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Camping Scholarship Applications Now Available

The Order of St. Ignatius Camping Scholarship Forms have been mailed to every parish of the Antiochian Archdiocese.  Each parish is provided the opportunity to assign $700 in camping scholarships to the young people of their respective parish.  The Order of St. Ignatius commits $175,000 annually to camp scholarships.  More than 700 young people received scholarships from the Order of St. Ignatius in 2010.  The scholarships may be used at any of the eight camping programs in the Antiochian Archdiocese.  For more information regarding the Order of St. Ignatius Camping Scholarships, please speak with your parish priest.

Antiochian Village Sacred Arts Program

The Antiochian Village Camp now offers a Sacred Arts Program that includes Byzantine Chant and Iconography camps for teens 14-18, parish workshops on Byzantine Chant and a Byzantine Notation Workshop for adults 18 and up. For more information visit our website

Antiochian Village Camp Registration and Staff Positions Now Open

Now is the time! Registration is now open for 2011 camp programs at Antiochian Village! Register now for Winter Camp, Summer Camp and Sacred Arts Camps.

The Village is also now accepting applications for 2011 Summer Camp staff.

  • Dates:
    • Winter Camp Session 1: January 14-17, 2011
    • Winter Camp Session 2: February 18-21, 2011
    • Service Weekend: May 20-22, 2011
    • Family Camp: May 27-30, 2011
    • Summer Camp Session 1 (1 wk): June 19-26, 2011
    • Summer Camp Session 1 (2 wks): June 19-July 1, 2011
    • Chanting Camp Session 1: June 19-July 1, 2011
    • Chanting Camp Session 2: July 3-15, 2011
    • Summer Camp Session 2 (2 wks): July 3-15, 2011
    • Summer Camp Session 3 (2 wks): July 17-29, 2011
    • Iconography Camp: July 17-25, 2011
    • Summer Camp Session 4 (2 wks): July 31-August 12, 2011
    • Special Olympics Camp: August 12-20, 2011
    • Family Camp Homeschool Edition: August 26-29, 2011

Memorable Camping Season Continues for Some, Winds Down for Others

Ah, sweet summer! Another eventful, fun-filled camping season is winding down in some dioceses, while the August Session is still to come in several camps.

Due to the generosity of the Order of St. Ignatius, $175,000.00 filled camp scholarship coffers, enabling children of all backgrounds and ages to attend sessions at Antiochian Village, Camp St. Nicholas in California, Camp St. Thekla in South Carolina, St. John Summer Camp in Alaska, St. Mary of Egypt Camp in Washington, Camp Transfiguration in Quebec, Canada, Camp St. George in Iowa, and Camp St. Raphael in Oklahoma.

At Camp St. Nicholas, August campers will enjoy this dance: "Week 3: Out Of This World--Get ready to reach for the stars and LAUNCH into a dance that is out-of-this-world. Dress up as your favorite outer space characters from Star Wars, Star Trek, etc. Or come dressed as an astronaut, star, or planet! The possibilities are endless - just like outer space!" Meantime, in Quebec, Canadian Antiochian children will enjoy "...the Afternoon program, which includes sports, waterfront activities, carpentry, rock climbing, archery, riflery, and more....After dinner, the camp community comes together again for daily Vespers. Each night there is a different program such as a hafli, scavenger hunt, serenade night, campfire, or some activity that the whole camp participates in together."

To view a photo gallery of camper fun and fellowship, click here.

Register for Antiochian Village Summer Camp 2010

Give your child a memorable experience this summer at Antiochian Village Camp under the leadership of our Head Counselors - Chris Shadid and Johanna Said! Register your children for camp for the summer of 2010 and let them build life-long friendships that are rooted in the Orthodox Faith and Jesus Christ. The summer of 2010 promises to be an unforgettable one at the Antiochian Village.

For more information on camping opportunities across the Archdiocese, visit the Department of Camping.

Apply Now for Camp St. Raphael 2010

Application forms for Camp St. Raphael's 2010 Summer sessions are now available online. The first session runs from June 27-July 3, 2010; the second session runs from July 4-10. Deadlines for applications are May 1 for the early-bird rate ($300) and June 1 for the regular rate ($325). For more information, please visit

Fr. Anthony Yazge has made camp scholarship applications available to each congregation. For more information, please contact your parish priest. The absolute deadline for scholarship applications in March 1.

Third Annual DOWAMA Wintercamp

The 3rd Annual DOWAMA Wintercamp will be held February 26th - 28th, 2010! The camp will take place in Huntsville, Texas, one-and-a-half hours north of Houston, and the featured speaker will be Fr. Jason Roll. Please visit for all of the forms needed for the camp as well as a flyer to put up in your church! We hope to see you all in the Lone Star State!

*Ncense Releases New Recording "Rising from the East"

*Ncense, a vocal group composed of young men from the Antiochian Archdiocese, has recently released a new CD. Titled "Rising from the East," the new recording contains hymns from the Divine Liturgy for the feast of St. Raphael of Brooklyn. Proceeds from sales of the CD will go to benefit Orthodox camping programs. The project was sponsored by the Fellowship of St. John the Divine, and follows *Ncense's previous recording "Every Good and Perfect Gift."

To order, please download a PDF order form, or e-mail for more information.

Register for Winter Camp at Antiochian Village

The days are becoming chilly at the Village and the nights are downright cold.  That can only mean one thing - Winter Camp must be around the corner.  We have two sessions of Winter Camp planned for young people in grades 7 through 12 on the observances of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend (Jan. 15-18) and Presidents weekend (Feb. 12-15).  There are two ways to register: online or mail-in paper forms.  If you register online, you will need to download and mail the Medical and Snow-tubing forms.    We are also accepting Winter Camp Staff applications.  Our tentative theme for both sessions of Winter Camp is "The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make."  Don't wait another day, register today!  Check back soon for more details and visit our Winter Camp page for additional information.

Bishop ALEXANDER Visits Camp Transfiguration

On August 17-18, 2009, His Grace Bishop ALEXANDER visited Camp Transfiguration, which was held this year at a new location central to our diocese, at Camp Kenebec in Arden, Ontario. On Wednesday, August 19, His Grace celebrated the Divine Liturgy assisted by Fr. Joseph Purpura and Fr. Iskandar Younes. Other clergy from our Diocese that were present that day are Fr. Boulos Moussa, Fr. Gregory Murphy, Fr. Mark Arsenios Wyatt and of course Fr. Michael Shaheen who stayed at Camp Transfiguration throughout the whole duration of camp (August 16 to 22). Fr. Ghattas Hajjal also visited the camp later on Friday. Fr. Anthony Bahou from Dallas, Tx, made a surprise visit from Wednesday to Friday.

Click here for more pictures from Sayyedna's visit...

Audio Available of Department of Camping Presentation at Archdiocese Convention

Click here to listen to the presentation from Dept. Chair V. Rev. Anthony Yazge at the general assembly of the 2009 Archdiocese Convention.

More audio from the 2009 Convention is available from Ancient Faith Radio.

Record Number of Children Attend Camp at Antiochian Village

His Grace Bishop THOMAS passes on the following message:

Beloved of the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic:
May God bless you always.
This summer a record number of our children are spending time at the Antiochian Village Camp.  I've been blessed to share some of this time with them at the Camp.  I encourage you to go on the Camp website to view what has been happening this summer of 2009.  In order to see the photos, go to the Camp website and see the Summer Memories section.
Thank you.
Yours in Christ,

A Letter from Camp

Beloved Sayyidna Basil and my Brothers of DOWAMA:

Camp1-web Greetings from Camp St. Raphael (YABOY)!

Thank God, by your holy prayers we had a wonderful first session and are ready to welcome the second group of campers this afternoon.  The weather has been perfect and the campers and staff have had an amazing time so far.

From Christian Ed. to Sports to Divine Services, it's very easy to see the Holy Spirit's presence in everything happening here.

Camp3-web It has also been very nice to worship in our newly renovated St Raphael Chapel.  New sheet rock, paint, ceiling and air conditioning have all enhanced the chapel.  This, as you know, was done through the generosity of the faithful of our Diocese.  If there is any way any of you can journey up to CSR this week, it would be OUR delight to welcome you to camp.


Thank you all for the sustaining prayers you have offered and continue to offer, and for the campers and counselors your parishes have sent to us.  They are our greatest joy.  Please continue to keep us in your holy prayers.

Antiochian Camps Remind Priests of Scholarship Deadline

February 27, 2008

Dear Brother in Christ,

Christ is in our midst!

This is just a last second reminder regarding camp scholarships through the generosity of the Order of St Ignatius.  Each parish was mailed a form for awarding up to $700 in camping scholarships.  The scholarships may be applied to any of our eight camps:

  1. Antiochian Village - Pennsylvania
  2. Camp St George - Iowa
  3. Camp St Nicholas - California
  4. Camp St Raphael - Oklahoma
  5. Camp St Thekla – South Carolina
  6. Camp Transfiguration - Canada
  7. St John Summer Camp - Alaska
  8. St Mary of Egypt Camp - Washington

The forms that were mailed to you in early January must be postmarked by March 1st and returned to our office.  All of our camps are receiving numerous requests for additional scholarship assistance.  We are unable to provide such assistance until we know what scholarship funds remain.  It is for this reason we must insist that the St Ignatius Scholarship forms be returned this week.  If you have a camper who has a particular need for additional scholarship assistance that your parish is unable to provide, please have them write to the camp director of the camp they wish to attend stating their specific circumstances and needs.  To contact our camps, please follow the link to our website:

If you have already sent in your scholarship form, I thank you for assisting us and more importantly taking care of your youth who so desperately need our attention and care.

May our Lord bless you with a fruitful Lenten journey to the empty tomb!

Yours brother in Christ,

Camp News for January

Summer Staff AppsNow Available to download!

Winter Camp Winter Camp Friends

It's that time of year again!  Do you want to spend a great weekend in faith and fellowship?  Can't wait to get back to the Village.  Your wait is up.  Winter Camp is just around the corner:
Session 1: January 18-21, 2008
Session 2: February 15-18, 2008  
Find out more information about Winter Camp here.

Winter Camp applications are available to download.  Click here.

If you are a former staff member or CIT, you can join our Winter Camp Staff.  For more information and a downloadable staff application, visit our Winter Camp Staff page

Winter Camp 2007 Session 1

Camp Dates 2008