Camp Saint Paul Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Jul 28, 2014
NEW YORK – Camp Saint Paul celebrates its 10th Anniversary since its establishment as the camping youth ministry of the Direct Archdiocesan District. The success of this program is paralleled by the other camping programs across the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. This 10th anniversary year, the program hosted more than 600 campers in its four weeks of operation.
Archbishop Demetrios of America took a two-hour drive from NYC up to the scenic Berkshire Hills of Connecticut near the town of Litchfield and visited Camp Saint Paul, on Thursday, July 24.
Amidst the serene beauty of nature and next to the picturesque Bantam Lake, about 150 campers, beaming with enthusiasm and anticipation, along with their counselors, the staff and several members of the Clergy were at hand for the welcome and the activities that followed. Under the guidance of His Grace Bishop Andonios of Phasiane and the care of camp director Fr. Elias Villis, an outdoor barbecued luncheon had been set-up. Also present to assist and support the campers and their program were the National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas, Frs. Luke Melackrinos, Demetrios Kazakis and Chrysostomos Gilbert and Deacons Georgios Kolios and Eleftherios Constantine.
His Eminence enjoyed the company of the children, their Greek dancing and their numerous questions. In the outdoor chapel of the camp, the Archbishop offered a few words of spiritual enlightenment and encouragement and expressed his pride and appreciation for the camp and the participation of the campers. Later, in a separate session with teenage campers, the Archbishop heard the participants express their concerns about various challenges they face in their lives.
Camp Saint Paul, just like the others camping programs of the Archdiocese, offers an opportunity to our young people for physical wellness and spiritual edification. It provides them with all that is necessary to stay close to the Church and the Faith. It is a great service and ministry to the youth, building and cultivating their Orthodox and Hellenic character.
In addition to “Ionian Village,” the national youth summer camping ministry of the Archdiocese in Greece, there are 19 other camps operating in the United States as follows: Direct Archdiocesan District: Camp Saint Paul; Metropolis of Atlanta: Saint Stephen Summer Camp; Metropolis of Boston: Metropolis of Boston Camp; Metropolis of Chicago: Camp Fanari, St. Mary’s Church Camp; Metropolis of Denver: Camp Emmanuel, Eastern Orthodox Youth Camp; Metropolis of Detroit: Metropolis of Detroit Summer Camp, St. Nicholas Camp, St. Timothy’s Summer Camp; Metropolis of New Jersey: Camp Good Shepherd, CVC Summer Camp; Metropolis of Pittsburgh: Summer Camp Nazareth; Metropolis of San Franscisco: St. Nicholas Ranch, Ascension Cathedral Camp, All Saints Camp, Camp Angelos Youth Camp, Saint Sophia Camp and All Saints Pan-Orthodox Summer Camp.
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