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youth camp manual
2012 Revised Edition

May, 2012
Manila, Philippines

Foreword

YOUTH CAMP MANUAL
2012 Revised Edition

Couples for Christ (CFC) is an evangelistic community that thrives
on its mission of reaching out to people, bringing them back to Christ.
For the past eighteen (18) years, Youth for Christ (YFC), one of the
family ministries of CFC, has taken on the same goal by passionately
seeking God’s message of love to be brought to the young generation.
The desire for personal transformation, a renewed relationship with
Christ, and a stronger conviction to proclaim His love has paved way
for YFC to press on with the mission - continuous evangelization. The
Youth Camp, the entry point to YFC plays an important role in the work
of evangelization.
It is a vital starting point of every youth’s journey towards a
renewed and stronger relationship with Christ. It is through the camp
that the members are re-introduced to the concept of God’s love and
His plan as something that is personal and real. The concept of being
in a community (CFC-YFC), true friendship, right freedom, good clean
fun, and an individual decision to know and embrace Catholic faith are
all brought to the youth’s awareness during the camp.
In this light, the ministry seeks to ensure the effectivity and
efficiency of each camp by creating a manual that will guide areas
for preparations and actual executions. Clarifications and questions
are all laid out in this manual, as well as intsructions for proper
implementations. The 2011 edition of the Youth Camp Manual is a
revised version of the previous copy. Having added handbooks and
training guides, each segment is properly defined through simplified
instructions.
With this revised Youth Camp Manual, every area is now geared up
to conduct the activity, successfully reaching the vision of YFC, “Young
people being and bringing Christ wherever they are.”

Table of Contents
YOUTH CAMP MANUAL

2012 Revised Edition

Foreword 5
I. Organizing a Youth Camp

The CFC YFC Youth Camp
11

The Challenges 12

The Youth Camp Objectives 13

Important Conditions 14

Practical Considerations 15
II. The Team Leader’s Guide

Youth Camp General Schedule of Activities
18

Goals of the Youth Camp
21

Achieving the Goals of the Youth Camp through

the YFC 4Fs 21

Attitudes of the Youth Camp Team Leader
22
Roles and Responsibilities of the Team Leader and the

Assistant Team Leader 24
Roles and Responsibilities of the Couple Coordinators
26
Practical Matters in the Youth Camp Preparations
27
Team Meetings
31
Other Practical Tips
32
Speaker’s and Sharer’s Profile
34
III. The Youth Camp Talks

The Gospel Message 36
Sharing the Message in the Youth Camp
36
The Gospel and Youth Camp Talks
37
Final Tips
38

Session 1: God’s Love and His Plan for Us
Session Dynamics 40
Expanded Outline 42

Session 2: Who is Jesus Christ to Me?
Session Dynamics 46

Expanded Outline 48

Session 3: Repentance, Faith, Healing, and Forgiveness
Session Dynamics 52
Expanded Outline 56

Session 4: Receiving God’s Gift: The Power of the
Holy Spirit
Session Dynamics 60
Expanded Outline 62
Pray Over Session/ Baptism
67
Commitment to Christ 70

Session 5: Growing in the Spirit
Session Dynamics 73
Expanded Outline 76
Parents Dialogue/ Pray Over
80
Dedication Ceremony 82
IV. Youth Camp Manual Annexes
Sample Camp Invitation Letter
86

Reply Sheet 87

Information Sheet 88

Youth Camp Checklist 89

Parents’ Orientation 92

Tongues Workshop 94

Parents’ Area Briefing
96

Pre Youth Camp Report 98

Youth Camp Completion Report
99

two-night live-in camp usually conducted during the summer or semestral break to officially bring teenagers and/or youth into an experience with Christ through YFC. but it is the beginning of what will. the youth program of Couples for Christ (CFC). it is the place where they will be stimulated and encouraged to develop their gifts and potentials for leadership. and entertain one another in a wholesome environment. To fully appreciate the value of the Youth Camp and to make the most out of it. is the the entry point to the Youth for Christ (YFC). responsible and fruitful men and women of God. sports and games coordinators. It is an opportunity for them to share their ideas and experiences. Moreover. It is a two-day. It is also a venue for the youth to form and build friendships with one another through sports and games. etc. This will give them opportunities to serve as speakers. hopefully.1 chapter [ or ganiz ing a y out h c amp 11 Chapter 1 ORGANIZING A YOUTH CAMP The CFC YFC Youth Camp Youth Camp. The Youth Camp is a place where they will hear the Word of God proclaimed by other youth like them in an environment of fun and excitement where they do not experience any form of pressure from adults. where Christian values are talked about and are actively practiced. it must be seen not just as a three-day experience where the teenagers can have fun (although this is also important). The Youth Camp is not an end in itself or an annual diversion for teenagers that will give them something to do during the summer or semestral break. This will also provide them opportunities to grow in other services that are essential to their life as well. be a lifetime commitment and journey with God. as they are exposed to other youth who are actively involved in service. so that the youth can be joyful. but in the light of the overall objectives of the Youth Camp. . facilitators.

d. Teenagers act naturally and openly in the company of friends but take a while to warm up to new faces. For these reasons. to the YFC Community. They can also be supported in the renewed relationships that they have with their parents and their family members. it is important for the team to be aware of the challenges which they might encounter throughout the preparations. Make the Youth Camp the start of a life-long process of conversion and transformation in the life of the particpants. Because of this. Many teenagers will come to the camp due to the encouragement and/or pressure from their parents. ever growing faith and renewal in Christ. Many teenagers will find difficulty in committing to the Lord right away. the challenge to all the service team is to make the participants enjoy every moment of the activity and let them feel comfortable and welcomed. and to the whole new way of life that is being offered to them. By joining YFC. f. The team must also come up with activities that are appealling and challenging to the youth who are full of energy and spirit. Some of them may even have serious addictions to drugs and alcohol. to their established set of friends and to the regular activities that they are accustomed to. As to their spiritual commitment. c. It is foretaste of a life with Christ. To create a desire. b. God will do the rest. by introducing special kind of love and appreciation towards them. e. As long as we gave our best to make them experience God’s love all throughout the camp. the presence of the Couple Coordinators in the Camp will play a very important role. The Camp is not the end but the beginning of their life-long journey with God. 2. 2. This poses a real challenge to the team. Through the camp. Long . Others will come with a rebellious spirit. By joining YFC. we must remember that the youth camp serves as our way of planting the seed of God’s love to the participants. the participants are placed in a support environment where they can experience Christian life transformation and growth. The participants will be meeting a lot of people for the first time. Some of the youth are difficult to handle. exciting and life-giving experience to the participants. c. as well as a real opportunity to develop the gifts and talents of the partcipants in serving the Lord and in future Youth Camp. 13 The Youth Camp Objectives To plan effectively. It will be hard for them to give up a lot of their attachments. Having a Service Team will help them to be at ease and feel welcomed. Help the participants experience a life giving friendship. e. it is important for the team to understand both the short-term and the long-term objectives of the Youth Camp. Make the Youth Camp a fun. 3. Short .Term Objectives a. Help the participants experience healing and reconciliation with the immediate members of their family (especially their parents). Let us not be frustrated if we don’t get the expected outcome and commitment we expect from them. Their pastoral and spiritual role is significant in ensuring a smooth and successful camp. d. nourishing. they will hopefully go through a positive . This seed will grow in its perfect time according to the will of God.12 cfc youth for christ year 1 you th camp m a n u a l 1 chapter [ or ganiz ing a y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) The Challenges For the Youth Camp to be successful. they can sustain and develop the friendships that were established during the camp. Give the partcipants the opportunity to make new friends in a healthy. It is a general rule that there should always be a Couple Coordinator (both husband and wife) assigned all throughout the duration of the youth camp. while others may be harboring serious resentments towards their parents and other people. b. creative and joyful environment. 1.Term Objectives a. 1. Expose the participants to other youth who find joy and fulfillment in serving the Lord and in serving one another.

The YFC Youth Camp is the entry point to the CFC Youth for Christ Ministry. A Parents’ Orientation should be conducted before the Youth Camp. Music Ministry. to help defray the cost for those willing to attend the camp but lacking financial means. The ideal site of a Youth Camp is a retreat area or a campsite where the youth can stay without disturbances or distractions. the Youth Camp Team Leader and his Assistant. activities. it is important to make the following conditions in planning and conducting YFC Youth Camps. The couple coordinators oversee the activities and provide pastoral support. Work out the dates and details. the team members serving in the Youth Camp are not expected to pay for their food and accommodations.g. 4. Survey the area and come up with a list of prospective participants. writing letters to their children). beach. b. b. or pool) or mountain climbing. 1. where the team will explain the objectives. rules.this include the Youth Camp Team Leader and his Assistant. the area head will make the initiative in organizing the Youth Camp. schedule. lake. Practical Considerations 1. a. a. the Camp Servants and the Facilitators should stay in with the participants. 6. c. the initiative to organize the Youth Camp starts with the Area’s YFC Couple Coordinator. (In starting areas. to lead the activities. Important Conditions Given the above objectives. Children of non-CFC members are also invited to join the Youth Camp. If the camp is in a site where there is an opportunity for the youth to go swimming (e.) They can organize just for their area if the number of their prospective participants is enough. It is not conducted unless there is a real intent to establish YFC and sustain its membership in an area. Speakers. This should be discussed and agreed upon by the Coordinators and members of the service team during the planning and preparation stages of the camp. as well as concerns in which the parents can extend their support. voluntary registration may be applied. 2. However. both short and long-term. . However.g. 15 a special written consent from the parents should be presented before the team allows the youth to engage in these activities. if they have the means and they would like to help. It is recommended that all Youth Camps are conducted at the chapter level for easier monitoring and sustainability of our members. c. The usual rule in CFC applies that no one should be deprived of experiencing the Lord in any official activity because of financial constraints. Parents are to give written consent and should support the activities of the camp (e. such as venue of the Youth Camp. and Servants. it is an important consideration for the service team to start evangelizing the children of CFC. 2. Normally. 5.14 cfc youth for christ year 1 you th camp m a n u a l 1 chapter [ or ganiz ing a y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) experience that will etched a special memory where they may always look back and draw strength from throughout their life’s journey with Christ. This activity is open to all Catholic youth ages 12-21 years old. Form the team of YFC members who will serve in the team . and for the food to be catered by CFC members if this will significantly reduce the cost of the Youth Camp. 3. d. 3. direction and protection over the team. provisions within the camp. Ideally. It is possible to raise funds within the chapter or area. Start by getting the approval of the CFC leader in the area. Couple coordinators. the couple coordinators allow the team leader and Assistant. In the Camp. It is possible to use school facilities during semestral and summer breaks. Facilitators. as well as the members of the service team. This will prevent the possibility of making the youth camp an end in itself but rather a start to establish the ministry and help the youth in their journey with the Lord. The venue should be strategic and conducive enough for the team to achieve all the goals and objectives of the camp.

the couple coordinators and all other members of the team for the duration of the camp. Other members of the team may stay in if they offer to pay for their accommodations or if there are enough funds to pay for them. They are expected to be in all the sessions and activities throughout the youth camp. 7. Couple coordinators should inform the parents and check if they can attend or not. are expected to send letters to their child/children and to come during the Parent-Youth Dialogue and Dedication ceremony on the last day of the camp. effective and a safe one. Service team can also come up with a set of house rules to ensure that the youth camp will be an efficient. one or both. Chapter 2 THE TEAM LEADERS’ GUIDE . A no-smoking and no-drinking rule will be observed by the participants. the team may ask support from other YFC members provided that certain rules will be set for the safety of the YFC members going home after the session.16 cfc youth for christ year 1 you th camp m a n u a l (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 4. 8. 6. 5. Couple coordinator ensures that before. they will continue to develop a special relationship with the parents of the youth. Note: The CFC Member/Couple Coordinators can help as prayer warriors and in leading the rosary and prayer vigils during the pray-over sessions. During the Pray-over Session. to ensure the continued support from them all throughout their journey with Christ. Parents. during and after camp.

Speaker. Song Sheets Venue and Sound System Speaker 9:00 –10:00 Pray over session/ Worship Orientation Team Leader and Facilitators 10:00 – 10:15 Group Worship Team Leader and Music Ministry 10:15 – 10:30 Closing Exhortation Team Leader 10:30 – 11:00 Preparation for program Camp Servant and Facilitators 11:00 – 12:00AM Program Team Leader and Music Ministry Pray Over Area. Guitar.WHO IS JESUS CHRIST TO ME? Team Leader. Song Sheets Team Leader.RECEIVING GOD’S GIFT: THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Commitment to Christ Ceremony 19 Team Leader Team Leader and Speaker Venue. Guitar. and Guitar Venue. Prayer Warrior Area. Sound System. Speaker and Sharers Venue and Sound System Dining Area and Food Camp Servant 12:30 – 1:00 Gathering and teaching of songs (One slow and one fast)/ Orientation of Facilitators for one to ones session Team Leader and Music Ministry 1:00 – 2:00 Exhortation for the letter writing and Letter writing Team Leader 2:00 – 5:00 Confession (a must)/ One to Ones Session Team Leader.AND FORGIVENESS Gathering of Participants/Opening Prayers TALK 4.6:45 Gather/ Teaching of songs Team Leader and Music Ministry Sound System. Sound System. Guitar. Song Sheets . Song Sheets Confession Area and one on one Area Venue and Guitar Dining Area and Food Venue. and Song Sheets Venue. Guitar. Sound System. Sound System.GOD’S LOVE AND HIS PLAN FOR US Team Leader. Speaker. chairs 8:50 – 9:30 TALK 2 . Guitar.18 cfc youth for christ year 1 you th camp m a n u a l 2 chapter [ t he t eam leader s ’ guide (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) Youth Camp General Schedule of Activities DAY 1 SCHEDULE Time Activity Person-in-charge 5:00 – 5:30PM Service team meeting 5:30 – 6:30 Arrival/ Registration 6:30 . and Song Sheets Orientation of participants Team leader Venue Orientation to parents Couple Coordinator 7:00 – 8:00 Dinner Camp Servant 8:00 – 8:30 Gathering of participants/ Teaching of songs Team Leader and Music Ministry Venue Food. and Facilitators 5:00 – 6:30 Rest/ Fresh-up/ Tongues Workshop Camp Servant and Team Leader 6:30 – 7:30 Dinner Camp Servant 7:30 – 8:00 8:00 – 8:45 DAY 2 SCHEDULE Wake up call Team Leader and Music Ministry LUNCH 8:45 – 9:00 6:00 – 7:00AM Food 11:30 – 12:30PM Sound System Sound System and Games Materials Venue. and sharers. Dining Area Venue. HEALING. Guitar. and Sharers Venue and Sound System 9:30 – 10:00 Discussion Groups Team Leader and Facilitators Venue 10:00 – 10:30 Break 10:30 – 10:45 10:45 – 11:30 8:35 – 8:45 Energizer/ Games Team Leader 8:45 – 9:25 TALK 1. FAITH. and Song Sheets Opening Prayer Team Leader 6:45 – 7:00 8:30 – 8:35 Team Leader Logistical Needs Venue Table. 9:25 – 9:55 Group Discussion Team Leader and Facilitators Venue and chairs 9:55 – 10:00 Announcements/ Closing song (if desired) Team Leader Venue and Sound System 10:00 – 11:00 Informal Fellowship Team Leader Sound System 11:00 Lights out Camp Servant Sleeping Areas Camp Servant 7:00 – 7:30 Breakfast Camp Servant 7:30 – 8:00 Teaching of Songs (One Slow and one Fast) Team Leader and Music Ministry 8:00 – 8:30 Common Prayer Time (include reflection) Team Leader and Music Ministry 8:30 – 8:50 Gathering participants Opening Song and Prayer Team Leader and Music Ministry Bell Dining Area and Food Venue. Sound System. Guitar. Priests.REPENTANCE. Sound System. and Diagram Gathering of participants/ Opening Song and Prayer TALK 3 . Sound System.

Guitar. Sound System. 4. Achieving the Goals of the Youth Camp through the 4F’s These goals should be achieved through the Four Fs Principle of the YFC program as implemented in the camp activities: 1. Sound System. Encourage the participants to invite Jesus into their lives. Guitar. 2. Team Leader and Music Ministry 11:30 – 12:30PM MASS Priest and Music Ministry 8:45 – 10:00 12:30 Lunch (if available) Team Leader Dining Area and Food Venue.cfc youth for christ 20 year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 2 chapter [ t he t eam leader s ’ guide (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) InformalFellowship 12:00 (Participants may stay up. Sound System.) Camp Servant and Facilitators DAY 3 SCHEDULE 7:00 – 8:00AM Breakfast Camp Servant 8:00 – 8:15 Gather/ Teaching of Songs Team Leader and Music Ministry 8:15 – 8:45 Worship / Common Prayer Time Team Leader TALK 5. Song Sheets and Mass Kit (Note to the Service Team: The schedules written in this manual should serve as a guide for the Youth Camp Service Team to follow. and Song Sheets Large area with sets of 3 chairs Venue. Sound System. Sound System. Introduce Jesus to the participants. Song Sheets Venue. Sound System. Sound System. Fun .GROWING IN THE SPIRIT / LIFE AND MISSION OF YFC Team Leader. Guitar.GROWING IN THE SPIRIT / LIFE AND MISSION OF YFC Team Leader and Speaker Parent’s Forum led by Couple Coordinator Couple Coordinator 10:00 – 10:30 Dialogue with Parents Team Leader 10:30 – 10:45 Pray over session Couple Coordinator and Team Leader 10:45 – 11:15 Dedication Ceremony Sharing of Participants / Praisefest Team Leader and Music Ministry 11:15 – 11:30 Preparation for Mass Couple Coordinator. If circumstances call for a different schedule. and Song Sheets Venue. Therefore. Introduce the Covenant of YFC to the participants. Invite the participants into the support environment of YFC. Guitar. and Song Sheets Dining Area and Food 3. and Song Sheets Large area with sets of 3 chairs Venue. Team Leader and Music Ministry 3:30 – 4:30 MASS Priest and Music Ministry 4:30 – 5:00 Pack-up Camp Servant 5:00 HOME SWEET HOME Team Leader and Music Ministry Team Leader and Music Ministry 21 Venue. although they should respect those who are asleep. Guitar. Guitar.) Goals of the Youth Camp The Youth camp should: 1. the team should adjust to follow the leading of the Spirit as long as the objectives of the camp are not compromised. Speaker. silence should be maintained. Song Sheets Dining Area and Food 1:00 – 1:15 Gathering of participants / Teaching of songs 1:15 – 1:30 Worship 1:30 – 2:00 TALK 5. Guitar. DAY 3 ALTERNATIVE SCHEDULE 7:00 – 8:00AM Wake up call Camp Servant 8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast Camp Servant 9:00 – 10:00 Common Prayer time Team Leader 10:00 – 12:00PM Games Team Leader 12:00 –1:00 Lunch Camp Servant Bell Dining Area and Food Venue. and Sharer 2:00 – 2:30 Dialogue with Parents Team Leader 2:30 – 2:45 Pray over Session Couple Coordinator and Team Leader 2:45 – 3:15 Dedication Ceremony Sharing of Participants / Praisefest Team Leader and Music Ministry 3:15 – 3:30 Preparation for Mass Couple Coordinator.

This is why it is important that our youth camps give ways for them to establish such kind of relationship. Attitudes of the Youth Camp Team Leader beginning of a process of growth for the life of the participants. c. 3. he clarifies and makes sure that his co-team leader. The Team Leader should strive to be a person of vision. It is important for them to see the beauty of their lives through enjoying each moment. • He prepares spiritually before the camp (confession. We create opportunities for them to be themselves and learn how God wants them to use their freedom responsibly. He has a feel for the people. He finds ways to make the participants relate to the talks and sharings. He sees that the Youth Camp is not an end itself but the 23 b. a. That is why it is important that our youth camps are fun and enjoyable for everyone. He makes sure that others see what he sees. especially with the suggestions and feedbacks from the service team and their couple coordinators. 2. He must at least understand and uphold the 7 Identities of YFC by heart. we give venues for them to express and to experience. we want them to see that this can be experienced when they live a life for Christ. • He reviews all the talk outlines and has to be ready to give them in case the speaker fails to show up during the camp proper. In YFC. As the one who will be speaking in front of the participants most of the time. These are done through jokes. the youth have an eager need to express and be understood by the people around them. The Team Leader should strive to have a heart for God and His people. Freedom At this time of their life. etc.) and begins to make arrangements for this with the Couple Coordinator. and fasting).22 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 2 chapter [ t he t eam leader s ’ guide (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) A major part of a young person’s life is experiencing fun. . moving them to become better persons. He listens to the Lord. In YFC. and the opportunity to strengthen their faith. a. In YFC. prayer. 1. encouraging them to see the significance of their faith as they journey with God in their daily lives. the Couple Coordinators/School Coordinator and the team have the same understanding that he has about circumstances in the camp. we allow them to experience true and lasting friendships with each other in God. He is always on the lookout for potential leaders and points them out to the Couple Coordinators of the area. (The team leader therefore should always be ready with training manuals. It is a major part of their growth.) d. anecdotes and examples from current movie and music trends and illustrate these in terms familiar to the participants. Faith allows them to continue their relationship with God even if the world gives them reason to do otherwise. Faith We teach the youth to anchor on their faith. choices and preferences in life. a. He is open to the leading of the Spirit all throughout the camp. he makes arrangements for YFC to be set up. We introduce them to people that can influence them in a positive way. Their peers hold great influence in their decisions. • He constantly intercedes and consults the Lord throughout the camp. b. 2. In YFC. Note: For new areas with no local YFC Chapter. we teach them the freedom in God’s light. 4. b. The Team Leader should strive for clarity. Friendship One of the aspects which the youth can build their lives on is their relationship with their peers. He knows that follow up activities must be implemented after the camp (Covenant Orientation. c. They want to have an opportunity to express who they are and be themselves without judgement. 3. The team leader lives out all these values through his own witnessing and example. especially when going on mission.

pray. Both leaders can give inputs regarding practical and pastoral matters to the couple coordinators. • He honors the work of the team and the coordinators and constantly affirms and exhorts them to seek God in the camp. and emphasizes points for clarity. Corrects the team if needed or gives positive and negative feedback to the service team at the end of each day. tongues workshop) • Monitors and checks everyone during one to ones and baptism • Regularly supports and instructs the camp servants c. • While the talk is in progress. • Mingles and relates with the participants. The team leader and the assistant team leader together with their couple coordinators work in consultation with each other for unity. c. and one assistant team leader. a. This will . 3. Note: The service team should be the model/ example of following the schedule. and introduces the speakers. The other camp servant should be at the back. • He is concerned with all the needs of the service team as well as that of the participants. • Start and end the sessions on time. and provide focus for the team. Roles and Responsibilites of the Team Leader and the Assistant Team Leader 1. The Team leader leads the sessions. or coordinate with him on practical and pastoral matters.24 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l • Mingles and relates with the team.over session. the brother always leads) b. • Let the speaker know when the time is up. • Wraps up. 2. The Assistant Leader is there to respond to the needs of the sisters and to provide inputs in planning and conducting the camp. • Runs through the regular activities with the team beforehand (e. ready to bring inputs from the couple coordinator. • He handles everything with patience and love at all times. He loves the people he serves. Each Youth Camp has only one team leader. one to ones. Facilitates the youth team/service meetings • Listens to the team’s input • Gives instructions to the team and receives instructions from the Couple Coordinators • Leads worship (in cases where the group is mixed. • Leads the Dedication Ceremony after the Pray-over of Parents and Child/children. Make sure that the camp schedule is followed. he should sit in front to listen to the talk. b. 25 c. The team leader and the assistant team leader should be prepared to give any of the five talks. summarizes. • 2 chapter [ t he t eam leader s ’ guide (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) The sister always stays in front so she can remind the brother team leader of things that should have been said. • Leads prayers and worships. d. Have one camp servant sit near the team leader for more effective coordination. This will remind participants where they should be at all times. Note: There will be two camp servants: one for the brothers and the other for the sisters. a sister. The team leader leads the team while the assistant team leader documents and takes note of important things in the meeting and makes sure that all the details in the camp are well executed and done. He is the person who understands all the sessions and knows all the participants well. a. Make sure that the team knows what to do and performs their roles and responsibilities well. • Post the camp schedule. e. a brother.g.

2. 6. They must be an example in speech and in conduct to the youth. brother to brother. a. friendship. The couple coordinators should remind the parents of the participants to attend the Parent’s Forum and Dedication Ceremony as well as write letters to their children for the activity on the last day of the camp. The team leader and assistant team give advice to the members of the team. d.e. Submit a Pre-Youth Camp Report to the CFC Chapter and Area Coordinators. 7. 3. Make sure that the four Fs (fun. correction is done one to one. They assist the speakers. Roles and Responsibilities of the Couple Coordinators b. 6. attracting the youth’s interest. Help the speaker in preparing for the talk (i. Make sure they get to the camp on time and that they come prepared. Make a demographic orientation of the participants to help the speakers relate and connect to them easily and appropriately. The activity can be a venue for the potential participants to establish friendships with YFC members. freedom & faith) are used. c. exercised and practiced properly. They must have a close coordination with the team leader and assistant team before. Conduct a come-on activity for potential youth camp participants. Set a youth camp training at least 1 month before the camp. Conduct initial meetings between youth heads and couple coordinators and/or school administrators. during. The couple coordinators should course their corrections toward the youth through the leaders.26 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 2 chapter [ t he t eam leader s ’ guide (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 27 put order and focus on the goals that the camp should have for the next day. 2. Make suggestions for camp assignments and service team. They should act as parents in the camp. They listen to the speaker well so they can recap or further strengthen/explain important points of the talks. Make sure that the 7 Identities of YFC is in the heart of every member of the service team and in ever activity in the youth camp. d. e. c. b. The activity should be in a form of a fellowship. 5. 4. They should coordinate the schedule of the Youth Camp with the CFC Chapter. Let the speaker know if time is up for the talk. • Exhorts • Takes every opportunity to commend them e. a. The team leader and assistant team leader encourages and empowers the team. and after the camp. This allows them to be more comfortable and at home with YFC.Camp 1. They make sure that the participants attend the Holy Eucharist and Confession. 8. Practical Matters in the Youth Camp Preparations I. Pre . • Corrects the participants in a brotherly or sisterly way through the facilitators/or the couple coordinators if needed. Continuously intercede in prayers for the whole duration of the youth camp. allowing them to consider more to join the youth camp. Set expectations for the camp. 3. d. Conducts the Parents’ Orientation. • Corrects both the group as a whole or approaches individuals in the team for more personal matters. 1. 4. Pointing out the “practical tips in giving talks” found in Chapter 3 of this manual). Names and contact information gathered from the come-on activity can be grouped and assigned to a YFC member that . sister to sister. 5. Note: In situations that are highly personal.

Covenant Orientation schedule and 1st Household. there should be a welcome committee to usher them to their respective rooms. entertainment activities. Go through schedule of the camp.) All service team should go to the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation before the youth camp.) Other visitors or support group are only encouraged to come during the Entertainment Night and/or during the 4th talk. b. (It is more effective to have few equipped service team than a large crowd so that everyone has a chance to serve and not just to visit the camp. Limit the number of service team. The use of candles during the ceremony is only an enhancer. Decide on team assignments (facilitators. 7. 11. 2. 8. can shoulder the food and accommodation of service team members. 10. Camp Proper 1. noise level etc. Upon the arrival of the participants. A couple coordinator is required for the whole duration of the camp. 2. The receiving of the Holy Spirit can still push through even without it.g. coordinators. and can inspire the YFC and couple coordinators to serve more. curfews. . and eventually. vices. 6. 9.28 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 2 chapter [ t he t eam leader s ’ guide (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) will serve as their discussion group leader. wake-up). III. Let’s focus on the power of the Holy Spirit than dwelling on other unnecessary drama for this session. Plan follow-up activities to the camp (activities will be the 1st Chapter Assembly of the participants. All throughout the Camp. All potential facilitators should undergo the Household Leaders’ Training since they will be the future Household Heads of the new YFC. types of prayers -pray over session. It is highly recommended to have a creative presentation in every talk except during the 4th talk. It is required that there will be a Youth Camp Kit (copy of songs. can deliver the best quality of the camp. 10. sharers etc. Be sure to make the participants fill out the info sheets (2x2 pictures should be submitted together with the info sheets for documentation purposes).) Note: Make sure that you will be able to announce at least one follow up activity before the Youth Camp ends. sheets of paper. 7. The team leaders. IDs should be given before the session starts and should be collected after the day. It is suggested to have at least one game/energizer/ice breaker before the session. 6. All service team members should be at the campsite early to intercede and have an ocular inspection of the place. and ball pen). Give out assignments (you may ask for volunteers). 4. c. Service team members must share the same room with the participants to control things that should be addressed.). 11. 8. There should be separate rooms for boys and girls accommodations. The couple coordinator should set the time and place for these meetings. the meaning of songs should be well explained and taught. 29 II. speakers. 5. Important Reminders during the Fourth Talk 1. Exhort and encourage the team to prepare both physically and spiritually. Set the next team meetings to: a. 9. the priest conducting the Holy Eucharist and Confession should be scheduled a month before the Youth Camp. Ideally. Make sure that there is enough number of participants in the camp . then to the session hall for registration. 5. (Lights off. should they attend the camp. 4. Conduct worship and binding and casting upon arrival.enough number that the team can manage. their household head. 3. The reflection songs during the “baptism ceremony” are also enhancers to bring the participants into the solemnity of prayer and reflection. and camp facility administrators should clarify and agree on camp rules (e. bonfire.

6. there is no need for us to turn off the lights. Sharing • Instructions/ evaluation in every activity/ session in the youth . Make sure that the Post Youth Camp Report is accomplished by the couple coordinators. Make sure that the camp is well documented. Prayer is best done in a bright atmosphere. 1. This will be handed over to the new coordinators when the YFC moves to another chapter. service.) 31 7. (Refer to Talk 4 Expanded Talk Outline. There should be a full worship to end the session instead of a praisefest after the pray-over session. IV. This session is one of the most important parts of the youth camp. Set evaluation meeting with the team and couple coordinators. Post Camp 4. This is a reminder that the camp should be focused and centered on Christ. There must be a crucifix inside the session hall throughout the Camp. allowing each individual to contribute its strengths and ideas for the success of any activity. and after the camp to ensure that our goals in evangelization are achieved with the standards of Christ’s excellence. teaching of songs 2. Make sure there are activities scheduled immediately after the camp (e. 5. This should be done one month before the Youth Camp. Ice breaker 3. or program. chapter assemblies. Session Flow/ Session Patterns 1. There should be a batch picture for documentation attached to the collected information sheets. 8. The entire session is a time for deep prayer. Team meetings are conducted for: 5. and the Bible should be our Catholic symbols of faith but should not be used for inappropriate religious practices or displays. Every pray-over station is God’s dwelling place. Wrap up/ Summary 8. The information sheets will be compiled by the couple coordinators. Closing exhortation should be given after the worship. 10.) 6. Introduction. Prepare the facilitators to become household heads. There should also be a conscious and strong effort from the coordinators and team leaders to give an announcement of Household groupings after each camp to ensure that the new members will be sustained and cared for after the camp. etc. Prayer warriors should pray until the end of the pray-over session.g. The Holy Spirit cannot be contained in Rosary and Bible during pray-over. facilitators must not leave the place unattended. 9.30 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 2 chapter [ t he t eam leader s ’ guide (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 3. Team Meetings Good teamwork and proper coordination are essential. 3.) 7. during. (See Annex) 6. (Refer to Household Heads Training Program. 7.). The speaker for the 4th talk is a pastorally mature YFC brother. During pray-over session. Thus. Gathering. households. although exceptions can be made if it is an all girls camp. connect next talk from previous talks 2. Talk Proper • Planning for the Youth Camp. 4. The absence of it should not be a reason for the pray-over not to take place. Discussion Groups/ Activity V. conduct team meetings before. fellowships.) 11. One way of preparing for it is to remind the service team and participants to dress appropriately. Prayer or worship 4. (The Rosary. 8. The team leader should conduct leaders training especially for new areas where YFC is not that established. (Although no dress code or color code is required. 5. It is also important that we conduct the pray-over session in a conducive and well-lighted room.

and others e. Note to the Music Ministry: The Music ministry should always stay in front to establish rapport with the participants. a. 1. Check the letters for the parents. Final reminders for the Pray-over session 5. b. a. instructions) a. Reminders for the day’s activity d. Before final session c. a. Because songs are enjoyable. Purpose of Mingling • Consolidation of ideas and proper coordination of strengths of each member of the team. God’s message is received with the least resistance from the participants. Before the start of the second day’s activities. 4. evaluations. Can be used to emphasize a point in any of the talks/ sharing. Purpose of Songs a. Helps spot potential leaders among the participants and the service team. Youth Camp Training. Makes each activity vibrant. c. Teaches us to pray and makes prayer more enjoyable. After the Youth Camp a. Evaluation of the team Other Practical Tips f. Sharing of experiences from the team c. Suggested Team Meetings: c. Tongues Workshop) 2. Purpose of Humor a. It encourages the participants to participate and be active in the sessions. Allows the team leader to relate and build relationship with the participants/ team. Planning (includes HLT. Purpose of Seating Arrangement (the ideal arrangement is U-shape) 2. After the first talk of camp (impressions. d. equipments. parent’s holding area. b. b. 2 chapter [ t he t eam leader s ’ guide (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 33 1. Effective in gathering partcipants to start the sessions and assemblies. Builds friendship among participants. c. a. Facilitators to follow-up the presence of the parents for the last session 6. The one speaking in front becomes part of the group. This will also allow better coordination between the music ministry and the team leader. It is easier to speak to the audience because the distance from the speaker to the participants is cut. They should be sensitive during sessions specially in tuning up the guitar and other musical instruments. Energizes the sessions. 4. and the presence of the priest/s for confession. Removes the formality of a classroom setting. 3. Checks all the necessary materials. • Providing unity and encouragement as the team serves for the Youth Camp. Makes the sessions lively and more enjoyable. 3.32 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l camp. It will be easier for them to teach songs and encourage the participants to sing. Opportunity to commend the team/ each other b. b. Instructions for the Pray-over session (See Youth Camp Facilitator’s Guide) b. b. b. Before Talk 4 begins. Establishes good rapport/ interaction between the team . Reminders for the day’s activity.

Energizes the camp. Makes sessions enjoyable. II. 3. 3. 5 speaker should be a well-experienced leader (Chapter Heads up). Talk no. 2. Becomes an effective tool to highlight topics/ points in a session. Talk no. 2 speaker is a YFC leader who has established a personal relationship with Christ. Talk no. 4 speaker should be a brother except for an all girls camp. hero. 5 sharer should be someone who really used the tools for Christian growth towards holiness. 5. c. 2 sharer is someone whose relationship with Jesus transcends other than being God. Talk no. 3 sharer should be someone who has gone through the issues of being a youth and is now victorious with his conversion story from being good to better Christian. Someone who can give it in a lively and exciting way without losing the message of the talk. Preferably a Chapter Head or up.1 sharer is someone who has experienced the love of God 35 in small and extravagant things. Sharer’s Profile (all sharers must be a YFC member/ leader) 1. healer or miracle-worker. 2. 5. Makes activities very engaging. Someone who acknowledges that God loves him so much and is aware of God’s great plan in his life. who has grown well in his service and mission life as a YFC. someone whose spiritual maturity is firmly rooted and nourished through his active commitment to his upper household and other sources of teachings. Talk no.) . Talk no. Someone whose story can talk about repentance. faith. Purpose of Games a. sees Jesus as the father. Speaker’s Profile (all speakers must be a YFC member/ leader) 1. 4. 3 speaker is a YFC leader who has the integrity and conviction of a 100% Free Advocate. 4. Talk no. (1 brother and 1 sister.34 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 2 chapter [ t he t eam leader s ’ guide (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) leader/ speaker and the participants.1 speaker is a YFC leader who can relate well with the youth and can capture the attention of the participants. Talk no. Talk no. one of them should have recently graduated in a Youth Camp. healing and forgiveness. Someone who has felt what it means to have a personal relationship with Christ. c. b. Speaker’s and Sharer’s Profile I.

In this day and age when so many ideas abound and so many different philosophies are taught. However. is so great. if we come before Him and place our lives at His feet. the different points were divided into five (5) talks. is to share it. These truths sometimes even overlap between two or three talks. in our limitations. Sharing the Message in the Youth Camp The Gospel message. Other teachings may then be imparted later. What we can do. we will see God working through us and through the talks and the activities of the Youth Camp.36 cfc youth for christ year 1 you th camp m a n u a l 3 chapter [ t alk 1 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 37 The Gospel and the Youth Camp Talks Chapter 3 THE YOUTH CAMP TALKS The Gospel Message To be able to share the Gospel message in an orderly and simple way.that in our sinfulness. “God’s love reaching out to man and man’s choice to respond to this love.Jesus Christ Who is Jesus Christ To Me? Man’s sins as he turns away from God’s plan Repentance. will explain it to other youth as well. It is in this situation that the Gospel message should be brought to the youth. There are a lot of things that influence their decisions as to what to run after or what to live for. And. Nevertheless. our restlessness ends and we begin to experience a new life with Him. is part of one message. to see how each talk flows to the next. BASIC GOSPEL TRUTH God’s Love for Mankind. In this perspective. however. So as not to compromise and give an incomplete Gospel overview. the youth search for the truth that they can believe in and live by. We don’t have to be Biblical Scholars or Church Theologians to share the Gospel with others. so vast and so wonderful that our minds can only begin to comprehend it. Healing and Forgiveness Man’s Response: Accepting God’s Invitation and Living as His People God’s Gift: The Power of the Holy Spirit Growing deeper in one’s personal relationship with Jesus through the community. and it is something that St. or drinking. Faith. Growth Talk/ Life and Vision of YFC Some of the talks in the Youth Camp include more than one basic Gospel truth. This is the message that the youth camp seeks to impart with its talks and sessions.) The speakers and the service team should understand this flow to be able to place them in the proper position where God can work through . The speaker should be able to realize that each talk. we cannot even begin to teach the entire Gospel. The talks are given in this manner so as to help bring the participants through a process where they can make a real and sincere decision to live a life pleasing to God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ by the power of His Holy Spirit. or being popular. Here are the basic points or truths with their corresponding topics in the Youth Camp. who in our case. young people fall into whatever notion their peers invite them to believe. A message that speaks of God’s love and mercy . Moreover.” (Refer to “The Sessions and their Purpose” in Chapter 2 -Team leaders Guide. Each talk helps the speaker impart the message effectively. Augustine already spoke of: their hearts will continue to be restless until it rests in the Lord. however. Then. be it about drugs. His Plan for Man’s Fullness of Life with Him. the talks include some basic catechism and truths that are basic enough for young people to begin a meaningful journey with God in their Christian lives. the youth are often placed in confusing situations. to explain it thoroughly is hard enough for more knowledgeable Christians to do. one thing can ultimately be said about the youth of today. With the budding idealism of their young minds. or living for the moment. All we really need to do is to look into our lives. what more for young people. YOUTH CAMP TALK God’s Love and His Plan for Us Introduces the ultimate expression of God’s love . He is always willing to forgive us. if the participants decide to join YFC. recognize God’s work and share what we know with conviction. especially the one that he will be giving.

4. In the same way. the gift that we are all called to receive: a renewed life in and with Christ.38 cfc youth for christ year 1 you th camp m a n u a l 3 chapter [ t alk 1 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) what they say and do. Married couples are discouraged from giving the talks in the Youth Camp. The youth like listening to stories. Visuals help the participants to easily understand the message of the talks. We have to recognize the fact that it is easier for young people to be influenced by their peers. No matter how true the message is. Stories keep the interest of young people. 7. making it easier to remember. including the young. 2. It is also possible to make the points of your outline flow from a story to the next. love and serve Jesus Christ. and even if the participants thirst for this message. Strong points are clearly seen and clearly imparted to the audience. Speak from the heart with confidence and conviction. Maintain a light atmosphere. We speak of a truth which all men thirst for. Reading scripture verses word-for-word lessens rapprt. Final Tips 1. It would be better if these verses are narrated in the speaker’s own words. when older people (as in parent age) speak to the youth. The presence of scriptural verses in the talk requires the speaker to prayerfully reflect on the passages before giving the talk. As a result adult speakers then begin to lose their effectivity in sharing the Gospel to the youth. Listen to/ study other speakers. This may help give us ideas in giving the talk. anecdotes and stories are good means of explaining or stressing certain points in the talk. What will make these talks different is when they realize that what we are saying is true and concrete because we have actually experienced it. Feel free to give jokes from time to time—but never to the point of forgetting or failing to stress the basic or main point of the message. Often jokes can even be used as means to drive a certain point. Therefore speak with conviction. not teachers. in order to effectively help the participants make a decision to know. Fellow youth shares and speaks of God’s word to the participants. 3. Speak of the gift that God wants to give. Most Youth Camp participants have heard the same message consequently. The speaker should share and not preach. Speak of the joy of 39 knowing Christ. 6. let us use creative visual and PowerPoint presentation in giving the talks. session 4 of Youth Camp Training Manual. 5. These speakers represent the parents of the participants—parents who may have an unpleasant relationships with their children. To ensure that we maintain the interest of participants. The world needs witnesses. a natural barrier often stands between them and the young people they are speaking to. . Make use of stories. 8. Undergo the Speaker’s Workshop.

To be challenged to respond to His love. the speaker will show Diagram 1 and then Diagram 2 to emphasize more on the role of Jesus Christ. 2. 6. Dynamics 1. Discussion Starter 1.) 3.YOUTH CAMP Dynamics Objectives For the participants: 3. To realize that God loves them so much. 2. Someone who can give it in a lively and exciting way but not losing the message of the talk. This is optional. Suggested Song: Strong Arm or other song that is related to the talk. the speaker calls on the two sharers. a chant or a gesture/clap. To be aware of the great plan of God in their lives. 1.40 cfc youth for christ year 1 you th camp m a n u a l 3 chapter [ t alk 1 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 41 depicts the current situation and issues in the society especially that concerns the youth. the team leader gathers the participants for teaching of songs followed by an opening prayer and energizer. After the conclusion. Song Profile: Song about God’s unconditional love for us 2. b. The speaker calls the team leader to announce the discussion groups and the respective facilitator. . the team can make a video that shows all the beauty of creation and ends it with a statement: God made all these for you. Sharer 2: A YFC member who has experienced the love of God in extravagant way. Speaker’s Profile 1. 2. He will then introduce the speaker. a. 8. As soon as the names of the participants are called the facilitator will gather them and proceed with the discussion. Just before the conclusion. The speaker will lead the participants to a reflection on how they have felt God’s love while the music ministry plays some songs softly. Have a getting to know activity and/or create a name for the group. 9. A video that 7. Sharer’s Profile (One brother and one sister will share in this talk) Sharer 1: A YFC member who has experienced the love of God in small things. etc. this is optional. Group discussion will run for 30 minutes. God’s Love and His Plan for Us SESSION 1 . He truly loves you. (Secular songs that have the same message can also be used. After the youth camp orientation and dinner. Show the opening AVP presentation. Talk Proper 4. 5. Each sharer will be given 5-7 minutes to share how they have experienced God’s love. Show the closing video presentation. Share an experience or area of your life where you felt most loved by God. A YFC leader who can relate well to the youth and can capture the attention of the participants.

you want to meet new friends. Why We Are Not Experiencing God’s Plan (Referring to the “crazy dreams” of the participants. When He created us. says the LORD. street crime. Allow 3-5 persons to share. God has His own seemingly impossible dream for us. All of us have our own crazy dreams. rampant teenage pregnancy. etc. He created us to last forever. As God’s own. This is God’s crazy dream. Ask the participants about their greatest ambition or craziest dream. peer pressure. Introduction B. but even God has his own “crazy dream”. • On a local scale (in our country): state local issues relevant in your area like drug addiction.) Dynamics: a. to hear about His love. they chose to turn away from God the . Each of us is given a free will to choose a response to any given situation. A. your parents forced you. You may be asking. our happiness and They think that they are victims of their circumstances but must emphasize that each of us has a choice. • In our families: we have broken relationships. (Illustrate creatively. I believe God brought you here.” (Jeremiah 29:11) This is all because of His great love for us. Give them 30 seconds to do this. and nothing is impossible with Him. “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you. hatred. our dreams may seem far out. etc. It is this plan for us that may be used to introduce God’s love to the participants. A. drug abuse. abortion. and rebel against God’s commands. doubt. His plan for us. people in other countries are starving). you are truly seeking God). everything that comes from Him is good. plans for your welfare. etc. The Crazy Dream (Note: The crazy dream exercise is done so that the speaker may have an amusing way of making the participants realize God’s tremendous love for them. Plans to give you a future full of hope. “If God loves us so much. (Gen. hard to believe. because like many others. sibling rivalry. We experience these sufferings because we choose to. “a plan for a future and a hope” in union with Him. same sex marriage. sometimes we really don’t make time to spend with them. 1.) 1. You may have your own reasons for being here (your friends are here. why are our lives and situations so different from what He says His plans are for us? Show the disparity between God’s plan (Isaiah 65:17-25) and the situation around us. This is His great plan for us. etc.) • On our self: insecurity. I say this. good or bad. He is God. But then again. 2. not for disaster God is always after our wellbeing.cfc youth for christ 42 year 1 you th camp m a n u a l 3 chapter [ t alk 1 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 43 safety. reflect and share the essence of Isaiah 65:17-25. not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope. Even God has a crazy dream. God’s Love and His Plan for Us As uncertain as the future is. II. and His plan in your life. some people we know have broken families. b. God guarantees us that not even a part of it will be in despair and that the whole and everything in it is positive and desirable. 3:1-21) When our first parents chose to disobey. Plans for your welfare.YOUTH CAMP Expanded Outline I. SESSION 1 . Just as the participants may have their own “crazy dreams” their own nearly impossible hopes of things that are better. corruption. Let’s see what God’s crazy dream is. pessimism. • On a larger scale (world): poverty (ex. global warming.

(The speaker calls on the two sharers. destroy us as we deserve.” (St. (or the authorities He has placed over us. In doing so. God could have just as well chosen to turn away from us. JESUS GOD MAN GOD MAN SIN III. suffering. they chose death.) . e. but all the more. Even if you were the only one who needed saving. Note: Make use of the diagram to illustrate how Christ bridges the gap that sin creates between God and man. He began by sending His prophets. 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.g. government and school authorities). DIAGRAM 1: Sin separates God from man. pain.44 cfc youth for christ year 1 you th camp m a n u a l 3 chapter [ t alk 1 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) source of all life. and suffering. to participate. 1. Let’s decide to love God back. we continue to choose the suffering and death that our first parents chose. Augustine) God has a seemingly insane love for us—a love that would suffer even death on a cross. His mercy should prevail. 2. Instead. and create a more faithful people who would gladly accept His love and the life that He offers. 2.) B. Let’s respond to this love.The speaker then leads them to a reflection. whenever we choose to go against God.) (Optional: Show closing AVP presentation to enhance reflection activity and group discussions. God did not end it at that. 45 Conclusion (Note: One way to challenge the participants to respond is to seek God during the camp. God would do it all for you. (Mention specific experiences to bring your point across. By choosing to turn away from this promise. parents. (Romans 6:23) Even today. and even death. John 3:16 Finally. From the moment this happened. God wants us to experience the fullness of life but we continue to follow our own preferences. He decided that His love. our world that was full of life and blessing began to experience difficulties.) “God loves everyone of us as if there was but one of us to love. DIAGRAM 2: Christ bridges the separation. to receive God’s love and try to respond by desiring to know about God and to live for Him.

He will then introduce the speaker.YOUTH CAMP Dynamics 3. To identify who Jesus claimed to be. The speaker continues with the conclusion. Objectives a. Who is Jesus Christ to you? 2. Just before the conclusion. What can you do to respond to Jesus’ invitation of having a personal relationship with Him? . 7. Someone who have felt what it means to have a personal relationship with Christ. 3. To know who Jesus Christ is. Sharer’s Profile (There will be 2 sharers in this talk: One brother and one sister) Sharer 1: A YFC member who has felt the importance of having a relationship with Jesus in his life. Dynamics 1. sees Jesus as the father. A YFC leader who has established a personal relationship with Christ. For the participants: b. Talk Proper Who is Jesus Christ to Me? SESSION 2 . Song profile: The general message of the song expresses the identity of Jesus. 2. Each sharer will be given 5-7 minutes to share who is Jesus Christ to them. hero. the speaker calls on the two sharers.46 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 3 chapter [ t alk 2 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 47 song and prayer. Suggested song: Above All 1. 2. Group discussion will run for 30 minutes. healer or miracle-worker. Discussion Starter 1. The team leader will then ask the participants to proceed to their group discussion. Sharer 2: Someone whose relationship with Jesus transcends other than being God. 4. Speaker’s Profile 1. the team leader gathers the participants for the teaching of songs followed by an opening 6. The speaker will lead the participants to a reflection while the music ministry plays the reflection song softly. 5. 2. After the common prayer time. To realize the best response to Jesus’ invitation of having a personal relationship with Him.

. Jesus is strange. • Jesus is one of the most portrayed historical figures in history. However.. Only the strength we have in Jesus can make this happen. Others perceive him as a coward. was put to death at age 33. b. a. Jesus is a coward. “He was a very unsuccessful leader talented. But unsuccessful. performed great miracles. Misconceptions 1. Lastly. Yet no other 4.. There are so many things said about this Man. He got himself killed. Living the Christian life by our own strength is impossible. He said things like. (Matthew 23:1-27).Before Christ. Jesus should have faded into oblivion.D. a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. and after a formal trial on charges of rebellion and blasphemy.48 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 3 chapter [ t alk 2 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 49 person has affected history as much as Jesus. many of us genuinely want to respond to Him by loving Him back and living a life that’s pleasing to Him. • During his 3 years of public life. The book that tells His story. Judea in the poor country of Palestine. Like most religious leaders in His time. After all. a. His life wasn’t boring because He met a lot of people and traveled to many different places. • Jesus was born some 2. 1 bestseller. most popular. most revered and most respected person that ever lived. Others simply say. Jesus is boring. b. Until today. What was He really like? I.C. the Christian Faith remains to be the most widely preached . it is difficult to live a life pleasing to God if it lacks the most basic factor. a loser who gave in to all his persecutions. I wouldn’t call Him coward or a loser since He was bold and courageous enough to stand up against known authorities of His time. of all time.YOUTH CAMP Expanded Outline No other person has had as many books and stories written about Him.” and “Love your enemies”.000 years ago in Bethlehem. because so many were attracted to His personality that they left everything to follow Him. has been the No. • Jesus grew up in a poor family of carpenters. • He split history in two (B. and A.000 years after He first preached His message. Some say He was some freak with new ideas. the Bible. and had many close friends. Who is Jesus? A. forgotten in the pages of history. Introduction When we hear of how great God’s love is for us. Who is Jesus Christ to Me? SESSION 2 . Jesus of Nazareth is the most controversial. Didn’t he?” b. Jesus is an unsuccessful leader. a. Anno Domini or Year of our Lord). “The first will best. (Mark 1:16-20) 2. He wasn’t a freak. II. Impact in History Did you know that: B. a. because 2. I would not consider Him unsuccessful. 3. He challenged the authorities. b. Many say He lived a boring life because He was focused on saving the world and didn’t have any fun or adventure.

and He wants you to know Him. (The speaker then leads the participants to a reflection) . and Mohammed). then we cannot just leave Him in one corner of our lives like most people do. We will have to follow Him as Lord. that we just need to stop and seriously consider them because our acceptance or rejection of these claims greatly affect us. He claimed to possess all authority in Heaven and on Earth.) Personal Testimony (3-5 minutes): The speaker should give a brief sharing on his personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In times of difficulty I’m able to get through it. Buddha. as the risen Savior that He really is. In fact. we will have to begin to find a way to relate to Jesus as the Mighty God. But it gets even better. Christ showed just what kind of authority he had. IV. (Refer to Luke 8:22-26) 2. 1. B. Jesus Christ wants to have a personal relationship with you. If we begin to realize that the claims that Jesus made are false. He forgave sins.50 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l and received faith in the world today. the speaker calls on the 2 sharers. (Refer to Matthew 28:18) Nature seemed to believe Him and recognize this authority. and accept that personal relationship He offers us today. (John 15:13-15) Think about it. He already knows you. but He also wants to have a friendship with you. a power that only God has. The people during Jesus’ time strongly believed. C. then we should forget Christianity altogether and even correct the great hoax that has deceived men for 2000 years. Who is Jesus to Me? 51 (At this point. Confucius. Not only does He love you. a characteristic that only one person can claim to have--God. He claimed to give life (John 5:26). That’s pretty good news. because He is my Source of strength and He is always there for me. But if deep down we believe that Jesus’ claims are true.e. In Luke 5:17-26. that only God had the authority to forgive sins. 3 chapter [ t alk 2 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) Our Response The claims that Christ makes concerning Himself are so great and different from the claims of other great teachers in history (i. III. V. 3. Conclusion God loves you. He took upon Himself qualities that belonged only to the person of God. The best way to know Jesus is to know who He claimed to be. A.

2. and Forgiveness SESSION 3 . the speaker continues with the conclusion. To understand how to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Dynamics Activity 1: Activity 2: Team Leader leads the participants to make 2 lists (list of people who hurt them & list of people whom they hurt). Just after Part III-B2 (how healing occurs). Faith. Objectives 5. 1. faith. To have a basic understanding of repentance. if the team can come up with a creative skit or AVP depicting various sins of humanity (global and local) then they can show it before the speaker enters.52 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 3 chapter [ t alk 3 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) Repentance. Opening activity: This is optional. Each sharer will be given 5-7 minutes to share their personal stories. the speaker calls on the two sharers. Song Profile: Song of surrender to the Lord b. After the break. 3. 7. Someone whose story speaks strongly of repentance. 3. Speaker’s Profile 1. They are then led to forgive those in the first list. A YFC leader who has integrity and conviction in advocating the 100% Free advocacy. 9.YOUTH CAMP Dynamics 53 1. the people who have hurt them. healing. 2. Talk Proper 4. Sharer’s Profile (A brother and sister will share in this talk) Sharer 1: A YFC member who has gone through the issues of being a youth and is now victorious with his conversion story. Reflection Song a. The Leader asks participants to write down the things that they want to surrender to God (sins. faith. The service team should be discreet to avoid distration during the session. After the sharing. Healing. The participants are encouraged to continue on reflecting while having lunch. The team leader will inform the participants that the session has not ended yet. people whom they have hurt). To go through the step by step processes in establishing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. healing and forgiveness. The team leader should make sure that the letters are completed during the third day’s prayer time. Sharer 2: Someone who can share about his love story with God from being good to a better Christian. the participants may be encouraged to write a letter to their parents for the same purpose. For the participants: 6. 2. and forgiveness. . the team leader gathers the participants for the teaching of songs followed by an opening song and prayer. and to ask for forgiveness for those in the second list. Suggested song: I Give My All 8. The speaker will lead the participants to Activity 1 and Activity 2 while the music ministry plays the reflection song softly. After that. He will make sure that the participants have pen and paper before introducing the speaker.

. The team leader will remind them of the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and will tell them that a priest is coming and is available for Confession. and how it brings us to the point where we just have to decide for ourselves how we should respond to Him. 11. A. Repentance and Faith Christ began His preaching ministry with these words: “The right time has come. This is the reason why Christ called those who came to Him to repentance. Feeling terrible about yourself Some people believe that repentance is sincere only when you despise yourself because you’re a hopeless . 12. Introduction We have just heard of God’s love for us. Healing and Forgiveness SESSION 3 . they have until the next day’s common prayer time to finish it. The participants will not be pressured to finish the letter right away. Repentance Sinfulness in our lives and the hurts we’ve experienced are hindrances in coming to Christ and receiving His spirit. The Team Leader exhorts the participants for the letter-writing activity. the kingdom of God is near. Christ used these words because repentance and faith in Christ’s message are the first steps we need to take to truly respond to God’s love and invitation for us. II. After having lunch. turn away from your sins and believe in the Gospel. Repentance. While the participants are waiting for their turn to confess.. or repent and have faith. Misconceptions about repentance a. 1. we will learn how we can begin to do this.” (Mark 1:15).54 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 3 chapter [ t alk 3 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 55 10. the team leader gathers the participants for the teaching of songs (preferably a slow song). 13.YOUTH CAMP Expanded Outline ­ ptional opening activity: Creative Skit or AVP depicting various sins of humanity (global and O local) I. In this talk. We have heard how He himself invites us into a personal relationship with Him. 14. their facilitators will now conduct one-to-one sessions with them. Faith.

Vices. masturbation. Repentance will always lead us to a deeper relationship with God.marital sex. is to say no to that temptation. In this case. Horoscope. Some say sin is a growth experience or that cheating during exams is sharing. and the regret that comes with it. the speaker should be able to explain why these sins are actually wrong.) b. stealing. If you hate sin you’ll stay away from it and you won’t make any justifications for doing it (e. “I am just human”. 2.g. Sexual sins: necking. cursing. But that will never happen. vandalism). e. Note: Give examples that are appropriate to the participants. We look upon God and live in presence.g. but because of the punishment that will be received because of it. etc. spiritualism. What we can do. What Must We Do To Repent? (4 Hs : Attitudes to take in repentance) a. Humility Admit you fell into sin because you are weak. pornography.g. homosexual acts. it is deciding to turn away from sin and look towards God.) c. In some cases.56 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 3 chapter [ t alk 3 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) sinner. c. 4. authorities and society (e.g. green jokes. “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. If you weren’t caught you wouldn’t have been as sorry. abuse of alcohol. The Seven Capital Sins are just a reference for the speaker. This is the reason why many Catholics don’t go to Confession. Feeling regret Repentance brought about only because of the consequence of what was done. Some sins to repent from: 57 Note: The Speaker can read “The Ten Commandments” in Exodus 20: 1-17 as a reference. (e. superstition. What is Repentance? a. Getting rid of all tendencies to sin Some people think that true repentance can only happen when we are able to rid ourselves of that tendency to sin. These sins have been so widely accepted that people do not see them as immoral anymore.This section does not focus on the chief sources of sins (7 Capital Sins) but on the common sins committed by youth and what made it a sin. Cheating. b. c. All of these focus on feelings. Honesty Call sin a sin. You get . These are sins because God told us to respect our parents in Exodus 20:12. Repentance should be desired by the person and not pressured by any other reason. talking hours on the phone. b. b. Addiction to computer games. however. hanging out excessively with friends. gossip and other related things. lying. a. It allows you to be humble. It is a determination of the person to change. Such as pre . a decision. slander and gossip. religions. “somebody else made me do it”). It is an act of the will. saying. Rebelliousness: to parents. There is no repentance because the sin was evil. repentance is much more objective and concrete. Feeling sorry you were caught cheating in an exam. Refer to Luke 15:17-21 3. Hate the sin Hate sin and not the sinner. c. d. illegal drugs. (e. d. non-Christian f. petting. You need God to overcome your sins. d. answering back. The Greek word for repentance is “metanoia” which literally means change of mind. Have a good confession Go to confession.

In the same way. B.” (Heb 11: 1) a. 2. because these hurts and sinful ways are obstacles which keep us from totally receiving God’s grace. our sins and hurts block much of His blessings to us. He was scared of drowning. 2. As we do this. and how forgiveness begins the process of healing.) . When we come before God and respond to Him. Still. a. he still believed. b. but we have to do our part and repent from these sins. Conclusion God wants us to experience the fullness of life in His love by knowing Him. although he knew it was impossible. The characteristics of faith that we are talking about is shown in Matthew 14:22-33. Healing will not be complete if we haven’t forgiven those who have hurt us. Healing through Forgiveness 1. Healing Occurs a. However. we should believe that He can and He will. We need to have faith that when we come to the Lord in repentance He will forgive us and give us the strength to follow Him. he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. Faith is not just a feeling but is a decision to believe. We place our trust in Christ. Christ wants to remove these hindrances and extend His mercy towards us. When we serve others.“The Sessions and their Purpose” for the activity after this talk. (Acts 16:31. When we forgive b. to be certain of the things we cannot see. His Holy Spirit which strengthens us and allows us to live our lives as truly pleasing to God. We will hear more about this in the next talk. 3 chapter [ t alk 3 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) Healing and Forgiveness A. asking for forgiveness. Our friends c. Refer to Team Leaders Handbook . c. Luke 11:9-11) III. Faith is deciding to put our trust in Christ. Our parents/ family b. We should accept and believe in Christ as our personal Savior and in His promises. Trusting. we also ask Him to heal us. especially if they’re the ones closest to us. that He will forgive us and heal us of our sins. Have Faith! 1.58 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l sound advice from priests and support from brothers and sisters in Christ when you share your weaknesses to them. “If we acknowledge our sins. (The Team Leader conducts Activity 1 and 2. Share how hurts in the different areas of our life listed below can hinder us from drawing near to the Lord. The need for healing 1. “To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for. he believed in what Christ said that faith is not a feeling but rather a decision that we should make. when Christ promises that He will save us from our sins. we first acknowledge our sinfulness and come before Him in 59 repentance and then in faith. committing ourselves to the person of Christ. focus more on helping others “heal” instead of focusing on ourselves IV. We need to believe that He will forgive and strengthen us and bring us healing. Then we can fully receive God’s blessing. Faith is relying on what God said. We go to confession because we are all sinners and we are sorry for what we did. b. Peter acted in spite of fear. When we humbly ask God to heal us d. When we ask for forgiveness c.” (1 John 1:9) B. Others 2. a. believing that He will conquer our sinfulness. When Christ told Peter that he could walk on the water.

a sister YFC leader can give the talk. Receiving God’s Gift: The Power of the Holy Spirit SESSION 4 . Dynamics 1. the team leader gathers the participants and reminds them to dress properly for the next session. 4. for the whole duration of the pray over session.60 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 3 chapter [ t alk 4 of t he y f c y out h c amp 61 4. 3. However. 6. The speaker prepares the participants for the pray-over ceremony and cues the facilitators if they can now start with the ceremony. (Refer to the Team Leaders’ Handbook. To know how to receive and experience the power of the Holy Spirit. 7. the team leader will give a brief explanation of what and how a worship is done.) 8. 2. the speaker will explain and give some tips on the pray-over ceremony. To have a basic understanding of the Holy Spirit and to allow them to appreciate Its power and gifts. After dinner. Talk proper 3. The speaker will continue with the Commitment to Christ Ceremony. As soon as all the participants are prayed over. 2. The participants are encouraged to stay in a prayerful mood. To be taught how to praise and worship God. . The team leader leads the worship and gives the closing exhortation. 5. To be guided in receiving the power of the Holy Spirit through the pray-over session. He will lead the opening prayer with a song before introducing the speaker. Speaker’s Profile The speaker should be a brother YFC leader. A full worship will be conducted.YOUTH CAMP Dynamics Objectives For the participants: 1. After the conclusion. if it is an all girls youth camp.

So many converts from different races. 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. A lot of people today including the youth have forgotten to dream big and just settle for less. 2. b. a power that attracted so many to join this group of fishermen. Gentiles and Jews. the 3rd Person in the Blessed Trinity who proceeds from the Father and the Son. Note: The duration of the talk will be 30-40 minutes. Christians today: Christians today can’t seem to live as they should. The Goal of the speaker is to make the participants willing to receive the Holy Spirit and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. God’s Holy Spirit can fill us and bring life. The Holy Spirit is God. Christians Today and Before A. By 325 AD. removing the selfishness in our hearts. more like Jesus..Acts 1:8 God’s Spirit empowers us to serve. SESSION 4 .) C. The Power of the Holy Sprit 1. However. God’s messenger. we begin a personal and intimate relationship with God.YOUTH CAMP Expanded Outline B. The Holy Spirit is equal to the Father and the Son because He is God. It would be better if the speaker can illustrate the Bible verses of the talk.62 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 3 chapter [ t alk 4 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 63 A. We hear Him speaking to us in our hearts and we experience Him touching our lives. In the scriptures. Many people think that life is hopeless. slaves. it was the Power of the Holy Spirit. Christians were not always like that. 3.” 2. (Refer to the main points of the talk outline. the Emperor of Rome himself became a Christian. God’s Promised Spirit I. He promised to give men “a new heart and a new Spirit. B. they seem weak. giving us the boldness in speaking His words and making us willing to face the challenge of bringing others to Him in spite of . making us more loving. The Valley of the Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37:1–14) This story gives us a vision of what the Power of the Holy Spirit can do. nations.. He slowly molds us into His likeness. Christians before: The Christians in the early Church possessed certain strength and boldness of character. Misconceptions: Receiving God’s Gift: The Power of the Holy Spirit 1. Union with God (I am united with God) – 1Jn 3:24 When we receive the power of the Holy Spirit. it is the largest faith in the world. God’s word becomes alive in us as we read the scripture. social strata were brought into their fold. A new nature (I am a new being) – Galatians 5:22-23 As we grow in our personal relationship with God. the same Spirit that continues to fill and transform the lives of so many Christians today. A New Heart and a New Spirit (Ezekiel 36:26-27) God promised a spirit that will enable all men to follow Him. II. Power to serve (I have the power to serve) . The dove in Christ’s baptism. And today. c. lacking power. the wind is often used to refer to God’s Sprit. God’s Spirit brings about a. The spirit help us live as God’s sons and daughters.

The gift of tongues becomes a doorway to the other spiritual gifts. C. Explain especially the Gift of Tongues It is a gift of prayer . We ask.is the supernatural ability to perform miraculous act. 2. Because of this spiritual gift. Faith . when used for prophecy. Interpretation . faith. When we refuse to be repentant. and interpretation Note: The speaker should explain all the gifts of the spirit but would give emphasis on the Gift of Tongues. Praying for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit may not be exactly like this event. acts that are not the result of any known natural law or agency but are caused by divine intervention. Prophecy . (Luke 11:9-10) In faith.is the gift by which a person can recognize the spirit behind a particular situation. Healing . we know that when we ask for it.is the gift by which a person is used by God to speak on His behalf.is the supernatural ability to affect a cure of physical or other human illness through prayer. and synthesized by Christian experience. . But we can take certain points from this event to help and guide us in receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. 1.is a companion to the gift of tongues. Knowledge that is of the spirit is the fruit of revelation. founded on faith. The explanation below is a reference for the speaker on the different spiritual gifts.is not just an intellectual belief in God. (Luke 11:13) We should believe that when we ask for God’s Holy Spirit.64 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) the difficulties and trials it may present. our souls are able to say what it really wants to express to God. miracles. knowledge. We humble ourselves when we pray in a language we don’t understand. Tongues . 6. This is why we need to go to confession. 4. prophecy. The wisdom that is of the Spirit is centered on Jesus. Unrepentant Attitude (“I am never wrong”) Sin alienates us from God. b. it will be given to us. The Nine Spiritual Gifts 1. 1. and is necessary so that those who hear may understand.is not just knowing lot of things through study or experience.is a charismatic gift by which a person is able to utter words or sounds which are not known or understandable to his human intellect. Miracles .is not just good practical judgment or common sense or a high degree of knowledge. discernment. Wisdom . The gifts are wisdom. but a confident assurance in God which allows us to move forward without any doubt at all. 9. Discernment . A personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 2. healing. B. Spiritual Gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) a. 8. 5. 2. 7.) III. Hindrances in receiving the Holy Spirit. the speaker should share his own experiences of these 3 points. The Coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-8) Narrate this passage in your own words. How do we Receive the Power of the Holy Spirit A. Knowledge . This spiritual gift pleases God. We believe. 3 chapter [ t alk 4 of t he y f c y out h c amp 65 3. we keep ourselves from experiencing God and His Spirit. This total humility pleases God.It is a prayer that only God can understand and only we can speak. (Note: In sharing the 3 points above. and so be edified. He will surely give it. These are gifts that God gives to help us in our Christian lives. What do we specifically ask for? 1. tongues.

But we have a hope. Note: Our next activity will be the commitment ceremony and pray over session. etc. 2. concerts. 4.g. After this. “anting anting”. This is not a new baptism. basketball games. But what the Lord requires is simply a humble spirit that approaches Him in repentance and asks for forgiveness.YOUTH CAMP Pray Over Session/Baptism Keeps us from acknowledging our need for God. b.66 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 3 chapter [ t alk 4 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 67 2. your discussion group leaders will approach you and bring you somewhere more conducive and private for the pray-over. c. Give the participant a general view of what they can expect. 5. Pride (“I am too cool for this”) Receiving God’s Gift: The Power of the Holy Spirit SESSION 4 . we will first have to come before our Lord. Doubt (“Are you for real?”) Encourage the participants to focus on what’s true. agimat. To do this. Note: People are often willing to look foolish for other reasons. • Prayer of Thanksgiving: Your facilitators will thank the Lord for the commitment that you just made. Explain the Session 1. we must humble ourselves if we are to receive God’s Spirit. First. After this. believe and accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior and commit our lives to Him. We should be more willing to look foolish for God. • Prayer of Deliverance: Casting out the works of Satan . The Speaker must ask the participants to stretch and exercise a bit to avoid people sleeping while the session is ongoing. Feeling of Unworthiness (“Am I worthy?”) Everyone is unworthy. and asking Him into our lives. God promised His Spirit and He won’t go back on His word. e. Explain the process of Baptism / praying over session a. V. Our purpose tonight is to ask the Lord for the power of His Holy spirit that enables us to live as true Christians. celebrities. If we’re afraid of looking foolish. We were all baptized when we became Catholics. A. we will pray with one another for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. 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. a hope in God’s promise—His Holy Spirit which strengthens us and gives us the gifts we need in order to live as true sons and daughters of God. But God will keep on knocking until we’re humble enough to ask Him in. 3. IV. Reliance on non-Christian beliefs and objects (“I get strength from these things”) Example: amulets. Process of praying over. Conclusion (Recall Ezekiel 37:1-14) Living the Christian life seems almost impossible. we will be having a “Commitment to Christ Ceremony” where you will be encouraged to accept the Holy Spirit because receiving the Holy Spirit is receiving Christ. Pray Over Session Explanation Note: We recommend that the speaker should conduct the baptism or pray over session.

• Focus on worshipping God and not the words you use to worship. play the tune and write the words. and your decision to follow the Lord. this will make it easier for you to open up to the Lord. the song will never be heard unless you actually pick up a guitar. Here I am to Worship. • We encourage you to continue to be in an atmosphere of prayer. a meditative song may be played (e. utter the 3. 3.) • Focus on God. Don’t expect a particular experience. 1. After the song is sung. In the same way.g. d. In speaking or praying in tongues. Relax and be at peace. Then. It is important that the Facilitator be ready to quietly take the youth aside. Commitment Ceremony • Go back to your seat. He knows exactly how He should touch you. and won’t force you to praise Him in tongues. God respects you. the speaker asks those who want to make a commitment to Christ to stand up.g. Heaven). • Once you’ve run out of words to worship God. you have to begin praying in tongues by first initiating it. just focus on the Lord and praise Him. While the participants are reflecting. 2. and talk to him/her privately. but don’t let this make you anxious. Our pray over session. God knows you more than you know yourself. the speaker or team leader asks the participants to reflect about all the talks. we will end together once everyone has been prayed for. spirit of deceit we cast you out”. is very important. Even if God has already inspired you to write a song. “In the name of Jesus. What comes out of your mouth and how you praise God is up to Him. Expecting one particular type of experience might keep you from recognizing God’s work in you. . Initiate. Don’t analyze the sounds you make. B. in order to further understand any issues that might be hindering the youth from committing to Christ. Final Tips 1. Relax. 4. 2. (e. (e. C. You have to initiate praying in a language you don’t know.g. the Prayer of Commitment is recited together.68 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 3 chapter [ t alk 4 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) in your life. Worship Him in your own words. After the explanation.) • Prayer for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit/ spiritual gifts. and then God will inspire you and give you the words to say. then let God take control. After the pray over 69 first syllables that comes into your mind and use this for worship. We recommend that there should only be one song for reflection. Note: There may be instances that the youth might not be comfortable in standing up to make a commitment.

focus on the fact that you committed yourself to Jesus Christ. I. whatever experience you had. so use it. I do. The Holy Spirit comes to each of us differently. and wait for their turn to be prayed over./ and I will avoid everything/ that leads me to wrongdoing. Some may have prayed in tongues. that He died to free you from sins. He will always be there. 2. 1. Be faithful/ take care of the Spirit./ I will turn away from all wrong doing. All of these things were first explained to you before they were done.YOUTH CAMP Pray Over Session/ Baptism Leader: Do you renounce Satan and all wrongdoing? Participant: Yes. Worship (Refer to the Team Leaders’ Handbook) II. share to them what you experienced by showing the change in you as Christ begins to dwell at the center of your life.70 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 3 chapter [ t alk 4 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 71 Pray Over Session Commitment to Christ SESSION 4 . You committed to follow the Lord. B. and that is the most important. E. the gift you received tonight can be lost. Try to explain what you went through in a very ordinary and understandable way./ I want to belong to You from now on. Closing Exhortation (After the worship) A. Don’t expect your friends to understand you. He surely gave it to you./ and I promise to obey You as my Lord. Leader: Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God./ and I want to enter into Your kingdom/ and be part of Your people. to love Him. 2. cried or simply felt God’s presence.) Lord Jesus Christ.) C. Satan will tempt you to doubt Satan will never cease in trying to take away the treasure you have just received today. 2. that He rose to bring you new life? Participant: Yes. Go easy on sharing with others what you have experienced 1. I do. Like any gift. Others may have had a very simple experience. honor Him and obey Him? Participant: Yes. Better yet. If you asked for His Spirit./ I ask You to forgive/ all the sins that I have committed/ I offer my life to You. Now you have God and through all your problems. And these problems can never overwhelm you. . Don’t expect all your problems to go away Focus on the truth./ I want to be free / from the dominion of darkness/ and the rule of Satan. Rather. (The speaker should give an example on how Satan will tempt them to doubt. I do. An emotional experience is not an indication of God’s Holy Spirit. be faithful to that decision. Different people different experiences 1. Everyone is then asked to be seated. D. Leader: Do you choose to follow Jesus as your Lord. Prayer of Commitment (Ask participants to repeat after you.

III. Sharer’s Profile (1 brother and 1 sister. one of them should have recently graduated in a Youth Camp) A YFC member who really used the tools for Christian growth towards holiness. To be presented with an introduction of the YFC covenant. the team leader gathers the participants and collects the letter.” (Acts 1:8) (Note: Encourage the participants to be faithful in their commitment to the Lord.) Objectives For the participants: 1. His growth in YFC should be very evident in his service and life. After the common prayer time. 2. 3. Dynamics 1.cfc youth for christ 72 year 1 you th camp m a n u a l 3 chapter [ t alk 5 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 73 3. Conclusion Growing in the Spirit SESSION 5 . He should be a person who walks his talk. . To be welcomed in the YFC Community. Speaker’s Profile 1. A YFC leader who is well-immersed in the community. 3. and by His Spirit we can be faithful to Him. 2. To be assisted in sustaining and deepening their personal relationship with God through the tools for christian growth. Have a daily prayer time where you can experience and get to know God and where He can slowly but surely work in your life. He will always be faithful to us.YOUTH CAMP Session Dynamics “When the Holy Spirit comes upon you. 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. God has begun a powerful work in their lives today. He will lead the opening prayer with a song before introducing the speaker.

10. The team leader will set the mood and distribute the letters from their parents. Ask forgiveness from each other. 6. II. Note: There will be situations wherein the youth might not be comfortable in standing up and agreeing to join YFC. 9.g. Growing in the Spirit 4. the parents are gathered in a separate room where they cannot be seen by their children. Verbalize what is in the letter. b. The Speaker continues with the conclusion. The team leader gathers everyone in the session hall and conducts the Pray-over. c. the facilitator assigned must take note of this and quietly take the youth aside. God’s love. we’d like to share with you what we can do to sustain our new found relationship with God. The parents will be called in to spend 30 minutes alone with their children with the following discussion starter: a. How Can We Grow as Sons and Daughters of God? We know. service team or parents will then follow. Just before the conclusion. for our good and our salvation. We know that the Holy Spirit is real and is truly in us. We have God’s gift of salvation. But after all these. clearly now more than ever.YOUTH CAMP Expanded Outline 5. d. All of us in one way or another have experienced God’s goodness this weekend. They will be briefed of what is going to happen next. The whole session will be capped with a Praisefest. At the same time in the parents’ area. The way to God through Jesus is the only way and we should fight any idea or direction that tells us . 12. While the talk is going on. 3. what do we do next? In this talk. We should leave this place with the conviction that what we have gone through was truly a gift from God. Talk proper. SESSION 5 . the speaker calls on the two sharers. All His plans for us are for our own good. 7. I. Express gratitude to each other. 8. He should talk to the youth and try to get an understanding of the participant’s reason. It should come from an active decision to want to be part of YFC. In these cases. Each sharer will be given 2-5 minutes to share how they have used the tools in their Christian growth. and His salvation) and received His Holy Spirit. Introduction We have heard a lot of good things in this camp (e. Read the letters. The team leader reads to them the covenant of YFC and invites them to YFC. 11. God is truly good. But what happens after this Camp when all of us are no longer in this exciting environment? What happens when we go back to our friends at home or classmates in school who do not understand what we have gone through—friends who might even convince us that what we have gone through is weird and out of this world? A.74 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 3 chapter [ t alk 5 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 75 2. It should be noted that the participants are not to be forced to join the community. A sharing of experiences from the participants. the letters from the participants are also distributed. Attitudes we should have: 1. Those who want to join YFC will be asked to stand up and participate in the Dedication Ceremony. that God’s love is real. The team leader will announce the next household meeting and the next activity of the chapter.

When we are given the opportunity to serve. we develop a sense of mission. • There seems to be a strong need for us to belong to a 77 peer group. 1. there is oftentimes peer pressure. YFC. 3. we grow in our relationship with God. • Youth are endowed with a lot of talents and energies that oftentimes are not tapped for productive use. 4. especially in serving God. PRAYER If we want to grow in our relationship with God. is an evangelistic group for young adults. Prayer and Study of Scriptures SACRAMENTS 76 b. b. (ANCOP is our community’s work with the poor. Fellowship a. We need to grow. 2. • Youth are the hope of today. B. YFC is a place where building strong bonds friendship and brotherhood are considered as important goals of its activities. to protect us and to help us overcome obstacles with our decision as growing men and women of God. It is for this reason that teenagers have their own groups in the neighborhood. we can be responsible and productive.”) • We know that given the right motivation and challenges. the wheel will not function. Have a regular time and place for prayer. Fellowship is important to us. YFC provides a real environment where genuine friendship can happen. Sacraments: Taking an Active Part in the Church In addition to all these tools that we could use in our Christian growth. We have this good news called CFC ANCOP. TIAN LI RIS FE a. Note: You can illustrate this portion by likening the tools of Christian growth to the four spokes of the wheel. SERVICE JESUS b. We develop our gifts and we start to make a real effort to be effective witnesses for the Lord as we serve. we need to spend time with Him in prayer and reading scriptures. We have God’s Spirit. FELLOWSHIP c. Service a. c. • It is a place where we experience positive peer pressure. just like CFC. which is a program in YFC that allows us to express our talents creatively through our events. Use of prayer and scripture guides will be very helpful. • Our mission is to bring other youth closer to God. to speak what is true and to do what is right in accordance with God’s plan. • In doing this. We are called to love the poor and move towards nation building.cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 3 chapter [ t alk 5 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) otherwise. The wheel represents our Christian life which draws power from the center of the wheel. Fellowship 2. Decide on having prayer H C time . which represents Christ. We now have God’s Spirit in us to strengthen us. Tools for Christian Growth: The Four Spokes All the tools to Christian Growth are available when you join Youth for Christ. we should be aware that another important tool to further enhance this growth is to participate in the . We have a lot of opportunities to serve such as YCOM (YFC Communications). 3. If any one of the four spokes is missing. In a peer group. The power is transmitted through the four spokes of the wheel. or the hub. • It is in our nature to enjoy the company of people our age. which could be either positive or negative. and fraternities and sororities in school. We need to realize that we have to invest time and effort learning the tools to growth and support pillars to preserve what we have and to receive much more.15 minutes will do. ANCOP Stands for “ANswering the Cry of the Poor.

Conclusion God calls us to live a life that is pleasing to Him. Anointing of the Sick They will lay their hands on the sick. The challenge is left to us. 2. He has already died for us. (1John1:8-9). who will recover.”will we respond to that call?” We are not saying that after going through this youth camp. We cannot say that there is no need to confess our sins to the priest. Marriage (Matthew 19:5) Covenant of love between a man and a woman. Holy Orders (Luke 22:19-20) When we receive the vocation from the Lord we should have the courage to abandon everything and follow Him. because without me you can do nothing. After all. not success that God wants. We are in communion with the Church and we receive eternal life. (The speaker calls on the two sharers) III. We’ll still probably fall.cfc youth for christ 78 year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 3 chapter [ t alk 5 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) sacraments of the Church (e. 4. Baptism We were baptized in order to be saved. 79 (Mark 16:18) Confers the sacramental grace on the sick person. Note: The speaker should give focus on the sacraments that the youth can receive. and gives us the sanctifying grace. Whoever remains in me and I in Him will bear much fruit. He gives us tools that we can use to grow in our relationship with Him. attending mass on Sundays. you are the branches. because all of us are sinners. The following are the Seven Sacraments: 1. it’s faithfulness. . He loved us first. The explanation below is just a reference for the speaker on the Seven Sacraments. 5. . The speaker should also mention other sacraments. He has given us His Holy Spirit. 6. Confirmation (Acts 2:1-4 and Acts 19:6) We receive the Holy Spirit and become soldier of Christ. now it’s time we live for Him. Holy Eucharist (Mark 14:22-24) We receive the body and blood of Christ. but it’s standing up that matters most. “I am the vine. and that we can confess our sins straight to God (Matthew 16:19). Penance remits all sins. 7. we’ll be living perfect Christian lives.g. Reconciliation (John 20:22-23) All of us need the sacrament of penance. (John 3:5). but even more. having a regular confession). 3. The original sin is forgiven. We become children of God and members of the church. God died for us.” (John 15:5) .

/ I now call upon you God’s blessings. / (Papa and Mama or Dad and Mom) / as my guides in His place/ here on earth.YOUTH CAMP Parents Dialogue/Pray Over God has given you to me./ May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you/ and give you peace./ (name of child) / as a gift/ to love and to guide.80 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 3 chapter [ t alk 5 of t he y f c y out h c amp 81 Prayer for Children Growing in the Spirit SESSION 5 . Ask parents to go to their children and pray over them using this prayer. (To the participants) We believe that the people who love you the most are your parents. Parents Dialogue Ask the parents to spend 30 minutes alone with their children. to express this love they may have made mistakes./ As I forgive you/ of the hurts you may have given me. we must first ask the Lord to heal these hurts between our parents and ourselves.) Prayer for Parents God has given you to me. The participants/children will now pray over their parents. Discussion Starter: 1./ Amen. Read the letters 2. ./ I wish all good things for you. Ask the participants to pray over their parents. our resentments stem from this. 2. b. But as they have striven in their own way. (Follow the same format that was done when the parents prayed over their children. Often. After the dialogue. Amen./ This I pray / in the name of Jesus Christ/ my Lord and Savior. c. a. Pray Over 1. Verbalize what is in the letter 3./ Forgive me for any hurts that I may have given you. (You may ask the parents to first say their own prayers for their children and then repeat after the prayer below). Ask them to begin the dialogue by giving / reading to each other the letters that they prepared. Ask forgiveness from each other 4./ May the Lord make His face shine upon you/ and be gracious unto you./ I want you to know/ that I love you/ and ask for forgiveness/ for all the hurts/ I have given you. Note: The team leader will conduct the dedication ceremony. / I know that you love me / and in your love / you may have committed mistakes / that hurt me. The parents will be asked to witness their child/children in the dedication ceremony. / I forgive you for these. the team leader explains the pray over session. Note: Choose a parent and a child from the participants to lead the pray over. This portion is done immediately after the Pray-Over Session of the Parents and Child/children. If we are to live a Christian life. Express gratitude to each other Note: It is advisable to insert a time where the participants will be able to share their experiences in the camp./ May God bless you in everything you do./ May the Lord bless you and keep you.

• I will show love and loyalty to the Lord and to my school by being an excellent student. • I believe that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.” II. states and countries. cities. • I will be a source of healing to whatever brokenness or hurt. D. the team leader will ask the participants to recite the Commitment (this can be done by reading a line at a time and asking them to repeat after the speaker). It should be made clear that the Statement of Commitment is simply a goal. The Music Ministry will play one reflection song while the participants go through the YFC Statement of Commitment.82 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 3 chapter [ t alk 5 of t he y f c y out h c amp (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 83 The Covenant of a Youth for Christ Member 1. B.YOUTH CAMP Dedication Ceremony I. I am special because I am a son/ daughter of God. “Many of us through God’s grace. whenever and wherever the Lord chooses to call me. We would like to invite you to join us where we can continue supporting one another. God has a special purpose in allowing me to be born and to . To agree with this Commitment means supporting one another as we try to achieve this goal. provinces. • I will respect school authorities. • I believe that drunkenness. • I will build good relationships with the people in my school. Some participants may feel discouraged to join YFC upon hearing the difficult demands of the Statement of Commitment. It is into this that YFC would like to help. 2. • I will take responsibility in my studies.” • I will spend time in personal prayer where I can grow in loving. 5. • I will follow the directions of my elders and leaders in YFC. have been helped in our commitment to Christ because of the environment we have in YFC. I belong to the bigger family of CFC Youth for Christ. and acts of immorality dishonor my Lord. (Inside the YFC ID) I believe that my blood brothers and sisters are God’s gift to me. My family is God’s gift to me. Read first to the participants the YFC Statement of Commitment. C. “Living out the Christian life is not easy. • A. We need an environment that can support us in this. 3. • I will love. Growing in the Spirit SESSION 5 . • I will relate in love and loyalty to the brothers and sisters from other schools. • I will learn and grow in living out the ideals and principles of my Lord Jesus. III. • I will strive to grow in unity and understanding towards them. the use of drugs. and with the help of the brothers and sisters. A YFC ID will be given to all the participants by the service team. This happens when living out this commitment perfectly is perceived to be a prerequisite in becoming a member. • I will participate actively in the life of my Church. 4. honoring and serving Him. • I will serve the Lord in YFC in whatever way I can. After they read the entire Commitment once. honor and respect my parents in spite of whatever state or circumstances they are in. It is a privilege to be studying in my school.

friends and areas of influence to be the same. (e.pat on the back/cheek to cheek • Sister to brother . Household Groupings • Schedule of Follow Up Activity/ Welcome Party Chapter 4 THE YOUTH CAMP MANUAL ANNEXES . The speaker or the team leader presents participants to parents explaining that their child/children have just made their commitment to live a Christian Life. • I will strive to preserve and protect the environment.D. Discuss the culture of CFC YFC: 1.pat on the back 2. The team leader will encourage the parents to support their child/children in the commitment they have made.84 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) live in this country. • I commit to being a champion of the poor and inspire my family. Announcements IX.g.) in all YFC activities or any CFC community related activity. Note: Have an appropriate song played at this time. • I will respect our culture.pat on the back • Brother to brother . • I will give the best of myself to bring out the best in my countrymen. Praisefest VIII. Sharing (From the participants. Show proper respect to your YFC couple coordinators. Wearing your official YFC identification card (I. • I commit to love and serve my country with all my heart. parents and service team) VII. Welcome to the Family) V. IV. YFC brothers and sisters greeting: • Sister to sister . our traditions and our values. VI. 3.

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90 cfc youth for christ year 1 you th camp m a n u a l 4 chapter [ annex es (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) Youth Camp Checklist Youth Camp Checklist                                                                                                                                                     91                                                                              .

Friendship. . Parents Forum Dynamics I. III. Question and Answer Open forum for parents to ask questions. Four Fs: Fun. Objectives 2. Closing prayer For the participants: • • Allow one YFC service team member/Fulltime Pastoral Worker to share briefly their experience in YFC. the camp would be able to ensure the number of participants joining the camp. • Inform the parents about the activities happening on the next coming days and the various post camp activities such as Household meetings. VII. To be informed of the dynamics and activities following the camp. VI. By giving an earlier understanding of what their children will get into. II.92 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 4 chapter [ annex es (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 93 V. • • 1. Service team member or Fulltime Pastoral Worker leads the closing prayer. To have a better understanding of the mission and vision of CFC Youth for Christ. Opening Prayer To be lead by CFC YFC Coordinator. Presence of the parents/guardian should be checked and confirmed by the Couple Coordinator assigned in the camp. YFC Sharer • • The parents are asked to write a letter to their children which they will bring on the last day of the camp. mission and vision. Freedom and Faith. Follow-up Parents’ Orientation ANNEXES Note: The Parents Orientation talk is preferably conducted one (1) – two (2) weeks before the camp. Share what their child/children experience during the camp will IV. Brief history YFC How it started. assemblies. etc.

94 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 4 chapter [ annex es (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) III.Pentecost Suggested Flow: Dynamics I. Tounges Workshop ANNEXES 95 How to Pray the Gift of Tongues 1. 2. This should be conducted before the 4th session. The apostles started making a difference in this world. 2 Slow Worship Songs (Suggested songs: Spirit of the living God. 4. • Acts 2 . The key for you to use the rest of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Come before His Presence. A prayer that the evil one cannot understand. the whole world began to know about Christ. the rest was history. Direct Prayer to God.) b. Redeeming Love etc.Gifts of the Holy Spirit Exhort them into worship where they can pray in Tongues. • You might already open it or you might not. Do you want to make a difference with the power of the Holy Spirit? In this Workshop may we just humble ourselves like a child open to receive a Gift. (Praying in Tongues is not only praying in the Holy Spirit it also means praying to God.)  V. just like what the apostles did. Worship • Corinthians:12 . . Bible Verses 2. With the leading of the Holy Spirit and through the apostles.g. God will allow you to pray and use it. repeating Alleluia)  IV.) 2. It’s up to you!  II. Pray using non-verbal like Words. I give my all etc. Processing 1. After that holy experience. In His time. Ask (Ask for it in deep and sincere prayer.) c. a. 3. 3. What is Gift of Tongues? 1. 2 Fast Praise Songs (Suggested songs: God is enough. The apostles prayed in Tongues and received the power of the Holy Spirit. Introduction Share the Story of “The Upper Room Experience” in Acts 2. it’s now time to celebrate and make a difference. The Spiritual Gift that was first used during the Pentecost (Tongues of Fire). Like a Gift we should open it and use it. • There are different experiences and emotions felt but there is only one Holy Spirit who moved us. After this. Read Matthew 7:7 Note: The Team Leader/ Fulltime Worker/ Mission Volunteer / active leader can give the tongues workshop. You can ask the participants (tongues workshop) to share after. Believe (Believe that the Lord will give it. (e. 2.) 1.

Pray-over Parents’ Area Briefing ANNEXES Guidelines C. preferably in a room where they will not be seen by their children.) III. the parents are also gathered in a separate room. Opening Prayer II. I. Check the letters of the parents to their children IV. the parents of the participants are advised to come.) On the last day of the camp. The following will be done in the briefing. Express gratitude to each other B. While the last talk is given in the session hall. the facilitators will have to collect from them the letters for their children. Dedication Ceremony (invitation to YFC) V.96 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 4 chapter [ annex es (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) 97 4. Note: • • As the parents arrive. Entertain Some Question (While waiting for the cue to distribute the letters made by the participants to their parents) (This should be conducted by the couple oordinator. If the parents forgot to write. Read the letters 2. Verbalize what is in the letter 3. Review of what happened since the start of the Youth Camp (Cite significant observation and sharing in the camp. Explain to them what will happen next and why their presence is important A. the team leader should have collected all the letters of the participants to their parents. be ready to provide some pen and papers. Dialogue with their parents Discussion Starter: 1. Ask forgiveness from each other . Before starting.

of Participants Couple Coordinators Present:                                YOUTH CAMP COMPLETION REPORT        Name Contact Numbers Address Officiating Priest: Name Contact Numbers Address Service Team Evaluation Good Practices Team Head Camp Servant      • preparations • general services Facilitators Prayer Warrior Areas to Improve on 99 .98 cfc youth for christ year 1 yo u th camp m a n u a l 4 chapter [ annex es (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) Pre Youth Camp Report Youth Camp Completion Report                                                                                        Chapter Area Chapter Couple Coordinator Chapter Youth Head Date of Youth camp Youth Camp Venue (indicate address and contact number) Total No.

for christ 100 cfc youthyou th camp m a n u a l year 1 4 chapter [ annex es (2 0 1 2 e d itio n ) Youth Camp Completion Report    •   •   •    •   •       •    •                   Youth Camp Completion Report                                                                                                              101 .