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)
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 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.
Ancient Faith Radio is pleased to announce the launch of a new podcast, featuring updates from staff, clergy, and campers of Antiochian Village Summer Camp. It Takes A Village features homilies, stories, and reports from the daily life of Summer Camp for parents and friends to experience a bit of the life-changing ministry that happens there. The first episode features His Grace Bishop Thomas sharing a homily during the first session of camp this summer. The podcast, found at www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/avillage, will continue throughout the year to encourage alumni and friends of the camp to continue in their faith journeys.
Staff training week at the Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA, is complete, and Session One has started! Meet the 2015 summer staff on the Village's website.
The Village's Facebook page reported on Day One this way:
Three words to describe Monday's weather: hot, humid, and rainy. But such could not dull the spirit of our campers, as they were active as ever. We started off the morning with breakfast, giving everyone an extra hour to sleep in. This provided them with the energy they needed to remain attentive in their first sessions of morning program! Some attended "Ask Abouna," doing a Q & A with our lovely session priests, Abouna James King from St. Mary in Livonia, MI, and Fr. Noah Bushelli from St. Philip in Souderton, PA. Our chanting cabins went to the Conference Center for their morning practice, and the rest of the campers were scattered about the camp, and the challenge course.
Dept. of Camping News Archive