Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.
Orthodox Summer Camp was a changing factor in my life story. This is where I should add a legal disclaimer that not all camp experiences are the same and that results vary. It’s just that for me, I realized that I had a calling to serve the church in youth ministry while being at summer camp. It was as if my energy and creativity collided like superpowers and I found that I had something to offer the Church. Although my energy has subsided and I have retired from such heroic deeds, there are superheroes out there, who are running, sweating, and teaching children about Orthodoxy in an outdoor environment.
I know of the St. Stephen’s Camp of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta, located on the metropolis property, the Diakonia Retreat Center. This is a beautiful place with a lake, outdoor chapel, and fields for summer sports. The volunteer staff are energetic, and the program is superb!
Maybe you’ve had a similar experience from Church Camp? Have you been to camp this year? Did it change your life? Share you story in the comments below.
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