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2--THE PROGRESS Friday, March 22. 1963 [Second Section) REGISTRATION for the 1963 CYO camping session is presently under way and I am happy to utilize this means of extending a cordial invitation to the parents of the young people in our Catholic Youth Organization to participate in our camping program. A great deal of time, effort and money has been expended to make our camping program the outstanding operation that it is. The enthusiastic response on the part of our young boys and girls who have enjoyed camp sessions in the past indeed augers well for another successful and enjoyable session. It would be well for you to register your children as soon as possible. Our Summer Camps play a decidedly important role in the CYO Program. The ideals and principles taught to our young people at home and in school are either put into practice or destroyed during their leisure time, depending upon the direction and leadership inspired in them during their leisure hours, particularly during the long summer vacation. They can become menaces to society or responsible citizens and leaders. The Catholic Youth Organization strives to balance leisure time activities for the maximum development of both body and soul by a four-fold cycle program---religious, cultural, social and recreational. In our summer camps, our young people are removed far from the corruptive and corrosive influences of our city streets that might Poison their bodies, minds and souls; they are placed in a wholesome atmosphere where the daily routine tends to inoculate in them the three important R's--Reverence, Respect and Responsibility. All who have at heart the proper spiritual and physical development of our young boys and girls should take full advantage of the opportunity furnished them by our CYO Summer Camps to assist them in the accomplishment of this important objective. Devotedly yours in Christ, "... There is no doubt . . , that the archdiocesan camping problem is the biggest amd mast complex in the U.S.... This fact is attributable to only one thing---the/dost Reverend Thomas A. Connolly. Archbishop of Seattle. 'The Archbishop has encouraged CYO camping to operate and grow. We. the CYO staff, are given the Catholic complex with which to work. Cooperation by pastors. Sisters and the laity is understood. There are many other camp programs throughout the omltry which lack this privilege.' "' nfrorn The Progress interview with J. Gordon Hamilton, January 25, 196:]. REV. GERALD MOFFAT Director, Catholic Youth Ojanizatiol, Archdiocese of Settle AT CAMP, the air is fresh, and sleep is sound. Away from the fast paced and sensual atmosphere of modern society, CYO campers live in complete dependence on God and each other. At dawn, they gather/or the Holy Sacrifice o/ the Mass, whether it is in a camp chapel or in a mountain meadow. And through the racing hours of each summer day, the spirit, the songs, the prayers and dreams, become a part of each boy and girl's life. Learning diving, water safety, craft, archery, mountain climbing, playing ball, are nothing but learning friendliness, understanding, and cooperation. Each night, as the flames of the campfire burn low, each person knows that this warmth and security is a reflection of the .burning love of Christ for man, and somehow this knowledge grows and matures after camp ends. The happy faces around the campfire reflect some of the faith and love that camp has left with them and the qualities of leadmship it has inspired. It is into these /aces that the Church and all America look with confidence/or the/uture. Will you help the CYO continue this work?