"The solution is to be found through the sanctification of the parents. Become saints and you will have no problems with your children." Father Porphyrios , Wounded By Love

Friday, June 12, 2009

Summer Camp


What should the camping experience be like for our youth today? It's an interesting question because around the world the answers are varied. In some countries it seems the Church sponsored camps are still gender divided, so the issue of two piece bathing suits or sneaking out of cabins isn't a problem. The relics are plentiful in other places and the miracle stories are around every corner. What about where you live?

If you're involved in camping or retreat experiences, here's a link to the Pan-Orthodox Summer Camp Association website dedicated to sharing resources, activities, games etc that might come in handy for Orthodox Vacation Bible School Programs, for example, on the local or district level.

All in all, I'm a product of Orthodox Camping programs...and although they couldn't safeguard me from sins in my youth, I think God still worked through those experiences to nurture my faith and set aflame a desire to learn more. But I'd more conservatively say that today, I have tougher expectations from a camp. First and foremost, it must be a holy experience. What ranks important to you?

I've found that some camps do the "spirituality" better than others, so investigate before sending off your kids...and if you are looking for referrals, let's chat.

Don't forget to visit the Children's Corner at Potamitis Publishing online for excellent printable activities to enhance your summer learning. All of the above images are wonderful samples of what you can find there. Our SCRIBD Orthodox Education group online also has a Camp Song Book to get you started as well as other lessons to download for free.

1 comment:

Elenie said...

Here are the camps I have firsthand experience of if you'd like more information:

IONIAN VILLAGE
(Greek Archdiocese of America, located in Greece)

CAMP NAZARETH or MOUNT TABOR
(Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh, held at Carpatho-Russian facility)

ALL SAINTS
(Ukrainian Orthodox Camp located in Pennsylvania)

ANTIOCHIAN VILLAGE
(Antiochian Archdiocese located in Pennsylvania)

SAINT SOPHIA
(Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, located in California)

ANNUNCIATION CAMP
(Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey, located in Norfolk, Virginia)

CROSSROAD
(Pan Orthodox for high school juniors and seniors to discover their vocation in Christ, located in Brookline, Massachusetts)

ST STEPHEN'S
(Greek Metropolis of Atlanta, located at the Diakonia Center in Salem, South Carolina)

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There are over 60 Orthodox Camps in America. Below are links to online directories even worldwide

http://atlmetropolis.org/index.php?pr=Orthodox_Camping_Programs

http://www.orthodox-christianity.org/life/pilgrimage/rest/

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