The Youth Department of The Diocese of the West exists to encourage and promote Orthodox youth ministry within TDOW on three levels: diocese, deanery, and local parish. This vision is in keeping with the direction of the national church to promote youth ministry in the specific areas of Worship, Education, Fellowship, and Service among our Orthodox youth on an annual basis. The Department exists to serve the youth, youth leaders, and clergy in the development of Orthodox youth ministry.

The successful fulfillment of the vision of the Youth Department will depend on the presence of a local youth coordinator in every parish. These youth coordinators will work together on both a local and deanery level to promote youth ministry in their parishes and deanery with the blessing and guidance of their parish priests.

The Youth Department Director (and his Assistant), aligned with this national and diocesan vision, will conduct deanery-based training seminars to encourage and equip local youth leaders in the knowledge and skills of youth ministry, and will also encourage (and facilitate if necessary) deanery based retreats to bring our young people together to grow in their life in Christ. An annual diocesan youth retreat will also be offered.

See also: Youth Department of the OCA

Worksheets for Youth

Abbess Melania (at Holy Assumption Monastery in Calistoga, CA) has put together fun activity work sheets for children.

The following is the list of available books thus far:

The Three-Day Pascha

The Three Holy Youths in the Furnace

Pascha at the Duckpond

Ascension of Our Lord

Coming Soon

Summer Camps

Rocky Mountain Orthodox Youth Camp

Registration for the Rocky Mountain Deanery 2024 Summer Camp – July 22 – 25, 2024 

Buckhorn Camp 381 Old Camp Rd. • Bellvue, CO 80512 

Cost: $230

Contact: Fr Anthony Machnee – frmachnee@theophany.org – 719-473-9238 

St. Eugene's Orthodox Youth Camp

St. Eugene’s Orthodox Youth Camp will be held June 23 – 29, 2024 at the Armenian camp in Dunlap, CA.

Please contact our Camp Director, Fr. Andrew Smith (director@steugenecamp.org) if you have any questions.

You can also follow them on Facebook ~ www.facebook.com/SaintEugeneCampPage/

Camp St. Sebastian

An OCA Pacific Northwest Deanery Camp. Tuesday, June 25th – Friday, June 28th, 2024

$200 per camper (cash or check) / $205 per camper (PayPal, see below)
Applications after May 25th will be $250 per camper (cash, check, PayPal)

Camp Contact:
Archpriest Barnabas Powell or Protinica Lela Powell
(425) 686-2127 or email us at:

Montana Monastery Work Week

Contact Fr. David Morrison in Bozeman, Montana for more information: frdavid@orthodoxbozeman.org