We spent some time this season filming on-the-spot interviews with our campers and counselors. Enjoy learning about camp from their perspectives!
We owe our faithful blog readers a great and very humble THANK YOU for following our events during the 2013 season of St. Tikhon’s Summer Camp. Our readership was so high during camp that we exceeded our 10GB per month bandwidth and needed to increase the size in order to maintain our site! (We don’t know about you, but we think that is the best kind of problem to have.) Thank you all very much for keeping an eye on us during the week of camp and beyond.
We have so much great imagery and information still to come from the 2013 season. There is more to share about what the teen group did at camp, as well as some more creative video content!
So… even though our posting frequency has died down, please be sure to keep checking back once a week or so.
Among our summer campers, there is a wide variety of talent that is displayed every year at the Friday night Talent Show. This season, we had a very expressive show with dancing, gymnastics, singing, stand-up comedy, and card tricks.
It is a long-standing tradition at St. Tikhon’s to end the week with a bonfire accompanied by dancing out on the parking lot of the Dormitory building. The damp weather was no match for our warm spirits on Friday night. We spent the last few hours of camp together dancing, laughing, and enjoying each other’s company. Additionally, the Camp Directors may or may not have unleashed several hundred glow sticks that made the evening even more bright.
Friday at St. Tikhon’s Summer Camp was overcast and gray, which seemed appropriate for the last day of camp. But little did our participants know the surprise that was in store for them after Vespers! The entire camp body gathered at the Lakefront to bear witness to the first-ever Counselors vs. Monastics Boat Race! It was close…but “Team Orange” (counselors) beat “Team Black” (monastics) in the end. We have been warned to expect a rematch in the 2014 season.
The week at camp is quickly drawing to a close! Our workshop leaders were eager to begin wrapping up the lessons the children have been learning all week. The camp’s theme this year was “To Gather Together”, with the goal of educating the children about what makes up the Church. They learned about the physical body of the church, about different entities both visible and invisible, about the physicality of our church services (using all five senses to experience Liturgy), about the annual church calendar and feast days, and created large maps to learn about the different dioceses and jursidictions as represented at our camp.
Our afternoon activities were much the same as the other days of camp, with the children enjoying their recreation periods and wrapping up arts and crafts and iconography projects. The teens especially did a great job at their Cooking Class on Thursday in learning the difficult cooking technique of making crepes in a frying pan. Everyone took advantage of swimming, sports and recreation, and the lake…including Camp Director Tatiana!
On Thursday evening, we had some special activities for the younger groups. A water balloon toss helped to cool everyone down after a very hot afternoon. Then, each age group took turns breaking a pinata and sharing the spoils. We ended the evening peacefully in our final Evening Prayers service of the week.
This season, it is our new initiative to include videos as part of our public outreach and parent relations. Please enjoy the following summer camp footage!
On Tuesday, we were fortunate to have two very special visitors to St. Tikhon’s Summer Camp.
Bishop Michael of the Diocese of New York-New Jersey, and the Rector of St. Tikhon’s Seminary, spoke with our teen campers in an afternoon workshop before joining us for dinner. Afterwards, the children each received Bishop Michael’s blessing and the gift of a triptych icon that he brought back from a recent trip to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.
Following dinner, we transformed the Gym into a movie theatre, where the blue, green, and yellow shirts had their own limited engagement showing of Despicable Me.
Then, during Evening Prayers, our second very special visitor arrived – the myrrh-streaming icon of St. Anna. Our campers were very fortunate to be able to venerate this icon in the 2012 season (you can read all about the icon, its background, and last year’s visit here.) We are very grateful to the icon’s caretaker, Fr. Athanasy, for bringing her and the holy myrrh to anoint our campers and staff.