Formation Camps

Ongoing faith formation is a year-round goal! Throughout the summer our parish offers faith-based opportunities for ages Pre-K through rising college freshmen. See below for more information on our Vacation Bible SchoolMercy CampHigh School Mission: Mercy and St. Francis Inn trip programs.

Our summer programs fill up quickly, so register early!

Families MUST be registered parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi to participate in Faith Formation Summer programs. To register at St. Francis, visit https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/register/


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
June 22-26, 2020
For grades Pre-K 4 through rising 5th
Teen Helpers: rising 6th and up
Registration opens January 27, 2020

Climb aboard for mountains of fun! On this faith-filled adventure, kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs. Each day at Rocky Railway VBS, kids track through games, Bible stories, music, movie, and snack stations to learn relevant Bible Points and immerse kids in new adventures. The daily schedule will include: prayer, Scripture, snack, science, games, movies, and music. Lunch will NOT be served. 

Campers: Max Enrollment: 15 per grade level. Rising Pre-K4 (must be 4 by August 15, 2020). Cost: $75 per child.
Teen Helpers: Max Enrollment: 50 participants. There are many opportunities to lead and assist as grade level counselors, music station leaders, science station leaders, craft station leaders, snack station leaders, and outdoor games station leaders. Teen volunteers must be able to attend an all day Saturday Teen Helper Boot Camp on Saturday, June 20th from 10:00am-1:30pm.
Camp Times: 9:00am-12:30pm
Cost: $50 per youth 

Registration links will open on 1/27/20 and will close on 2/17/20

MERCY CAMP
A Social Justice Camp for Middle School
Led by High School Youth
June 15-19, 2020
Registration/Application opens January 27, 2020 and closes February 17, 2020

Our popular Mercy Camp gives our youth an understanding and appreciation of the Corporal Works of Mercy. By engaging in small and large group activities, prayer, discussion, community outreach and lots of fun, our youth are drawn into fuller participation in the life and work of the Church. Youth will partner some of our parish ministries and other community ministries.

Campers: Rising, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th graders. Cost: $180
Camp Times: 8:30am-3:00pm for campers. Cost: $90

We are planning on having a larger camp this year and will not have a lottery for campers. Be sure to register early to secure a spot!

Information for Team Leaders

Rising 10th graders thru Rising College Freshmen (Maximum age: 18) *must have participated in Mercy Camp before.
Camp Times: 
8:00am-3:30pm for Team Leaders 

Team Leaders will be selected by submitting a Team Leader application packet and should submit applications between 1/27 /20 and 2/17/20. Applicants will be notified in early March. 

Team Leader Essay Questions:
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you feel you are called to be a Mercy Camp Team Leader.
2. Tell us about your favorite Mercy Camp experience and how it has affected your life.

 MISSION MERCY CAMP
Sunday, July 26*-Friday, July 31, 2020
Open to Rising 10th Grade
Through Rising College Freshmen
Registration opens January 27, 2020

Following our Franciscan tradition of serving others, teens will have the opportunity to serve as camp counselors at “Pequenos Gigantes” summer camp. A ministry of Catholic Charities, youth will help offer a camp experience to children who would otherwise never get to take part. In the evening, teens gather for meaningful prayer experiences, fun social events and will spend time growing in love lived in service. This weeklong onsite overnight experience allows teens to dive deeper in their faith by witnessing and working side by side with those who face daily challenges. Cost: $160 Early registration by April 9. Registration April 10-May 10: $200

Maximum number of campers: 15

ST. FRANCIS INN SERVICE TRIP
June 22-26, 2020
Open to Rising 11th Grade
through Rising College Freshmen
Registration opens January 27, 2020

St. Francis Inn, a ministry of Holy Name Province, is a community composed of religious and lay people called to host a soup kitchen and thrift store for the poor, the alienated, and people experiencing homelessness in inner city Philadelphia. Spend a week at “the inn” being transformed through the Franciscan spirit of service, helping to provide basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and realization of self-dignity to those who are served.

Although extremely fulfilling and rewarding, the St. Francis Inn trip is a week-long immersion experience that requires campers to be emotionally and spiritually mature. Campers must be ready for the physical demands of being away from home for the duration of the camp. Cost: $255.

Maximum number of participants: 5

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