The Antiochian Archdiocese is blessed with eight camping programs which are each ministering to young people in their respective geographic areas. Each camp is unique in its characteristics and facility, yet all are following the same mission of presenting young people with a living experience of the Orthodox Christian faith. While each camp has its own mostly volunteer staff which plans and executes its program, the Department of Camping oversees each program to insure that the highest safety guidelines are followed, a consistent program is presented at all of our camps, accreditation is maintained, and oversees the distribution of the Order of St. Ignatius Scholarships to each camp.
The following list is of all the current camping programs in the Antiochian Archdiocese. For more information, please follow the link to the individual camp's web site.
Antiochian Village Camp; Pennsylvania (Antiochian Archdiocese)
Camp St. George; Iowa (Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest)
Camp St. Mary of Egypt; Idaho (Diocese of Eagle River and the Northwest)
Camp St. Nicholas; California (Diocese of Los Angeles and the West)
Camp St. Raphael; Oklahoma (Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America)
Camp St. Thekla; South Carolina (Diocese of Miami and the Southeast)
Camp Transfiguration; Ontario (Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada and Upstate New York)
Camp St. Innocent; Alberta (Diocese of Eagle River and the Northwest)
Even while winter is still bringing snow and rain, summer camp registration for Antiochian Village is open, and spots are filling up quickly, with 925 campers already registered. Notes the Village Facebook page, "...keep in mind that last year, most sessions were full by the end of February, so make sure you register right away!" After a session is full, parents can phone the Village's office at 724-238-9565, to be added to the Wait List. Those new to Antiochian Village must set up a family account online before calling the office to be added to the List.
In addition to the camping experience provided by Antiochian Village, there are seven regional camps all over the United States and Canada, serving hundreds of children throughout the summer. The Department of Camping explains that each program is overseen, "to insure that the highest safety guidelines are followed, a consistent program is presented at all of our camps, accreditation is maintained, and oversees the distribution of the Order of St. Ignatius Scholarships to each camp." (Find the list and more information here.)
Contact the The Order of Ignatius to learn about schoalrships for camp.
His Grace Bishop Basil writes:
Over 180 teens and OCFers from throughout the Diocese of Wichita gathered at Camp St. Raphael the weekend of January 17-18 for 2015 Winter Camp (WAMP). Many thanks to Fr. Daniel Bethancourt of St. Nicholas Church in Shreveport, Louisiana and Erin Ghata of St. Elijah Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, advisors to DOWAMA Teen SOYO, and all who helped them plan this event.
A Love Story
God's Love Revealed through Salvation history
with His Grace Bishop Basil
WHEN: Friday January 16 - Monday January 19, 2015
WHO: DOWAMA Teens
WHERE: Camp St. Raphael (a.k.a. YMCA Camp Takatoka - Wagoner, OK)
COST: $125 Teens (T-Shirt included) - $110 Chaperones (Must complete application and be accepted)
2015 Winter Camp (WAMP) will take place January 16th-19th at Camp St. Raphael (YABOY!) in Wagoner, OK. The featured speaker will be Bishop Basil. Flyers and registration forms are attached to this page. If you have questions, please contact Diocese of Wichita Youth Director Erin Ghata at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dept. of Camping News Archive