Youths can learn all about “Pura Vida” in November when Camp Wingmann holds a unique retreat for high schoolers.
More than six months after “Happening” had to be canceled because of low registration numbers, Camp Wingmann leaders are excited about “Pura Vida,” a completely retooled event for high school kids (grades nine through 12) that is sure to be a big hit on Nov. 10-12.
“It will be a thematic event,” said Father Deke Miller, the director at Camp Wingmann. “The event will change every year. Hopefully, the kids can come back every year.”
Unlike “Happening,” which was designed to draw youths for a one-time camping experience and then allow them to return as counselors in subsequent years, this fall youth retreat is set up to be an annual, changing event for participants.
The 2017 theme, “Pura Vida,” a Costa Rican-Spanish expression that means pure life, will emphasize “Christian life as a high school student,” Miller said. “We’re trying to do something different that’s specifically for the high school student.”
Organizers will utilize Matthew 5:8: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” as the main speaking point in the spirit-filled weekend. Campers will enjoy great food, small group sessions, the ropes course, campfire and s’mores, activities, free time, fellowship, and more, Miller said.
Stephen Ray is guest speaker, and Kevin Bartle will be music leader. Clergy expected to attend are reverends Phyllis Bartle, Miller, and Becky Toalster.
Miller said he is expecting 20 to 25 participants, including five to eight leaders, for “Pura Vida.” Cost is $125 per person. Check-in is Friday, Nov. 10 in the mess hall. Check-out is Sunday, Nov. 12, in the mess hall.
Lodging will be in the cabins. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served on Saturday, Nov. 11, and breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 12.
The event is open Diocese youths and their friends. For more information, call 863-453-4800.