July 26, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
About 500 teenagers from New York and beyond enjoyed a week of fun and prayer at the Mount campus through Camp Veritas, including recreational activities with religious sisters.
A little rain couldn’t keep about 500 students and volunteers of Camp Veritas from enjoying a week of fun and faith at the Mount Saint Mary College campus.
The camp, a “play and pray” experience for teenagers in grades 7 through 12, was hosted at the college throughout the week of July 22. It featured recreational activities, daily Mass, and talks aimed at strengthening the teens’ faith. Campers stayed in the Mount’s spacious dormitories and utilized the athletic fields, basketball court, pool, and conference areas.
Camp Veritas is held in five locations each year, with the Mount site able to offer exclusive basketball and dance programs to the campers. This was the Mount’s sixth year hosting the popular camp.
Veritas is Latin for “truth,” as in the Mount’s motto: Doce Me Veritatem, or “Teach me the Truth.”
Members of religious life and priests from the Archdiocese of New York were on-hand to participate in the fellowship and serve as faith role models for the teenagers.
Alyssa Picard of Torrington, Conn., a Mount senior and active member of the college’s Campus Ministry office, volunteered as a camp counselor for the week, acting as a group leader and mentoring the teens in attendance.
“I love watching kids who have never prayed before camp come to encounter God in a personal way,” she said.
Picard also enjoyed volunteering at Camp Veritas in Ireland this year, but finds the Mount camp special because of her connection to the college.
“The Mount is by far my favorite camp that I work at,” she said. “It allows a safe and friendly environment to grow in faith and friendships.”
In addition, being at the Mount gives the teenagers a taste of the college experience.
“What better way to get to know the school than to live there for a week,” Picard noted. “The campus is filled with fond memories for these campers, and many of them will come back to tour the Mount.”