FIAT Camp 2018

FIAT Summer Discernment Camp

FIAT Camp 2018 is in the books!


See some photos (more to come, along with the FIAT Camp slideshow) and read the Arlington Catholic Herald article about the camp.

We are very grateful to the 16 religious sisters, 20 staff members, and 110 young women who made FIAT such a success this year. Here are some of their comments:

"My favorite part was getting to interact with the sisters and see how totally happy they are."

"It helped me so much to start the journey of discernment and grow deeper in love with Christ and finding who I am."

"I feel like instead of knowing what path to take, I know how to find out what path to take, and that helps A LOT."

"I really enjoyed all of the great friends I made playing sports!"

The camp was held July 8-12, 2018, at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD.

About FIAT

FIAT Camp is a great opportunity to explore your vocation, grow in prayer and friendship, and learn more about religious life!

FIAT Camp is five days and four nights at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, growing in faith, prayer and friendship with other girls as well as the religious sisters and young women discerners who staff the camp. The mornings include Mass and talks, the afternoons are sports and recreation, and evening events are a mix of spiritual and fun. There is also a pilgrimage to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.

The camp is for rising 9-12 graders.

See the FIAT Camp video

More about the FIAT Camp Lottery and Registration Process:

Due to the overwhelming popularity of FIAT Camp, registration is done by lottery. The lottery is open for the month of March for that year's camp. Those receiving a spot in the camp will receive an email by mid-April with their registration.

Those who do not secure a spot in the original lottery will be placed on a waiting list, the order of which will also be determined by lottery.  As soon as any spots are released we will let you know in the order of the waiting list.

Cost & Financial Aid Information from 2018:
The cost of the camp for 2018 was $220 per camper, which includes private room and all meals and activities and staffing during the camp. Payment plans and financial aid are available with permission of the Vocations Director, and do not effect your eligibility for the lottery. 

Payment Plan:

Camp can be paid for in three installments ($75, $75 and $70). For those issued a slot in the original lottery (April 13), the first payment will be due by May 1. Second is due June 1. Third is due June 20.

Those receiving slots after April 13 will have the schedule adjusted accordingly, but the last payment must be received by June 20.

Cancellation & Refund Policy:

Cancellations received between June 1st and June 15th receive a 50% refund.
Cancellations received after June 15th do not receive a refund.
Cancellations must be received in writing (via email) to the Office of Vocations, vocations@arlingtondiocese.org.

TESTIMONIES

Here's what some past participants had to say about their experience at FIAT:

  • “I enjoyed getting to meet the sisters and seeing that they can still be fun and awesome and be themselves while dedicating their lives to Christ.”

  • “I enjoyed the connection with God, above all. The feeling of being surrounded by people who support you in your faith and having fun with them was so amazing. It was something I didn’t realize I wanted until now.”

We are thrilled these camps have received such a great response; at the same time, we regret that we don’t have the time or the space to accommodate more campers.

While these camps are an opportunity for young people to grow closer to God and discern their vocations, they are not the only means. If your son or daughter is exploring his or her vocation, please contact the Vocations Director and he would be happy to help in any way he can.