The Diocese of the South
Orthodox Church in America
St Peter the Aleut Camp Information

May 15, 2012
St. Peter the Aleut Orthodox Summer Camp
 
Dates:  Monday, July 2nd - Friday, July 6th, 2012
Cost: Early Registration: $260.00; Late Registration: $280.00/Each
Ages: 8 - 18 - Older Youth & Adult Staff Needed!
Pan-Orthodox Camp Open to Orthodox Youth & Friends of all Jurisdictions
Registration Packet Forms are On-Line at:
http://www.stgeorgepantry.org/summercamp1.html

Mail all camp registration forms and payment to: St. Seraphim Cathedral;
c/o Archpriest John Anderson; PO Box 191109; Dallas, TX 75219-1109

It's now officially time to mark your summer calendar and think about getting those registration forms in the mail!  This summer, the annual St. Peter the Aleut Orthodox Summer Camp will again be held in North Texas, beginning on midday of Monday, July 2nd and lasting until midday on Friday, July 6th.

The spiritual focus theme of this year's camp will be, "Connecting with Christ in our Heart of Hearts."  As in past years, there will also be special campfire question and answer sessions for the older youth.

As in past years, St. Peter the Aleut Summer Camp is open to those ages 8 - 18, with older teens and young adults needed to help staff as Junior Counselor. Junior Counselors must be ages 17 or older. Senior Counselors must be ages 18 or over, including young and not-so-young adults.

Partial scholarships are available for those who can help out as camp counselors and staff. However, beginning this year, a special Staff Authorization Form must also be completed and submitted for all who would like to serve as camp leadership staff.  See form in the section along with registration and other forms.

Camp Chaplains will again include Fr. John Anderson Rector of St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral in Dallas, Fr. Antonio Perdomo, Rector of St. George's Orthodox Church in Pharr, and hopefully several other clergy staff members.

Camp Director, Archpriest John Anderson of St. Seraphim Cathedral in Dallas, Texas, shared that the camp fee will remain that which has been charged during the last few years. $260.00 per person.  Those who register early receive a discounted price of $260.00 per person. If payment is received after June 6th, the registration fee is $280.00 per camper.

Camp will again be held at the YMCA Camp Grady Spruce at Possum Kingdom Lake, South of Weatherford, Texas (about 2 hours S. of Ft. Worth). For a map, see: https://www.campgradyspruce.org/images/upload/Driving%20Directions.doc

Since 1993, this wonderful summer camp has been sponsored by the South-Central Deanery of the Diocese of the South in the OCA. Camp registration has always been open to Orthodox youth participants of any jurisdiction, as well as catechumens and any of our camper's non-Orthodox friends.

The summer camp is a mixture of prayer, spiritual sessions, and all of the usual suspects you'd find at summer camp: swimming, horseback riding, sailing, archery, arts and crafts, shooting, blobbing and much more! Special campfire times are held in the evening for the older set. A Divine Liturgy is served during the week. And of course, the annual talent show and camp awards will complete the week's special events.

As much as possible, we will try to accommodate those who are fasting or have special food needs during the camp. Please inform Fr. John about any special dietary or fasting restrictions or other special needs!

Photo Set from St. Peter the Aleut Camp, Summer of 2009:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8135007@N03/sets/72157623874150659/
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