"At the end of the day, God won the war"

My experiences at Extreme Faith Camp

by Abby, 10th grade.

“Without my experiences at Extreme Faith Camp, I would not have the relationship with God that I have today, and I would be an entirely different person. EFC changed my life for the better in multiple ways over the years.

My first year at camp was in seventh grade, and I didn’t know many people. The few that I did know were in a different cabin and small group, so I tried to get to know new people. I also went to confession for the first time since my first communion, and learned what Adoration was when I went for the first time. I learned how to pray, I actually began to understand the faith, and I met some of my best friends. The most important part; I loved every minute of it. 

I had this community now, and people I could rely on. We were all in the same boat, just trying to be the best we could and grow in our relationship with God.

Coming out of eighth grade, I spent the first week of summer waiting for EFC to come. I had definitely grown in my faith, but there were personal things I had been dealing with that put a wall between me and God, and I wasn’t sure how to deal with them on my own. There was a bit of drama, but coming back from camp that year was the happiest I’ve ever been. Things felt more resolved, and I became closer with many more people. I had this community now, and people I could rely on. We were all in the same boat, just trying to be the best we could and grow in our relationship with God.

My third year at camp was on prayer team, and it is by far my favorite and the most important year. I spent hours and hours on end in the adoration chapel praying for the campers, and it took a lot of focus and patience. It exhausted me a little but I felt closer to God than ever before. I struggled with doubt and trust, but at the end of the day, God won the war. I was friends with pretty much every girl coming into prayer team, but I got to know most of the guys too. It felt like a family, and we held each other accountable.

Though I’ve only been away from camp for a few weeks, I have gone to adoration for 30 minutes to an hour almost every day, and the relationships have carried over. The girls from prayer team are already planning to meet up and have a bonfire.

Extreme Faith Camp has truly changed my life, and I am so thankful for it. “

- Abby, 10th Grade


Do you have a story that you would like to share about how God was worked in your life? Email Ruth: rgladitsch@stmacatholicyouth.org!