Orthodox Christian camps

In addition to the Antiochian Orthodox annual Special Olympics Camp, http://www.antiochian.org/soyo_special_olympics I have discovered that the Greek Orthodox Church in New England has a summer camp for children with special needs as well:

EMBRACING CHILDREN CAMPHis Eminence Metropolitan Methodiosis pleased to announce the METROPOLIS OF BOSTON
Reaching out to one another through faith, fun and fellowship, JULY 23-29, 2007, to be held at the Saint Methodios Faith and Heritage Center in Contoocook, NH. For more information, contact the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at 617-277-4742 or email at
youthministry@boston.goarch.org ” (Source: http://www.bulletin.goarch.org/ChurchBulletins/448/070107/ Also: “This program seeks to provide an opportunity for our children with special needs to enjoy fun and fellowship with other Orthodox Christian youth from surrounding areas.” http://goarchangels.org/news.php?id=232

There is no news on these camps from 2007; but here is a story from the 25th anniversary Special Olympics camp in 2005: “. . . 32 teens dedicated their lives to the training and preparation that would fulfill the joys and expectations of these athletes and their local coaches. During this time, the teens also had a chance to celebrate the Feast of the Dormition with the camp’s summer staff. The training not only focused on the fundamental skills of particular sports, but also equipt them in order to handle emergencies in case they should arise. On Sunday, the athletes and coaches arrived. The reuniting of old friends and the start of new relationships filled the air for the entire week. The field was covered with hugs and smiles. . .” http://www.antiochian.org/specialolympics2005

And here is some information on past Summer Camps sponsored by the Russian Orphan Opportunity Fund at the Belskoye Ustye Psycho-neurological orphanage, Pskov region, Russia: http://www.roofnet.org/pages/page.php?ref=projects|summer&lang=en A word from English volunteer Loretta Platts:

“As a returning volunteer from England, it was good to see how much the children appreciated and had looked forward to the summer camp. We organized lots of different activities for the children as a fun way to help educate them. As we mainly interacted with the children in their groups, we certainly developed our teaching skills to keep them all busy and enjoying themselves. It’s clear that, although the children have their difficulties, most are capable of being educated to a reasonable standard and all have the potential to develop a lot through education. I wish ROOF and the children all the best in the coming year and thank all the staff at the orphanage for their hard work and support. Thank you also to our sponsors in England for your financial assistance.”


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