Extended mission trips, conferences, camps, and pilgrimages are high impact experiences that can be transformative for youth. They present opportunities for leadership development, deeper experiences of community, and an opportunity to help youth feel a part of the larger Catholic community. Here are some opportunities this summer.
Reach Out-Reach In is a week-long service learning experience held in July each summer. This archdiocesan program provides young people with a local experience of service, simple living, prayer, and justice education. The week is open to teens currently in grades 9-12.
Parishes, retreat centers, high schools and other organizations offer opportunities around the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and list them on the Summer Programs for Youth webpage.
San Damiano Encounter is a summer faith-based leadership experience for high school youth. Sponsored by the St. Clare Center of Cardinal Stritch University, the program focuses on faith, community, leadership, theology and mission in the spirit of St. Francis. There is no cost to participants due to a generous grant.
The Center for Ministry Development offers Just5Days, an experience of service, hands-on learning, prayer and community building for middle school youth and their adult leaders, hosted by St. Mary Parish, Hales Corners..
St Meinrad School of Theology, Indiana, offers this five-day Liturgical Leadership Conference for parish and school teams of high school students and their adult leaders. The conference offers today's teenagers a deeper understanding of, involvement in, and enthusiasm for the liturgy.
Week-long conferences at Notre Dame University, Indiana, encourage youth to recognize their gifts and learn how to use them in response to God's call in their lives.
Camp Gray, operated by the Diocese of Madison and located in Reedsburg, WI, offers summer camp weeks and retreats for various age groups.
The Center for Ministry Development offers Young Neighbors in Action, a week-long, service learning experience for older adolescents, often as close as Green Bay or Chicago.