KEIZER — A weeklong rally for the Higher Calling youth group kicked off with fun events held at the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes baseball stadium on Aug. 3.

The group usually meets for a week each summer at Camp Yamhill, but that was canceled to follow COVID-19 pandemic regulations. 

Mike Douglass, program director for Higher Calling, put together many events for the group of about 100 teens starting with an afternoon at the stadium and followed up with daily events at St. Edward Parish in Keizer and Bullwinkle’s restaurant. 

The young people also hosted Father Hans Mueller, parochial vicar of Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton. Father Mueller presided at Mass.

The liturgy was followed by a barbecue dinner cooked on site by members of the Knights of Columbus from St. James Parish in McMinnville. Father Mueller also had the honor of kicking off the evening’s fun on the Volcanoes’ field.

Higher Calling Camp was founded in 2000 with 22 young people from St. James Parish in McMinnville and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Vancouver, Washington. 

The program has grown to include as many as 200 young people from more than 50 parishes.