The countdown begins! We are now exactly 80 days from camp, and preparations are in full swing. There is just over one week left for our prospective counselors to get their applications in the mail, with the deadline being next Friday, April 26. But campers still have until May 31 to decide whether they want to join us for another season of fun and friendship at St. Tikhon’s Summer Camp.
If you or your camper are still trying to decide whether or not our camp is right for you, we’d like to give you some information to help you make up your mind.
Lake Counselor Alexander Macura assists a group of yellow shirts from the dock.
I’m Afraid I Won’t Know Anyone or Make Any Friends
If you are interested in coming to St. Tikhon’s, but you are worried that you won’t know anybody and won’t be able to make any friends – it’s an understandable concern. At some point, all of our campers and counselors have had the same fears. Even the camp directors! But we encourage people not to worry about that one too much since it is so easy to make a new friend at camp. You spend the whole week learning and doing fun activities with a group of other children who are the same age as you, and you will share meals and living quarters with them too. So you will get to know the other campers just by being around them! We also do group icebreakers on the first day to help facilitate relationships. And you already have your faith in common, so you already know at least one thing about everyone who is there!
I Don’t Know What To Expect
If you don’t know if you want to come to camp because you’re not sure what goes on there…we’ll tell you! Here is a quick run-down of our daily schedule:
The whole camp rises early to prepare for Morning Prayers in the Pavilion before breakfast is served. Then, campers return to the Dormitory to clean their rooms for Room Inspection. The rest of the morning, each age group takes turns enjoying religious education class, boating, swimming, and sports on the field. After Lunch, everyone has quiet time in the Dormitory while the sun is at its worst. Later in the afternoon, recreation time continues with more opportunities to use the lake, the pool, the field, or the washerboards down at the gym. Dinner is then served. Afterwards, a fun camp-wide activity might take place, such as Pinata Night. As the sun begins to set, everyone gathers for Evening Prayers, and one by one, each age group goes to bed.
We also participate in Vespers and Liturgy in the Monastery Church on Friday night and Saturday morning, respectively.
I’m Afraid I Might Get Homesick
If you are worried about the possibility of being homesick, that’s definitely an important thing to consider when making the decision to come to summer camp. If you think you might be just a little bit homesick, we encourage you to come anyway and see how much fun it is, and you will probably have a blast. But if you are truly very scared about being really homesick for the week (and if you have never stayed away from home overnight before, or have not done so with success), you may want to consider waiting until you have more practice staying away from home and begin to feel more comfortable with it, before committing to a full-week overnight camping program.
A quick smile for the camera in the Trapeza.
I’m A Teenager, And I’m Worried I Won’t Have Any Fun
Fear not, teenage friends. If you are between the ages of 14 and 17, our camp has a program designed especially for you, and not in a hokey way. Our teen program was designed by former teen campers who wanted to improve the schedule and the educational program to make it more enjoyable for (and more applicable to) high school-aged campers. We even have special classes and events just for the teens, to set them apart from the younger age groups entirely. The teen program is now in its 9th year, and the majority of the teens who participate can’t wait to return the next season and reunite with the great friends they made at camp. We strongly encourage you to give it a shot. But don’t wait until the last minute, because we have limited space for the teen program, and it gets filled very quickly!
If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email us at 570-493-0108 or email@example.com. Registration forms are available at www.sttikhonscamp.org.