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)
Fr. Nicholas BelcherThe Diocese of Wichita Winter Camp 2016 (WAMP) will take place at Camp St. Raphael in Wagoner, Oklahoma from January 15th-18th, 2016. The retreat speaker will be Fr. Nicholas Belcher from Hellenic College/Holy Cross. Teens in 7th-12th grade can register for the retreat at www.2016wintercamp.eventbee.com.
Questions? Contact DOWAMA Youth Director Erin Ghata at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photography by Nick Barakos
Where on earth would you find Bishop Anthony worshipping with Greek, Antiochian, Romanian, Serbian, Russian, and Chinese families in one place? At Family Camp, October 2-4, 2015, north of Minneapolis, Minnesota! For over a decade, members of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in West St. Paul, MN, have helped organize a pan-Orthodox Family Camp that includes parishioners of over a dozen Orthodox churches in the Minnesota area.
This year, we were blessed to have Bishop Anthony of Toledo as our main speaker. Over 160 people spent the weekend in a beautiful retreat setting with our Orthodox friends from all different churches learning about how to live as Orthodox Christians in a secular world. Captivating, inspiring, and entertaining, Bishop Anthony recapped the change in American culture over the decades and spoke with passion about the world we live in. Not to leave us depressed, he offered solid instruction for survival in such a changing world.
The Very Reverend Dr. Joseph Purpura, chairman of the Department of Youth and Parish Ministries, has announced that the January 2016 Annual Orthodox Christian Camping and Youth Worker Conference for parish youth workers, SOYO Advisors, and Teen Advisors, is set for January 21-23, 2016. The Conference will be held at St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral in Dallas, TX, and the theme is "Feed My Sheep: Crisis, Trauma, and Everyday Life."
Parishes are encouraged to send their Parish Youth Workers, Youth Director and Teen SOYO Advisors. More information will appear on the Orthodox Christian Camp Association website's conference page, once additional details are confirmed.
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