Here are some great photos from the Recreational Activities that have been going on all week long! Our Recreational stations include: Sports & Rec, Pool, Lakefront, Arts & Crafts, Iconography, and Slavic Dance.
If you have patiently made it all of the way to the bottom of this post…your special reward is the one and only “Easter Egg” on our blog: a great photo of the elusive Camp Director Tatiana having fun at the Camp Carnival Photo Booth! (Shhh….don’t tell her she made it on the blog!)
Each night after dinner, we host a camp-wide activity for everyone to enjoy before we go to Choir Practice and Evening Prayers.
This year, we rotated each age group through a brand-new Camp Carnival held in the courtyard of the Seminary Building! All of the groups had their own pinata to break. They also got to play through a series of carnival games to win small prizes. There was face painting, a photo booth, and last but not least, a snow cone machine!
Yesterday evening, Saint Tikhon’s Summer Camp was once again fortunate to receive a visit from the wonderworking Myrrh-Streaming Icon of St. Anna, with her caretaker, Fr. Athanasy! Here are some photos from our Evening Prayers and Moleben service. Each camper venerated the icon and was anointed with myrrh. Click here to learn more about this special icon from our original 2012 blog posting about Her first visit to the camp.
This year’s theme, “In The Beginning Was The Word”, was developed by Educational Program Coordinator Mrs. Anna Marie Black. Each day of our camp week has a mini-theme, and the lessons and crafts for the mini-themes are tailored to the age groups. The schedule for the week is:
Monday: Yes, We Read The Bible
Tuesday: God Reveals Himself
Wednesday: The Psalms Are The Church’s Prayer Book
Thursday: Good News! – The Gospels
Friday: Letters from Paul – The Epistles
Our teens enjoy a program that operates separately from the younger campers in order to accommodate the educational and recreational needs of their age group. Counselors Meg, Dan, and Chris work with Teen Program Director John Bohush to guide the teens through the week of camp.
During camp, teens may choose to sign up for one of our cultural education activities (fondly known as “Culture Club”). The classes we are offering this year are Cooking, Slavic Dance, and Iconography.
- Counselor Lisa is teaching the cooking class. The teens will be learning how to create paska bread, pierogies, prosfora, cookies, and an assortment of salads (cucumber, potato, beet).
- Counselors Emilia and Ana are teaching Slavic Dancing. This year they are including more Serbian and Greek dances in addition to the Russian ones we have taught in the past.
- Our Camp Iconographer, Susan Shiposki, is walking the teens in her classes through the creation of a hand-painted icon that they will be able to take home with them at the end of the week.
Each year, we break up our teen group into four mini-teams that compete against each other in friendly games for points that are calculated at the end of the week. The winning team receives a nice prize from the Teen Counselors. This season, we have assigned FIFA World Cup team names to each of the four groups.
- Game Night takes place each evening with a representative from each team playing a different board, card, or dice game against one of the Camp Directors.
- The Bridge Building Competition is another event played for points – the teens are given a bag of random stuff which they must work together to use to build a bridge. Points are given for creativity, functionality, rule-following, and teamwork.
Each day at Saint Tikhon’s Summer Camp, we gather together for Morning Prayers in the Pavilion. It is a quiet and peaceful time during which we sing, offer praise, and give thanks to God. The service is led by our Camp Chaplain, Fr. Timothy Hojnicki of Holy Apostles Mission in Mechanicsburg, PA.
Anyone at camp may sign up to chant prayers or the Epistle during both Morning and Evening Prayers services. We have found that this is a great opportunity for our campers (and counselors!) to try their hand at chanting aloud in church. (Sometimes it is easier to have this experience away from home than it is at one’s home parish.)
We made a recording of the 15-minute service that we enjoyed bright and early this morning! Click here to watch the service.
As the week of camp continues, please feel free to contact Camp Directors Nick, Kim, or Tat if you have questions or concerns. We can be reached at 570-493-0108 or email@example.com. Thank you!