Program Offers Opportunity to Assist Counselors, Work with Campers and Enjoy Amenities of the Camp Free of Charge
By Colleen Rowan
HUTTONSVILLE—Young people ages 16- to 17-years-old who love Camp Bosco in Huttonsville but are too old to be campers and too young to be camp counselors have the opportunity to enlist in the camp’s brand new program The Crew tailored just for them.
Formerly the Special K program, The Crew gives youth in this age group the chance to experience Camp Bosco assisting counselors, working with campers and enjoying the amenities of the camp—all free of charge. “We believe what we gain from that is good camp counselors in the future and good leaders in our church,” said Bob Perron, executive director of the diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. “Not only will they be there in leadership assisting our counselors, but they will also be helping with some of the tasks that normally need to get done at camp, like the dishes. Beyond that we want to give them an opportunity for prayer and reflection and leadership training. Throughout their week they will have those opportunities of service to help the counselors and give them an opportunity to grow in their understanding of their faith and their ability as leaders.”
Daniel Callahan, second from left, and young people are pictured at Camp Bosco in Huttonsville. Camp Bosco’s new program The Crew will give 16- and 17-year-olds the chance to come back and enjoy the camp while assisting counselors.
According to Camp Bosco’s website, participants of The Crew will: Assist in facilitating the epic adventure experience that Camp Bosco has to offer, like archery, horseback riding, zip-lining, swimming, overnight backpacking and others; Grow more deeply in their faith in Jesus Christ while bringing others to the sacramental power of his church; Spend time as a community of servant-leaders dedicated to serving the camp community in a variety of ways; Earn service hours that may be applicable for school requirements.
Participants serve in The Crew for one week over the summer. Perron also noted that participation in the program is good for applications for college and participants will be provided with a letter stating the amount of hours they worked during that week of camp.
“We look for young people in our diocese and beyond our diocese who have a strong relationship with Jesus and are able to share that naturally with young people just in the normal activities of camp,” Perron said. “We’ve had great counselors in the past and we continue to look for great counselors in the future.”
Camp Bosco is looking for a maximum of 24 members for The Crew (12 boys and 12 girls) for each of camp’s four sessions, so registration is limited. To register, visit www.campbosco.com, click on The Crew and then click Register for The Crew at the bottom of that page. For more information, call the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at (304) 233-0880, ext. 332.