This is a good metaphor for what Icthus means in the lives of thousands of young people who meet weekly in Latin America and the USA. In Icthus, though their lives may be difficult, they have guides to hold on to.
Providing Icthus to children through the end of the year would be a great 49th Birthday gift (only $9 per child for 6 months). Or, you can also become a monthly sponsor (only $1.50 per child per month).
A special bond grows between kids and guides of the same cabin. They eat, sleep and do activities together. Things come out that reveal the children’s needs. The cabin guides provide counsel to help the kids.
Ricardo, an 11 year-old boy from Costa Rica says, “My favorite part of Icthus so far is camping.” Describing one thing he learned, he said, “There was a boy in my cabin who had a problem with saying bad words. Anytime someone bumped him accidentally or beat him at a game he got angry. One day he got mad at me. My cabin guide helped him see that we don’t always get our way.”
Ricardo and his cabin mates learned this lesson and many others at camp. Without camperships from friends like you many children would not be able to go to camp. Camperships are $25 per child.
You are a member of the Icthus family. As we celebrate the 49th Anniversary we praise God for the many friends, guides and national leaders who hold on to and guide young people in this international family. Just like the human knot game, it takes teamwork.
The best Icthus birthday gift we can give is our commitment to work together, guiding young people and also encouraging one another to be all that God created us to be.
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