I was drawn to this year’s RMOYC [Rocky Mountain Orthodox Youth Camp] because I heard of the overwhelming positive effect it had on youth who attended in year’s past. This was my first time attending, as I wanted to accompany my son in his first camp experience.
RMOYC started by being surrounded by “Orthodoxy” - where it was acceptable to talk about God’s love to your friends and building friendships where sharing faith is the norm. It continued with the lessons, made alive and practical by the clergy and staff that put together engaging and captivating talks. Last was the “norm” of prayer and services throughout the day. Camp was simply an expression and model how we should live! After camp. We were challenged to make an effort to “take camp home” with us, by keeping the conversations going, praying and giving thanks more regularly throughout the day, and discussing the lessons learned.
As someone who never experienced summer camp growing up, I enjoyed all of the activities as much as my son. I loved the communion with other campers (clergy, counselors and kids) and developed many friendships that I will carry with me. I feel there is a real desire and need for a stronger Pan-Orthodox community, especially with and for our children and families. RMOYC provides a great platform for this, and I hope we can continue to capitalize on it.
It is an experience I will now look forward to every year! At the end of camp, everyone talked about their “favorite activities”, then rattled off literally everything they did. While it’s an intense few days, they all wanted camp to last for at “least another week”. Of course they all raved about AG, Macrina, Sarah and Stavro. We left incredibly thankful, tired, and anticipating the next time we can see each other. Thank you so much for this gift! (Steve D.)