Immersed in the “River of Life” at camp

71 high schoolers from around the Diocese of California and parts beyond just completed a week at BREAD Camp at the Bishop’s Ranch. This summer’s camp theme, “The River of Life,” allowed them to explore theologies of place, identity, power, loss and love while they also played, sang, hiked, swam, and created lasting friendships. BREAD (an acronym for “Bible, Recreation, Exploration And Discovery”) Camp is offered for three age groups over three of the five weeks of camp programming offered by the Bishop’s Ranch each summer. DioCal’s Canon for Discipleship Julia McCray-Goldsmith served as chaplain to the high school camp, alongside St. Stephen’s Youth Minister Ethan Lowery. 

Meanwhile, on the western side of Sonoma County, DioCal Associate for Discipleship Ministries Caren Miles was likewise serving as a camp chaplain to St. Dorothy’s Rest Russian River Adventures. 41 campers age 8 to 12 spent their week canoeing on the Russian River, hiking 12.5 miles from St. Dorothy’s to the ocean, making t-shirts, playing games, swimming in the pool, singing silly camp songs, praying, and being in community together. Every night ends as they sing songs around the campfire ending with the songs that remind them they are a part of a long and lovely tradition of over 100 years of camp at St. Dorothy’s.

Keep the many campers, chaplains, staff and counselors in your prayers as they immerse themselves in a summer of serious fun!

Photo: Ethan Lowery