Greetings to all friends of All Saints of North America Orthodox Youth Camp!
It’s just over a month to Camp!!!
We have nearly 60 campers in place and close to a full staff! We still need a few more leaders in specific places, primarily male counselors. Aside from campers and staff we also need ‘a village’ to raise this camp.
We have decided to break down a few of the needs for this year’s camp and invite people to take on a project that is both meaningful and affordable. Unfortunately, donations to camp are not tax deductible, as we are not a legal charity, but that said it is a great cause! This year’s theme is ‘It is Not About Stuff,’ our goal is to Glorify God and give the kids who come a week to remember. Here is what we need to make 2018 a fantastic summer!
It’s about the Kids!
- Sponsor a camper (camp is expensive, and every year some kids can’t come due to finances)
- This donation will be an anonymous, in that the donor will not know who gets their sponsorship, and the camper will not know who gave it.
- 50% of camp costs at $185 / 25 % of camp costs at $95
Some stuff, although not the most important, helps camp work
- Camp service books (costs of printing new books, the previous ones were destroyed by mold in storage)
- $600 (permanently bound, reusable year after year)
- Camper prayer books (for campers to take home)
- $200 (simple photocopy and bound with staples)
- RubberMaid storage containers (we can store some stuff at camp, but it needs to be weatherproof)
- 1st Aid Supplies
- Chapel Lights (patio lights or white Christmas lights)
Donations of Time and Skill
- Curtains (the 12 cabins each have two windows, but no curtains, these would be permanently installed at the camp as a thank you to the camp for letting have camp at the facility)
- Back window Dimensions 3’ X 2’, Door window 2’ X 3’
- Curtain rod will be approx ½ inch (if willing to sew, please email us first to confirm details)
- Curtain rods
- Any design, wood, metal, just need to be durable and match a simple wood interior (nothing fancy please)
- Also magnetic rods to support the door windows without needing to drill
Random Stuff you may already have
- White Christmas Lights (or any string lights)
- Icons of any Saints of North America
If you are able to help with any of these things, or have any questions please contact us at email@example.com
Just a quick note to let everyone know that preparations for this year’s camp are well underway – and going extremely well! Some highlights:
Our camp directors this year will be Graham and Xenia, supported by Biss… and Lysa! Some of you who have been with camp for a while will remember Graham was one of our directors a few years ago – we’re looking forward to having him back with his energy and experience and enthusiasm! And of course Xenia and Biss and Lysa are all well-known to any of you who have been to camp in recent years… We’re really excited about how the camp leadership and organization is shaping up!
Speaking of which, we have a new-to-us, but experienced and well-known-to-some-of-you head cook this year… none other than Fr. Matthew Francis of Holy Apostles Mission in Chilliwack! He was head cook at the OCA’s Alberta camp last year and had lots of fun doing that, so we stole… um, recruited him for our camp this year!
Phil is also back. This year he’ll be leading our Teen Program, which should make that program even more interesting than ever!
And I’ll be back (Fr. Justin) to teach and tell stories.
And there will be lots of other familiar faces… too many to name here. Maybe I’ll write another post soon to highlight more of them.
So, if you haven’t already, sign your children up now (the early bird discount will be ending soon!) – and sign yourself up to volunteer if you’re interested!
We have just opened up the 2018 staff and camper registration forms. More information will be coming soon, but if you want to volunteer and/or get your camper registered really early, feel free to try out the new forms!
Note that the camper early registration discount ($365 instead of $395!) will be available until May 31st.
There is, as always, no charge for volunteering, although we do ask volunteers to pay for their own transportation to and from camp (and we do charge a nominal accommodation fee for any under-age children volunteers may need to bring with them).
When? July 10-15, 2018 (volunteers, July 9-15)
Who? Kids aged 8-16
Where? Seven Springs
Why? Fun, fellowship, wisdom, and worship!
What do I do? Right now, just…
- plan to volunteer/register, and
- save the date!
A huge thank-you to all who have volunteered to serve at camp! We have enough. (Though we still might need a few more volunteers if we get quite a few more campers… so if you were thinking of applying to volunteer and haven’t done so yet, please do so!) It looks like it’s going to be a great camp!
We also have quite a few campers signed up already… but don’t worry if you haven’t applied yet. There’s still room! Still, space is limited, so, if you haven’t signed up yet, sign up today!
An information meeting about volunteering for camp will be held
Saturday, June 4th at 4:00pm
at St. John of Shanghai Orthodox Church
Anyone interested in volunteering for camp – or even just learning more about our camp – is strongly encouraged to attend.
Camper Registration is open here: www.allsaintscamp.ca/register-online
Apply to be a volunteer here: www.allsaintscamp.ca/staff-pages
As Great Lent draws to a close and we are considering how we can best use the gifts and talents and time that God has given us to best serve Him and His children, please consider volunteering to serve His children at camp this summer.
You can apply to be a volunteer for Camp 2016 here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1al7MoLDg6QB5j7grcnRQ26XX2VomXp1CHBQF6Xw6PJY/viewform
If you do apply, thank you! We will respond to the applications we receive as soon as possible. Please also review our Camp Staff pages to learn more about what will happen and what is expected and what is needed to volunteer for camp.
And, if you are a camper or a parent of a camper, our 2016 Camper Registration pages are also open already. Save money and apply now!
Dates for All Saints Camp 2016 have been confirmed! We’re planning on
July 19-24, 2016
at our usual location, Seven Springs Ranch in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island. (Staff should plan to come one day earlier: July 18-24.)
This is a bit later in July than normal, but will allow those on the Julian Calendar to enjoy camp outside of the Apostle’s Fast as well.
Camp is done for the year now, but the memories live on. Here are a few of the photos that have been shared with me so far… I’m always up for receiving more!