On Friday, September 28, 2012, our Timber Wolves (boys and girls) camped out for Forty Hours devotions at Mater Ecclesiae, our host parish — the boys and their leaders on the church grounds, the girls and their leaders at a local homestead.
The evening began with the setting up of camp. Akela Chris and Mang brought tents, tiki torches, and a portable fire pit. (There would be more than enough wood on the ground for kindling and fuel for the fire.) The leaders decided to set up camp on the far side of the parking lot as Mater Ecclesiae is located on a busy rural road and this site offered protection from drivers using the property to make U-turns and the like. In addition, there were already a few picnic benches at the site!
A number of our Sura Timber Wolves were needed for service at the altar, but with the girls joining in we made for a fine procession.
From the North – from the South – from the East – from the West
May good camping come to you always. Fellow campers, I declare the campfire open.
Who hath smelt woodsmoke at twilight?
Who hath heard the birch log burning?
Who is quick to read the noises of the night?
Let him follow with the others
For the young men’s feet are turning
To the camps of proved desire and known delight.
—Rudyard Kipling, “The Feet of the Young Men”
During the night, the boys took turns going into the chapel to keep Holy Hours with Our Lord.
During breakfast, Father came out for speak with us for a bit and christened our camp “Camp St. Michael” as it was St. Michael’s feast day.