Ukrainian Orthodox Church of USA
Camping Programs Come to Close
Diocesan Church School Camp, Teenage Conference and Mommy & Me/Daddy & Me completed another blessed year of bringing together the youth of the Holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Over 170 campers participated in this year's programming along with over 35 rotating staff members.
The camping programs developed the Consistory Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry 2008-2009 theme "In the Beginning..."(Genesis) Different aspects of this theme were focused upon at each encampment such as "Finding Christ in the Old Testament" and the "Light of Christ Illumines All".
Diocesan Church School Camp was blessed to begin its year by participation in the Consecration of St. Thomas Chapel and 30th Anniversary of All Saints Camp. The campers and staff were blessed to sing parts of the Divine Liturgy and participate in many other aspects of the celebration. Additional highlights of DCSC 2008 include: Daily Divine Liturgy at St. Thomas Chapel (1st week), daily church school classes, Special Interest Classes (Ukrainian dance, Ukrainian History/Culture, Crafts, Nature, Singing and Cooking), 4th of July Celebration, Boys/Girls Night Out, swimming, annual visit to Laural Manor Elderly Center, Days of Prayer, Night Swims, bon fires, Noah's Ark Dance and a special visit for Mother Caratina from Holy Transfiguration Monastery.
Teenage Conference celebrated its 50th Anniversary Celebration with many special events including a three day homecoming for alumni, erection of 15 foot commemorative cross on the prayer trail and a 1950's inspired dance. Teenage Conference favorites new and old were experience, such as: Ukie Olympics, Unplugged at the Amphitheater, Living Orthodox Session with Fr. John Harvey, Fr. Bohdan Hladio, swimming, Ukie Night, Guest speakers His Grace Bishop Daniel and Natalie Kapeluck Nixon (Consistory Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry). Another special event at TC 2008 was a concert by Orthodox recording artist Fr. Peter Jon Gilquist followed by an open mic night for the campers.
Mommy & Me/Daddy & Me experienced its largest encampment to date nearly reaching full capacity! The campers learned about the prophets each day as they journeyed to foreign lands with their "Passport to the Prophets". They met several of the prophets such as Jonah, Abraham and Gideon. Parents enjoyed guest speaker Phyliss Onest (Director of Religious Education Greek Metropolis of Pittsburgh) and talks with encampment Spiritual Director Fr. Taras Naumenko. Mommy & Me/Daddy & Me perennial favorites were also to be seen with daily swimming, Parents Night Out, crafts, signing, and bon fires.
The encampments continue to grow in the love and grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The final encampment of our Archdiocese will take place over Labor Day weekend with Family Fest.
Articles and photos of the 2008 Camping Season will be available beginning September 1, 2008 at the Consistory website at www.uocofusa.org/offices - Office of Youth Ministry. Please look for article in the Ukrainian Orthodox Word in the upcoming months.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church Camping Programs are for children ages 4-18 years (parents for Mommy & Me/Daddy & Me). Staff is always needed. For further information about these programs, for volunteer opportunities or to donate please go to www.uocofusa.org/offices - Office of Youth Ministry of contact the Consistory Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-977-2010.