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I. ORGANIZING A YOUTH CAMP ....................................................... 1
The Youth Camp ……………….……………………………………….……….............................................. 2 Challenges ………………………………………………………………….............................…….................... 2 Youth Camp Objectives ……………………………………………………........................................…...... 2 Important Conditions ………………………………………….............................................................. 3 Practical Considerations ……………………………………………………............................................... 4 Service Team Roles and Responsibilities………………………..…………......................................... 5 General Schedule of Activities………………………………..……………….......................................... 7

II. THE YOUTH CAMP SESSIONS ........................................................ 9
The Gospel Message …………………………………………....................................…..........………….... 10 Sharing this message in the Youth Camp …………………………….......................................…….. 10 The Gospel and Youth Camp Sessions …………………………..…........................................……... 10 Final Tips ……………………………………………………………………….................................................... 11 Session 1: God’s Love and His Plan for us …………………………..….......................................…. 13 Session 2: Who is Jesus Christ to me? …………………………………............................................. 16 Session 3: Repentance, Faith, Forgiveness and Healing ……...................................………..… 21 Session 4: Receiving God’s Gift: The Power of the Holy Spirit ………………………………………… 26 Baptism Ceremony / Pray over Session …………………….…........................................………….. 29 Commitment to Christ Ceremony …………………………………….........................................…….. 31 Closing Exhortation ………………………………………………...............................................….………. 32 Session 5: Growing in the Spirit ………………………….…….............................................……….… 33 Dedication Ceremony …………………………………….……..............................................……………. 36 CFC Youth for Family and Life Purpose Statement ………......................................…………….. 36 CFC Youth for Family and Life Covenant ............................................................................. 37

III. APPENDICES ................................................................................ 40
Participants’ Orientation Talk ………………………………………..................................................... 41 Parents’ Orientation Talk………… ………………………………….............................................…….... 43 Parents’ Forum……………….………………….....................................................………………………… 45 Sample Youth Camp Invitation Letter for Parents …………....................................…….…….... 47 Sample Youth Camp Reply Sheet …………………...............................................…………….……… 48 Sample Youth Camp Invitation Letter for Priests .....................................………………………... 49 General Schedule of Activities ............................................................................................. 50 Sample Youth Camp Information Sheet ……………………….…........................................……….. 52 Sample Youth Camp Checklist ……………………….............................................…………………….. 53 Sample Youth Camp Completion Report…………………….…........................................…………. 56 Sample Youth Camp House Rules ………………..........................................)……………………….... 57

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Chapter 1:

Organizing a CFC Youth for Family and Life Youth Camp

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The entry point to CFC Youth for Family and Life (YFL), the youth ministry of Couples For Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC FFL), is the Youth Camp. The Youth Camp is a three-day stay-in camp that is normally conducted during the summer and semester breaks to officially bring the youths into YFL. The Youth Camp must not be seen merely as a three-day experience where the Youth can have fun, true as it may be, but it must also be seen in the light of its over-all objectives, to fully appreciate its value and to make the most out of it. We should realize that the Youth Camp is not an end in itself. It is not just for amusement that will give the Youth something to do during the summer or semester break, but rather it is the beginning of what will hopefully be a lifetime commitment to God for them. The Youth Camp is a venue where the Youth can form lasting friendships with one another, as well as, share ideas and experiences in a fun and wholesome environment, where Christian values are openly talked about and actively practiced. In the Youth Camp, participants will hear about God’s great love proclaimed by other youth like them. They will be exposed to other youth who will serve them as speakers, sharers, facilitators, game coordinators, etc. Seeing other young people like themselves speaking of God’s great love, taking on leadership roles and serving others will eventually encourage them to do the same.

CHALLENGES
For the Youth Camp to be successful, it is important for the team to be aware of the challenges that they will face. 1. Many participants may go to the Youth Camp because they were forced or pressured to. Many may think that the activities are dull, boring and a complete waste of time. This is why it is important to make a great first impression. The first night should look, sound and feel exciting and interesting to sustain their attention. 2. It takes a while for the participants to warm up to new faces. Keep in mind that in the Youth Camp, the participants will be meeting a lot of people for the first time. Having a warm and friendly Service Team to greet and accommodate them when they arrive will help them feel at ease and welcome. 3. Some of the participants will be difficult. Never discount the possibility that some of the participants may have serious addictions to drugs and alcohol. Others may come with a defiant attitude, while others may be harboring serious resentments towards their parents or other people. This is why responsible couple coordinators should always be present at all times during the Youth Camp. 4. Some participants may find it difficult to commit themselves to the Lord, to YFL, and to the whole new lifestyle offered to them. They may find it difficult to give up a lot of their attachments, some of their friends and what they are already used to do. This poses a challenge for the service team, which must assure them of their support and that there really is nothing to fear.

YOUTH CAMP OBJECTIVES
To plan effectively, it is important for the service team to understand both the short-term and the long-term objectives of the Youth Camp.

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SHORT-TERM OBJECTIVES
1. To help the participants undergo a personal Jesus Christ experience. 2. To teach the participants how to pray. 3. To help the participants experience healing and reconciliation with the immediate members of their families, especially their parents. 4. To make the Youth Camp a fun, exciting and life-giving experience to the participants. 5. To give the participants the opportunity to make new friends in a fun and wholesome environment. 6. To expose the participants to young people of their age who find joy and fulfillment in serving the Lord, and in serving them.

LONG-TERM OBJECTIVES
1. To make the Youth Camp the start of a life-long process of renewal and transformation in the life of the participants. 2. By joining YFL, the participants are placed in a support environment where they can be sustained in their Catholic lives. 3. By joining YFL, the participants can sustain and develop the friendships that were established during the Youth Camp. 4. By joining YFL, the participants can be supported in their renewed relationships with God, their family and their peers. 5. To develop the talents of these participants and create a desire in them to use such gifts in serving the Lord. 6. Hopefully, the positive experience of the Youth Camp will remain a special memory that the participants may look back to and draw strength from throughout their lives. 7. To bring the participants back to the Church and for them to recognize that one of the best ways to grow even more in their relationship with the Lord is by serving in their respective parishes.

IMPORTANT CONDITIONS
Given the above objectives, both short and long-term, it is important to make the following conditions in planning and conducting YFL Youth Camps. 1. The Youth Camp is the entry point into CFC Youth for Family and Life. It is not an ‘end in itself’ type of an activity. Hence, it should not be conducted if there is no intention to invite the participants to grow further in YFL. 2. The children of non-CFC FFL members are very much welcome to attend the Youth Camp. However, there must always be a continuous and steadfast effort to invite the children of CFC FFL members to attend the Youth Camp. 3. The suggested venues of Youth Camps are retreat houses or camp areas where there are fewer

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Ensure that the participants have their parents’ consent in attending the Youth Camp and that their parents are willing to participate in the Youth Camp activities. Members of the service team that normally stay in the accommodations with the participants are the couple coordinators. and camp servants. schedule. speakers. Normally. They survey their area and come up with a list of prospective participants. It is possible to use school facilities during semester and summer breaks. hiking and other such outdoor activities are possible. such as writing letters to their children and attending the Parents’ Forum. to help lessen the Youth Camp fees of those who do not have the means to pay the full amount in the Youth Camp. when required. www. direction and protection for the service team.cfcyfl. c. special written consent from the parents of the participants and service team are required. ready to provide support. to lead the activities. It is possible to raise funds within the CFC FFL chapter or area. 3. c. rules and provisions within the Youth Camp. PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS 1. the facilitators and the music ministry. the couple coordinators allow the Youth Camp team leader and his assistant. The normal rule in any CFC FFL activity applies to the Youth Camp that no one should be deprived of experiencing the Lord in any official activity just because he or she does not have the means to pay. when needed. But. The initiative to organize the Youth Camp starts with the area’s YFL couple coordinators. d. as well as mention areas of concern in which the parents can extend their support. 5.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 .YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 4 distractions to the participants. 4. the service team members serving in the Youth Camp are usually not expected to pay for their accommodations. Nevertheless. b. Note: It is very important that the facilitators stay in accommodations with the participants because they need to get-to-know and bond with them. music ministry. YFL members who are not part of the service team are not supposed to stay in the accommodations. a. in where the service team may be able to explain the objectives. They form the service team of YFL members that will serve in the Youth Camp. their payments are welcome. as well as the members of the service team. If swimming. • A Parents’ Forum must be conducted before the Youth Camp. They work out the details. a. activities. if they have the means. In the Youth Camp. such as the possible schedule and venues of the Youth Camp. They begin by getting the approval of their CFC FFL area head. facilitators. the service team should be sensitive to the financial resources of the participants who will be attending the Youth Camp and determine if such a venue is financially feasible. the camp servants. The couple coordinators stay ‘behind the scenes’. and for the food to be catered by CFC FFL members of an area if this will significantly reduce the cost of the Youth Camp. the team leader and his assistant. assistance. The team includes the team leader and his assistant. 2. b. and they would like to help.

There is no need to turn the lights of the session half off. date and venue of the Youth Camp etc. • They intercede for the whole Youth Camp. and make it to the Dedication Ceremony and Parent-Child Dialogue on the third day of the Youth Camp. 7. Someone may be assigned to document the Youth Camp. However. The whole service team could take alternate turns in being the assigned prayer warriors. • They guide and support the service team by providing direction and assistance when needed. 11. It is important that the Youth Camp is well documented. Note: Adults conducting the Baptism pray-over activity is highly discouraged. there must be a pair of prayer warriors. All the area’s YFL members. • They ask permission from and the support of their CFC FFL area head in conducting the Youth Camp. praying the rosary and interceding for the Youth Camp. especially those who were not part of the Youth Camp service team. The Youth Camp completion report contains such details as the total number of Youth Camp participants.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . especially during sessions. they will be asked not to stay in the accommodations. but a crucifix must be placed in the session hall. and the pre and post Youth Camp activities as well. including the service team and the couple coordinators. • They conduct the Parents’ Forum prior to the Youth Camp and ensure that the parents of the participants will be able to write a letter for their children. www. 6. in fact the Pray-over session must be conducted in a well-lighted area.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 5 4. During the Baptism of the Holy Spirit activity. There must be a scheduled post-Youth Camp welcome party for the participants after the Youth Camp. • They are an example in speech and in conduct to the youth. If a participant manages to sneak out of the venue. • They oversee the practical and pastoral matters of the Youth Camp by coordinating closely with both the team leader and assistant team leader.cfcyfl. The couple coordinators must accomplish and submit a Youth Camp completion report after the Youth Camp. Couple Coordinators • They are active members of CFC FFL in their area. during the Youth Camp. 10. (see appendices) 12. are invited to the party to welcome and meet the participants. A Lord’s Day celebration may be done prior to the party. 5. No participant will be allowed to leave the Youth Camp without the expressed consent of the parents. A No Smoking and No Drinking rule will strictly be enforced for the duration of the Youth Camp. At all times. Participants need not be in white. 8. There is no need for unnecessary dramatic effects during the Baptism / Pray-over session. rosaries and candles need not be placed in Pray-over stations. Crucifixes. the service team may ask the support of other YFL members. the parents shall be informed immediately. • They coordinate with a priest for the confession after Session 3 and as well as to celebrate the Holy Mass on the last day. The parents of the participants are expected to send letters to their children and to come to the Parent-Child Dialogue and Dedication Ceremony on the last day of the Youth Camp. Everyone is expected to abide by this rule. SERVICE TEAM ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 1. 9.

Assistant Team Leader • She has completed the YFL 1-year basic pastoral formation for the COMMUNITY circle and the YFL pastoral formation for the COMMITTED circle. • They MUST undergo the Household Leaders Training after the Youth Camp to prepare them for their role as the household leaders of their Youth Camp discussion groups. • She oversees the registration on the first day of the Youth Camp. • She assigns and reminds the whole service team to be prayer warriors during the Youth Camp. • He takes care of the pastoral aspects of the Youth Camp. Camp Servants • They have completed the YFL 1-year basic pastoral formation for the COMMUNITY circle. • She makes sure that the Youth Camp schedule is followed.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 6 2.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . such as providing logistical needs. 3. • He makes sure that the Youth Camp schedule is followed. • She provides input in planning and conducting the Youth Camp to the team leader and couple coordinators. • They prepare the song sheets or the song lyrics that will be projected on screen. • They prepare for the Holy Mass by assisting the couple coordinators. • He facilitates the service team meetings. • They take care of the practical aspects of the Youth Camp. • She ensures that the Culture of YFL is promoted and followed throughout the Youth Camp. 4. • They conduct the one to one sessions and pray-over sessions of the participants. encourages and affirms them but also corrects them if necessary. Facilitators • They have completed the YFL 1-year basic pastoral formation for the COMMUNITY circle. www. • She responds to the needs of the sisters in the Youth Camp. • She assists the speakers of the Youth Camp. • He assists the speakers of the Youth Camp. • They lead the discussion groups during the Youth Camp. 5. 6. • She takes care of the pastoral aspects of the Youth Camp. Team Leader • He has completed the YFL 1-year basic pastoral formation for the COMMUNITY circle and the YFL pastoral formation for the COMMITTED circle. • They do the wake-up call every morning. • He ensures that the Culture of YFL is promoted and followed throughout the Youth Camp. • He leads the service team. gathering and reflection songs etc. • They ensure that the Youth Camp house rules are followed. • They act as a peer guide to help the participants. Music Ministry • They provide the music required during the Youth Camp for worships and praisefests.cfcyfl.

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10:10 10:10 .10:40 10:40 .1:00 : : : : : : : : : : : : Breakfast Common prayer time / Letter to parents writing activity Gathering / Teach of songs Worship Session 5: GROWING IN THE SPIRIT PARENTS FORUM Dialogue with parents Sharing of participants Final song Preparation for Holy Mass Holy Mass Lunch (if available) Note: The schedules written in this manual are guides for the Youth Camp service team.5:00 5:00 : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : Wake up call Breakfast Common prayer time / Letter to parents writing activity Sports and Games Lunch Gathering of participants / Teaching of songs Worship Session 5: GROWING IN THE SPIRIT PARENTS FORUM Dedication Dialogue with parents Sharing from participants Closing remarks/ songs Preparation for Holy Mass Holy Mass Pack-up Home Sweet Home DAY 3 .1:00 1:00 .12:00 12:00 .1:30 1:30 .9:30 9:30 . Silence should be maintained.1:15 1:15 . although they should respect those who want to sleep.10:55 10:55 .9:00 9:00 .8:00 8:00 .2:15 2:15 .10:50 10:50 .9:00 9:00 .4:30 4:30 . DAY 3 AM 7:00 .org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 .3:00 3:00 .10:00 10:00. www.Alternate Schedule 7:00 .cfcyfl.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 8 Note: The participants may stay up.8:00 8:00 .2:45 2:45 .3:30 3:30 .9:15 9:15 . the service team should be flexible enough to follow as the Spirit leads.3:10 3:10 .11:00 11:00 . If circumstances call for a different schedule.2:00 2:00 .12:00 12:00.

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And. Moreover. Forgiveness and Healing plan Man's Response: Accepting God's InviGod's Gift: The Power of the Holy Spirit tation and Living as His People Growing in the Spirit Some of the sessions in the Youth Camp have more than one basic Gospel truth included. These truths sometimes even overlap across two or three sessions. His Plan for Man's Fullness of Life with Him YOUTH CAMP SESSION God’s Love and His Plan for us Introduces the ultimate expression of Who is Jesus Christ to me? God's love . we will see God working through us. Still the thirst is there for the truth . however. being ‘in’ or just simply living for the moment. What we can do. we cannot even begin to teach the Gospel. what more for young people. the youth search for the truth that they can believe in and live by. however. is so great. which the talks in the Youth Camp seek to share. So many different influences around them dictate what to run after. So as not to compromise or give an incomplete Gospel.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL GOSPEL MESSAGE 10 In this day and age when so many ideas abound and so many different philosophies are taught. Whether it is drugs or drinking. being popular. Still in the budding idealism of their young minds. BASIC GOSPEL TRUTH God's Love for Mankind. our restlessness ends and we begin to experience a new life with Him. the youth are often placed in confusing situations. who in our case. Each session helps the speaker impart this message effectively. In this perspective. which are basic enough for young people to begin a meaningful journey with God in. that in our sinfulness. Here are the basic points or truths with their corresponding topics in the Youth Camp. We don't have to be Biblical Scholars or Church Theologians to share the Gospel with others.Jesus Christ Man’s sin as he turns away from God’s Repentance. It is this message. A message that speaks of God's love and mercy. Other teachings may then be imparted later. and what to live for. All we really need to do is look into our lives. THE GOSPEL AND THE YOUTH CAMP SESSIONS To be able to share the Gospel message in an orderly and simple way.cfcyfl. is to share it. however. will explain it to other young people as well. He is always willing to forgive us. to explain it thoroughly is hard enough for more knowledgeable Christians to do. in these talks and the activities of the Youth Camp. So often. It is in this situation that the Gospel message should be brought to the youth. recognize God's work and share what we know with conviction.their hearts are restless for God. their Christian lives.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . The sessions are given in this way and order so as to help bring the participants through a process through which they can make a real and sincere decision to live a life pleasing to God www. SHARING THIS MESSAGE IN THE YOUTH CAMP The Gospel message. Faith. Then. if we come before Him and place our lives at His feet. the sessions include truths. so vast and so wonderful that our minds can only begin to comprehend it. young people fall into whatever whim their peers invite them into. if the participants decide to join YFL. it’s different points were divided into five (5) sessions. in our limitations.

" The speakers and Youth Camp service team should understand this flow to be able to place them in the proper position where God can work through what they say and do. The youth like listening to stories. a natural barrier often stands between them and the young people they are speaking to. FINAL TIPS 1. it is easier for young people to be influenced by their peers. when adults speak to the youth. If it is possible to make the points of your outline flow from one story to the next. are beginning to experience. But what will make these sessions different is when they realize that what we are saying is true and concrete. "Our hearts are restless. It would be better if these verses are narrated in the speaker’s own words. Oh God. 3. in order to effectively help the participants make a decision to know. knowing what Saint Augustine mentioned is truth for yourself and everyone else. Make use of stories. Read your Bible. Speak of the gift that God wants to give. Stories keep the interest of young people and allow them to remember the points that you have made. Often jokes can even be used of as a means to drive at a certain point. Therefore speak with conviction. You are speaking of a truth.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 11 through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ by the power of His Holy Spirit. Maintain a light atmosphere. all the better. a new life with Christ. and even if the participants thirst for this message.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . Speak from the heart with confidence and conviction. their parents -parents who may have damaged relationships with their children. Feel free to share jokes from time to time." 5. not teachers. because it is him or her who will benefit from what is being said in the Youth Camp more than anyone. forget the truth and importance of your message. The speaker should be able to realize that each session. The gift that you yourself. Speak of the joy of knowing Christ. including the youth. www. Adults are discouraged from giving the sessions in the Youth Camp. Most Youth Camp participants have heard the same message we speak time and time again. 4. As a result adult speakers then begin to lose their effectiveness in sharing the Gospel to the youth. is part of one message. until we rest in you. The presence of scriptural verses in the talk requires the speaker to prayerfully reflect on the passages before giving the session. The speakers should share and not preach. These speakers represent to the participants. “God's love reaching out to man and man's choice to respond to this love. In the same way. We have to recognize the fact that. Reading scripture verses wordfor-word tends to take away eye contact between you and the participants. The world needs witnesses. which all men thirst for. No matter how true the message is. especially the one that he or she will be giving. anecdotes and stories are good means of explaining or stressing certain points in your session.cfcyfl. 2. but never to the point of letting the participants. because we have actually experienced it. love and serve Jesus Christ.

Listen to / study other speakers. 7. This may help give you ideas in giving your session.cfcyfl.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . Undergo the Speaker’s Workshop. www.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 12 6.

"a plan to give us a future and a hope. reflect and share the essence of Isaiah 65:17-25. not for woe. Let's see what God's crazy dream is. our dreams may seem far out. God is always after our wellbeing." (Jeremiah 29:11). Just as the participants may have their own ‘crazy dreams’ their own nearly impossible hopes of things that are better. 2. They may write or illustrate it on a piece of paper. our happiness and safety. Ask the participants to think about their greatest ambition or craziest dream. God has His own seemingly impossible dream for us. the participants should be able to: • Understand that God loves them immensely. • Plans for your welfare. (Referring to the ‘crazy dreams’ of the participants) All of us have our own crazy dreams. Note: The speaker must illustrate creatively. He is God.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . Expanded Outline I. • Share on how God’s love is manifested in their personal lives. 1. hard to believe. I say this. Even God has a crazy dream. Allow 3-5 persons to share. Methodology • Talk Proper • Sharer • Discussion Group 20 to 30 minutes 5 minutes 30 to 45 minutes Sharer YFL member who will share an experience where he / she felt God’s love and how he / she responded to it. 13 Specific Objectives: At the end of the session. and nothing is impossible with Him. It is this plan for us that may be used to introduce God's love to the participants. www. ‘a plan for a future and a hope’ in union with Him. His plan for us.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE Youth Camp Session 1: God’s Love and His Plan for us Goal To communicate the truth that God loves us and has a plan for our welfare. But then again. This is all because of His great love for us. but even God has his own ‘crazy dream’ for us. This is God's crazy dream. because like many others. Give them 30 seconds to do this. Introduction The Crazy Dream Note: The ‘Crazy Dream’ activity is done so that the speaker may have an amusing way of making the participants realize God's tremendous love for them.cfcyfl.

pain. government and school authorities). • On a larger scale: There are countries at war and in famine.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . • Plans to give you a future full of hope. When He created us. whenever we choose to go against God. Even today. From the moment this happened. they chose to turn away from God the source of all life.g. He created us to last forever. suffering. e. You may have your own reasons for being here. NOTE: Make use of the diagram to illustrate how Jesus Christ bridges the gap that sin creates between God and man. II. your parents forced you or you are truly seeking God) I believe God brought you here. What is God’s plan in my life? But God did not end it at that. a.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 14 As God’s own. He began by sending His prophets. to hear about His love. 1. 3:1-21) b. Show the disparity between God's plan (Isaiah 65:17 25) and the situation around us. (Gen. etc. and His plan in your life. When our first parents chose to disobey. By choosing to turn away from this promise. In doing so. God could have just as well chosen to turn away from us. Why am I not experiencing God’s love? You may be asking. destroy us as we deserve. (Romans 6:23) Note: Mention specific experiences to bring your point across. (or the authorities He has placed over us. • On a local scale: There are street crimes and law offenders. God guarantees us that not even a part of it will be in despair and everything in it is positive and desirable. everything that comes from Him is good. why are our lives and situations so different from what He says are His plans for us? 1. www. and rebel against God's commands. As uncertain as the future is. they chose death. God wants us to experience the fullness of life but we continue to follow our own preferences. we continue to choose the suffering and death that our first parents chose. (E. III. We experience these sufferings because we choose to. He decided that His love and His mercy should prevail. “If God loves us so much. and create a more faithful people who would gladly accept His love and the life that He offers. pre-marital sex. drug addictions. our world that was full of life and blessing began to experience difficulties. and suffering. (John 3:16) The speaker at this time shows the video “The Bridge”. • On a personal scale: There are broken families. Finally. you want to meet new friends. Instead. your friends are here.g.cfcyfl. 2. parents. and even death. 2. He chose to send His only Son to die for us because He did not want to see us suffer in our sin and die forever.

St.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 .cfcyfl. Let us decide to love God back. Conclusion “God loves every one of us as if there was but one of us to love. 2. God would do it all for you. Note: One way to challenge the participants to respond to God’s love is by telling them to seek God during the Youth Camp and to participate in all activities. Even if you were the only one who needed to be save. a love that would suffer even death on a cross.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 15 IV. Augustine God has a seemingly insane love for us. Discussion Starters 1. Share an experience or area of your life where you felt most loved by God.” . Let us respond to this love. How can you respond to God’s love for you? (Make specific resolutions) www.

YOUTH CAMP MANUAL CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE Youth Camp Session 2: Who is Jesus Christ to me Goal 16 To communicate the truth that Jesus Christ is a powerful but personal God who invites us to have a personal relationship with Him. These should contain the logos of different popular brands along with their taglines.”) c. Gatorade – Thirst quencher j. Specific Objectives At the end of the session. Adidas. These flashcards should be visible from afar. • Describe their relationship with Jesus Christ. Metrobank – You’re in good hands h. Adidas – Impossible is nothing g. Activity Requirements: • Pre-set flashcards a. Nokia – Connecting People • Process: The participants will be divided into their Youth Camp discussion groups.g. (E. Methodology • • • • Activity Talk Proper Sharer Discussion Group 15 minutes 20 to 30 minutes 5 minutes 30 to 45 minutes Sharer YFL member who will share on his / her personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Sample brands and their taglines: f. the participants should be able to: • Accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Rexona – Never lets you down i.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . b. www. e. while the tagline shall be printed at the back of the flashcard. Every correct answer earns a point for the group. d. The speaker will flash the different brand taglines to the participants and each group will try to guess the brand it pertains to. “Impossible is nothing. The speaker may give a prize after the game.cfcyfl. The logo shall be printed in front. All brand logos must be familiar to the youth.

He was put to death at the age of 33. the Bible. Anno Domini or Year of our Lord). He claimed to possess all authority in Heaven and on Earth www. and the Word was God. All things were made by him. “In the beginning there was the Word. There are so many things said about this man. Like most religious leaders in His time. forgotten in the pages of history. The book that tells His story. if we lack an essential aspect.000 years ago in the town of Bethlehem. Jesus of Nazareth is the most controversial.cfcyfl. The Word was with God. He challenged the authorities and was tried on charges of rebellion and blasphemy. II. most revered and most respected person that ever lived. What was He really like? 2. Judea. a. many of us genuinely want to respond to Him by loving Him back and living a life that is pleasing to Him. However.C. Jesus and His impact on History • Born some 2. • Grew up in a poor family of carpenters. a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. meaning any kind of communication. • No other person has had as many books and stories written about him. b. and nothing was made without him. He was with God in the beginning.” . Introduction When we realize how great God's love for us is. and A. Yet no other person has affected history as much as He did.Before Christ. Who Is Jesus Christ? 1. in the poor country of Palestine. has been the No. it is very difficult to live a life that is pleasing to God. 1 bestseller. Jesus should have faded into oblivion.D. It could be translated to “message. Living a Christian life by our own strength is impossible. most popular. Only the strength we have in Jesus Christ can allow us to do it.” It means Christ because Christ was the way God told people about himself.John 1:1-3 The Greek of ‘word’ is logos. • During His 3 years of public life. • He split History in two (B. • Until today. . of all time.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . He was pre-existent with the Father. Jesus as He claimed to be He took upon Himself qualities that belonged only to the person of God.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 17 Expanded Outline I.

c. The speaker may just enumerate these events in Jesus Christ’s life where He was completely human (feeling pain. etc. d. When His friend Lazarus died. Like us. When Jesus was describing where He was going before His death. He can relate to us.Jesus fed thousands of hungry people in more than one occasion. b. He forgave sins.Matthew 28:18 This is a characteristic that only one person can claim to have . the deaf hear. His disciples were afraid and woke him. “But I will prove to you that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (Luke 5:24). We can be sure that He is stronger than all of our biggest fears.He raised Lazarus.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . Jesus gave a command to the wind and the waves. When He was in a boat with His disciples. the mute speak. e. the servant of the soldier. etc.God. His apostles fell asleep while Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. the lame walk.” .) to establish the point that Jesus also felt how we feel and that He understands us completely. • He raised the dead . He felt the things we feel every day. He performed miracles. the apostles slept when Jesus asked them to pray for Him. take his mat and go home. by the miraculous multiplication of bread. the only son of a widowed woman. Jesus sat on a well because He was tired from His long trip from Judea to Galilee. d. especially when there is time constraint. He also became tired (John 4:6). they stopped. the possessed be free. • He healed the sick . thirst. a strong wind blew and filled the boat with water. He is closer to us than you think. He also got thirsty (John 19:28). Jesus . But what is even more astonishing truth is that Jesus. despite being God. a. and it became calm (Luke 8:22-26). Then he commanded the man to stand up. c. Jesus said. But in this important time of His life. 3. Like us. people did not understand. they began thinking to themselves: “Only God can forgive sins”. perfectly. Jesus felt his mouth and throat dry from hanging on the cross for six hours. is not a distant God. Jesus wept for the loss of a loved one.cfcyfl. Knowing what they are thinking. www. • He fed the hungry . sadness. When a paralyzed man was lowered from the roof where Jesus was teaching. He immediately forgave the man’s sin because of his faith. Like us. It was a crucial time for Him because it is the last minute before He will be arrested. Note: It is not necessary for the speaker to expound on the following examples further. He was also misunderstood (John 8:27). The people during Jesus’ time strongly believed that only God had the authority to forgive sins (Luke 5:21).Jesus made the blind see. Like some of us. Nature seemed to believe Jesus and recognize this authority. He also wept (John 11:35). etc. When the Pharisees and teachers of the Law heard this. Like some of us.A Personal God Jesus being God is an awesome truth. He also felt alone (Matthew 26:40).YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 18 “All power in heaven and on earth is given to me.

Who Is Jesus Christ To Me? (Personal Testimony: 3-5 minutes) The speaker should give a brief sharing on his/her personal relationship with Jesus Christ. IV. That's pretty good news. a. III. Jesus is like Adidas… Impossible is nothing with Him. He experienced all of these things to tell us that He completely understands us. But if deep down we accept all Jesus’ claims and believe them to be true. V. Judas sold Jesus to the Pharisees. but it gets even better. his family stood outside trying to find a way to talk to Him. but because they were ashamed of Him and wanted Him to stop. a brother. Jesus went to a lonely place but a large crowd followed Him. When Jesus drove out a demon from a man who could not talk and see. He can be a friend. He is a God that is strong enough to trust and near enough to call unto. Like us. Like some of us. b.cfcyfl. God loves you. (E. He was also betrayed (Mark 14:10). His family was also ashamed of Him (Matthew 12:47). Our acceptance or rejection of these claims will greatly affect us.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 19 f. However. i. in relation to Jesus Christ being a personal God. We will have to follow Him as Lord and accept that personal relationship He offers us today. Some say that this gesture done by Jesus’ family was not because they were proud of Him. the Pharisees said He used the power of the ruler of demons to force demons out. Conclusion Note: The speaker will show again the flashcards used in the game earlier. We must find a way to relate to Jesus as the Mighty God and as the risen Savior that He really is. but He wants to have a friendship with you. j. If we reject all the claims that Jesus made and believe them to be false. Jesus felt how you feel. Our Response All the claims that Jesus Christ made concerning Himself are so great that we need to stop and seriously consider these. g. a counselor. Not only does He love you. a healer etc. instead they will be used to describe Jesus Christ.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . then we should just forget Christianity altogether and even correct the great hoax that has deceived people for 2000 years. Jesus is like Rexona… He never lets you down etc. His friends also denied Him (Luke 22:60). Upon hearing the news that John Baptist had died. then we really cannot ignore Him like most people do in their lives. He denied Jesus three times as Jesus had predicted. The demands of the people overtook his need to grieve. He felt sorry for them and healed their sick. Like some of us. While Jesus was talking to some people. He is a God that can relate to your sorrow. When Peter was following Jesus during the trial.g. (John 15:13-15) www. He was also called names (Matthew 12:24). sickness and pain. Like some of us. the taglines will no longer be used to describe the brands that they represent. Like us.) This will further strengthen or enhance what had been discussed in Session 2. shame. He also felt stressed (Matthew 14:13). h.

DISCUSSION STARTERS: 1. He already knows you. Who is Jesus Christ to you? What can you do to respond to His invitation of having a personal relationship with Him? www.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . Jesus Christ wants to have a personal relationship with you.cfcyfl. and He wants you to know Him. How would you describe your relationship with Jesus Christ now? 2.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 20 Think about it.

Introduction We have heard that Jesus Christ is all that He claimed. possessing all authority in Heaven and Earth. • Decide to repent from sin. we see that He is also a personal God.cfcyfl. Faith. we will learn how we can respond to His love and invitation." (Mark 1:15). Expanded Outline I. or repent and have faith. "The right time has come and the Kingdom of God is near! Turn away from your sins and believe in the Gospel. But besides all claims. We have heard how He understands us deeply and how He is closer to us than we think. We learned that He himself invites us into a personal relationship with Him. the participants should be able to: • Express their realizations of past wrongdoings. Repentance and Faith Jesus Christ began His preaching ministry with these words. II.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . 1. In this session. 21 Specific Objectives At the end of the session. www.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE Youth Camp Session 3: Repentance. Repentance Sinfulness in our lives and the hurts we've experienced are hindrances in coming to Jesus Christ and receiving His spirit. This is the reason why He called those who came to Him to repentance. Methodology • Talk Proper • Sharer • Activity 20 to 30 minutes 5 minutes 20 to 30 minutes Sharer YFL member who will share on his / her past struggles with sin or how with God’s grace he / she has now overcome these. He used these words because repentance and faith are the first steps we need to take to truly respond to God's love and His invitation for us. turn to a renewed faith in Jesus Christ and forgive those who have caused them hurts in the past. Forgiveness and Healing Goal To lead people into repentance and turn to a renewed faith in Jesus Christ. a powerful God who performs miracles and forgives sins.

• Sexual sins: necking. All of these focus on feelings. pornography. b. Some sins to repent from: • Rebelliousness: to parents. homosexual acts. vandalism etc. authorities and society. "Why will I confess when I'm just going to sin again?" All of these may be effects of Repentance but are not repentance in itself. green jokes. using illegal drugs. lying. etc. superstition. • Horoscope. • Cheating. These sins have been so widely accepted that people do not see them as immoral anymore. (Feeling sorry you were caught cheating in an exam. The speaker should be able to explain why these sins are actually wrong.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . stealing. however. non-Christian religions. is to say no to temptation. masturbation. www. But that will never happen.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 22 a. a decision Hence. Repentance is a decision to turn away from sin and look towards God. c. What is Repentance • The Greek word for repentance is ‘metanoia’. cursing. • Feel regret Sometimes repentance is brought about due to the negative consequences of what was done and the regret that comes after. • An act of the will. Repentance is much more objective and concrete than feelings. such as answering back. • Abuse of alcohol.cfcyfl. What we can do. which literally means a change of mind. spiritualism. saying. Note: Give examples that are appropriate to the Participants. slander and gossip. petting. If you weren't caught you wouldn't have been as sorry). This is also the reason why many Catholics don't go to Confession. Misconceptions about Repentance You are repentant only when you: • Feel terrible about yourself Some people believe that repentance is sincere only when you despise yourself because you are a hopeless sinner. not because the sin was evil. • Get rid of all tendency to sin Some people think that true repentance can only happen when we are able to rid ourselves of the tendency to sin.

Faith is deciding to put our trust in Jesus Christ. www. He was scared of drowning. The same kind of faith is also seen in Mark 5:25-34.cfcyfl. let it be done for you. • Have a good confession. We need to place our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. showing God that we need Him. “To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for. when Jesus Christ promises that He will save us from our sins. “If I can just touch his clothes. be healed of your disease. If you hate sin you'll stay away from it and you won't make any justifications for doing it (“I am just human" or "somebody else made me do it"). He will conquer all our sinfulness and that He will forgive us and heal us of our sins. • Faith that believes in what God said. I will be healed. Jesus said to him. I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof. expressed faith in the power of Jesus’ mere word. Faith a.” • Faith is more than mere feelings.Hate sin and not the sinner. “You may go. Peter acted in spite of fear. (Some say sin is a growth experience or that cheating during exams is sharing) • Humility . Jesus affirmed her act of faith afterwards when He said “Dear woman. to be certain of the things we cannot see”. as you have believed. A woman afflicted with hemorrhages (large discharge of blood) for twelve years had heard about Jesus Christ and came to see Him.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 23 The speaker must also be able share how to turn away from these sins and he must be able to make the Participants realize that what is important is for them not to feel terrible about themselves for past sins. Go in peace. What must we do to repent? (4 H : Attitudes to take in repentance) • Honesty . but for them to decide to turn away from these sins. He believed in what Jesus Christ said that faith is not a feeling but rather a decision that we should make. the Roman Officer expressed humility saying “Lord. Faith is taking action because faith without action is dead. although he knew it was humanly impossible.” The woman acted on her faith by touching Jesus Christ’s clothes. she touched Jesus’ cloak. he still believed.call sin a sin.Admit you fell into sin because you are weak and that you need God to overcome your sins. d. • Hate the sin . When a Roman Officer approached Jesus Christ and told Him that his servant was lying at home paralyzed and suffering dreadfully. who has the authority to command a hundred men.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . When Jesus Christ told Peter that he could walk on the water. She said. Jesus Christ said that He would come to his house to cure his servant. The same kind of faith is also seen in Matthew 8:5-13. Confession allows us to be humble. we should believe that He can and He will.Go to confession and ask God for forgiveness. only say the word and my servant will be healed. 2. you are made well because you believed. . and yet he still took the first step out the boat. In the same way.” The Roman Officer. The kind of faith that we are talking about is primarily shown in Matthew 14:22-33. (Heb 11:1) b. “ Then. believing that when we come to Him in repentance. At this.

it is said that the kingdom once had a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants. He cured many illnesses and diseases during His ministry here on Earth. He will cleanse us and heal us from all the wrongs we have done. we must not refuse to forgive others. Whom must we forgive? • One’s own self • Our parents. we gain inner peace. He sees us as new creations. Mark 5:28) • When we ask for forgiveness – because God forgave our sins. We are the servants in the story.cfcyfl. (Luke 7:47) • When we forgive – when we forgive others. Healing We all know that Jesus Christ is a great healer. we also learn how to show great love for others. (Matthew 18:25-27) We are also being asked to forgive those who have sinned against us. a. We cannot have one without the other. We have received the great forgiveness of God. www.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . (Matthew 8:5-6. brothers or sisters. He still heals people. Healing through Forgiveness • Healing will not be complete if we haven't forgiven ourselves and those who have hurt us. Forgiveness In the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant found in Matthew 18:21-35. teachers • Others And when God forgives us. (Matthew 8:8. Note: Repentance and Faith go together. (Matthew 18:26) b. schoolmates. a. He is willing to forgive us even if we cannot repay for our sins. The parable tells us: a. He forgives those who confess their sins and genuinely ask for forgiveness. God is a compassionate and kind God. (1 John 1:9) 2. He never makes any record of our wrong doings. What Christ demands from us is limitless forgiveness. III. therefore. God is a forgiving God. Mark 5:27) • When we put our faith in Him. (Matthew 18:22) b. Jesus Christ fully understands that we need healing from our sinfulness and hurts because these are obstacles from totally receiving God's grace. b. Healing Occurs: • When we humbly approach God for healing. • When we serve others – when we focus on helping others “heal” instead of focusing on ourselves. (Matt18:28-30) c. Forgiveness and Healing 1. relatives • Our friends. We have debts to the king who is God in the form of our sins. He heals us from our sinfulness and our hurts from our past experiences.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 24 Faith is not just a feeling. Up to now. our actions are the greatest expression of faith. we thus gain inner healing.

asking God for forgiveness for the sins they have committed and healing for all the hurts they have.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . Keep the activity simple. • One’s own self • Our parents and family • Our friends and classmates Forgiveness and healing also go together. We need to believe that He will forgive and strengthen us and bring us healing. the team leader leads them to a short prayer. www. Only in extreme cases where there are no priests available. our sins and hurts block much of His blessings for us. by knowing Him personally. There is no need for any dramatic effect. Activity Requirements: • Pens • Pieces of paper • Priest(s) Process: After the session. This symbolizes the rejection so all the sins they have written. However. The participants are then asked to throw away the piece of paper into a trash bin placed in front of the session hall.cfcyfl. but we have to do our part and repent from these sins. Jesus Christ wants to remove these hindrances and extend His mercy towards us. The facilitators must encourage the participants to express in the letter how much they really love their parents and to ask forgiveness for any hurts that they may have caused them. and their closure from all the hurts they hold from other people. and how forgiveness begins the process of healing. Then. after the activity. Thus. His Holy Spirit which strengthens us and allows us to live lives truly pleasing to God. the participants are then asked to go to confession.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 25 • Share how hurts in the different areas of our life listed below can hinder us from drawing near to God. and are lifting these up to God. Note: After the participants have confessed. they are asked to write a letter for their parents. or have hurt them in any way. The team leader must mention in the prayer that the participants are letting go of these things that they have written down. Conclusion God wants us to experience the fullness of life in His love. Note: The speaker may call on 1-2 sharers at this point to share about Repentance. it is important to emphasize to the participants that real forgiveness from God for the sins they have committed can only be attained through confession. IV. However. Faith. on the piece of paper provided. Forgiveness or Healing. ask the participants to list down all their sins and all the people they have hurt. we cannot have one without the other. Only then can we fully receive God's blessing. the speaker must encourage the participants to still have confession after the Youth Camp.

• Worship in the Spirit. Christians were not always like that. • Appreciate the importance of the gift of tongues and exercise it. Introduction If you compare the Christians of today with the early Christians. 26 Specific Objectives At the end of the session. the same Spirit that continues to fill and transform the lives of so many Christians today. slaves. (Give examples / illustrate) However. Gentiles and Jews. Christians today: Christians today can't seem to live as they should. What was this power that transformed 12 insignificant men and their brethren into the pillars that established Christendom? It wasn't human might or intellect but it was the Power of the Holy Spirit. Misconceptions: www. they seem weak and they lack conviction.cfcyfl. you will find that they were very much different. b.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE Youth Camp Session 4: Receiving God’s Gift: The Power of the Holy Spirit Goal To lead people to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the gift of tongues. Do you want to be like the early Christians and make a difference? II. Methodology • • • • Talk Proper 20 to 30 minutes Baptism / Pray-over 60 to 90 minutes (It depends on the number of participants) Worship (2 fast songs and 1slow song only) Closing Exhortation Expanded Outline I. The Power of the Holy Spirit a.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . the participants should be able to: • Continue being open to receiving the power of the Holy Spirit. They had this power that attracted many from all races and walks of life to join this group of mere fishermen. a. Christians before: The Christians in the early Church possessed certain strength and boldness of character.

In scriptures. We ask. giving us the boldness to speak His words and making us willing to face the challenge of bringing others closer to Him despite the many difficulties and trials we may face. God's promised spirit • A new heart and a new spirit (Ezekiel 36:26-27) God promised a spirit that will enable all men to follow Him. making us more loving. removing the selfishness in our hearts. Note: In sharing the 3 points above. • Union with God When we receive the power of the Holy Spirit. He slowly molds us into His likeness. it will be given to us. www. i. c. there’s only God.23) As we grow in our personal relationship with God. The Coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-8) Note: The speaker must narrate this passage in his own words Praying for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit may not be exactly like this event but we can take certain points from it to help and guide us in receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. • Power to serve (Acts 1:8) God’s Spirit empowers us to serve. the 3rd Person in the Blessed Trinity. He promised to give men "A new heart and a new Spirit. more like Jesus. b. We hear Him speaking to us in our hearts and we experience Him touching our very lives. The Holy Spirit is God.. God’s word becomes alive in us as we read scripture.. we begin a personal and intimate relationship with God.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . III. (Luke 11:9-10) In faith.cfcyfl.” • God’s Spirit brings about: The Valley of the Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14) This story illustrates to us what the power of His Holy Spirit can do. we know that when we ask for it.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 27 • The Holy Spirit is just God's messenger. • A new nature (Galatians 5:22 . the wind is often used to refer to God’s Sprit. the speaker should share his own experiences of these 3 points. • The Holy Spirit is just the dove in Jesus Christ's baptism. How do we receive the Power of the Holy Spirit? a. • There is no such thing as a Holy Spirit.

This total humility pleases God. b. ii. (Luke 11:13) We should believe that when we ask for God's Holy Spirit. He will surely give it. • Feeling of Unworthiness (“Am I worthy?”) Everyone is unworthy. This explanation does not need to be detailed as the facilitators should have already explained it to the participants during their one to ones. • Explanation of the Gift of Tongues: It is a gift of prayer . we keep ourselves from experiencing God and His Spirit.cfcyfl. This spiritual gift pleases God. one’s soul is able to communicate what it really wants to express to God. This is why we need to go to confession.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 28 What do we specifically ask for? • A personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Because of this spiritual gift. We humble ourselves when we pray in a language we don't understand. It allows us to access and use them in a better manner. • Unrepentant Attitude (“I am never wrong”) Sin alienates us from God. Hindrances to receiving the Holy Spirit. The gift of tongues becomes a doorway to the other spiritual gifts. We have Faith.It is a prayer that only God can understand and only we can speak. www. what the Lord requires is simply a humble spirit that approaches Him in repentance and asks for forgiveness. Note: The speaker must state that all the spiritual gifts are important and must not highlight too much the gift of Tongues. When we refuse to be repentant for our sins. • Spiritual Gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) These are gifts that God gives to help us in our Christian lives: • Prophecy • Healing • Wisdom • Knowledge • Miracles • Faith • Discernment • Praying in Tongues • Interpretation of Tongues Note: The speaker must briefly explain each Spiritual Gift.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 .

This Spirit is the one which strengthens us and gives us the gifts we need in order for us to live. believe and accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior and commit our lives to Him. This is not a new baptism. The speaker must give the participants a general view of what they can expect. but God will keep on knocking until we're humble enough to ask Him in.cfcyfl. To do this. spirit of deceit we cast you out". we will pray with one another for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit a. Living the Christian life is very difficult. • Doubt (“Is this for real”) Focus on what is true. we must humble ourselves if we are to receive God's Spirit. IV.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . Recall Ezekiel 37:1-14 2. www. We were all baptized when we became Catholics. ("In the name of Jesus. If we're afraid of looking foolish. • Prayer of Deliverance: Casting out the works of Satan in your life. • Process of Praying-over: • Prayer of Thanksgiving: Your discussion group leaders will thank the Lord for the commitment that you just made. your discussion group leaders will approach you and bring you somewhere more conducive and private for the pray-over session. After the Pray-over session. ACTIVITY: 1. as true sons and daughters of God. What we want to do now is to pray for one another so that we can immerse ourselves in God's Spirit and be empowered as Christians. • After this.) • Prayer for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit / spiritual gifts. we will be having a ‘Commitment to Christ Ceremony’ where you will be given the opportunity to decide for yourselves if you want to follow Jesus Christ. and asking Him into our lives. After this. Conclusion 1.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 29 • Pride (“I am too cool for this”) Pride keeps us from acknowledging our need for God. b. we will first have to come before our Lord. Baptism of the Holy Spirit / Pray Over Session Our purpose tonight is to ask the Lord for the power of His Holy Spirit that will enable us to live as true Christians. Note: Our next activity will be the commitment ceremony and pray over session. • First. But we have hope in God's promised Spirit. God promised His spirit and He never breaks His promises to His people. Explain the process of Baptism / Pray-over session.

Do not expect a particular experience. and will not force you to praise Him in tongues. the song will never be heard unless you actually pickup a guitar. the speaker asks the participants to meditate about all the sessions. • Focus on worshipping God and not the words you use to worship. Even if God has already inspired you to write a song. but don't let this make you anxious. Commitment Ceremony a. You just have to try and initiate praying in a language you do not know. In speaking or praying in tongues. a meditative song may be played (Lord I offer my life / God alone / Here I am Lord.cfcyfl. Relax. d. Expecting one particular type of experience might keep you from recognizing God's work in you. He knows exactly how He should touch you. Initiate. 2. 3. The pray over session.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . What comes out of your mouth and how you praise God is already up to Him. this will make it easier for you to open up to the Lord. After the song is sung. b. God respects you. especially Session 4. you can only begin praying in tongues when you initiate it. then let God take control. Final tips a. play the tune and write the words. (E. the Prayer of Commitment will be recited together. we will end together once everyone has been prayed for.g. b.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 30 • Go back to your seat. utter the first syllables that come into your mind and use this for worship. Don't analyze the sounds you make.) • Focus on God. • Once you've run out of words to worship God. After the explanation. www. and your decision to follow the Lord. While the participants are meditating. Strong Arm) c. are very important. Worship Him in your own words. Then. the speaker asks those who want to make a commitment to Christ to stand up. Relax and be at peace. and then God will inspire you and give you the words to say. just focus on the Lord and praise Him. In the same way. • We encourage you to continue to be in an atmosphere of prayer. God knows you more than you know yourself. c.

C. Worship Note: Worship leader must be different from the speaker. we sing in the spirit and pray in tongues. : Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God. : Do you choose to follow Jesus as your Lord. flow of prayer-Adoration. 4.T. Feel free to raise your hands. I will. 2. healing and mighty! Worship is not about us it is all about Him.g. we voice out our prayers to Him by following A. jump. What is Worship? Worship is being able to come into the loving. / and I want to enter into your kingdom / and be part of your people.”) First. Cite examples. healing and mighty presence of God and being able to acknowledge that HE ALONE IS GOD – loving. Then we sing songs of praise and worship to God. / I will turn away from all wrong doing. After doing these. PRAYER OF COMMITMENT (Ask participants to repeat after you. (E. How great our God is. We are to worship him. Our experience in this camp is all about God loving us immensely. / I ask you to forgive / all the sins that I have committed / I offer my life to you. sing aloud. 1.“He who sings. and wait for their turn to be prayed over. we utter all our praises to Him spontaneously. I do. honor Him and obey Him? : Yes.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . / I want to belong to you from now on. I do. Everyone is then asked to be seated. How do we worship? Come before God’s presence focusing on Him alone. / I want to be free / from the dominion of darkness / and the rule of Satan. prays twice.S. dance pleasing and glorifying the Lord.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 31 COMMITMENT TO CHRIST Leader Participant Leader Participant Leader Participant : Do you renounce Satan and all wrongdoing? : Yes. / and I promise to obey you as my Lord. We sing praises and thanksgiving to the Lord. Now. (St.) Lord Jesus Christ. Augustine once said . Thanksgiving and Supplication.) www. / and I will avoid everything / that leads me to wrongdoing. Afterwards. Pray Over Session V. to love Him. that He died to free you from sins and that He rose from the dead to bring you new life? : Yes.cfcyfl. This calls for a celebration of God’s love. our response is to love him back through praises and thanksgiving. d. Contrition. Worship is just like a concert or serenade for God.

be faithful to that decision. these problems will never overwhelm you. 2. Satan will tempt you to doubt. Rather. 4. 5. • Like any gift. Go easy on sharing with others what you have experienced. • You committed to follow the Lord. “When the Holy Spirit comes upon you.Acts 1:8 Note: Encourage the participants to be faithful in their commitment to the Lord.two fast and one slow.” Note: The Line-up of worship songs should include three songs only . so you must always use it. • All of these things were first explained to you before they were done.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . Do not stifle the Spirit. Remember that it will be the participants’ first worship. whatever experience you had. the gift you received tonight can be lost.”. • Focus on the truth that you now you have God and through all your problems. He will always be there for you. and by His Holy Spirit we can be faithful to Him. • He will never cease in trying to take away the treasure you have just received today. Closing Exhortation 1. www. • Some may have prayed in tongues.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 32 “Let’s all praise and worship our God. 3. focus on the fact. He surely gave it to you. that you committed yourself to Jesus Christ and that is what is most important. God has begun a powerful work in their lives today. VI. He will always be faithful to us. Do not expect your friends to understand you right away. you will be filled with power and you will be witnesses for Me in Jerusalem in all of Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth. cried or simply felt God's presence. The Holy Spirit comes to each of us differently. • Have a daily prayer time where you can experience and get to know God. as Jesus Christ begins to dwell at the center of your life. it should not take long. Others may have had a very simple experience. Better yet. If you did ask for His Spirit. share to them what you experienced by showing the change in you.cfcyfl. Simply because He is always by your side. • Try to explain what you went through in a very ordinary and understandable way. Don't expect all your problems to go away. Your prayer time is when He can slowly but surely work in your life daily. Different people different experiences. Be faithful. • An emotional experience is not an indication of God's Holy Spirit.

God is truly great and all His plans for us are really for our own good. it is very important for our hearts to take on the right posture. They might even brand us as weird. we'd like to share with you how best to sustain our renewed relationship with God. we even received His Holy Spirit. How can we grow as Sons and Daughters of God? We know. we heard how great God’s love is. However. what is in store for us? In this session. and because of this love. b. Everyone here. First. in one way or another. Furthermore. We have God's gift of salvation. (Acts 1:8) www. undoubtedly now more than ever.cfcyfl. Last night. • Appreciate each of the tools God provides for growth and start to use them. when we go back to our homes and schools. (Eph 2:8) When we leave this place. Posture of our Hearts: a. we lifted up all our sins and hurts to God. Methodology • Talk Proper • Dedication Ceremony • Parent-Child Dialogue 20 to 30 minutes 20 minutes 30 minutes Expanded Outline I.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 .YOUTH CAMP MANUAL CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE Youth Camp Session 5: Growing in the Spirit Goal To teach the basic tools to growth and maturity as Christians. there is a need to grow in it. Because of these reasons. after all these. through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. when we leave this venue. We have God's Spirit. Introduction We heard and did so many good things in this Youth Camp. the participants should be able to: • Realize that beyond receiving the power of the Holy Spirit. Now. has experienced God's goodness this weekend. after the Youth Camp? What will happen once we go back and be with our old friends and classmates? Most of them will certainly not understand what we have gone through this weekend. what is in store for us. 33 Specific Objectives At the end of the session. when we share to them our experiences in this Youth Camp. The way to God through Jesus is the only way and we should resist any idea that tells us otherwise. as these are obstacles that hinder us from receiving God’s grace. we responded to His invitation for us to have a personal relationship with Him. II. we should be convicted that what we experienced was truly a gift from God for our salvation. that God's love for us is great. that His Holy Spirit is real and that He is truly within us. 1.

• Find a place where you will not be disturbed or distracted. which in turn represents Jesus Christ. Note: You can illustrate this portion by relating the tools for Christian growth to the four spokes of a wheel. • Reading Christian Books.cfcyfl.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 34 We now have God's Spirit within us. Devotion to Mother Mary is an essential part of what we believe in. • ACTS: Adoration. we need to pray the Rosary everyday. b. Tools for Christian Growth: The Four Spokes In YFL. which draws power from the hub or center of the wheel. Everything we have heard in this Youth Camp will be of no help to us. c. we have the different tools needed for Christian spiritual growth. We need to grow in our Life in the Spirit. Prayer and Study of Scriptures We need to spend time with God in prayer and we need to read scriptures for us to grow in our relationship with Him. (James 1:23) We must do our part in order for us to grow in our relationship with God. All of these tools are available for us and would help us nurture the graces we have received and will allow us to receive so much more. • Read the Bible readings for the day • Use daily prayer journals. • Fellowship is important to us. • Decide on a specific time of the day.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . a. Fellowship Fellowship refers to everything that YFL members do together. Thanksgiving. As Catholics. It is being one as brothers and sisters in Christ through fun and friendship. The power is transmitted through the four spokes of the wheel. we need to invest time and effort for our spiritual growth 2. www. • Steps to take: • Decide on having prayer time of at least 15 minutes a day. devotionals and reflection guides Praying the Rosary • In our Catholic faith. Magazines and Websites By reading Christian books. and Supplication. protect and help us overcome all obstacles that may hinder us to grow more as men and women of God. The wheel’s outer rim represents our Christian life. unless we start practicing it in our own personal lives. Hence. and keep it sacred. Contrition. the wheel will not function properly. the intercession of Mother Mary is a very powerful tool. • Choose a flow you are comfortable with. to strengthen. If any one of the four spokes is missing. magazines and websites we can draw on new insights and learn new things about God through other people’s personal experiences and reflections.

to your family. This includes attending Mass on Sundays. this leads to peer pressure. as students. young people. In addition. and fraternities and sororities in school. d. YFL is a venue where building strong bonds of friendship and brotherhood are considered as important goals of its activities like Parties. (James 2:1417) Be aware of opportunities to share your faith. Ways we can serve: • We serve God by the way we live. Conferences and Mission Trips. Assemblies. as brothers and sisters. • We serve God by fulfilling the responsibilities He gave us in our life. we will also grow in our relationship with God if we serve actively in our parishes as lectors. We give witness to our faith in Jesus Christ. as sons and daughters. having a regular Confession. Household Meetings. especially in serving God. c. For young people like us. YFL is an evangelistic and missionary community of young adults. which could be either positive or negative.cfcyfl. Our mission is to bring God to other teenagers. We believe that with God as motivation. like us. • YFL provides a real environment where genuine friendship can happen. neighbors. we develop a sense of mission. we feel the need to belong. will be able to share their gifts and talents in serving God and others. www.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 35 It is in our nature to enjoy the company of people our age. and receiving Holy Communion. In YFL. It is for this reason that teenagers have their own groups in the neighborhood. Here is where we’ll meet true friends who will accept us for who we are and be loyal to us. and classmates.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . Oftentimes. facilitators. we can experience positive peer pressure. as speakers. friends. music ministry etc. By doing this. sacristans. We share our time. etc. by the way we live our lives. • We serve God by making our resources and ourselves available for His work. Service Young people are endowed with a lot of gifts and talents that oftentimes are not utilized productively. with friends encouraging us to live our lives according to God’s plan. talent and treasure to make a real effort to serve God through whatever service. Sacraments We should be aware that another important tool that will enhance our Christian growth is to participate in the sacraments of the Church. or as part of the choir. either through words or actions.

Activity 1. Just like the seeds in the Parable of the Sower.E. Chances are.R. community and the Church and to Testify God’s love. Fellowship. As we end our camp today and as we leave this place our prayer is that we will be convicted to live a good Christian lifestyle. to encourage them to Relate in joy with their family. we'll probably still fail. Christian Life is not easy • We need an environment that will support us (Mt 13:4-9). CFC YFL provides fertile soil that we can grow in and where we can develop further as God’s sons and daughters. or the speaker may conduct the Dedication Ceremony. Simply put. Christian Life is Purpose Driven • We need a community with a purpose! Christians endure many persecutions and go the extra mile in bringing people closer to God simply because they are driven by these purposes: Worship. A – Act (Ministry). Conclusion God calls us to live a life that is pleasing to Him. Now it's time that we live for Him. He even gave us His Holy Spirit. Ministry and Evangelism.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . He loved us first and He even died for us. Dedication Ceremony NOTE: Either the team leader. God died for us.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 36 III. b. Discipleship. E – Empower (Discipleship). the ball is in our hands. making God’s love known to all. praising and giving glory to God. This segment is done immediately after the ‘Growing in the Spirit’ session is given. c. we'll be living perfect Christian lives. Yet I believe that we can never be able to do it alone because: a. God gives us tools for us to grow in our relationship with Him. to Empower them to Act in humble service.T. T – Testify (Evangelism). But more than all these things. teaching others of God’s ways. Now. Christian Life is a Commitment www.cfcyfl. R – Relate (Fellowship). we exist to have the H. The Purpose Statement of YFL CFC Youth for Family and Life exists to provide an environment for the youth to Honor God through a life of holiness. IV. • YFL will provide that environment • The service team is proof that YFL provides such an environment. • CFC Youth for Family and Life is driven by the same purposes but translated into H – Honoring God (Worship). using one’s talents and abilities to serve God and others. We're not saying that after going through this Youth Camp. but it's our decision to stand up again and that is what’s important.A. being one with family. brothers and sisters and the Church.

3.cfcyfl. I shall live as a follower of Christ. 2. www. After the Dedication Ceremony. • Make it clear to them that the YFL Covenant is simply a goal we all strive for.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . The couple coordinator meanwhile welcomes and entertains the parents of the participants. 4. • Ask the participants to reflect upon this covenant and if they want to make it their covenant as well ask them to stand up as a sign of commitment to the CFC YFL Covenant • Pray over the participants and in a prayerful mood ask them to write one concrete action they will do to live out their covenant. I dedicate myself to the task of building a strong family for Christ. I shall be a witness to the world of God’s love. • Love and serve my parish. • Pray and read the Bible daily. Ask them to begin the dialogue by giving / reading to each other the letters that they had prepared for one another. The team leader presents the participants to their parents and asks them to spend half an hour together. Undergo all formation courses and participate in community events. • Accepting the YFL Covenant simply means that we will support one another in striving for this goal. • Love and care for the poor. • Strive for holiness and Christian perfection. d. 2. Relate in love. • Actively evangelize and do mission. • Invest myself in time and effort for home and family. b.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 37 • Read to the participants the YFL Covenant. c. • • • • Faithfully attend meetings and participate in official activities. i. Dialogue With Parents a. Some participants may be discouraged to join YFL upon hearing the YFL Covenant. • Live out and defend the culture of life. the team leader distributes the letter from the parents to the participants. • Explain briefly to the participants what the YFL Covenant is all about. Give generously of my time and finances for the furtherance of our mission. I shall be a committed and active member of CFC Youth for Family and Life. loyalty and respect with all members of the CFC family. CFC Youth for Family and Life Covenant 1.

/ I now call upon you God's blessings. we must seek to remove all those hindrances that keep you apart. Encourage the participants to share their experiences in the Youth Camp. • Then the team leader asks the participants to pray over their parents using the prayer below. 4. Ask them to return for the Holy Mass. • The children will now pray over their parents. 3./ I want you to know/ that I love you/ and ask for forgiveness/ for all the hurts/ I have given you. the team leader explains the following to the parents of the participants: Your children have just made their commitment to live a Christian Life./ This I pray / in the name of Jesus Christ/ my Lord and Savior. Welcome Ceremony a.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . The team leader explains the following to the participants: 5. Then the team leader asks the parents to go to their children and pray over them using this prayer. The team leader explains the following to the participants. PRAYER FOR PARENTS God has given you to me. / I forgive you for these. b. even if they did not mean to./ May the Lord bless you and keep you. b. Parent And Child Prayer a./ Forgive me for any hurts that I may have given you.) PRAYER FOR CHILDREN God has given you to me./ May the Lord make His face shine upon you/ and be gracious unto you. these mistakes are the source of our resentments. which the speaker will read./ May God bless you in everything you do. (You may ask the parents to first say their own prayers for their children and then recite the prayer below./ (Papa and Mama or Dad and Mom) / as my guides in His place/ here on earth./ I know that you love me / and in your love / you may have committed mistakes / that hurt me./ May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you/ and give you peace.cfcyfl./ I wish all good things for you. After the Dialogue with Parents. Now. c. In loving you./ Amen. In order to effectively support them in this. hindrances such as hurts and resentments at home. Quite often. Amen.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 38 ii. they may have committed mistakes along the way. The people who love you the most are your parents. What’s next? www. we will ask God to heal all these hurts between you and your parents./ As I forgive you/ of the hurts you may have given me. The YFL couple coordinators should lead the prayer./ (name of child) / as a gift/ to love and to guide. This time the team leader should lead the prayer. The service team welcomes the participants to the YFL family by going around and greeting all the participants. Note: Have an appropriate song played at this time.

Activities like. Through our committed relationships. YFL will support us: a. At the end of this Youth Camp. Through Households. As we continue to nurture our new found relationship with God. Note: The Team Leader explains the purpose of Households. These Households regularly meet. Through our teachings and formation. We have a responsibility to encourage and support one another. parties. Note: The proper YFL Greeting is now introduced to the Participants b. regular household meetings. Through our activities in community.cfcyfl. d. we make a commitment to grow together as Christian brothers and sisters. concerts etc. Thus. www. c.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . Lord's Day celebrations. WYC. family days. All YFL members belong to smaller and more intimate groups that we call ‘Households’. monthly assemblies.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 39 The Youth Camp is not an end but just the beginning of our personal walk with the Lord. you will be assigned to a Household.

cfcyfl.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 40 Chapter 3: Appendices www.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 .

2. You may ask the participants to mingle for a minute or two for them to get to know one another. Rest. if they come out of this Camp being able to say that they know God a little bit more. b. He wants to do something in your life during the Youth Camp. when it's time to sing. Sing. What the participant may expect in the Youth Camp a. d. Give jokes as an icebreaker. Attitudes to take during the Youth Camp: a. these are not the goals that we are aiming for.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 .YOUTH CAMP MANUAL PARTICIPANTS ORIENTATION TALK OUTLINE: Note: This talks should be given by the Team Leader of the area conducting the camp. Give a general picture of what the Youth Camp will be like Note:A lot of people have different expectations about this Youth Camp. we have reached the goal of the Youth Camp. Although. Welcoming Remarks: a. Some expect to cry or have an emotional experience while some may have no expectations at all. How much you give of yourselves in this Youth Camp is how much you will receive. Others may expect to come to great revelations or may expect to be helped in making big decisions. participate in the present activity. 2. Introduce yourself as the Youth Camp team leader. Make the atmosphere light and joyful. Introduce all the service team and couple coordinators. Expectations 1. Make it your goal to help everyone build friendships by the end of the Youth Camp. Make the most out of the Youth Camp. But rather. Explanation: What are they getting into? What is YFL? What is a Youth Camp? II. it was God who brought you here. when it's time to pray. don’t anticipate. Whatever reasons you have for being here. 41 I. that they are closer to Him even more Tthen. when it's time to rest. God brought you here. c. Pray. Meet new friends. Welcome the Participants 1. www. Have fun. these may happen. b. Participate. c. Rather.cfcyfl. Don't keep thinking of what might happen next. c. b. Know more about God and grow closer to Him. 3.

Reminder to always bring a pen. Be open to new things. Emergencies (First Aid) 3. we shall find Him. www.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . as one who is being trained for leadership. Don't analyze or criticize. 2. bed sheets. phones. Whom to approach. Expect God to work. This is God's promise. for the following information. Give the Youth Camp house rules and other related important information such as the time of wake-up call. 1. Practicalities (e. e. If we truly desire Him and seek Him. What They Should Know Note:At this point. paper/notebook. III. if the participants need anything. and a Bible with them during the sessions.g. the team leader may pass on the microphone to the brother camp servant. off limits areas etc. a.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 42 d.cfcyfl. toothpaste) b.

we ask you not to visit your children until the last day www. II. c.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . 43 I. it is also God’s promise to you and to your children. Trust Don't worry of what might happen to your children in the camp. b. This is God's promise to everyone of us here. Expectations 1. Have fun. Expect God to work. Whatever reasons you or your children may have for being here.cfcyfl. What the parents may expect their children to experience in the Youth Camp a. we shall find Him. What They Should Know 1. b. This Youth Camp is also a good opportunity for us to show our children that we trust them by not continuously keeping an eye on them. it was God who brought you here.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL PARENTS ORIENTATION TALK OUTLINE: Note: This talks should be given by the Couple Coordinator of the area conducting the camp. Our Posture for this Youth Camp should be: a. For the success of this youth camp. Know more about God and grow closer to Him. 2. Introduce all the CFC support team and other couple coordinators in the camp. We ask you to trust us with the care of your children and we a sure you that they are in good hands for the next few days with us. If we truly desire Him and seek Him. Make it your goal to help everyone feel comfortable with leaving their children at the Youth Camp. Welcome the Parents of the Participants 1. Give jokes as an icebreaker. General Overview of the Youth Camp Run through the program of activities / schedule of the camp and give them an overview of all the talks and activities in the Youth Camp 3. God brought you and your children here. it is the youth ministry of Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL) for ALL young people from 13-21 years old. 3. Welcoming Remarks: a. c. prayers and fun activities. Meet new friends. 2. He wants to do something in your children and with your family life during this Youth Camp. Explain what are their children getting into? What is YFL? What is a Youth Camp? • CFC YFL stands for CFC Youth for Family and Life. • The Youth Camp is a three days and two nights retreat where young people can hear and experience God • through various talks. c. Introduce yourself as the Youth Camp Couple Coordinator. b. Make the atmosphere light and joyful. I believe that through this camp God is doing something great in your family life! III. You may mingle for a minute or two with the parents for them to get to know you better.

3. End the orientation by thanking the parents for giving you the opportunity to bring the youth closer to God www. (Please give your contact details to them) 2. Hence. In case you need to communicate or visit your children please don’t hesitate to contact me. 4. This will help your children to reflect more about their life and their relationships with you and their siblings. I will stay in this venue together with your children for the whole duration of the camp. off limits areas etc. Your presence and your letters are very important part of the session.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 .YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 44 of the camp. Give the Youth Camp house rules that their children will need to follow inside the camp (ex.cfcyfl. the next three days I will be standing as the second parent of all participants in the camp. No smoking and drinking) and other related important information such as the time of wake-up call. In the last session / talk of the youth camp (most likely to be a Sunday) we ask you to please be here at 10:00 am with a love letter for your children.

Explain what happened to their children during the youth camp. You may mingle for a minute or two with the parents for them to get to know you better. your children will be assigned to a Household. • CFC YFL stands for CFC Youth for Family and Life. Who is Jesus Christ to me. faith. Thank also the parents for trusting you with their children during the duration of the Camp II. • They were thought basics of prayer and worship. Give jokes as an icebreaker. Repentance.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . dancing and playing musical instruments. The YFL Service Team member should also share his or her personal youth camp experience and how God change him or her for the better through the CFC YFL Community. This talk is given simultaneously with the participants talk 5: Growing in the Spirit 45 I. Welcome all the Parents 1. • They met new friends both participants and service team. 2. • They had just finished listening to 5 Sessions namely: God’s Love and His plans for us. Welcoming Remarks Introduce yourself as the Youth Camp Couple Coordinator and all the CFC support team and other couple coordinators in the camp. Attend Their Assemblies All YFL members attends a monthly chapter assembly that give teachings to your children in living out their renewed conviction and love for God www. Receiving the power of the Holy Spirit and Growing in the Holy Spirit.cfcyfl. These Households regularly meet. Honor the parents for allowing their children to attend the youth camp and for giving their time in this very important last day of the youth camp. As we continue to help your children nurture their new found relationship with God. it is the youth ministry of Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL) for ALL young people from 13-21 years old. we would like to ask for your support in achieving this by allowing your children to: a. Make the atmosphere light and joyful. It should highlight what the participants have been up to inside the camp. This is the entry point for a youth to be a member of CFC Youth for Family and life. forgiveness and healing. • Some of them have shared their talents such as singing. 2. This is a 20-30 min forum given to all of the parents before the parent and child pray over and dialogue. Explain what will happened after the youth camp The Youth Camp is not an end but just the beginning of our personal walk with the Lord. All YFL members belong to smaller and more intimate groups that we call “Households”. Again explain briefly what is YFL and what is a Youth Camp? Considering some of the parents might not have attended the parents orientation at the start of the youth camp. prayers and fun activities. Note: A YFL Service Team member could give a 3-5min sharing about the current Youth Camp Experience with the participants. • They had the sacrament of confession. At the end of this Youth Camp. b. Attend Their Households.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL PARENTS FORUM TALK OUTLINE: Note: This talk should be given by the Couple Coordinator of the area conducting the camp. 1. • The Youth Camp is a three days and two nights retreat where young people can hear and experience God through various talks.

4. They will also be lead back to the Church because our activities allow them to serve in their respective parishes. That they are still the prime mover in their children’s spiritual renewal and so we encourage them to be a source of encouragement to your children in this process of renewal. They will also be given opportunities to develop their talents and create a desire in them to use such gifts in serving the Lord. The youth team leader will be leading all the participants to pray over their parents. 5. to have their dialogue at any comfortable place inside or outside the session hall. e. www. They could start the conversation by reading each other’s love letters. Important reminders a. Attend Activities By allowing them to attend official CFC YFL Activities your children can sustain and develop the friendships that they established during the Youth Camp. (CLS) Note: Make sure that the local CFC FFL will have all the contact details of all the non-CFC FFL Members for evangelization purposes.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 .YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 46 c. Invite the parents who are non community members to join Couples for Christ Foundation for family and life. Support them in being an active member of CFC Youth for family and life. The parent and child will be given 30min. Everyone is expected to go back at the session hall for the next activity. It is important for all the parents to understand that the renewal process of their children doesn’t end in the youth camp but a life-long process. Explain the process of parent and child pray over and dialogue a. After our forum the team leader will give the go signal for all the parents to their child. c. the positive experience of the Youth Camp will remain a special memory that your children may look back to and draw strength from throughout their lives.cfcyfl. b. Announce the important details regarding the upcoming local Christian Life Seminar. b. 3. d. The couple coordinator will be leading all the parents to pray over their child. c. Hopefully.

Please let us know if there are any financial constraints. 6 pm to 7 pm to be held at the San Antonio de Padua Parish Hall. Also. Your children are enjoined to bring clothing provisions good for two nights and two days. we would like to share with you more features of the YFL program through a Parent’s Orientation scheduled on Saturday. Valencia. so we can make arrangements for your child ahead of time. Alpadi Estate. 2008 Dear Mr.m. the youth ministry of Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC FFL). In this regard. through a program consisting of talks and sharings as well as fun-filled activities which utilize their talents and skills.cfcyfl. 2008 to be held at Alpadi Renewal Center. It is an experience.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE SAMPLE YOUTH CAMP INVITATION LETTER FOR PARENTS September 25. your children may bring additional snacks. Registration for the Youth Camp will be from 5:00 p. October 8. and Mrs.m. Bert and Linda Ramos Couple Coordinators San Antonio de Padua Parish CFC Youth for Family and Life Noted By: Jess Faustino San Antonio de Padua Parish Chapter Head Couples For Christ Foundation for Family and Life www. especially after the Youth Camp. The Youth Camp serves as the entry point to CFC Youth for Family and Life (YFL). if so desired. The camp fee of Php 650. 2008. Thank you and God bless! Yours in the service of Christ.00 will cover complete board and lodging and Youth Camp materials.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . Rizal. We are looking forward to seeing you and your child at the Youth Camp. which will afford your child the opportunity to know Jesus Christ in a personal way and build lasting Christian friendships with other young adults. The success of this program largely depends on your involvement. Christ's Peace be with you! 47 Your child has been invited to a Youth Camp scheduled on October 14 to 16. to 6:00 p. of the first day. Antipolo. Kindly accomplish the attached reply form and information sheet so that we include your child in the list of participants.

FOR PARENTS ORIENTATION (Please check one) … … … … Mother and Father will attend Father only will attend Mother only will attend Guardian will attend __________________________________ FATHER'S SIGNATURE (over printed name) __________________________________ MOTHER'S SIGNATURE (over printed name) ________________________________ GUARDIAN’S SIGNATURE (Sign over printed name. # : ________________________________________ www.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . State relationship to participant) Address: __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ Tel.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL SAMPLE YOUTH CAMP REPLY SHEET A. FOR CHILD PARTICIPATION IN THE YOUTH CAMP (Please check one) I/We grant permission for our child(ren) to attend Name of child(ren) ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ Age __________ __________ __________ 48 I/We regret that our young adults cannot attend for the following reasons: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ B.cfcyfl.

October 16.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . Greetings of Joy! 49 On October 14 to 16. 2008 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and officiate the Holy Eucharist for us on the 3rd day of the Youth Camp. and in particular. which will afford young adults the opportunity to know Jesus Christ in a personal way and build lasting Christian friendships with other young adults through a program. October 15. Bert and Linda Ramos Couple Coordinators San Antonio de Padua Parish CFC Youth for Family and Life Noted By: Jess Faustino Chapter Head San Antonio de Padua Parish Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life www.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE SAMPLE YOUTH CAMP INVITATION LETTER FOR PRIESTS September 25. Alpadi Estate. It would be a great honour if you could join us and be part of this special occasion. Rizal. 2008 at 11:00 am. It is an experience. Santos Parish Priest San Antonio de Padua Parish Dear Father Art. Thank you and God bless! Yours in the service of Christ. 2008 (please see the attached program schedule). consisting of talks and sharings as well as fun-filled activities which utilize their talents and skills. the youth ministry of Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC FFL). from April 14-16. Antipolo. the San Antonio de Padua Parish chapter of CFC Youth for Family and Life (YFL) will hold a Youth Camp at Alpadi Renewal Center. 2008 The Reverend Father Arturo E.cfcyfl. administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation to the participants on the 2nd day of the Youth Camp. The Youth Camp serves as the entry point to YFL. 2008. We are looking forward to seeing you at the Youth Camp.

10:30 10:30 .8:30 8:30 .10:30 10:30 .cfcyfl.10:00 : 10:00 .YOUTH CAMP MANUAL GENERAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES DAY 1 PM 5:00 .org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 .8:15 8:15 .7:00 7:00 .10:35 10:35 .10:15 : 10:15 .9:30 9:30 .8:35 8:35 . FAITH.12:00 12:00 .10:00 10:00 .6:30 6:30 .12:00 12:00 www.1:00 : : : : : : : : : : : Wake up call Breakfast Common prayer time (include reflection) Gathering participants / Opening song and prayer Session 2: WHO IS JESUS CHRIST TO ME? Discussion groups Break Gathering of participants/ Opening song and short prayer Session 3: REPENTANCE.6:30 6:30 .8:00 8:00 .7:30 7:30 .5:30 : 5:30 . FORGIVENESS AND HEALING Activity and Confession Lunch One to ones / Letter writing to parents / Rest Service team meeting with worship Dinner Gathering of participants / Opening prayer Session 4: RECEIVING GOD'S GIFT: THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Commitment to Christ ceremony Pray-over session Group worship Closing exhortation Preparation for Entertainment night : Entertainment night : Informal fellowship PM 1:00 .8:00 8:00 .10:45 10:45 .9:00 : 9:00 .7:30 : 7:30 .11:00 11:00 : : : : : : : : : : : : : : Service team meeting Arrival / registration Gathering / Teaching of songs Orientation of participants (by team leader) Orientation of parents (by couple coordinators) Dinner Gathering of participants / Teaching of songs Opening prayer Energizer / Games Session 1: GOD’S LOVE AND HIS PLAN FOR US Discussion groups Announcements / Closing song (if desired) Informal fellowship Lights out 50 DAY 2 AM 6:00 .5:30 5:30 .11:25 11:25 .11:00 : 11:00 .10:30 : 10:30 .8:00 : 8:00 .10:00 10:00 .6:30 : 6:30 .8:45 : 8:45 .6:45 6:45 .8:45 8:45 .

10:10 10:10 .10:40 10:40 .8:00 8:00 .cfcyfl.11:00 11:00 .9:30 9:30 . Silence should be maintained. although they should respect those who want to sleep.9:00 9:00 .10:55 10:55 .12:00 12:00 .1:00 : : : : : : : : : : : Breakfast Common prayer time / Letter to parents writing activity Gathering / Teach of songs Worship Session 5: GROWING IN THE SPIRIT Dialogue with parents Sharing of participants Final song Preparation for Holy Mass Holy Mass Lunch (if available) www. DAY 3 AM 7:00 .YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 51 Note: The participants may stay up.9:15 9:15 .org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 .10:50 10:50 .

Father: ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Mother: ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Indicate illness that will require special attention : __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Persons to notify in case of emergency Name __________________________________________ __________________________________________ Relationship ________________________ ________________________ Phone __________________________ __________________________ www.) __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Membership in School and Parish Organizations: ORGANIZATION ________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ POSITION / Nature of Service ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ Special Skills (ex.i) Address: _________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________ Telephone#: ___________________ Birthday: _______________________ School / Grade or Year level / Course: ___________________________________________________________________ Other Seminars / Retreats Attended: (extracurricular. religious. etc.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE INFORMATION SHEET District / Cluster / Chapter: Youth Camp Date: 52 Name: _____________________________________________________ Nickname: ______________________________ (Surname) (Given name) (m. playing musical instruments. dancing. singing.cfcyfl.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . etc.): __________________________________ ________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Name of Father: _____________________________________________ Occupation: _____________________________ Name of Mother: _____________________________________________ Occupation: ____________________________ Organizations of parents: (If members of CFC FFL. please indicate Parish / District).

#_______________________ B.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE YOUTH CAMP CHECKLIST District / Cluster / Chapter: _______________________________________ Youth Camp Date: ______________________________________________ 53 A.#____________________________ Address: (Include map if needed): __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Camp Fee: ____________________________________________________ Number of Participants: __________________________________________ Food Provisions: _______________________________________________ Contact Person: ____________________ Tel. Paper … Manila Envelopes … Tape … Scissors … Stapler … ID’s for Participants … First Aid and medicine … Bell … Emergency Lights C.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . MATERIALS … Songbooks and Song sheets … Whiteboard w/ marker or Blackboard w/ chalk Registration materials … Information Sheets … Official Receipt and Cash Box … Pentel Pens. Ballpens. VENUE: _________________________________________________________ Tel.cfcyfl. SERVICE TEAM Team Leaders : __________________________________________________ Camp Servants: ___________________________________________________ Couple Coordinator(s): _____________________________________________ Speakers: Session 1: ______________________________________ Session 2: ______________________________________ Session 3: ______________________________________ Session 4: ______________________________________ Session 5: _____________________________________ Sharers: _____________________________________ _____________________________________ … Sound System … Microphone … CD/MP3 Player … Youth Camp Manual … Holy Bible … Crucifix … Candles … Camera … Youth Camp Completion Report … Prayer Journals and Devotionals … Guitar/s … Others: … ___________________________________ ___________________________________ www.

org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 .YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 54 Registration Table Brothers _________________________________________ ________________________________________ Facilitators: (ratio to participants is 1:5) Boys: ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ Music Ministry: # of Guitars: ___________ Singers: _________________________________________________________________ Age: ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Girls: ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________ Age: ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ Sisters _________________________________________ _________________________________________ Guitarist(s): ______________________________________________________ Keyboards: ______________________________________________________ Other Instruments: ________________________________________________ Confession: Priest(s):________________________________________________________ Who will pick up the Priest?: ________________________________________ Address:___________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone # :______________________ Holy Mass: Priest(s):_________________________________________________________ Who will pick up the Priest?: _________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________ _______________ Phone #: ___________ ______________________________ Commentator: _______________________________________ Offerers: _____________________________________________ 1st Reading: __________________________________________ 2nd Reading: __________________________________________ Collection Basket (2): _______________________________ www.cfcyfl.

cfcyfl. OTHERS Nearest Doctor: __________________________________________ Phone #: ________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________ Nurse in Camp: __________________________________________ Phone #: ________________________________________________ Program / Entertainment Night: Emcee(s):_____________________________________ Bonfire set-up: Person in Charge: ____________________________________________ … firewood … food … matches E.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 .YOUTH CAMP MANUAL 55 D.# _____________________________________________________________________________________ Itinerary Day 1: Day 2: Day 3: Day 4: Day 5: Day 6: Day 7: Day 8: Day 9: __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ www. FOR MISSION TRIPS ONLY Departure: ___________________________________________________________ Cost: _________________________ Destination: ______________________________________________________________ Time: _____________________ Departure date: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Terminal: __________________________________________________________________________________________ Meeting place and time: ______________________________________________________________________________ Arrival to destination Date: _____________________________________________________________________ Time: ___________________ Terminal: __________________________________________________________________________________________ Receiving / welcoming committee: Address & Tel.

org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 .cfcyfl.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE SAMPLE YOUTH CAMP COMPLETION REPORT District / Cluster / Chapter: __________________________________________ Youth Camp Dat e: ________________________________________________ Youth Camp Registration Fee: _______________________________________ Youth Camp Team Leader: _________________________________________ Youth Camp Assistant Team Leader: _________________________________ Youth Camp Venue: _______________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________ Telephone Number: _______________________________________________ Contact Person: ___________________________________________________ Total Number of Participants: ________________________________________ Total Number of Brothers: __________________________________________ Total Number of Sisters: ____________________________________________ Total Number of Service Team: ______________________________________ Total Number of Brothers: __________________________________________ Total Number of Sisters: ___________________________________________ 56 Accomplished by: _____________________________________________ CFC YFL Couple Coordinator San Antonio de Padua Parish Chapter www.

Throw your waste properly. Girls are not allowed in the Boys Accommodations area. • Boys are not allowed in the Girls Accommodations area. • Cell Phones are not allowed in the Session area. • No one is allowed to stay up after ‘Lights out’.org CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE | 2010 . No Drinking.YOUTH CAMP MANUAL CFC YOUTH FOR FAMILY AND LIFE SAMPLE YOUTH CAMP HOUSE RULES 57 • No one is allowed to go out the Youth Camp venue premises without the consent of the couple coordinators. • No Smoking. • Wake up call is at 6:00 am • Smile Always! www.cfcyfl. • Keep our venue clean.