Ionian Village is the summer camping ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Each year, Orthodox Christian teenagers and young adults come together under the programs of Ionian Village to embark on spiritual and cultural journeys. The "Ionian Village Experience" provides campers and staff with the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the saints, travel throughout Greece, and build their relationship with Christ all while having the best summer of their life!
Ionian Village Programs
Summer Camp (2 Sessions)
Through a one-of-a-kind camping program, campers get an up close and personal experience of their Orthodox faith and Hellenic heritage, all based from the beautiful and peaceful Ionian Village campgrounds in Peloponnesos, Greece. Our experienced and dedicated staff comes from all over to facilitate one of the best programs available. The constantly changing, innovative program is reviewed and adapted each year in an ongoing effort to remain relevant and to address the ever evolving needs of our campers. We disconnect at camp technologically, further encouraging our campers to fully engage in the once-in-a-lifetime experience that includes unique at-camp sessions during the day, a never-ending series of exhilarating and energetic evening activities, and, of course, the awe-inspiring trips that are the cornerstone of Ionian Village.
The Spiritual Odyssey program offers young adults the opportunity to take ownership of their Orthodox faith and Greek heritage. This trip is a must for any young adults looking to come closer to their faith, their culture and themselves. By packing each 12-day program with trips and activities, participants can rest assured they are fully immersing themselves in whatever corner of the Hellenic world they find themselves in that summer. The destinations of these small group pilgrimages change frequently and aim to highlight cultural and religious treasures that would be difficult to experience on your own. Spiritual Odyssey is open to young adults between the ages of 19-25.
Ionian Village On-The-Go
Introduced in the Fall of 2013, IV On-the-Go is a new ministry that allows communities to bring a taste of Ionian Village to their parishes. With flexibility in mind, IV On-the-Go visits communities across the country to host exciting youth events and retreats focused around the Ionian Village mission to bring our young people into closer contact with our faith and heritage. Completely sponsored by the Office of Ionian Village, IV On-the-Go provides everything from seasoned staff, a custom-built program, and supplies to each participating parish, along with the promise of an unforgettable Youth Ministry experience.
Ionian Village Alumni Project
With over 17,500 people as part of our Alumni Network, word is out about Ionian Village. The goal of the Alumni Project is to re-connect with as many of our past participants as possible. Help us reach out to other alumni this year by attending (or hosting!) an alumni event, reading The Golden Bridge Newsletter, or encouraging friends and family who have been a part of this ministry to register with the Alumni Project online.
For more information on any of our ministries, please visit us at www.ionianvillage.org.