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What is the Knights and Squires Encampment?
The Knights and Squires Encampment is a father/son camp out that takes place at the Marian Friary of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Griswold Connecticut. The Encampment is run by a dedicated group of Catholic men called the Knights of Lepanto, and work under the direction of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. The event takes place three times a year, Spring, Summer and Fall. The Fall Encampment is coming up on the weekend of October 19-21. Our Spring and Summer events were hugely successful, and we are looking forward to a real grand finale for this year in October! All Catholic fathers and sons are welcome.
The Encampment is an experience of Chivalry in its truest form: Manly Roman Catholic faith put into action. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass holds central place, along with Eucharist adoration and prayer. The encampment is also an opportunity for both men and boys to receive formation in the virtues of Chivalry: fidelity, honesty, courtesy, prowess and generosity. In a particular way the Encampment helps to instill in the men and boys an appreciation and love of the Blessed Mother, the flower and inspiration of true Christian Chivalry. Finally, there is also plenty of action: faith translated into deeds, with opportunities to put into practice the virtue of courtesy and the works of mercy.
The Encampments also include lots of physical activity and fun, such as fencing, archery, and at this encampment, our introduction of a real challenge course. Prepare for battle!
The Fall Encampment
The Fall Encampment will take begin on in the afternoon of Friday, October 19, with the pitching of camp and registration, and an official kickoff at 7:00 pm with a holy hour in the main chapel. It will continue all day Saturday and end at noon Sunday, October 21, after Mass and a final meeting of all the campers.
A word about the documents linked to above. Please help us advertise the Fall Encampment. The advertising flyer may be be placed in a Church or school. Just please remember to get the pastor’s approval before you post it. The Encampment schedule is subject to change, but gives a pretty accurate idea of what we will be doing over the weekend. The Registration and Release Form, you may print and bring with you filled out, or you may obtain a blank copy when you arrive to register. Even if the parent(s) plan to send a son with a proxy because the father himself is unable to attend, the Registration and Release Form needs to be signed by a parent, not by the proxy.
Radix Boot Camp
The hallmark of the Fall Encampment will be the presence of Doug Barry of RADIX. Doug will speak several times over the course of the weekend and direct his RADIX Boot Camp. RADIX is a Catholic ministry that challenges and encourages families to embrace their Catholic faith. RADIX, founded by Doug Barry, presents the Catholic faith in a clear and enthusiastic manner, using a variety of means such as drama, music, comedy and history.
RADIX Boot Camp is a powerful experience that ignites in a young man the God given masculinity that resides in him. This is a unique, life-changing event that tests the mettle of a young man, builds heroic character and strengthens his resolve.
With strong emphasis on three key areas of each man, physical, intellectual and spiritual we raise the bar and challenge a young man to realize how much he is capable of as well as what he is responsible for as a man.
Part of the Boot Camp consists in a challenge course. The friars have constructed one that is virtually identical to the one Doug has in Nebraska: Here is a video of Doug’s Boot Camp in action:
The Boot Camp will prove to be both a challenge and lots of fun. The design and supervision of the Boot Camp places safety first. We simple ask that all participants cooperate fully with the organizers. [Update]
Some physical preparation is recommended, and especially a little brush up on the catechism. Hint: Seven is a magnificent number.
Doug is recommending brushing up on the catechism, especially the Magnificent Seven. Know these. Also start getting the boys in shape physically. Get them doing push ups and some running. This will be a big help.
|Knights and Squires
|Friday, October 19, 7:00 pm – Sunday, October 21, 12:00 pm|
|Pitch Camp:||Anytime Friday Afternoon,
|Registration:||Friday, October 19, 4:30-6:45 pm|
Cost: $50:00 per family, donations welcome and financial assistance availableRSVP: (860) 376-6840 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Location:Marian Friary of Our Lady of Guadalupe
199 Colonel Brown Road
Griswold CT 06351
Things to know about the Encampment
- The Encampment is a Father/Son event. Boys need to be accompanied their fathers or an appointed male proxy for the entire length of the Encampment. In the event that the father cannot attend, and the parent(s) wishes to have his/her son(s) accompanied by a proxy, the parent(s) need to sign the Registration and Release Form before the Encampment, no later than the end of registration on Friday night.
- The activities of the Encampment are structured and organized in an age appropriate way. Parents may use their discretion as to whether their sons are old enough to camp out for the weekend. It will be the responsibility of the organizers, in consultation with the father/proxy to determine whether the boy is able to participate in any particular activity. Relative to the boot camp, younger boys who may not safely participate in it will be organized into another age appropriate activity.
- The Encampment is well designed and will be well supervised to assure a fruitful, fun and safe weekend. The boys will be expected to cooperate fully with the friars and the Knights of Lepanto. If issues of safety or the general common good are at risk, a father may be asked to exclude his son from certain activities, or if need to be to take his son home.
- No electronic entertainment devices, please. The fathers my have and use, as needed, a cell phone. The boys should not have a cell phone, mp3 player, gaming device, or any other electronic device that might be a cause of distraction for themselves or for anyone else.
- No knives, except for folding knives with blades no longer than 3 inches.
- On Friday evening, supper will not be supplied by the organizers of the Encampment. Those who plan to attend should either eat before coming, prepare their own food and eat at the camp ground or set up camp and then go out for food. There are a number of restaurants and fast food establishments in the area.
Please let others know about the Fall Encampment. Send them to this website or print our Advertising Flyer.