CAMP G-1 :
As a way to grow our Parish's Faith, Family and Fellowship initiative, the Church of the Holy Resurrection presents our day-camp entitled, CAMP G-1. Our ministry team has worked very hard to focus their efforts on making God the beginning and foundation of everything they do. This is why the camp has been named, CAMP G-1 - God First. When we place God in the first position of our lives and the lives of our children, our relationships, our families, and our friendships are strengthened and enriched. By participating in CAMP G-1, your children will be afforded the opportunity to deepen their love for God, forge new and lasting friendships, and begin to transform their lives.
CAMP G-1 is a three-tiered ministry that is intended for children ages 5-12 years old. Our GOYA kids, ages 13-17, are able to serve as Counselors-in-Training(C-I-Ts) while our Young adults, ages 18 and older, serve as our camp counselors!
A typical day at camp is 9:30am-2pm and includes rotations of Orthodox Life, Arts&Crafts, Music&Greek Culture, a lunch break with free-time and a daily fun afternoon activity with all age groups!
CAMP G-1 2021:
Brookville, NY- Following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, August 8, our young adults gathered for a counselor and CIT (Counselor-In-Training) orientation in preparation for the commencement of Camp G-1. Under the guidance of Ms. Emily Dimitriou (program director), this stellar team of counselors reviewed the day-by-day program and discussed innovative and creative ways to teach the campers about their faith and culture.
On Monday morning, campers arrived at Holy Resurrection nervous and excited for their first day of camp. The day began with Fr. Panteleimon blessing each and every child with Holy Water and with an opening prayer. Throughout the week, campers and CITs participated in a series of memorable sessions focused on the importance of their Orthodox Faith and Greek culture. These sessions were all taught and facilitated by the incredible team of counselors and Father. Special highlights at camp included Greek Day and Greek Olympics.
CAMP G-1 is blessed to have had 66 campers ages 5-12, 18 CITs ages 13-16 and 12 counselors ages 18-25. It was amazing to see our teenage CITs become role-models to younger campers while simultaneously growing in their faith through worship and fellowship with the older counselors. The counselor’s tireless efforts to transform the lives and hearts of their campers was a true testament to their deep faith and their spirit of stewardship as they offered their time and talent to this impactful ministry. Furthermore, the remarkable generous support of so many parents to help sponsor various activities and meals for our children demonstrated the powerful sense of community that makes Holy Resurrection so special.
With a week filled with Faith, Family, Fellowship, and lots of fun, CAMP G-1 served as a way for over 100 participants to grow closer to one another and most importantly, grow closer to God. On Friday, our campers engaged in a service project in cooperation with our St. Catherine’s Philoptochos called, “Fill-a-Bookbag Drive.” This afforded our campers the opportunity to prepare and send book bags to children in need at the Glen Cove Youth Bureau and to teach them that we must never forget to assist the people outside their church family. Many of our campers and counselors together with their families joined us for our Panigiri in honor of the great feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos. The resounding spirit permeating the entire church was one of joy and celebration!
We express our profound thanks to all of the counselors, CITs, Parish Council Members, donors, parents and families who made CAMP G-1 so safe, fun, memorable and Christ-centered as it was!
To view our Photo Montage from CAMP G-1 click here!
Always in the Light and Joy of the Risen Lord,
Fr. Panteleimon Papadopoulos, CAMP G-1 Director
Emily Dimitriou, CAMP G-1 Program Director