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2019 Theme Song – Time to Vote

18 Apr

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

And 2019 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.

Vote by commenting on this post!

Suggested Songs for Campamento 2019:

Look Up Child by Lauren Daigle Did you love Lauren on American Idol 2019? Did you know she auditioned and was rejected as a contestant?

Unfinished by Mandisa She was amazing on American Idol, too! She finished 9th in the fifth season. Who won that season?
Brand New Eyes by Bea Miller from Wonder Such a great movie 

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

2018 Take the World by Storm by Lukas Graham2017 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)

Expectations

8 May

Wow, we have a full trip consisting of 10 travelers per week. What a blessing. The last post covered nuts and bolts of preparing for the trip. This is more about emotional preparation.

A lot of these trips (and vacations, OK I’ll be philosophical – life) are perceptions. At first I couldn’t help judging “This chicken meat is much richer than we have at home.” or “Sad – she grew up in a home with dirt floors and no windows”. Now I’m trying to observe, not comparing, not judging. It’s really hard and I’m not very good at it, but I believe it’s valuable.

Another aspect of judging and comparing is comparing this experience with the trip as you imagined it or with a past mission trip or vacation.

This is an enlightening piece I happened to hear on the radio before going to bed one night. A former Peace Corps volunteer was featured in a 5 minute segment on “The Story” on MPR. I thought what she read applied so well for our trip, especially for first time travelers. Being able to adjust your expectations is a key to enjoying and contributing to your trip. I e-mailed her and she sent me the text that she read, then also the excerpt from the Peace Corp Volunteer Manual that inspired her revelation.

From the volunteer’s letter on expectations….

“When faced with new situations, we create expectations of what we think might happens in order to manage the nervous feelings we have regarding the unknown.  These expectations help ease our anxiety before, (not that I personally was anxious… J), but as we actually arrive in the new situations, we must be able to separate what we thought would happen, to what actually is going on. If we don’t, we can get disappointed-not necessarily because we don’t like what is happening-but simply because it is different than we expected.  When this happens our next move must be to suppress any disappointment that we have felt, and see if the new situation can still be fulfilling/satisfying to us.” 

“This Isn’t What I Expected.”

(From A Few Minor Adjustments: A Handbook for Volunteers*)

….a brief word about expectations.  All Volunteers have them—and many are undone by them.  Expectations are normal and inevitable; they are our way of dealing with the unknown, which is inherently unsettling.

Indeed, they are our way of making the unknown into the known (albeit with the help of smoke and mirrors) and thereby eliminating our anxiety.  We naturally wonder about our Peace Corps experience-about the country, the job, the people-and whether we’re up to it.  We get all the information we can and begin to create an image of what it may be like.  The more we start to believe it it-until we forget altogether that this is only our notion of how things might be and become convinced that this in fact how things are.

All of which is immensely reassuring.  Now that we “know” how things are, we imagine ourselves in these circumstances and realize that we can cope (or that we can’t, at which point we do not pursue Peace Corps service any further).  From this point on, we no longer expect our Peace Corps experience to be a certain way, we depend on its being that way.  In short, this is no longer a vision of what our experience might be like; it’s a vision of what it had better be like.

Small wonder, then, that when we encounter the reality and it turns out not to be what we had imagined, we are deeply shaken.  Not so much because we don’t like what we find-in fact, we can barely see it-but because we don’t find what we expected.  Feeling anxious, threatened, and disappointed, we can’t really examine the situation we find for what it is.  Rather, we tend to reject it out of hand for what it is not.

This reaction may be natural enough under the circumstances, but we need to get beyond it.  We owe it to ourselves-and to Peace Corps and most especially the host country-to suppress our disappointment for a moment and consider whether the experience it now appears we’re going to have in this country and this job, different as it may be from what we expected, could still be satisfying and fulfilling.  If we can still make a contribution under these admittedly unforeseen conditions, does it really matter that much that we’ve been taken by surprise?

It’s quite true, of course, that our new circumstances—even when examined in tranquility—will still not be what we want.  But it’s always better to have rejected upon reflection rather than on impulse.

*Published by the Office of Special Services, Peace Corps, November 1991.

Campamento Prayers

6 Mar

One Spanish Goal of yours could be to learn the prayers they say at Campamento. They are of course in Spanish. At least learn the English versions!!

Prayers in Spanish with English translation

Mealtime Prayer
Senor, te damos gracias por el pan que nos has dado
Daselo a todos aquellos que no lo tienen
Bendice las manos que lo han preparado
Por Jesu Cristo, Nuestro Senor
Amen

And in English…
Lord, we give you thanks for the bread that you have given us.
Give it to all those who do not have it.
Bless the hands that have prepared it.
In Jesus Christ, our Lord,
Amen

Lord’s Prayer
Padre Nuestro
Padre nuestro que estás en el cielo
Santificado sea tu Nombre
Venga a nosotros tu reino
Hágase tu voluntad
En la tierra como en el cielo
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día
Y perdona nuestras ofensas
Como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden
No nos dejes caer en la tentación
Y líbranos del mal.
Amen.

Sign of the Cross

En el Nombre del Padre, del Hijo, y del Espiritu Santo, Amen.

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Kickoff Meeting Report – Trip Update

7 Feb

So far we are right on target with many potential travelers. We also have many past travelers and future travelers who are helping out this year! I believe all the people willing to help is a very meaningful statement to potential travelers as well as all parishioners.If you are interested in joining us, please contact me.

The next step is to decide whether you can go, and when. The three potential weeks are July 7-15, July 14-22, and/or July 21-29. It’ll be two contiguous weeks. Please let me know if/when you’ve decided and which week(s) would work for you.

Here we are at the beach (playa)!

 

Peace,

 

Ann

First Campamento 2012 Meeting

15 Jan

Sister Parish Mission Trip Kick-Off Meeting Monday, February 6, 7-9 PM Auditorium

The Sister Parish Committee is planning our tenth two-week long “Summer Camp” at the Hogar Teresa Toda, a girls’ home, in Azua, Dominican Republic in July 2012. We have openings from July 14 through July 22, and July 21 through July 27 for travelers interested in sharing a spiritual experience with young women and girls from another country. The format is similar to our own Vacation Bible School. We do skits, music, crafts, and other activities. We pray, exchange stories, share love, and spend time with the girls. Through the activities they learn English, enjoy crafts, and build self-esteem. Each trip is deeply touching and spiritual. Special gifts you may share are Spanish skills, crafting and beading talents, or your professional experience (esp. healthcare, tourism, retail, scientists, government, education, and other industries). At this time, the dates are subject to change. If you are interested in traveling with us this summer or helping out from Minnesota, please contact Ann McGuire, the moderator of this blog.

Note on this picture: Whenever we bring out the pucas (beads) I think of traveler “Laura”. Laura is an avid beader and loved to share her passion. Before Laura came to Campamento, one of our signature sounds was the sound of beads spilling from the table onto the floor. When Laura joined us, she unpacked the vast collection of beads she brought but made us all wait on the beads until we gathered towels. She put the towels on the tables so that the beads wouldn’t spill. This genius move has virtually eliminated that sound and mess of spilling beads for Campamento!

Please share this post if you know another person who might be interested. Everyone has gifts to share!

Peace,

Ann