school students for more than a decade. This year 161 youth entering grades 7-9 attended the camp during two sessions held July 7-11 and July 14-18 at Northern Pines Camp located on Fishhook Lake near Park Rapids.

This year’s theme was “Relentless Father.”

“Through everything we have done this week we have tried to instill in the kids there is nothing in this world you will face that God has not already beat, that he has not already conquered, that he has already claimed victory over,” Brady Borslien told parents at the close of the first camp session. Borslien is the diocesan Youth Events Coordinator and co-directed the camps with Terry Steen and Annette Haas.

“We picked this theme because our God, our Father is never going to grow weary. He’s never going to tire, he’s always going to fight for us. He is going to constantly come after us. He is relentless in his nature because that is who he is. He created us, and he loves us. When we make a mistake, or something happens, he comes after us,” Borslien said.

Throughout the camp, students listen to presentations, meet in small groups, do service projects, take time for prayer – including Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, the rosary and praise and worship. They also have time for summer fun playing volleyball, schtick, relaxing in hammocks and campfires.

Janelle C. Gergen contributed to this article.

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