The dates for Summer Madness 2019 are July 15-19, 2019.
Monday through Thursday, campers arrive at St. Joseph Catholic Community at 8:00 am and are picked up between 4:30-5:00 pm. On Friday, campers arrive at 8:00 am and travel with the group to Hershey Park, returning to the church for pick-up around 8:30 pm.
WHO MAY REGISTER
Any students entering grades 6, 7, or 8 in the fall may register.
The cost for the program is $175 per middle school participant. For families registering more than one middle school participant, the cost is $150 per child.
Summer Madness is an awesome opportunity for middle school parishioners to do community service, make friends with other middle school parishioners, and have fun! Summer Madness is designed to give middle school young people a chance to put their faith into action. Middle School teens spend their mornings volunteering at various organizations, including soup kitchens, nursing homes, horse rescues, farms, and more. The afternoons (Monday-Thursday) are reserved for fun outings and team-building activities. On Friday, the group travels by bus to Hershey Park, PA for a day at the amusement park.
Adult drivers (age 21+) who have completed the required Archdiocesan driving record check, background check, and child protection training course are needed to transport students to service sites each morning. These volunteer drivers are VITALLY IMPORTANT to the operation of the Summer Madness program. For that reason, priority registration is offered to families who agree to provide a driver for at least one shift throughout the week of camp.
For parents who are unable to drive at all for Summer Madness for whatever reason, we encourage you to be creative in recruiting a relative, neighbor, or friend to apply as a driver in your place. If this is not possible, we are happy to accept your registration form during the General Registration period.
Our high school volunteers can provide babysitting at the church for younger siblings (mornings only) to allow parents with young children to volunteer as drivers. Please note on your driver application form that you will need babysitting.
While spaces are not guaranteed, we can tell you that last year, all middle school applicants were able to secure a spot in the program.
Registration is now closed. Please email Doris at email@example.com to inquire about being placed on a Wait List.
Middle School Youth Group
My name is Scott Link and I’m the new coordinator of Youth Ministry here at St. Joe’s! I’ve been working in Youth ministry for over 10 years now. I graduated from Calvert Hall in ’99 and Lynchburg College in ’03. I was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame for lacrosse at Lynchburg and still play weekly with Severn River Lacrosse Club in Annapolis! I attribute my love for the Church to my awesome family (my four brothers and my amazing parents). I learned about faith from watch my mom praying for us constantly as we traveled back and forth from the hospital for stitches and casts (she should be canonized someday since it’s a miracle that we are all still alive, proof that prayer does work). I love all sports, mountain biking, being Catholic, traveling, movies, hiking, Italy (and all its food), the Pope, music, my gorgeous holy wife, my hilarious 3 daughters and doing youth ministry. My favorite saying is “In coelo quies est” (Latin) or “In Heaven there is rest.” I still can’t believe that I get paid to talk to teens about Jesus and the Church – sure beats tents making (like St. Paul). Be Holy, and I’ll see you in Heaven!
MSYG meetings typically take place on the first and third Fridays of the month during the school year from 6:30-8:00 pm in the SJCC Youth Center unless otherwise noted. A highlight of our Middle School Program is the “Summer Madness” week of service in July.
We are looking for young people in 8th grade or older who sing and/or play a musical instrument (any instrument is great!). We rehearse on Sundays before the 5:00 pm Mass, then play at Mass. Contact the YM Office for more information.
Resources for Parents
- Beyond the Pew is a video resource that is specifically geared towards engaging parents. There are short, quick videos with practical ways for parents to bring the faith home. You can find the video blog here: http://beyondthepew.org/ or on their youtube channel
- SJCC offers families a free membership to the website FORMED.org which offers a huge selection of videos for all ages to grow in their faith. Enter parish code HR7RK7.
For more information about these ministries, please contact:
Youth Group Coordinator
Administrative Assistant for Youth Ministry