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Exploring Camp Turner

     Today on “Our Daily Bread,” host Fr. Paul D. Seil, pastor of St. Bernadette Parish in Orchard Park, NY will be taking the show on the road, as he heads to Camp Turner in Salamanca, New York. Camp Turner is a summer and winter residential camp operated by the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. The camp is located inside the Allegany State Park about 90 minutes from downtown Buffalo, NY.

     Founded in 1923, Camp Turner's mission statement reads, "Honor God in the Children Confided to Your Care." This camp serves boys and girls ages 7 -16 and is open to all regardless of religious affiliations. Camp activities include horseback riding and care for the horse, archery, hiking and creek-walks, outdoor living skills, low-ropes, arts and crafts, woodshop, campfires, beach trips, numerous sports, and dances just to name a few. 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,” explains Mr. John, 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.” Mr. John continues, “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 12th at 6:30 a.m. and Noon on WKBW-TV Channel 7. On the menu: Camp-fire Packets with Chicken, Onions, Pepper and Potatoes, Pizza filled Pudgy Pies, and Banana S’mores. All recipes featured on this show and can be found at www.odbtv.org Please subscribe to the Daybreak TV Production YouTube Channel, where entire “Our Daily Bread” shows can be viewed. Also remember to “like” us on Facebook @Daybreak TV Productions and on Instagram @ daybreak716.