Subject: my week at "Mission Possible" Camp
(thoughts from a 7th grader at St. Martin parish)
I have some great news for you I went to Mission Possible Camp last week. It's a camp where you help others and a ton of fun!
My 1st day started at 7:45 a.m.
We met at St. Martin's church they brought us all donuts!! and you could have as many as you want. I met all the other kids there, made new friends and then we went to St. Pius in Dallas together for a larger group of kids to meet and make more friends and get into groups. I had to pack a water jug, food and snacks. I brought my buddy with me to this camp. We went to an Achievement Center for kids that are mentally disabled in Dallas. I saw lots of kids that were happy but were not able to do stuff on their own like me. We spent the day making them smile and playing games with them like UNO. I had lunch with all the kids it was so fun to see them so happy with all of us, and had fun!
2nd day started 7:30
We had had more donuts at St. Martin's when we met up. Then we went to the Saint Vincent de Paul Thrift shop store in Dallas to work. We were shown how all the operations of how to run the store worked. They first get donations of clothes, toys, stuff they need. Then we sorted it out, we helped with folding all the clothes and hung stuff up, we fixed the store shelves so they looked good. It was very cool to see people come in and buy things that they needed at a very cheap price. We had lunch there and hung out as a group, good stuff!
3rd day, same time to meet up at St. Martin's
We went to a Nursing home in Rowlett Texas, it was nice! I was happy cause I love old people. this was exciting for me to see the wise and old people there. We played volleyball with them with balloons, we did Art, I had lunch with them and then we painted and had fun, they loved it!!!
4th day same time
Met at St. Martin's and had more donuts. Then we went to St./ Pius met with our groups. Then we went to a cool place in Dallas called the 'North Texas Food Bank' this is where they feed over 47100000 a year. I helped with the whole group as a team we moved empty wooden pallets, we sorted food. Lots of can goods, boxes, and boxes of stuff all new food, stuff for allergies, pasta etc... We saw a lot of food that day we were told tons!!! We were in a large group with Mission Possible people and we also met and worked with many other groups that day. My group fed over 8 thousand people in 3 hours of our time. My Mom and I separated and sorted tons of food. Mr. Mike who worked at the food bank said we made 8,572 meals for the time we helped and worked together, just a few hours. I felt so proud and so happy it ended my week with a huge smile to see the others happy! We all cheered with all the other kids I met there. Mike he had never had so much help he usually only has 5 people a day help him for this charity work. I will go back to that place because they really, really need helpers and anyone can do this they just have to give time and smile! After we were done we got to go the Hawaiian Falls Water park as a celebration with my whole group from St. Martins with all the helpers and people that donated their time to the camp. We stayed until it closed and I went on all the water parks rides and slides. Also I ate pizza - yummy! from the place by the big slide with cool music. It was a great experience to me!
We are different.
We are one sorted clothes rack different.
We are one painted wall different.
We are one organized toy bin different.
We are one meal made different.
We are a helping hand different.
We are a satisfied customer different.
We are one week different.
One week stronger
One week kinder.
We can make a difference in a week.
We are mission possible different.
written by Brooke, a youth participant in Mission Possible 2008
WHAT IS MISSION POSSSIBLE SERVICE WEEK? - - - - -An annual service and justice education event, Mission Possible is a multi-parish service week for High School and Middle School Youth and their Adult Leaders. This event, though coordinated through cooperation of Parish Leadership, is supported by the Dallas Diocese Youth and Young Adult Ministries Office.
HOW DID MISSION POSSIBLE START? - - - - Mission Possible was established in 1995 at St. Jude’s Parish in Allen, Texas by youth ministry coordinator Tammy Amosson. This first Mission Possible consisted of about 50 students and adult volunteers. The youth ministry team was inspired by Connie Amosson, Tammy’s mother-in-law, who provided a vision for the growth of Mission Possible.
WHO ORGANIZES MISSION POSSIBLE? - - - - - Leadership for this event comes from participating parishes! “Regions” are set up from which a group of parishes provide leaders who collaborate to set up service sites, programming, prayer activities, training of Adult Leaders, Catholic Social Teaching education and fun! The event kicks off with a gathering of ALL Mission Possible participants for Mass and Rally on Sunday night…getting us all ready for the Service Week ahead. Then the next four days are spent WORKING together within Regional groups! To cap off the week, each Region determines some type of activity for their participants and families to enjoy together!
WHO PARTICIPATES IN MISSION POSSIBLE? - - - - Middle School and High School Youth and their Adult Leaders participate in Mission Possible…approximately 1100 participants from at least 28 parishes participate annually. Annually Mission Possible volunteers acts of service throughout the Dallas Metroplex providing over 36,000 hours of service activities, justice education, service learning, prayer and fellowship.
WHAT DO PARTICIPANTS DO DURING MISSION POSSIBLE? - - - - Young People and their Adult Leaders witness to their Baptismal call to “serve others” by their actions…and made a difference in lives and neighborhoods. Crews go out to serve in a variety of ways. Agencies served ranged from homeless shelters, food banks, Senior Citizen Centers, public parks, fire and police stations, roadside clean-up, crisis pregnancy centers, shut-ins, random acts of kindness, advocacy groups, and more! We also focus on Service Learning activities as well as prayer….and we have fun doing it all!!!
WHO FUNDS MISSION POSSIBLE? - - - - Youth Participants are asked to pay a nominal fee each year. This fee covers supplies for the week, their Mission Possible T-shirt, a large group rally and Mass on the first night of Mission Possible and snacks and drinks provided each afternoon as crews return from their worksites. This fee is traditionally set by the Mission Possible leadership team, of Region Leaders, for a given year.
HOW DOES A PARISH GET INVOLVED? - - - -
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Mission Possible Mission Statement
Through Mission Possible, parish communities within the Diocese of Dallas collaborate to help young people and adults understand and respond to their baptismal call to serve others. Mission Possible is rooted in the Gospel values of justice, peace, and human dignity as defined by Catholic Social Teaching.