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 2022 Summer Camp (June 26th-July 2nd, 2022) is now OPEN! Please contact our Camp Director, Fr. Benjamin Huggins (frbenjamin.huggins@gmail.com) for Registration Forms and cost. Registration due June 1st.

St. Eugene's Orthodox Youth Camp

Registration for St. Eugene’s 2022 Summer Camp (June 26th-July 2nd, 2022) is now OPEN! Visit steugenecamp.org and click on register.

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/

Pacific Northwest Orthodox Youth Camp

Contact Fr. Barnabas Powell, Director, at saintkatherine@gmail.com or 425-623-3653 for more information and registration.

Montana Monastery Work Week

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