Southwest Oklahoma parishes unite to offer weeklong camp

By Jolene Schonchin
The Sooner Catholic

Three parishes in southwest Oklahoma will unite again this year with the help of Totus Tuus of Oklahoma to offer a weeklong summer camp with outdoor games and learning about the Catholic faith.

Saint Ann in Elgin, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Sterling and Our Lady of Sorrows in Apache will host the summer youth event in July.

The goal of Totus Tuus is to provide youth with essential information about the Catholic faith, and to get students enthusiastic about being Catholic.

“This camp was a first for our parishes. It has been a number of years since we have any sort of summer vacation bible school,” said Susan Milam, director of the religious education at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Sterling. “I want to give the students a fun, faith-filled, summer experience.”

Milam said the children love the fun games and activities that the Totus Tuus team plays with the students.

“There is a day dedicated to outdoor water play, and the students get to vote which Totus Tuus team member they would like to make a human sundae. The kids put chocolate syrup, caramel and whipped cream on the team member, and top it off with a cherry,” she said.

This year, the summer camp added junior high school and high school evening twilight sessions for older students.

The 2018 summer camp will be July 16-20 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help for kindergarten to 12th grade. The church is located at 220 N. A Ave. in Sterling.

The camp schedule is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily for elementary students in kindergarten to sixth grade, and 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Monday­Thursday for junior high and high school students.

Recess follows lunch daily, and team sports are encouraged. Students may bring Frisbees, gloves, bats and balls, etc.

On July 20, the final day of camp, students participate in Water Day. Students wear swimsuits under their clothes or wear clothes that can be wet and soiled.

Enrollment is $20 per student with a maximum of $50 per family. Enrollment forms due by July 1.
Volunteers that are Safe Environment trained, and are willing to help with the day or evening camp times, are welcome.

Jolene Schonchin is a freelance writer for the Sooner Catholic.

To register, volunteer or learn more about Totus Tuus in southwest Oklahoma, contact Susan Milam at (580) 512-3202.