The Eugene Oregon Team 2014 traveled to Belarus in August to participate in the third annual Provincia Camp for Belorussian teens. The camp objective was to provide life skills training for at risk Belorussian teens in a summer camp setting.
The Eugene team consisted of Mindy Parks, Desi Parks, Ian Johnson, Ryan Compton, Jamie Bamford and Bill Compton. The team was asked to help train the Belorussian teens in the basic life skills of team building and communications. Another objective of the team was to identify an orphanage or children’s shelter that we could “adopt” and help provide for staff, facility, and child care needs in the year to come.
Comments from this year’s team members…
“This trip was one of the best experiences of my life. I enjoyed the camaraderie and the closeness of the team, and I loved meeting the saints in Minsk.” Jamie Bamford.
“I wish we could have stayed longer at Provincia! All in all, I thought the trip was a success, and I can’t wait to go again next year!” Mindy Parks.
Working with the young people at the Provincia Camp was Awesome!” Ryan Compton.
“Thanks a lot for participation in the camp. Personally you and of course your team was important in the camp. All the children send hello to your group and wait for them again next year.” Alena Autushka
This year’s team is already planning to return next year and spend more time at the Provinicia Camp.
The Eugene Team is “Adopting Octoberskya Children’s Shelter” as a project to promote and raise funds to help them with whatever needs they may have. Nicolai will keep us informed as to their needs.