Photo by Stephen Barany
For adults on campus, summer at Notre Dame is wedding season. But for thousands of teenagers each year, June, July and August are something else entirely: summer camp season.
This summer, more than 1,000 high school students signed up to visit campus for Notre Dame Vision, a McGrath Institute for Church Life program that asks participants, “God is calling. How will you answer?” The four one-week sessions explore vocation — to ordained religious life or the laity — through motivational speeches, small-group discussions and even musical theatre. Here, attendees and their mentors (students from Notre Dame as well as from Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross colleges) file into the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, which hosts a reconciliation service and a Mass for the students during each week of the camp.
Notre Dame’s teenage campers liven up all corners of our sleepy summer campus, but if you really want to see them make an impact, visit the dining halls at rush hour. Self-serve frozen yogurt machines combined with legions of parent-free high schoolers? Now that’s entertainment.
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