|Posted by michael.drollman on August 28, 2018 at 5:55 PM||comments (0)|
In spite of fire, a change of campsites, long distances, more fire, smoke, and an evacuation notice, CWCYC was a raging success! All praise to God, who saw us through, and thanks to all the volunteers who made it work!
Our inaugural camp was originally to be hosted at YMCA Camp Dudley but after a wildfire and an evacuation notice it was no longer an option. YMCA Lake Wenatchee was a huge blessing as they opened their doors and let us have camp there. So, with 12 days’ notice we called campers, and packed up the trailer, and headed 160 miles to our new camp. When we arrived at our new home we were met with new fire dangers. Many days it was smoky but the YMCA staff took good care of us and made sure we were never in danger and always had breathing masks.
Our first camp had 80 campers and a whole lot of fun!! We got to partake in activities like swimming, boating, crafts, and archery. Every day we had a group praying the rosary every morning and either a Mass or communion service throughout the day. We also got to pray the stations of the cross. Each night ended with games in the field, a talk from Deacon Jim, and a skit by Jake and Dave.
We are now in full planning mode for CWCYC 2019!!
If you were a camper we would LOVE to hear about your experience. Please fill out this Google Forms so that we can make next year the best year yet: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1bGeq4YXRN20PWI-ttcQvWMFCSF1Q93s4bEMMaF8ScJU
If you were a volunteer we would appreciate the opportunity to hear about your experience. Please fill out this Google Forms so that we can learn how to best support you: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1a-OkREWHIcqQs1Svnxxx0ZX-uF24TBBaeIkj3HrGQ3U
|Posted by michael.drollman on May 9, 2018 at 8:55 PM||comments (2)|
Someone wanted to know if there is any compensation for the staff of CWCYC. If they mean monetarily, the answer is "No!" the three of us (so far) are volunteering our time, talent and a little treasure even, to make Camp happen. Our compensation is the wonderful rewards that come from doing something beautiful for God. We love God; we love kids! That's why we are doing this. God wants it, so we want it.
'Nuff said? Thanks for reading.
Michael Drollman, Director.
|Posted by michael.drollman on April 23, 2018 at 7:10 PM||comments (0)|
I just have to share; I hope it won't be too long.
Ever since I started asking St Rita to pray for CWCYC, things have been happening. Coincidence? Sure!
This morning, as I put my key into the CWCYC P.O. box, I prayed "St. Rita, show me something!" I threw away the junk flyer, and opened a large envelope containing a camper registration. I was thankful for that. then I opened the small blue envelope. It contained a greeting card. The main message of the Dayspring card: "You give glory to God through your servants heart. Thank you for giving of yourself for the good of others. You are appreciated. Included was a handwritten note from a friend of my wife,Teresa. The note said they would be getting the registrations completed for their girls, with full payment, but they wanted to get a donation to us quickly. There was a check enclosed; a check for $1000.00!
There's more. I have a friend who has been such an example of a Christian man, that I asked him last year to be my spiritual advisor. So I shared this wonderful news with him. Here is his reply:
"Thank you, St. Rita. You may be interested that my mother retired from medicine and entered the Trappistine convent in Sonoita, AZ at the age of 67 and served the Lord there in fasting and prayer (Luke 2:37) for 21 years. The monastery there is the Santa Rita Abbey, with Saint Rita of Cascia as their patroness. Get my Mom on the project, too, Sister Jean. She’ll be a great help.
Wow! Just Wow! We will now add Ted's Mom, Sister Jean, to our list of intercessors. I go back to Erin Loe's's talk on St. Rita (last year?) at NICYC, and I just get overwhelmed by the "coincidence". I'm blown away by the unmerited love from God that has been shown to me these past weeks. The saints are real; they are efficacious; they listen; they pray; and God answers! Goodness!
|Posted by michael.drollman on April 22, 2018 at 3:35 PM||comments (0)|
On March 21, Cor Christi Broadcasting interviewed Michael Drollman about Central Washington Catholic Youth Camp. for those who missed it on the Servant's Heart program, here is the podcast: https://soundcloud.com/corchristibroadcasting/servants-heart-interview-central-washington-catholic-youth-camp-director-mike-drollman
I hope you find it informative.
|Posted by michael.drollman on March 23, 2018 at 1:25 AM||comments (0)|
Today, Sarah Moore accepted the position of Assistant Director for CWCYC. Sarah met with us two weeks ago and immediately became a driving force for Camp. She started offering ideas and suggestions. She volunteered to punch up our website and boy, did she! Sarah has also agreed to be your LITE leader; managing the junior and senior high kids who volunteer to be our Leaders in Traing Eternal; learning leadership skills as assistant counselors, and hopefully, becoming future counselors themselves. Sarah is the Youth Minister at St. Andrew parish in Ellensburg. Welcome, Sarah; it's great to have you with us!
|Posted by michael.drollman on January 4, 2018 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
It all started over 10 years ago, when a busy Catholic couple sent their older children to a Protestant summer camp. The kids came home telling their folks what a hard time they had, with some children proselytizing them, claiming Catholics weren't Christian. Tammy Loe saw red. She decided, in addition to being a full time ER nurse and a Mom of 9, 2 of whom were adopted with special needs, she was going to start a Catholic youth camp. So, she did.
The North Idaho Catholic Youth Camp (NICYC) was her project, along with the stalwart support of her husband, Barry. She got some friends together and they made it happen. The camp has run for 10 consecutive years, and keeps getting bigger. Last year, my 4th year as a counselor there, we had 115 youth show up, although we only had capacity for 100. We squeezed 'em in and we had a blast!
While the camp is full of fun and frivolity, it also is distinctly Catholic.
- Rosary is available every morning.
- Mass is daily.
- Stations of the Cross is performed once, in a unique way every year.
- Thursday is reconciliation day, supported by several priests from the Boise diocese.
- Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church show up every year. They socialize and take part in the activities (You haven't lived until you've seen a nun, in full habit, inner-tubing down the Coeur d'Alene river).
- Every morning there is a prepared talk, designed to interest and challenge the youth to deepen their faith.
- Scripture memory verse is a big part, with teams competing to memorize them and win candy, while they learn some Bible.
You can't fully realize the benefit of this experience until you experience it. Kids form lasting friendships, have a great time, and deepen their faith. I have met kids who are discerning vocations because of camp. It is a wonderful work of the Holy Spirit. It is this adventure we want to bring to the children of Central Washington. We will make it happen. And YOU can help; with your prayers, with your donations of time, talent and treasure. We need help planning now. We need to raise funds now. This summer, we will need adult volunteers to step up and offer their services as counselors (you will be blessed, I promise!).
Please contact me if you want to know more.
Michael Drollman - Director, CWCYC