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Youth Resources

Image: Youth attend an event at Holy Spirit ChurchWhat is needed today is a Church which knows how to respond to the expectations of young people. Jesus wants to enter into dialogue with them and, through his body which is the Church, to propose the possibility of a choice which will require a commitment of their lives. As Jesus with the disciples of Emmaus, so the Church must become today the traveling companion of young people (Pope John Paul II, World Youth Day 1995).
Many parishes in the Diocese of Grand Rapids have regular and ongoing programs for young people to meet together and grow in faith. Find out more by contacting your closest parish. 
Ministries in the Diocese of Grand Rapids
Diocesan Youth Ministry Orgainization (DYMO) Camp is a week-long Catholic camp for high school students. Held in June every year at Camp Pinewood in Twin Lakes, DYMO Camp offers the youth of the Grand Rapids diocese the opportunity to explore and grow in their Catholic Faith is a relaxing camp atmosphere amongst the great Michigan outdoors and along with volunteer adult staff and the Holy Spirit.  A day at camp includes liturgy, meals, small group experience, workshops and horizontal time and much more!  

Grand Rapids Catholic Committee on Scouting
Scouting is youth ministry. It is this concept that has brought together members of the clergy, Scouters, Knights of Columbus, Serrans, and the Catholic laity to form the Grand Rapids Catholic Committee on Scouting. Together the collective desire is to bring Catholic Scouts (boys and girls) in the Diocese of Grand Rapids a better understanding of their religion, a closer relationship with God, and information about vocations through the programming offered by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting and the Boy Scouts of America.

Catholic Girl Scouting
Four religious recognition programs exist for young people of various ages. By completing the program you are eligible to receive the medal and patch that correspond to that program. Medals may be worn or your Girl Scout or Camp Fire uniform. For more information or to apply for a religious recognition medal, contact Mark Mann at the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

NET Retreats
Each year, parishes and schools in our diocese host a team of young adults from NET Ministries to share their faith through music, skits, conversation, and community building. To find out more, contact Mark Mann at .

Going Global: Catholic Relief Services
CRS Education: Going Global with Youth is a gateway to activities, prayers, stories, web links and opportunities that looks at global issues through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching. Use this resource to see the world with new eyes and be challenged to respond to our faith call to global solidarity.
 Photo credit: (above) March for Life 2013, Washington, D.C.