Immediately following these two important gatherings was the 2012 Inter-Orthodox Christian Camp, Youth Worker & OCF Chaplain Conference exploring the theme of Presenting the Message of the Gospel to Today's Youth. The highlight of the conference was the keynote address entitled "Sharing a Living Faith" by Fr. Bogdan Bucur, Assistant Professor at Duquesne University and pastor of Anthony’s in Butler, PA.
The conference was divided into three tracts of study: Youth Work, Orthodox Camping, and Orthodox Christian Fellowship/Campus Ministry. Each tract provided several workshops focusing on such topics as bullying, best serving special needs campers and effective campus ministry.
In addition to the keynote address and workshops, participants had the opportunity during meals, and free time to congregate and socialize with fellow Orthodox youth workers. All joined together for daily Vespers and Orthros, and celebrated in the Divine Liturgy with His Grace Bishop Thomas.
Over 70 youth workers from across North America attended the conference. The participants were able to take home with them with a renewed spirit of agape, cooperation and joy of community. The conference is sponsored by the various jurisdictional youth departments and the Orthodox Christian Camp Association (OCCA). The 2012 conference was generously hosted by the Antiochian Archdiocese’s Department of Youth and Parish Ministries and the Department of Camping.
The 2013 Orthodox Christian Camp, Youth Worker and OCF Chaplain Conference will be hosted by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese’s Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.