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Preparing for the Trip

1 Mar

At this point in our planning process, we are thinking about preparing ourselves for travel. Here are some ideas on what you can do now. Don’t forget to pick up some Spanish as mentioned in earlier posts!

Preparation

Buy the ticket, take the ride. – Hunter S. Thompson

Be prepared. – Boy Scouts’ Motto

Physical

See the travel clinic for recommended vaccinations and medications. Be sure you are “up to date” on Hepatitis and Tetanus shots. You may be advised to take an anti-malaria treatment and more.

We require Travel Insurance for each traveler. Research and possibly purchase travel insurance (interruption, medical or emergency may be applicable). Some websites from a recent Star Tribune Travel section article include www.g1g.com (browse a selection of policies, from medical and trip insurance protection plans for individuals, to group insurance), www.insuremytrip.com (offers more than 100 plans from 18 insurance providers, but also publishes useful trips about travel safety) www.squaremouth.com (offers online applications that help travelers “easily and instantly” compare all the major travel insurance plans) www.travelinsurancecenter.com (Offers Policy Picker, a tool that helps you compare travel insurance packages, and www.travelinsure.com (offers a variety of products from annual travel medical insurance to medical coverage for frequent trips).

2021 Travel considerations

  • Complete your COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 weeks before travel.
  • Understand your health risks this year.

Delta Airlines “Peace of Mind Purchasing” 

For Delta tickets purchased in 2021 (after the expiration of our Peace-of-Mind Purchasing waiver for all travel purchased through March 30, 2021), we’ve eliminated change fees and Award redeposit fees permanently for Delta tickets purchased for travel originating from North America to anywhere in the world (excluding Basic Economy fares).

While there is no change fee for these tickets, the fare difference will apply.*

You also now have the flexibility to cancel or make changes to Award Tickets for travel within the U.S. any time prior to departure. Visit My Trips to make changes to your flight(s) any time before your travel date.

If you purchased a ticket or are traveling between March 1, 2020 and March 30, 2021, we are still waiving all change fees for customers – for both U.S. and international travel in all cabins.  Follow the “Existing Travel” or “Travel Purchased March 1, 2020 – March 30, 2021, Go to footer note” guidelines outlined above.

**For international tickets to the United States purchased on or before January 25, 2021 with departure dates between January 12 and February 16, 2021, the change fee or Award redeposit fee will be waived. You can rebook your trip to the same destination for travel departing before February 1, 2021 with no difference in fare appliedhowever, a difference in fare will apply for travel rebooked to commence on or after February 2, 2021. In all other instances (including without limitation any change to the origin or departure airports, cabin or product), applicable fare difference will apply.

The above Delta policies may make this insurance option “Cancel for Any Reason” unnecessary.

TRIP CANCELLATION FOR ANY REASON
This coverage is Optional and must be indicated as applicable on Your Schedule of Benefits.

If You are prevented from taking the Covered Trip for any reason not otherwise excluded, We will reimburse You or Your designated representative for 75% of the prepaid, forfeited, non-refundable Payments or Deposits for the Covered Trip arrangement(s), provided the following conditions are met:

(a) this coverage is purchased within 14 days of the date the initial Payment or Deposit is paid and You insure the cost of any subsequent arrangement(s) added to the same Covered Trip within 14 days of the date of Payment or Deposit for any such subsequent Covered Trip arrangement(s); and
(b) this insurance coverage is purchased for the full cost of all non-refundable prepaid Covered Trip arrangements; and
(c) You or Your designated representative cancels the Covered Trip no less than 2 days prior to the Scheduled Departure Date.

This coverage will be terminated, no benefits will be paid and any premium paid for this coverage will be refunded if the full costs of all prepaid, non-refundable Covered Trip arrangements are not insured.

Please note that if you are issued a credit for future travel by your travel supplier or tour operator, you are not eligible to make a claim under CFAR, as there is no financial loss. Please refer to your insurance policy (or Description of Coverage) for details.

Spiritual

Reflect on what you would like from the week. What gifts to you have to bring? How will you make the trip more enjoyable for the girls and the other travelers? Are you open to try new activities, new food, new language, new culture?

Legal

Make sure you have your passport and it is current. E-mail to your trip leader emergency contact information.

Cultural

Read fiction or non-fiction about the Dominican Republic, the Caribbean. Some suggestions include In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (also a movie on DVD with Salma Hayek), Travel books with historical summaries, Sugar (HBO movie available on Netflix. It’s more about DR baseball than the girls, but it’s all related.) and Caribbean by James Michener (book on CD available at Hennepin County libraries).

Take a look at a map of the country.

Do a news search on the web about the Dominican Republic to find out recent events/hot topics.

Learn some Spanish, at least the “Must Know Phrases” later in this booklet. Subscribe to Spanish Word of the Day at http://www.transparent.com/, Listen to “Coffee Break Spanish’ on your computer or iPod through iTunes or at http://www.radiolinguamedia.com/cbs/www/index.html, go to a Spanish Langauge Mass at Sagrado Corazon in Minneapolis or Assumption in Richfield, check out language books and audio programs at the library. Attend community ed classes.

Packing List

Packing list – you will get ½ of one large suitcase, the rest is for donations and supplies
Suggested daily wear: tank tops or t-shirts, shorts, khakis and jean shorts, sport shorts… think casual and breathable clothes, it’s gonna be hot down there! Dry-fit/fast drying sports clothes are ideal.

Casual sun dresses or skirt and nice top, skirt/dress below the knee and shoulder covered so you are    appropriate for Mass. They dress more conservatively for going to church. Plus, we are conspicuous visitors. Do be neat, conservative.
Swim suit and coverup
Sandals, flip flops or tennis shoes. (Note: flip flops have been causing trouble lately. Be sure to use them only when appropriate, within the hogar compound, and to the beach, no long walks or running! Consider Keens, toe-covering sandals that can be used for the whole trip. LL Bean and Land’s End have versions of them, too)
A hat to keep the sun off
Light weight PJ’s

Wristwatch and/or travel alarm clock

$200 (approx) $10 to enter the country, $40 or more to Sisters for food and expenses. For souvenirs and restaurants, have $1’s ready. Most will take it at a 31 to 34 Dominican Pesos to the US Dollar exchange rate, but won’t give change in USD of course. You can also use credit cards at some restaurants and shops.

Water Bottle – the best are the metal kinds. (Sigg are about $30, but I saw them at Old Navy for $7.50.)

PERSONAL TOILETRIES AND DRUGS
Bar of soap, I like presoaped, disposable face cloths for these trips, two per day.

Box/Small packets of Kleenex
Shampoo (put in a small plastic bottle if you can)
Toothpaste/ toothbrush (some bring more than one tooth brush)

Razor
Contact solution
Travel pack of baby fresh wipes

Deodorant
Sanitary protection
Non prescription pain reliever
Ear plugs
Imodium AD

Pepto
Benefiber (or no-water-required fiber pill)

Insect repellent 25% – 35% DEET not 100%

Premethrin

Steroid cream for insect bites
Sunscreen!!!!!
Sunburn lotion
Band-Aids and antiseptic salve (small first aid kit if you can)
Some also bring Clariton because although they don’t have allergies up here, some tend to get cold-like symptoms towards the end of the trip, probably because of the dust and wind.

If you tend to wilt easily in the heat, bring single-serving hydration powder packets, such as Powerade, to ward off dehydration.  Some also like Emergen-C packets to get an immune system boost to adjust to the new environment.

Notebook for personal reflections
Camera and plenty of film/ digital camera
2 color photocopies of your passport
Photos of your interests and family. The girls are always interested about our lives and so several travelers thought it was fun to show pictures of their families, friends, homes, and MN winter to the girls.  A picture is worth a thousand words, especially if you don’t know much Spanish.

Flashlight with extra batteries

Target/plastic grocery bags (bring at least 5)

Some should bring pump/hand soap to leave in the bathroom.

Fingernail clippers/emory board

Probiotic – research

Souvenir note: if you want coffee, a local roaster is friends with the Sisters. This will be your cheapest, freshest option. In the grocery store, local coffee was about $2/lb.

OTHER USEFUL ITEMS
Fanny pack or backpack for outings
Metal bottle or canteen for daily water

Travel alarm
Spanish speaking aids (Spanish/ English dictionary)
Mattress Pad, cloth, to be left there $12 at Target

Small battery powered fan, typically used for camping.

Premethrine

Peanut Butter

Airplane items

Your own snacks

Antiseptic/waterless hand cleaner in a 2 oz bottle

Donation List from Past Trips

This is a sample from past trips:

School  Backpacks

gym shoes (from Sizes kids’ 10 – adults 8 )

Underwear – Sleeveless Undershirts (small kids’ size 6 or 8), Panties, Socks

Girls’ Summer cloths, including light fabric pants and shirts, child sizes 6 to 12

Bathing Suits

Twin Sheet Sets

Towels

Children’s Multivitamins, not gummies

Vitamin C, not gummies

Advil Sinus or equivalent

Advil, Tylenol, Aspirin children’s and adults

“When meeting people from a foreign culture, offer a few gifts that reflect your interests as a gesture of friendship. Better yet, give things you’ve created yourself. Also, explore their interests and their culture. Ultimately, the best way to forge a lasting friendship is to create something together. Whether it’s a meal, an art project or a spontaneous dance party, when you create something with others, you build a connection that lasts a lifetime.” – International Diplomacy Guidebook, from the Blue Man Group

A Message from a Past Camper

28 Oct

This was a Facebook post from one of our very first “campers”. She gave me permission to share it here. She was always an excellent student. You can read her beautiful description of her childhood at the home,  Hogar Teresa Toda, our Sister Community in Azua, DR. She is now a wife and mother of two: daughter, 8 and son, 3. They are so cute! I thought this was so lovely, seeing how she appreciates the impact the Sisters have had on her life. One of the pictures is from that post and I added two more. Most of you know that their order is the Carmelites of Saint Joseph. They chose Saint Joseph because he took care of Jesus even though He was not his biological son. This is a straight Google translation, but I think you’ll understand it.

“Not only are they nuns or religious, they are women who know how to be mothers, teachers, and friends. They dedicate their lives to the foster and teaching of girls in need of attention, love, and thirsty to learn.

“I remember exactly my arrival to which would become my home for 11 years of my life and what a beautiful experience. It was always a kind of bubble, a safety dome, out there life became different, go from being cared for and fend for myself was the great challenge of my life😅. But I’ve always said it, every person who lived with me has been a lesson for life, because with them I knew the meaning of true friendship (Patricia, Natalia, Carolina). That to get along with my neighbors only have respect for each person around me. That I can learn from all, but also serve as a guide to the growth of another group. Creativity has no limits and with a pencil after a stroke more ideas emerge that can become art. That to be heard you do not need to scream. If you have firmness, that the money that makes me worthy is the only one I have right🙂. Always do things selflessly, even give love. I was taught to thank for everything, to do an analysis every night of my day, because that would help me improve my habits. I was given the privilege to study in two good schools, to value things and people, and taught me to believe in me.

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“Thank you for relieving my fever nights. Thank you for those camps we longed for every school year end. Thank you for being the guide of 30 girls of different ages. Thank you for teaching me how to cook, to iron, to sew on a button, to sew the hem of my pants. Thank you for teaching me how to embroider, knit, paint, sing, for allowing me to learn to enjoy life from the simplest. Thank you thank you. Blessings.”

Peace,

Ann

Updates from Azua, October 2020

5 Oct

Hola Amigas!

I hope you are staying healthy and well. Sister Fifi contacted me Friday on WhatsApp and I wanted to share with all of you the latest from the home.

It’s a lot. It is all in the same order she gave me.

Sister Dione died a little over two weeks ago. She had been sick; it wasn’t covid. Most recently she lived at El Carmelo and was very warm and huggy when we visited there, before heading to Azua. I’m not sure, but I believe she was also a school teacher. This picture doesn’t show it, but she had a big smile. We will miss her. 

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The girls have not left the property since March, about when we started quarantining. She said COVID is still bad there, not safe for the girls. But they girls are doing well, attending remote school.

And, Sister Fifi thanked us again for the donation earlier this summer. On that subject, I’m preparing to send money again. If you gave money to Saint Ed’s directed to the home since last camp (July 2019) please let me know when and how much. I’m aware of only one right now. I’m going to have those donations wired down if possible, if not we’ll send it now that we know it works.

The next news is that Sister Maira is very sick with COVID. Sister Maira usually greets us at El Carmelo. She’s like the CFO of the order in Dominican Republic. She’s usually very hale and healthy. I don’t know how she got it. They live pretty sequestered. But, as we know, it doesn’t take much. She’s still sick, but is getting better.

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The major news 😭😥😭 is that Sister Fifi was assigned to a new project – a spirituality center at El Carmelo in Santo Domingo. She will live at El Carmelo, so we will still see her, but she is giving up her position at the home. I was very surprised and at first sad to hear this. She is such a special person, uniquely suited to direct the home, but I think she’ll have a big impact in the capital, as well.

She thanked all of us for the years we’ve shared. She thanked us for caring about the girls. Your contributions of time, talent, and treasure (today was Stewardship Weekend at St. Ed’s) is very touching to her and all the Sisters. 
She said the older girls are especially sad. Here are some recent pics. She said she’s having a hard time leaving the girls, but she has to start this new mission. 

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She’s leaving this week. Imagine the tears! I told her it will be 1000 times worse than the last day of camp!! I hope we have camp next year and that she can come visit. Or at least see her at El Carmelo! 

She said that God has given us all so much. I agree!

To answer the next question – Sister Sandra is returning! For the last few years has been running the home for retired Sisters. You can imagine, a lot of the administration is the same, just (I imagine) at a slower pace. There are people to feed, employees, activities, etc. 
Here’s an older picture of Sister Sandra, when we were on a community visit. She loves children and babies. She founded Hogar Teresa Toda, the home, 25+ years ago.

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Here is my latest picture of her from 2018 with some travelers

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That’s it for the updates. Please, send any updates you’d like to share!
Peace,

Ann

Campamento Memories

6 Jul

Monday, July 8th – if the world was normal, today would be Day 1. It’s usually an overwhelming day. We’re still a little tired from travel. The heat goes from novelty to oppressive. The girls are primed for camp! Most of them have been there before, so they know the ropes.

Usually on day 1, our “Woman of Faith” is from the Old Testament, like Eve, Hagar, Rachel, Jochebed, Miriam, Naomi, and Ruth. Hardly anyone is named in the Old Testament, even fewer women, so each of these women are quite substantial and have a lot to teach us. One joy of camp for me personally has been learning insight on these women from Heidi Busse, a Biblical scholar. Thank you Heidi for helping me understand how these women speak to us thousands of year later after they lived on Earth.

Day 1 is often the time to cram Spanish. “They speak so fast.” “Their pronunciation is not what we heard in Jefferson High School Spanish class.” And occasionally “Wow, my college Spanish is coming back to me!” Between Duolingo, the Spanish Learning Club and my dorky attempts at practicing on patient Spanish speakers, I am getting better each year!

The most frequent observation from first-time travelers is that everyone – even the first-time travelers – are welcomed with open arms. It’s like visiting distant family. And it’s appropriate; we are Sister Communities. Our communities, not just the people who travel, are all connected over faith, time, and common values.

On joys and blessings… one for me is getting to know travelers in a way I don’t think I’d ever without sharing a trip like this. The Konkoly family is very special in so many ways. I met Jane and two of her daughters while rafting through the Grand Canyon. You know I can’t go very long without bring up Campamento. On that trip, I think I held back until about day 5. After telling Jane about it, she decided to join along with her daughters. She sees the potential in these girls and gives what she has to help them reach their dreams. Check out this video Jane and daughter Michelle made about last year’s camp. “Try Everything” by Shakira was the theme song in 2017.

Throw back to 2009

Some Girls at Campamento 2009

Travelers and volunteers – if you have a memory and/or a picture you’d like me to post, please send it to me over the next two weeks.

Please consider donating over these next two weeks as well. We are raising money for shoes and back-to-school supplies. Shoes are about $30 at Dominican Republic stores. PM me for details on how to do that.

Campamento 2020 – pictures and more

2 Jul

Our Campamento 2020 plan was to depart early Saturday, July 4th! Of course, that wasn’t possible, yet Campamento 2020 still happened! Continuing our last post – more pictures! I’m so proud of the older girls for taking charge and making camp happen – regardless of the obstacles 2020 throws us.

An experienced camper showing a new girl the ropes
Another new girl with two experienced campers
the beginning of a star
Star Craft
Decorating the Kiosko
Frogs!
Pucas!
Pucas!
Pucas
Coloring

If you made it this far, you’re a true Campamento Amiga or Amigo! The one thing we couldn’t do this year was bring our donations – especially those famous all-white tennis shoes – to the home. Well, I think we figured out a way to still get them new shoes.

The Sisters have a bank account with an American bank. It’s not registered as a non-profit so the donation is not tax-deductible. Yet, I think this is the most reliable way to donate to the home. So, during these two weeks we’d usually have camp, (July 4-19) I’m asking for donations for shoe money. They cost about $30 dollars a pair at Payless Shoes in the Dominican Republic. Any amount helps! If I did not already send you the instructions on how to donate, let me know and I’ll pass that along to you. My goal is $1,600, which would be enough for shoes plus extra for school supplies.

As an aside – the Sisters and girls have been literally quarantined on the property. Who knows if on-premise school will open for them in the fall? Here’s a site I check on periodically https://do.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ to learn about COVID-19 in Dominican Republic.


Stay healthy! Peace,

Ann

Campamento 2020 Day 1

17 Jun

Day 1 of Campamento 2020 looks like other years – with no Americans. Like a mom as her kids get older and more independent, I am so proud yet a trifle sad that we’re missing the fun! They had opening ritual and the stations. Here are the pictures. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for some bonus content!

Opening Ritual

What I love – some are wearing their camp shirts. They look so calm. The hulu hoop rack!

Jesus is the light of the world. A light no one can put out.


Math Station

English Station

I’m just so proud of them – the older girls earnestly teaching the younger ones.

Craft Station

We usually leave behind some extra supplies. We use them the next year at camp. Sister Fifi and I agreed that they should open the suitcases and use what’s there!

These are the pictures Sister Fifi sent me. I also received a video of “N” reading off the groups and the “profesoras” for each station. I also got nice audio recordings from “G” and Sister Grace – who lived in NYC and speaks English. I couldn’t download them to share, though.

Bonus

As if all this was not enough for one day, Miss Barbara Owens sent me this interview of her. She shares her thoughts and experiences on the special challenges black and brown families face during COVID as well as how we white people can be allies to others. Check it out!

Peace,

Ann

WhatsThis!

16 Jun

My heart is bursting. Look what I got today on WhatsApp!

The girls are going to stay at the Hogar all summer because of the virus. But is that keeping them from having Campamento 2020? No!

Above is their list of camp activities that they will lead. They are even getting t-shirts to dye (or decorate). I am beyond proud of them and I hope everyone else involved in camp is, too. These girls are so resilient!

From Sister Fifi… my translations follow.
“Las niñas mañana inician su campamento.” [The girls tomorrow are starting their camp.]

“Me han hecho una lista de todo lo que van hacer😂😂😂” [They have made a list of everything they do]

“Ellas dicen que son las americanas.” [They said that they are the Americans.]

“Y van a dirigir.” [and they are going to lead.]
“Les voy a dar materiales de los que dejaron.” [I am going to give them the materials you left.]
“Hoy a comprarle camisetas porque quieren pintar.” [Today I bought them t-shirts because they want to dye them.]
Estan muy motivadas. [They are very motivated.]

“Este año no podrán ir de vacaciones por el virus.” [This year they won’t be able to go on vacation (home to their families) because of the virus.]

“Cada una tiene su personaje.” [Each girls has their own personality.]

I am so proud of them for making the best of a tough situation. And Sister Fifi is so supportive of them. I hope everyone else feels the same!! So many people have been a part of campamento, either traveling, volunteering here, or donating. It’s been such a blessing in my life and I’m humbled that it’s continuing even in 2020!!

Campamento 2019

I hope they send us pictures from Campamento 2020!! If so, I’ll post them!

A Plan for Our Times – UPDATE

22 Apr

Hoo boy, got that message loud and clear. Like Gilda Radner’s Litella, I’ll say “Never mind.” Take a look at your e-mail for another idea. I’m leaving these content ideas from below on this page in case you need ideas.

We had our first virtual Campamento meeting! It was a little bumpy, but together we met our goal.

Our goal was to keep moving toward campamento goals given our constraints today: no travel, no shipping, unreliable internet connection at the home. I’m e-mail this info with some other details to people who’ve shown an interest. If you do want to participate, but didn’t get my e-mail, please let me know.

The Plan

We settled on sending a weekly letter to Sister Fifi. Everyone who wants will take a turn creating a letter (signup genius schedule through e-mail, lmk if you didn’t get the meeting follow-up e-mail and want to). You can put together the letter at anytime, just send it to Sister on the date you signed up for. She can share it with the girls. See the e-mail for a schedule to sign up for a week and more detailed instructions. Copy me on the e-mail to let me know you sent it 🙂

Spanish

They should be sent in Spanish, making it easier on them. If you don’t have a family member, friend, or resource to translate, let me know and I’ll try to put you in touch with someone. If you want to be a translator, please let me know. I’m learning Spanish so am going to use this time to practice what I’m learning. Of course that may make for simpler messages, but that’s OK.

Ideas for Topics

We brainstormed ideas on what to include in the letter. We’re not going for a consistent format, but consistent timing. So each letter should reflect what you want to share or do.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Photos or short video of you, family, friends, work in quarantine life (remember their bandwidth is low)
  • Stories from what’s been going on with you and your family
  • Prayers (that you’ve written or like), prayer requests (pray for my sister who is ill), prayer offerings (we are praying for everyone in quarantine at the hogar, the Sisters and the girls. We pray for everyone who is suffering. We pray for everyone who is helping.)
  • Bible stories – or women of faith. Current women or Saints, or Biblical women or other stories the kids would like. A link on formed.org that you think they would like. (I’m sending them directions for that separately)
  • Songs – sheet music, link to recording. Lyrics with Spanish translation or a Spanish song (see Father Michael Joncas’ new song Shelter Me, does anyone want to translate the lyrics?)
  • What you are grateful for
  • Short English “lesson”
  • Short Math game (they have cards, dice, dominos)
  • These are fun if you can translate one and pass it on! http://onepausepoetry.org/learn/childrens_poetry/exercises/
  • Physical activities – video or link to video of activities like Zumba, yoga, workouts, or games they can do.
  • Notes from other people – in case they have something short and timely to add.
  • Questions about what they are learning in distance learning, what have they been doing, links or pics they want to share, etc.

Guidelines

Do not call out (i.e. name or somehow specify) any one girl. Don’t call out a group unless you’re calling out everyone. For example, if you want to say something special to the pecenas (smallest girls), be sure to say something special to the other three age groups as well.

Review the Code of Conduct or ask me if you have questions.

Saint Teresa of Avila

For inspiration, learn about St. Teresa of Avila here

Spanish?

Want to learn more Spanish with me? Use this link to sign up for DuoLingo.

Sister Community (Dominican and Nicaragua) Meeting Monday April 20, 2020, 7-8:30 PM

16 Apr

Location: Video Conference. Contact me for the link.

Opening Reflection

Dear Lord, thank you for the opportunity to meet this evening. May we engage with each other with faith and perseverance. May we manage this new situation with wisdom and value. May we speak and serve with integrity and purpose.

Lord, we invite you to work within us today. Amen

Introductions

Let’s go around and introduce ourselves.

New Normal

It looks like we won’t travel in July 2020 due to the global pandemic. We always think Campamento will always happen “Si Dios quiere.” Of course God wants us to do camp, so of course it’ll happen again. I’m confident that we can do something, but it won’t be the same as last year. I’m inspired by friends’, my employer’s, and the Church’s response to this virus, they are figuring out a new way – whether it’s:

  • a golden birthday parade, complete with a police car, fire trucks, electric scooters, decorate minivans. It really livened up our sleepy neighborhood!
  • my employer’s first “road show” to major cities in the US plus London is moving to an online series of events on EventMobi
  • Archbishop Hebda offering an inspiring Easter morning Mass and drive-thru blessings.

What’s cool about these is they are all redesigned events under new design constraints. Our design constraints for camp this year are: no travel, no shipping, unreliable/low bandwidth internet.

Campamento has been such a special experience for me and so many others as well as for the girls and Sisters. My hope is that we can find a way to maintain a relationship even though we can’t travel. We might even be able to include some Americans who couldn’t travel but wanted to be a part of it. As a group, let’s review our principles.

Principles of Sister Community Relationships

Let’s review https://campamento.blog/about/principles-of-sister-community-partnerships/

1. Emphasize relationship over resources

2. Practice mutuality and equality

3. Seek to give and receive, learn and teach

4. Work to change unjust systems and structures

5. Deepen our faith by experiencing the universal, catholic church

Brain Writing!

In this exercise, each of us will simply start an e-mail with a few rough ideas for solving the problem in an e-mail. Each e-mail is then sent to someone else, who reads it and adds their own ideas and forwards it to the next. This process is repeated until everyone has had a chance to add to each original e-mail. The e-mails can then be gathered, ready for discussion.

The big advantage of brain-writing is that it makes sure everybody is given the opportunity to have their thoughts and ideas thoroughly considered by the group. This avoids the loudest or most extroverted people (I’m guilty!) unintentionally dominating the sessions.

Two rounds:

  1. What are the goals of these activities. See https://campamento.blog/about/campamento-goals/ for our on-premises campamento. I’m hoping we can settle on 3-5 goals.
  2. Ideas for solutions “Meeting our goals with travel restrictions”

Next, let’s look at each and consider the ideas. I don’t think we’ll come up with a final answer yet, we might even prototype/test some ideas, depending on what we come up with. We can whittle down based on realities of their internet, travel, and shipping. Then, what people will sign up for.

Next Steps
Action items/owners
Next meeting

Closing Prayer

Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you.
All things are changing.
God alone is changeless.
Patience attains the good.
One who has God lacks nothing.
God alone fills out needs.

            St. Teresa of Avila

2020 Campamento Theme Song

3 Feb

Each year we have an uplifting pop theme song for camp.

And 2020 will be no different. Here are your top suggestions for songs this year. Slow, upbeat, uplifting songs work the best. Out of the past songs, it’s hard to choose a favorite, but one is “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars . We translate the lyrics so the girls can read the uplifting message. It’s a fun way to teach English.As well as the theme song, we bring down CD(s) of fun/popular songs from the last few years. It will include the runners up from this list. 

If you have suggestions for that, put them in the comments here.

Hopefully we can bring DVDs down for “Movie Nights”. Look for DVDs or Bluerays with Spanish audio.

2019 Look Up Child by Lauren Daigle

2018 Take the World by Storm by Lukas Graham

2017 Everything from Zootopia/ Try Everything Spanish by Shakira

2016 By the Grace of God by Katie Perry

2015 “I’m Good” by The Mowgli’s

2014 “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

2013 “Gold” by Britt Nicole

2012 “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars

2011 “Firework” Katie Perry

2010 “When I look at You” Myley Cyrus

2009 “The Climb” Myley Cyrus

2008 “Dream Big” by Ryan Shupe and the Rubberbands

2007 “Beautiful” Christina Aguilara

2006 “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield

2005 “Breakaway” Kelly Clarkson

2004 (we were just getting started… We didn’t have anything😦 )

2002 My Heart will Go On Theme from the Titanic Celine Dion (this was an accidental success as was the whole first trip)