So when does a Catholic parent think their child is ready for the trenches? Many organizations with militant vocations toward other religions that do not think the way they think are out in numbers for the summer break. Summer camps are the thing to send your child for the continuing 'faith enrichment' process of their learning years. However, not all camps are recommended for Catholic families.
Young Life, for one, is an organization that preys on the youth and evangelizes them to their way of thinking. In their "About" section, they describe the hierarchy and that each are trained for the next phase with the bottom phase being the young and vulnerable. They are trained to reach every teen. There surely is a need to continue to find and help those that even today do not know Jesus Christ, but I truly believe that no "Christian" organization should take the place or even try to supplement the Catholic parent role with their children. The Catholic Church is so misunderstood and misinterpreted that even Catholics get it wrong on many important issues and doctrine, which poses a very detrimental situation for Catholic parents who send their children go off to Protestant-sponsored camps for an entire week. It has been a concern for many Catholic families that there aren't enough Catholic camps and ministries for our youth, so as a result, they resort to other churches. We need to change this situation immediately!
In the meantime, these organizations are making things fun and exciting, full of lively and hip music and great food and games. Campers and visitors alike come to have fun and find new friends.....is Jesus one of their new friends they find? Are they taught that Jesus is God, Almighty, Omnipotent and our creator; bigger than our minds can conceive, that He is divine? Is He being worshiped and adored, or just introduced as a friend our new BFF? Modern theology has thrown the divine and sacred out with the holy water and the Catholic parishes around the country are letting it happen as long as Catholic families continue to be unguided if not ignored when it comes to summer down time and recreating their youth. Vacation Bible School, (VBS) stops at 5th or 6th grade, of course then the older children can help with VBS, but is that enough? Life Teen starts at 9th grade, but what about the 7th and 8th graders?
Am I missing something?