Youth essay contest offers free week at Alaska Catholic summer camp

The local Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court in Anchorage is trying something new with its annual scholarship essay. In hopes of hearing from more Catholic youth the Catholic women’s group is offering two “camperships” to St. Theresa’s Camp in Wasilla for the summer season. Camp dates start in late June and run through the end of July. Each session is for one week and the “campership” would cover the cost for the week.

Applicants for the contest should submit a 250-300 word essay on the following topic: “What Catholic values will I use at camp this summer.”

The winning essayists will be able to register at the camp on their own, with dates that best fit their family schedule. Early registration is advised as session dates fill up quickly. The essay contest is open to all Catholic youth between the ages of 8-14.

“We are asking parents and teachers alike to encourage their children to participate,” the Catholic Daughters explain in a statement. “Catholic Daughters have always looked forward to the wonderful essays that we have received over the years. Our youth are our future church. It is always encouraging for us to hear what they have to say about their faith.”

The Catholic Daughters are hoping that news of the essay competition will filter down into parishes, schools and other youth centers.

To request an application or more information, e-mail the CDA scholarship committee at or call Kerry Whitney at 230-4726.

Completed applications along with the essay must be postmarked by Feb. 29 and sent to: CDA Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 243953, Anchorage, Alaska 99524-3953.

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