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To attend St. Eugene's Camp is to experience what it is like to live in an Orthodox Christian community. We pray together, eat together, work together, learn together and play together, learning what it means to be the many members of the one Body of Christ in our daily lives.

This year from July 1-7 approximately 120 participants from northern, central and southern California (approx. 75 campers and over 40 staff, who are all volunteers) came together at St. Nicholas Ranch in Dunlap CA to build and renew strong friendships.

Christian education sessions and other activities centered around the theme: "Icons: Windows to Heaven." We learned about what holy icons are, how they are made, how to "read" them, and how they are expressions of our faith as well as tools for living a loving relationship with our Lord and the Saints. We swam every day, went canoeing, and played sports and lawn games. We made pysanki and other interesting crafts. We answered Bible questions and brainteasers. We competed in camp Olympics and lived a week full of random acts of kindness. We participated in skits and sang joyful fun songs around the campfire. The younger and older campers helped each other and challenged each other. Twice every day we gathered to offer worship to the Holy Trinity and even visited the magnificent Life-Giving Spring Monastery adjacent to the camp where we celebrated the Divine Liturgy on Friday morning.

It was a truly blessed week.

The week, however, would not have been possible without the prayerful support of people like yourself. You have made an important impact on the lives of our campers and on our Church.

Thank you!!!

The Campers & Staff of St. Eugene's Orthodox Youth Camp 2012

To see photos from the week "like" our St. Eugene's Camp Facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Eugenes-Orthodox-Youth-Camp/123795080981912
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