The Antiochian Village Camp program holds both a summer and winter camp each year. The summer camp consists of four 2-week sessions from June to August each year. Approximately one thousand campers between the ages of 9 and 17, as well as sixty staff, attend the camp every summer. Some main parts of the summer camp program are daily services in the St. Ignatius chapel, Christian education classes, a challenge course, an overnight camping program, and afternoon sports and activities. There are two 4-day winter camp sessions for older campers (12 to 17 years old) over long weekend breaks from school in the winter. Winter camp includes a day trip to go snow tubing and various outdoor winter activities. The camp also has a family camp for families to attend together, and in 2005 started the Vill''edge'' Adventures program for 16 to 18 year old campers. In the summer of 2006, there will be "Sacred Arts Camps" for [[Byzantine Chant|Byzantine Chanting]] and [[Iconography]].
In addition to [[Thekla the Protomartyr|
St. Thekla]] and [[Raphael of Brooklyn| St. Raphael]], the camp's patron [[saints]] are the child saint [[Artemius of Verkola|Artemius]], [[ Herman of Alaska|St. Herman of Alaska]] and [[ Ignatius of Antioch|St. Ignatius of Antioch]]. The [[reliquary]] at the St. Ignatius Chapel includes [[relics]] of St. Herman , [[ Moses the Ethiopian|St. Moses the Ethiopian]] , and others.
The camp is currently conducting a capital campaign called "Village 2010" to raise money for many
neccesary upgrades to facilities. The St. Ignatius Chapel will be expanded, five new cabins will be built, a new dining hall will be created, as well as numerous other projects.
The Antiochian Village was the vision of His Eminence [[
PHILIP(Saliba) of New York| Metropolitan Philip]] of the Antiochian Archdiocese. The 280-acre grounds were purchased from Camp Fairfield, a Presbyterian camp, in 1978, and the first camping season was the summer of 1979. The Conference and Retreat Center was built in 1985 and doubled in size in 1990.
1979-1988 Fr. John Namie 1989 Fr. Matthew George 1990- 1991 Fr. Paul Finley 1992 Fr. George Alberts 1993- 1996 Fr. Joseph Purpura 1997-2006 Fr. Michael Nasser 2007-Present Fr. Anthony Yazge
John Namie served as the camp's founder and first camp director. Under his tutelage and leadership the camp grew from a meager 2 camper session into an ACA accredited camping program that served hundreds of Orthodox Youth each summer bringing our country's children closer to their faith.
After an unsteady 8 years of turnover of the camp director position, Fr. Michael Nasser brought the turbulent camping program back on track, as the camp again started to realize Metropolitan PHILIP's original vision. Under Fr. Michael's guidance and genius the camp grew from a 3 session summer program into the perennial powerhouse of all Orthodox camping and youth development institutions in all the universe. The camp now contains 4, 2 week summer sessions, as well as 2 winter camp sessions, 2 family camp sessions, iconography camp, chanting camp, Villedge Adventures, and the Villedge Roadtrip. Through his work the camp now reaches out to over 1000 Orthodox Youth throughout North America. Fr. Michael Nasser left his final mark on the Antiochian Village by jump starting the Village 2010 campaign, which ensures a brighter future for continuing success in ministering to America's Orthodox youth. Fr. Anthony Yazge completed his first full year as camp director continuing Fr. Michael's work towards the 2010 program. He also hired the best staff of all time in Village history in the summer of 2007. Greg Hakim led an all-star set of male counselors as they reached out and transformed the troubled lives and ensured the salvation of hundreds of of Orthodox youth within the borders of Lebanon, Brazil, California, and Canada. This incredible male staff also created their own personal prayer to help bind and unite them together in their undivided purpose of promoting the Christian lifestyle. Along with Greg Hakim's excellent guidance of the male counselors, a few of his counselors stepped up their game. Namely his cousin and 3 time returning all- star counselor Dan Hakim, and younger brother of Charles Abdelahad, Nick Abdelahad. Both served as challenge course facilitators and thrived in every aspect of camp life. Nick, better known as session 2's session priest Fr. Michael Abdelahad's son, survived the summer without any major injuries, as is his norm. As if Greg's influence could go no farther, he revolutionized the art of late night food runs in the unit. Instead of sticking the the typical pizza and Sheetz, he brought us a new and exciting way to enjoy each other's company in the unit. This consisted of piles and piles of Dino's meat filled wings. Although the excessive wing's sauce smothered the top of the picnic table, unit 4 campers were still unable to detect the previous evening's events. To experience the male staff's love and unity, you need not look farther than their revolutionary alarm clock system. With reliance on each other and their undeniable faith in God above, the male staff worked to ensure punctuality in attendance of Daily Orthros and Divine Liturgy, the climax of the Orthodox Christian life.
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