This year, the Eastern Diocese’s summer camps reached out to nearly 500 youth and young adults from throughout our local parishes.
The 2019 camp season concluded this month with Hye Camp at Camp Hickory in Illinois ending its ten-day program on August 3, and with St. Vartan Camp at the Ararat Center in upstate New York ending its six-week program on August 10.
A highlight of every camp session was a visit by Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel, who taught eager campers throughout the day, and spent time engaging the youth and young adults in conversation.
Diocesan pastors Fr. Aren Jebejian, Fr. Tadeos Barseghyan, Fr. Khatchatur Kesablyan, Fr. Vart Gyozalyan, Fr. Vasken Kouzouian, and Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian served week-long “tours of duty” as camp directors, aided by the staff of the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Kathryn Ashbahian and Jennifer Morris.
The Diocese is especially grateful for the generous efforts of the counselors-in-training, camp staffers, volunteers, families and visiting clergy whose contributions are vital to the success of the camp program.