UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
UOC Camping Ministry Offers Programs with Faith, Fellowship, and Fun
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church finishes its fourth camping session of the summer today as families leave after a week of the Mommy and Me, Daddy and Me (MMDM) program. The St. Nicholas program, which ran for the first time this June, was dedicated to families of children with disabilities. The other two programs, Teenage Conference and Diocesan Church School Camp (DCSC), were both two weeks long and ran back to back from June to July. Over 130 campers participated between the four programs, and children came from over 20 different parishes from America, Canada, and Ukraine.
“All Saints Camp is good for young people because this is sanctified ground,” said Larry Kopp, the new manager of the campground. “The longer I’m here, the closer I feel to God. Just being here, surrounded by holiness, is good for us and the children.”
God is everywhere, but it is easy to feel His presence at All Saints Camp. The campground has a long Prayer Trail with icon shrines going up the hills of the property, benches by the bank of the Alleghany River, and St. Thomas Chapel, which was dedicated in 2008. Each of the programs is designed to work with that by bringing Christians into a community to grow in faith together. Fun events like the Ukie Zabava and a Greek Odyssey night run alongside religious activities like iconography and a Prayer Walk, and often games are both fun and faithful. The Amazing Race, for instance, had campers competing to decipher clues from the Bible and be the first group to reassemble their team’s icon. The activities were all worked into this year’s theme of “In His Image,” and campers ages four to eighteen learned about what it means to made “in His image” and to witness His image in others.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church provides Christian children and their families a community of believers, a place to relax and have fun, and a chance to grow in Christ. With 58 years of experience welcoming and supporting Christians in America, the camping ministry continues the tradition of faith, fellowship, and fun in the 2016 camping season.