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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 St. [[Thekla the Protomartyr|St. Thekla]] and St. [[Raphael of Brooklyn|St. Raphael]], the camp's patron [[saints]] are the child saint [[Artemius of Verkola|Artemius]], St. [[Herman of Alaska|St. Herman of Alaska]] and St. [[Ignatius of Antioch|St. Ignatius of Antioch]]. The [[reliquary]] at the St. Ignatius Chapel includes the [[relics]] of St. Herman, and St. [[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 necessary 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.
==History==
The Antiochian Village was the vision of His Eminence Metropolitan [[PHILIPPhilip (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. Fr. John Namie was the first camp director from 1979 to 1988. Under his directorship, the camping program grew from a two-camper session to an ACA accredited camping program that served hundreds of Orthodox Youth each summer.
Camp Directors:After a succession of directors, Fr. Joseph Purpura was the director from 1993-1996, during which time the Ligonier meeting was held.
1979-1988 Fr. John Namie 1989 FrMichael Nasser was made director in 1997. Matthew George1990 He grew the camp from a three-1991 Fr. Paul Finley1992 Fr. George Alberts1993session summer program into the current format of four fortnight-1996 Frlong summer sessions, as well as two winter camp sessions, two family camp sessions, an iconography camp, a chanting camp, Village Adventures, and the Village Roadtrip. Joseph Purpura1997-2006 FrThrough his work the camp now reaches out to over 1000 Orthodox youth throughout North America. Michael Nasser2007-Present FrOne of his final moves was to start the Village 2010 campaign. Anthony Yazge
The current director is Fr. John Namie served as the camp's founder and first camp directorAnthony Yazge. Under his tutelage and leadership He took up this position in 2007, having previously participated in 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 faithas session priest.
After an unsteady 8 years of turnover of the camp director position, ==Directors==*1979-1988: Fr. Michael Nasser brought the turbulent camping program back on track, as the camp again started to realize Metropolitan PHILIP's original vision. John Namie  Under *1989: 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. Matthew George *1990-1991: 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. Paul Finley *1992: Fr. Anthony Yazge completed his first full year as camp director continuing George Alberts *1993-1996: 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. Joseph Purpura 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*1997-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 2006: Fr. Michael Abdelahad's son, survived the summer without any major injuries, as is his norm. Nasser  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*2007-present Fr.Anthony Yazge
==External links==
*[http://www.antiochianvillage.org/ Antiochian Village]
*[http://www.antiochianvillage.org/camp/camphistoryabout/history.html Antiochian Village History]
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