Arcātheos Knighthood (formerly known as 'Officer Training'), is the new name of our revamped leadership program for Catholic boys ages 13-17. During this rigorous time of formation, boys are prepared with essential skills that will not only enrich their lives back at home, but will prepare them to lead the younger boys at camp.
Decisions for acceptance will start being made known by May 30th of each year. Those who are accepted will be given a password to access the “Knights Only” page below. From there they can download their pre-camp preparation packages. This will include a small research assignment, as well as some reading material to help them prepare for the journey beginning on day one of Officer Training.
Knighthood Registration will be closed on July 15th of this year. All applications MUST be completed or in the final stages by this time. No new applications will processed past this date.
2017 Admission Requirements:
Once online registration is complete, all subsequent application requirements are to be submitted to the Knighthood Admissions Co-Ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Complete the online registration including all applicable forms.
2. Provide proof of Baptism as a Roman Catholic (copy of certificate).
3. Provide proof you will be 13 years or older as of July 26th 2017 (exceptions can be considered on an individual basis).
4. Complete and submit the 2017 Knighthood essay topic (topic posted below).
5. Following the submission of your essay, you will be contacted by the Knighthood Admissions Co-Ordinator in order to arrange a short interview which will be conducted via phone.
6. Once accepted, you will be given a password to access a pre-camp registration package. You must consent to giving sufficient time to reviewing the information that will be contained here, and to informing the Knighthood Admissions Co-Ordinator once you have done so.
The Knighthood Application Essay Topic for 2017 is as follows:
Consider these 2 Scripture passages.
John 10:27-29 –– My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
Isaiah 43:2 –– When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
In the light of these Scripture passages, write an essay in response the following questions: "When my life circumstances are changing and uncertain, and when I am tempted to be fearful, what would Jesus Christ have me do? In difficult times, why does it become even more important for me to focus on my own conduct, and on living a life of virtue?"
Please write your answers in detail. Essays MUST be a minimum of 12 sentences. Knighthood applications will not be processed further until they meet this requirement. If you are having difficulty with the essay, please feel free to ask for help from your parents, your parish priest, or send an email to our Knighthood Admissions Co-Ordinator.
Upon completion of this application, you will be contacted by the Admissions Co-Ordinator to know if you have been approved for the 2017 camp. Unfortunately, we are not able to grant admission to all applicants.
If you have any questions regarding the application process or the Knighthood Program itself, please do not hesitate to send an email to our Knighthood Admissions and Inquiries Co-Ordinator at email@example.com. You will receive a reply within 24 hours.
From Current Knights:
I can truly say that attending Arcātheos has changed me for better and has helped me to deepen my relationship with Christ. During the ten amazing days of Camp, we received rigorous training, not only in areas of physical strength and skill, but also in spiritual areas, which I found to be very beneficial.
As a Cohort Leader in the past year, I can say that God really pushed me to take my confidence, strengths and skills to new heights, as well as step out my comfort zone, for the sake of the boys who had been placed in my charge. I had initially wanted to be put in the lowest rank, but clearly Christ had other plans, and while I was rather surprised and intimidated at first, my doubts were quickly laid to rest after a time of prayer.
While I did not believe I was worthy of the responsibility that had been entrusted to me, I put maximum effort into my responsibilities, and now looking back, I can see that this experience greatly increased both my confidence and my trust in God, helping me to more easily face problems in real life, knowing that God is always in control, and working through me for the good of everyone I come into contact with.
Over the years that I have been coming to Arcātheos, I have learned much
and done much. I have gained help from God in the form of virtues. But the
one where I know the King has helped me the most is humility. At camp the
boys look up to the officers for help and guidance, and we do the best that
we can with what our God has given us. With the humility that I have
learned from God, I understand not only the boys and my fellow officers
better, but myself better as well. Before I came to Arcātheos for the first
time (then called Rivendell) I knew that I wasn't perfect, but I did not
know how I could be better. Now that I have been going to camp for four
years, I know now how I can improve. In humility and other virtues I have
become a better person, a better officer, and a better man than before I
answered the God's call in my life to be His servant. Now I understand what
the Church means to me as a Catholic and what my role in the world means to
me as a Servant of Christ.
John van den Bosch