Summer is in full-swing at Saint Andrew's Camp located on the shores of Oneida Lake in Jewell NY. Beginning last May, an army of volunteers has been heading up to this picturesque corner of Upstate New York to assist in getting the camp into shape: mowing lawns, getting supplies, painting walls, and a thorough cleaning of the chapel, kitchen, and bunks. Though now only halfway through its second week of this year's camping program, the place is alive with youthful energy to complement the natural beauty.
Under the capable supervision of the Camp Director, Paul McDonald (a Saint Tikhon's seminarian) -- with the assistance of many volunteers, counselors, and choir directors -- the campers have been enjoying an action-packed schedule taking them from Holy Myrrhbearer's Monastery (Otego NY), to Seabreeze Amusement Park (Rochester NY), and the Syracuse Zoo! But above all, each day is grounded in the liturgical worship of the Orthodox faith. Campers take turns chanting, singing, and serving in the altar. And, as last year, the campers have been fortunate to benefit from the frequent presence of Bishop Michael, who has taken time out of his busy schedule to spend a few days at camp: to provide lessons, answer questions, and lead services with the campers and staff.
During the first week (8-14 July), campers enjoyed the ever-popular “Horse Week” and class time with Father Leonid Schmidt of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Syracuse NY. During week two (15-21 July) campers are experiencing “Music Week,” and have benefitted from the pastoral presence of Father Jason Vansuch and Hieromonk Kilian (Sprecher). During week three (22-28 July), campers will explore “Ecology” with Father Adam Sexton. Week four is “Teen Week” with Father James Worthington.
Learn more about Saint Andrew's camp and its dedicated crew of volunteers, counselors, staff, and campers!