Exploring s'more of the diocesan campgrounds

by PAULA DEANGELIS-STEIN
Fri, May 11th 2018 04:10 pm
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Daybreak TV videographer Andy Golebiowski records footage for the upcoming `Our Daily Bread` episode on Camp Turner.
Daybreak TV videographer Andy Golebiowski records footage for the upcoming "Our Daily Bread" episode on Camp Turner.

This May on "Our Daily Bread," host Father Paul D. Seil will be taking the show on the road, as he heads to Camp Turner in Salamanca. Camp Turner is a summer and winter residential camp operated by the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Diocese of Buffalo. The camp is located inside Allegany State Park about 90 minutes from downtown Buffalo.

Founded in 1923, Camp Turner's mission statement reads, "Honor God in the Children Confided to Your Care." This camp serves kids from 7-16 and is open to all regardless of religious affiliations. Camp activities include horseback riding, archery, hiking, outdoor living skills, low-ropes, arts and crafts, woodshop, campfires, beach trips, sports and dances. There are even more specialized programs for older campers which include a high ropes experience, a backpacking trip and a leadership training workshop.

"Camp Turner strives to foster an emotionally safe culture in which everyone feels welcomed, listened to and accepted for who they are," explained John Mann, director of Camp Turner. "This culture begins with the staff and how they treat each other. Staff members are expected to model the beatitudes, the golden rule, and to bear witness to the Gospel in their relationships. This is the basis for creating a respectful Catholic community and providing a positive experience of church that campers will remember." Mann continued, "We strive to provide opportunities for campers to experience and practice respect, mercy, forgiveness, honesty, faith, justice, service and openness to God's will.  Most importantly, all staff and campers are encouraged to seek the presence of God in themselves, in each other, and in nature."

To learn more about Camp Turner, tune in to "Our Daily Bread" Saturday, May 12 at 6:30 a.m. and Noon on WKBW-TV Channel 7. On the menu: campfire packets with chicken, onions, pepper and potatoes, pizza filled pudgy pies, and banana s'mores. All recipes featured on this show can be found at www.odbtv.org

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