Joseph’s Cardijn Solidarity Camp for KYCS

14 12 2009

KOTA PADAWAN – A total of 118 Young Christian Students (YCS) members from nine schools in Kuching and Serian participated in a three-day Joseph Cardijn Solidarity Camp (JCSC)  themed ‘Food Crisis: Gather all the pieces together and let nothing be wasted [John 6:12]’ at St Lukas’ Catholic Centre from 18-20 November.

JCSC was named after Joseph Cardijn who inspired the formation of the YCS organisation. The focus of the JCSC09 was applying the YCS methodology of SEE-JUDGE-ACT to the food crisis occurring both in this country and globally. Coordinated by Cassandra Shim of SMK St Teresa and Benedict Tan of SMK Penrissen No 1, the students formed their own committee to organise the camp, under the supervision of student animators and the Archdiocesan Youth Office.

The Camp was divided into three main sections with different themes – SEE, JUDGE, and ACT. The SEE part included a talk by Fr Simon Poh and four seminarians from St Peter’s College on their experiences with food crises. There was also a visit to the Department of Agriculture in Semenggoh to see how food was processed and prepared, and a talk by Harun and Awang from NGOs on the impact of food crises in the country.

Stephanie Ng, the Youth Coordinator of the Kuching Archdiocesan Youth and Vocation Commission (KAYVC), conducted a Theological Reflection for the JUDGE session, where she showed two videos illustrating the suffering of those undergoing food crises.

The session themed ACT was facilitated by Ralph Balan and Kenny Simon, and covered the actions that could be taken by participants to deal with food crises as an individual and as a school. All school representatives drew logos to show their commitment to making a change in their school YCS movements for this issue.

The Camp also included time for Mass, prayer, solidarity activities, animation sessions, games, and team cleaning activities.

Reuben Ryan Then