Camp Gray completes summer of faith, friends, and fun
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 -- 12:00 AM
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Campers at Camp Gray Catholic Camp near Reedsburg participate in morning praise and prayer, discussing Works of Mercy with members of their cabin group. To view or purchase photos, go to (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

REEDSBURG — “Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure.”

That quote from St. John Paul II was this summer’s theme at Camp Gray, near Reedsburg.

Camp Gray is the Catholic summer camp and year-round retreat center of the Diocese of Madison.

This year, summer campers of all ages got to experience adventure in numerous forms.

‘Trailblazing’ adventures

Campers entering grade six to eight are known as Trailblazers.

They are “willing to try new things, step outside of their comfort zone, and they guide themselves with the conversations,” said first-year counselor Jessica Winters. “You get to participate with them more instead of supervising like you do with the younger kids.”

On a Wednesday in early August, during the camp’s final full week, one group of Trailblazers got to hike in the woods and build boats with “three pieces of nature and one piece of string.”

The eight boats were then entered in a tournament and raced in the camp’s Harrison Creek.

The boat “Two Sticks,” made from two sticks, a leaf, and a piece of string was the winner.

It was built by 11-year-old Jayden Reyes of Chicago and 11-year-old Oliver Sweet of Milwaukee.

Reyes said he enjoyed “building it and naming it and watching it — the whole thing.”

Some Trailblazers later got the chance to build their own fire in some of the camp’s fire pits.


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Catholic Diocese of Madison Foundation
Written by Mary Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Recently, The Catholic Diocese of Madison Foundation (CDMF) board of directors spent a full day on retreat reviewing their mission within the diocese.

The CDMF was established to help the faithful invest in the work of the Church by providing a sound way to create funds that will help the diocese now and in the future.

Catholic Charities’ Healthy Aging Conference
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- Catholic Charities presents the sixth annual Healthy Aging Conference on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the new All Saints Neighborhood Main Street, 503 Commerce Dr., in Madison.

The daylong conference is devoted to helping seniors, adult children, and professionals who work with older adults become familiar with the scope of alternatives that lead to positive, healthy aging, and introduce them to organizations they can turn to for support.


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