The Commission on Youth held its 2nd National Youth Camp entitled Exodus 2014 last May 19 to 24, 2015 at Risen Christ Parish, Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines. The biblically based catechetical formation program undertaken by the 107 participants from San Antonio Ma. Claret Parish (Zamboanga), San Vicente Ferrer Parish (Tumahubong), Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (Maluso), Risen Christ Parish (Tungawan), Claret Urban Poor Apostolate (Montalban) was based on the story of the Israelites journey from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promise Land. The Exodus story was imparted to the young people through group dynamics and activities making the Word of God felt and lived. The participants practically walked for 52 kilometers for 10 hours from the Claret Formation Center in Tungawan to the mountain of Batungan (that served as the Mt Sinai) to the ricefields and plane area of Brgy. Sto. Niño, Tungawan that served as the Promise Land. They were asked to reenact the Passover Meal, to undergo ten challenges in view of the Ten Plagues, to undergo tiring group dynamics in order to live out the slavery that the Isarelites underwent, to sleep in the field and the mountain, and many other unforgetable experiences.
The program was a contextualized version of the “Exodus” youth camp of the Claretian Missionaries of Betica in Spain by Fr. Louie Guades III, CMF, youth commission head of the Province.