Over 100 campers, parents and staff assembled at our peaceful and beautiful All Saints Camp to finish the first two weeks of 2017 camping season. It was an amazing two-weeks discovering the Champions of Faith. Campers gathered daily in prayer at St. Thomas Chapel. The days that followed included interactive church school classes based on the theme, singing/music, games, crafts and various activities.
Addressing the campers, Vladyka Daniel spoke of the spiritual meaning of the Feast of Nativity of St. John the Baptist and explained the meaning of three feast days of the Church Calendar that celebrate Nativity: Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; Nativity of the Birth-Giver of God and Nativity of St. John the Baptist.
Later in the day, Archbishop Daniel spoke to the parents and campers on behalf of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, relating the prayerful greetings of the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and expressing gratitude to the staff of All Saints Camp, and especially the leaders of DCSC.
Speaking to the group of about 50 teenagers, Archbishop Daniel reflected upon the Gospel narrative of the day, calling upon the youth of the Church to be vigilant, as the temptations of modern world often try to pull them away from the Light of Christ.
Bidding farewell to the campers, Archbishop Daniel gave a final blessing and wished the campers spiritual fun while at the Church’s Prime Camp facility.
Diocesan Church School Camp is a program of the Ukrainian Orthodox Camping Ministry and the Consistory’s Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry for children between the ages of 9 and 13. Applications are always available in February of each year.
The second session of the camping ministry, Teenage Conference started on July 10th for teenagers.
The Mommy & Me/Daddy & Me session for parents and children ages 4 - 8 is still accepting applications. They may be downloaded at www.uocyouth.org.
Family Fest will take place Labor Day Weekend.
We ask that you keep the remainder of our Church’s Camping programming in prayer for the rest of the summer!
Archbishop Daniel Visits All Saints Camp - 07/11/17
Photos by Subdeacon Mykola Zomchak